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Powerful Task Design: Rigorous and Engaging Tasks to Level Up Instruction

by John Antonetti and Terri Stice Corwin Press
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Pbk 216 pages
AU$66.00 NZ$68.70
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This book will help teachers use the Powerful Task Rubric using an easily digestible format to help them delve into the tool's design components. They'll be able to use technology to complete interactive tasks, and understand first-hand how technology is a critical design component in student task design that brings about more profound and relevant learning. It will also help them to identify opportunities for creating powerful tasks in the areas of engagement, academic strategies, questions, and cognition. Student performance has a direct correlation to the power of the learning task - this book will help positively impact both.

Chapter 1 The Work of School
Chapter 2 Analyzing Learning with the Powerful Task Rubric
Chapter 3 The Power of Engagement
Chapter 4 The Power of Academic Strategies
Chapter 5 The Power of the Question
Chapter 6 Engaged in What? The Power of Cognition
Chapter 7 Power Up!
Chapter 8 Putting it All Together

Finally! A resource that focuses first on the TASK (what it is we are asking of our students) and then the RESOURCES (what technology is at our disposal to accomplish the task?). For decades now, the process has been backwards and the focus has become bells-and-whistle-technology that is mistaken for authentic engagement. This book will give tangible tools for the teacher toolbox while keeping the eye on the rigor prize for students.
John Antonetti is a learner. He has had the great fortune to visit classrooms throughout North America in an effort to answer the question "What truly engages learners?" From thousands of students in pre-K through Graduate School, John has learned the three facets of powerful learning tasks - intellectual, academic, and emotional engagement. John Antonetti is a teacher. He has taught A.P Chemistry and Kindergarten and most grades in between in his home state of Arkansas. Once described by Larry Lezotte as a "teacher's teacher," Mr. Antonetti works with schools across the country and Canada on student engagement, writing, rigor and relevance, powerful task design, and high-yield best practices. As the former Director of Curriculum in the Sheridan School District in Arkansas, he took what he learned in his home district and developed strategies and protocols that work across all school types. He has partnered with five school districts that were awarded the nationally-recognized Broad Prize for Urban Education. While hands-on work in schools is his passion, John is also a highly-sought keynote speaker. His humor and parables are recognized by teachers, administrators, and parents as relevant examples of the power of teachers. Antonetti is the author of the book, Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking which utilizes the engagement cube and practical tools to increase student thinking in all subject areas. With his late business partner and friend, Jim Garver, John co-authored the ASCD best-seller 17,000 Classroom Visits Can't be Wrong: Strategies that Engage Students, Promote Active Learning, and Boost Achievement. Whether he's on the Kinder carpet or in front of 4000 teachers at an international conference, Antonetti continues to learn.


Terri Stice transitioned to education 23 years ago when she accepted a position as a preschool teacher. Shortly thereafter she moved to K-12 public schools where she truly found her passion, sharing her technical expertise with students, teachers, and administrators both from the classroom and as District Technology Coordinator. In July 2000, she joined the GRREC staff as Technology Coordinator and in 2005 her position was transformed into Director of Instructional Technology and Support Services. During her tenure at GRREC she has been selected as a National Professional Development provider for Discovery Education, and The Verizon Foundation. Terri has received the honor of being named an Apple Distinguished Educator, an Apple Certified Foundations Field Trainer, a Google Certified Teacher, a School Culture Assessment Trainer and a Kentucky Colonel. She has earned a Master of Science degree in Instructional Media Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.