Do Teachers Still Matter in This Age of Technology? These Authors Think So

Do Teachers Still Matter in This Age of Technology? These Authors Think So

Veteran educators team up for the release of their second book, Success for Every Student: A Guide to Teaching and Learning, which was released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group this month. 

With all the multi-tiered interventions, assessment software, aligned textbooks, digital content, and scripted curriculum available to the field, some might question if the role of the teacher is significant in today’s schools.  Does it really matter who is leading the classroom? 

“Take a minute and think back to your favorite class,” said Success for Every Student co-author Oran Tkatchov.  “Chances are you do not remember the name of the textbook, the name of computer software, or the order in which the curriculum was taught.  What you do remember is the person in charge of that class: the teacher.”

Success for Every Student: A Guide to Teaching and Learning, the new book from veteran educators Shelly Pollnow and Oran Tkatchov, contains research and evidence-based classroom practices that maximize learning for all students. Throughout the book the authors deliver a common-sense approach to proven teaching strategies that help learners reach their potential.

“In the ever-changing field of teaching, this book captures the most important snapshots of the teaching field. This is a must-have for every new teacher's bookshelf,” stated veteran teacher Susan Breen.

Success for Every Student is packed full of tools and tips in everything from classroom management to formative assessment that give busy teachers what they need to become more efficient and effective professionals in their classrooms and schools.

At the end of each chapter are real-life scenarios for readers to reflect and think about what they would do in their own practice.

As a bonus, the book has a companion website that provides additional tools and covers current topics in education news.

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Oran Tkatchov's educational career has included such roles as a middle school teacher, high school teacher and charter school director. He has an additional 11 years of experience directing, presenting and providing professional development in the areas of special education, leadership and school/district improvement at the Arizona Department of Education. He currently supports professional learning initiatives for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. He received his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, is a Level 1 Google Certified Educator and a certified facilitator for the National Institute for School Leadership.

Shelly Pollnow received her Ed.D. in Policy and Administration from Arizona State University.  She has spent over 20 years of her education career in Arizona teaching diverse learners in Grades 1 through 6 as an inclusion classroom teacher as well as a gifted program teacher. Dr. Pollnow has also been involved in professional development for teachers and has nationally presented her research on implementing professional development in formative assessment at the classroom level. She was the Arizona Director of the National Assessment of Educational Progress and international assessment programs from 2011 until 2017.

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