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-William Butler Yeats

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Caroline
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Caroline Lewis is an education strategist who is passionate about education and its tremendous potential to influence lives. She has become experienced in assessing, describing and promoting effective teaching and learning; she enjoys building high capacity programs; and she promotes innovation and inspires leadership in individuals and institutions
She is the founder and executive director of the CLEO Institute, a non-profit organization that advances civic engagement in environmental issues. She is currently expanding CLEO’s outreach in order to bridge the divide between science and all segments of society on the urgent issue of climate change.

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Just Back off and
LET US TEACH

A celebration of effective teaching, Just Back Off and LET US TEACH, by author Caroline Alexander Lewis, applauds effective teachers and acknowledges the enormous range of realities that make up a day in their lives. Lewis recognizes the extraordinary effort it takes for teachers to be consistently effective, and begins to tackle the urgent need for teacher validation across the profession.
Both descriptive and motivational, Lewis’ book defines five assets or SCOPE skills she believes are distinctive of effective teachers, and proposes a simple self-assessment for all educators. It is part real-world discussion of the core qualities of effective teachers and part reminder of all the power that comes with the job. Through stories and messages, the author wrestles with questions like: How do we identify effective teachers? Celebrate them? Grow them? Help them know themselves? Keep them in the profession?
While Lewis agrees that we must identify and remove incompetent teachers from the classroom, she argues that current education reform strategies increasingly demoralize teachers in general. This she claims contributes to the premature departure from the profession of some of our very best. Urging reform leaders to heed this, Lewis also calls on effective teachers to do their part to make the profession noble again; to seize opportunities to elevate teaching; and to recognize their ability to impact learning and learners.

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ANALYZE YOUR SCOPE SCORES - What do they mean?….
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REVIEWS

"Caroline Lewis leaves each speaking, workshop or consulting session with clear challenges, directives and encouragement for participants. Her suggested next steps provide guidance to sustain forward momentum"

Deedra McClearn, Director, La Selva Biological Station OTS, Costa Rica

"Just Back off and Let Us Teach places Caroline Alexander Lewsis in the forefront of education strategists. It is a Guidebook, a goal, a resolution, and an act of bravery and brilliance"

Grady Hardy, Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer

"Both descriptive and motivational, Just Back Off and Let Us Teach defines five skills effective teachers must either have or acquire. For 22 years she was a teacher and a school principal before moving on to develop new programs in other fields."

Alan Caruba, National Book Critics Circle

"Ms. Lewis is an enthusiastic, sincere and visionary educational leader. Her tireless and inclusive efforts have empowered and touched our lives deeply"

Alejandro J. Morales, Assistant Principal, M-DCPS

"Her passion, commitment and love for what she does are so energizing. She inspires everyone to do more, do it better and do it every day. Her spirit is a gift to all of us."

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