After much anticipation, the cover of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders has released. This cover represents what modern education has transformed into over the course of the past few years; especially during the past 15 months. It also represents a variety of different pathways teachers and schools can take as they navigate integrating educational technology into their instruction as well as a variety of different instructional models ranging from traditional in-person instruction, blended, and online classroom settings. Overall, this book is structured as a playbook to help all classroom and school leaders navigate the present and future of education in our ever-changing world.
Pre-orders are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and major book retailers across the world. Additionally, take a look at a few early reviews of the book by prominent educators in both K-12, higher education, and in the EdTech business community. More reviews are anticipated leading up to the books release in July.
Early Reviews of the Book
PAPER, Chief Executive Officer
“The Teacher Training Manual for Post-Pandemic Teaching.”
Navigating The Toggled Term takes a pragmatic approach to exploring what education will look like for a teacher post-pandemic. Broken down and differentiated in a way only a teacher knows how, Dr. Rhoads walks readers through a journey that feels like it speaks to your own personalized circumstances. Whether you are just starting your teaching career, or filled with experience, Navigating The Toggled Term will provide you with insight to not only improve your teaching, but make you more comfortable with innovation in the classroom.
Alfonso Mendoza Jr., M.Ed.
District EdTech Coach and Host of the MyEdTechLife Podcast
“An Essential Resource to Navigate Our Changing Education Landscape.”
In his previous work Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for Navigating 2020 and Beyond, Dr. Rhoads introduced educators to the new realities that all educators would face due to the pandemic. Now, Dr. Rhoads provides a guide for K-12 classroom and school leaders that provides many resources to help leverage the resources districts have on hand to he;p teachers and students navigate through the difficulties we are seeing in education. Dr. Rhoads does a fantastic job in walking you through many of the situations you are being faced with and provides effective, and sustainable strategies to help education leaders, teachers and students be successful during this unprecedented time.
Director of Educational Technology
“As I read the book, I found myself appreciating the teacher and school leader vignettes that were included in each chapter.”
As a Director of Educational Technology, I’ve yet to crack the code for how to best draw out teachers’ thinking behind their technology choices so that it is visible to others. I imagine that this book could serve as a resource to teachers who thirst for professional conversations around technology and instruction. Additionally, time and time again, Dr. Rhoads circles back to what becomes a consistent theme of the book: Let instruction drive your choices with technology integration.
Richard Bernato, Ed.D.
EduFuturist, Professor of Education and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University
“I will be using this book for myself and for my own graduate and doctoral classes.”
The highest compliment, actually the two highest compliments one author and professor of professional development can pay another such author are “I wish I’d written that book!” and, “I will be using this book for myself and for my own graduate and doctoral classes.” Such is the case for Dr. Matt Rhoads’ efforts in delivering this timely and futures – based book to fellow Educators.
Dr. Rhoads’ Navigating the Toggled Term – A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders, is the sum of his experiences, expertise, research, and most importantly, his passionate commitment to twenty first century education themes and trends. That these themes and trends have in large part been accelerated by a crisis that educational leaders should have foreseen and planned for long before it occurred only accents the importance of this book.
Each of Matt’s chapters address ideas, issues, and leadership matters that teachers and educators might address in transforming not only their own professional development plusses and minuses insofar as embedding technology into their personal high level instructional quivers but also for the capacity of the entire school systems they comprise for consistency of vision and for unanimity of purpose.
Instructional Coach, Teacher, Mentor, Speaker, and Writer
“Focuses on the next steps we all need right now.”
Navigating the Toggled Term – A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders helps us focus on the next steps we all need right now. COVID has pushed us to look at the necessary shifts in our educational practices and professional development. This book guides us through reflection on the Toggled Term and where we want to be moving forward. With a better understanding of research, options in practice and applications, these steps become actionable and we are able to shift from planning to practice. I really appreciate thinking about the impact on professional learning. As an Instructional Coach, Chapter 11 speaks to my heart. With a focus on the innovator’s mindset and defining one’s brand, I am now thinking about the impact that this must have on my approach to Professional Development. While the Toggled Term has brought many challenges, it also provides many new opportunities that this guide thoroughly details.