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Rebound, Grades K-12

Rebound, Grades K-12
A Playbook for Rebuilding Agency, Accelerating Learning Recovery, and Rethinking Schools

224 pages | Corwin

For more than a year now, we educators have been tested and tested again. We’ve been stretched, we’ve been pulled, we’ve been put through the wringer. But now it’s time to “rebound.” It’s time to bounce back, come back better, and benefit from the many lessons learned to reignite engagement, accelerate learning, and move forward with fresh optimism and better systems for schooling.

Enter Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Dominique Smith, and John Hattie, whose Distance Learning Playbooks have supported more than a half million educators across pandemic teaching and who are here now to advise you on this next, absolutely critical leg of our ongoing journey.

Complete with tools and strategies, prompts and exercises, Rebound: A Playbook for Rebuilding Agency, Accelerating Learning Recovery, and Rethinking Schools will help you:

  • Address the collective traumas we have experienced during the pandemic and rebuild our sense of agency and self, so that we can attribute student success to both teachers’ and students’ efforts
  • Evaluate what we have learned about remote teaching and learning to determine what to carry forward and what to leave behind  
  • Shift the narrative from learning loss to “learning leaps” and implement instructional and assessment practices that ensure our students reclaim lost knowledge, build skills, develop agency, and accelerate gains
  • Redefine classrooms, learning experiences, the ways schools operate, and the very idea of schooling itself

“The greatest travesty that can arise for schools after 2020/21,” Doug, Nancy, Dominique, and John write, “is to rush back to the old normal, and learn nothing, or little, about what worked well. That’s why this book has focused on rebounding, and taking the opportunity to create an even better schooling system, one that serves even more students, and focuses more on what matters most.”

"Let's agree not to reduce the impact that our expectations have on students' learning. What if we talk about learning leaps instead of learning loss? What if we identify where students are in their learning and identify critical content that they must learn now to accelerate their performance in the future? And what if we raise our expectations for students rather than lower them?"
—Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Dominique Smith, and John Hattie

Module 1: Rebound
Module 2: Rebuilding Educator Agency
Module 3: Rebuilding the Agency of Students
Module 4: Recovering Learning Loss Through Curriculum
Module 5: Recovering Learning Loss Through Instruction
Module 6: Recovering Learning Loss Through Assessment
Module 7: Recovering Learning Loss Through Supportive Schoolwide Systems
Module 8: Learning Leaps that Mobilize Intervention Efforts
A Call to Action: Rethinking Schools

School leaders and educators have an opportunity to learn from the lessons of COVID-19 and the movement for racial justice and create schools that fundamentally dismantle the inequities that have been laid bare. This book offers educators essential guidance for transforming their schools in ways that intentionally meet the needs of every student.

Nancy Gutierrez
The Leadership Academy

Rebound is a valuable and timely book. This masterful collection of proven strategies to accelerate learning for all students and staff is essential for all school districts. The information provides immediate opportunities for your team and students to achieve maximum impact in teaching and learning as we move forward from distance learning.

Martinrex Kedziora
Moreno Valley Unified School District

Some books come along at exactly the right moment. Arriving just as we begin to heal from our collective trauma, this book provides a combination of inspiration, advice, and practical tools that teachers, leaders, and educational practitioners need to rethink, reimagine, and reinvent the schools our students, families, and educators need and deserve.

Sandi Everlove
Director of Instructional Design
Committee for Children

This book is phenomenal! I really haven’t enjoyed reading a practitioner book more in a long time. The way that the authors have structured the book provides a great way for readers to engage and make applications to their own practice. The modules are constructed in an easy-to-use format. There isn’t wasted space in this playbook. It’s holistic and it addresses such a broad range of topics that it will stand the test of time for educators and administrators who are invested in being better for their school communities.

Doug Anthony
Chief Consultant, Anthony Consulting Group
Former Associate Superintendent of Talent Development Prince George’s County Public Schools

This playbook is for all educators and provides all the elements to ensure we come out of the pandemic on top. From educator self-care to building successful learning systems to meet the needs of each and every student, Rebound provides us a clear path to navigate these uncharted waters.

Guido Magliato
Assistant Superintendent, Leadership and Learning
La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools

Rebound is a gift to educators. The book is an amazing resource for all of us to rethink our classrooms and schools as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had many struggles in education during this pandemic; however, we have also learned new strategies that we need to capture and continue to implement as we move out of the pandemic. This book will help you do that!

Debra Kubin
Ukiah Unified School District

Sample Materials & Chapters


Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator.  He is a credentialed teacher and leader in California.  In 2022, he was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame by the Literacy Research Association. He has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as Welcome to Teaching, PLC+, Teaching Students to Drive their Learning, and Student Assessment: Better Evidence, Better Decisions, Better Learning. More About Author

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Nancy was a teacher, academic coach, and central office resource coordinator in Florida.  She is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California.  She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. She has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as The Artificial Intelligences Playbook, How Scaffolding Works, How Teams Work, and The Vocabulary Playbook. More About Author

Dominique Smith

Dominique Smith, EdD, is chief of educational services and teacher support at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, California. Smith is passionate about creating school environments that honor and empower students. His research and instruction focuson restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. Dominique also provides professional learningto K-12 teachers in small and large groups that address classroom and school climate and organization. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from San... More About Author

John Allan Hattie

John Hattie, PhD, is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly thirty years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly thirty years synthesizing more than 2,100 meta-analyses comprising more than one hundred thousand studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over three hundred international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his... More About Author

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Also available as a South Asia Edition.