Week 6 journal no excuses university–interventions | EDU 650 Teaching, Learning & Leading in the 21st Century | Ashford University


Those who are in a position of strength have a responsibility to protect the weak.” – Thomas Cushman

Compose your journal using first-person language. Follow APA formatting including in-text citations and a reference page covering the discussion points below.  
In Chapter 10 of our text by Lopez, the term intervention is defined as “taking action so as to improve a situation” (2013, p.123). Lopez also discusses the theory of “fixing” versus the provision of “extra” support and proposes that investing and using one’s time “intentionally” is a better investment than money.


· Describe how your understanding and application of the term “intervention”    has changed after considering Lopez’s remarks in Chapter 10.

· Make a list of interventions currently taking place both inside and outside of today’s classroom.

· Make a list of interventions that you would like to see take place inside and outside of today’s classroom.

· Which interventions are the result of money, time,  or volunteers?

· After you had addressed questions 1 through 4, what gaps do you see in interventions? What advice would you give a school in creating an exceptional intervention model that could fill those gaps? 

If you do not have direct classroom experience, you may respond to these questions based on your own understanding of what occurs in your own children’s school, or a professional or volunteer position you’ve held outside of a school setting. 


Required Resources


Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools (2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications.

  • Chapter 10:      Interventions (p.120) 
    • This chapter addresses       how to take action in order to improve a situation.  It places value       on interventions put into place  for extra support, and not simply       using interventions when  something needs to be fixed.

Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

  • Chapter 13: Staying on      Top of Your Game 
    • This chapter analyzes       how schools can effectively engage the community and ensure that       collaboration and learning are center stage for all staff.
  • Chapter 14: Leading and      Learning for Success 
    • This chapter discusses       the research on teacher leadership, why it is critical to a teacher’s       development, and how it provides opportunities for teachers to contribute       to a vibrant school community.  It is also examine strategies to       improve teacher effectiveness and how to stay updated on research-based       practices.


TEDx Talks.(2012, May 31). Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner @ TEDxNYED (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDjh4l-VHo

  • In this video, Tony      Wagner discusses the changing focus of education and the importance of      students having more than just knowledge; what we need to care about is      what we can do with our knowledge.

Recommended Resources


Heifetz, R., Groshow, A., & Linsky, M.  (2009).  The practice of adaptive leadership. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press

  • Discusses the concept of      adaptive leadership and how to move an organization based on levels of      authority.

Spillane, J. P.  (2006).  Distributed leadership.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass

  • Analyzes the concept of      distributed leadership and the impact it can have on school communities.


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