“Teaching Better” book is now available
Seven years of collaborative teaching at Urawa Lutheran School in Saitama, Japan (1994-2001) provided the backdrop and inspiration for Brad Ermeling and Genevieve Graff-Ermeling’s newly published book, “Teaching Better: Igniting and Sustaining Instructional Improvement.”
The publication provides specific strategies to assist educational leaders in creating and supporting instructional improvement. Practical tools, which include metaphors and case studies, are provided in addition to a Leader’s Guide to support professional learning and instructional improvement.
Genevieve reflects, “We like to say we were ‘raised as educators in Japan’ and to this day feel deep gratitude to our colleagues who taught beside us and helped us to adapt and grow. It was only after returning to the US that we realized how deeply the experience changed us. As we worked with teachers in the US, we saw the impact that these principles could have on how we work to improve instruction and grow as educators. The initial two pieces of student artwork, born out of a different project, are what made us think the metaphors could be brought to life in the portraits and thus ‘reframe’ the discourse around instructional improvement.”
The Ermelings moved to Shanghai, China in 2016 where Genevieve Graff-Ermeling serves as Assistant Head of School, Teaching and Learning at Concordia International School Shanghai. Dr. Brad Ermeling is an educational consultant and member of a research team from UCLA and Stanford.