Kim's published writing

Below are Kim’s articles, books, curriculum materials, and graphic displays. Almost all are "clickable", except for books that are out of print.


New Book

  • The Best of the Marshall Memo: Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning   Kim Marshall & Jenn David-Lang   Amazon, Barnes and Noble


  • Rubrics for evaluating teachers and principals

  • "How the Danielson Rubric Could Be More Effective for New York City Teachers and Principals" in Chalkbeat, April 11, 2014, revised November 28, 2018

  • Principal Evaluation Rubrics (revised July 31, 2017)

  • "Getting Teacher-Evaluation Rubrics Right" in Rubric Nation: Critical Inquiries on the Impact of Rubrics in Education (Tenam-Zemach and Flynn eds., Information Age Pubishing, 2015)

  • Teacher Evaluation Rubrics (revised January 2014)

  • Principal Evaluation Rubrics (revised May 2013)

  • Comparison of Danielson and Marshall Teacher Evaluation Rubrics, February 2013

  • "The How's and Why's of Teacher Evaluation Rubrics" Kappan EDge, September/October 2006


  • Supervision and evaluation

  • "Rethinking the Way We Coach, Evaluate, and Appreciate Teachers" in The Education Gadfly, February 20, 2019

  • "The Critical Importance of Good School Leadership" in Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership, December 2018

  • "Mini-Observations: A Keystone Habit" (with Dave Marshall) School Administrator, December 2017

  • The Truth About Teacher Evaluation, American School Board Journal, April 2017

  • "Should Supervisors Intervene During Classroom Observations?" Phi Delta Kappan, October 2015

  • "How to Make Teacher Evaluations Accurate, Fair, and Consistent" in Education Week, July 19, 2013

  • Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: How to Work Smart, Build Collaboration, and Close the Achievement Gap (Jossey-Bass, 2013) - Available on Amazon

  • "Let's Cancel the Dog-and-Pony Show" Phi Delta Kappan, November 2012

  • "Fine-Tuning Teacher Evaluation" Educational Leadership, November 2012

  • "Teacher Observation: Tech or No Tech?" in Education Week, October 31, 2012

  • "Visit Classrooms Early and Often, and Give New Tools to Principals", Boston Globe, March 25, 2011

  • "'Mini-Observations' - Seven Decision Points for the Principal" Education Week, Feb. 4, 2009

  • Jon Saphier and Kim Marshall on Teacher Supervision and Evaluation, July 2008

  • "Is Supervising the Heck Out of Teachers the Answer?" Education Week, May 7, 2008

  • "What's a Principal To Do?" Education Week, September 20, 2006

  • "It's Time to Rethink Teacher Supervision and Evaluation" Phi Delta Kappan, June 2005

  • "Recovering from HSPS (Hyperactive Superficial Principal Syndrome): A Progress Report" Phi Delta Kappan, May 2003

  • "A Principal Looks Back: Standards Matter" Phi Delta Kappan October 2003

  • "How I Confronted HSPS (Hyperactive Superficial Principal Syndrome) and Began to Deal with the Heart of the Matter" Phi Delta Kappan, January 1996


  • Curriculum Materials

  • Linear Curriculum Calendar 2019-20

  • "Guns, Germs, and Steel" summary - A 14-page synopsis of Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize winning explanation of the fates of human societies, with a teacher's guide and online resources (Dropbox link)

  • The Story of Life, from the Big Bang to You by Kim Marshall, illustrated by Ingrid Johnson (revised edition, 2019)

  • Reading Stories, Book 1 - 92 high-interest stories with comprehension questions originally written for my Boston sixth graders

  • Reading Stories, Book 2 - 94 high-interest stories with comprehension question, originally written for my Boston sixth graders

  • English: 36 Cumulative Units in Grammar, Writing Skills, and Word Analysis, Book A

  • English: 36 Cumulative Units in Grammar, Writing Skills, and Word Analysis, Book B

  • English Books A and B Teacher's Manual

  • Math: 35 Cumulative Unit in Concepts and Skills, Book A

  • Math: 35 Cumulative Units in Concepts and Skills, Book B

  • Math Book A and B Teacher's Manual

  • Tintin Series Worksheets - One-page comprehension questions on each of the 20 books in the Hergé Tintin graphic novels, with an "expert test" at the end and answer sheets (1980)

  • Covers of all the Tintin books

  • Vocabulary: 36 Units in Spelling and Word Meaning (Educators Publishing Service, 1981)


  • School leadership and effective schools

  • "Pushing Back on Outmoded Beliefs" in Leaderboard, Michigan Association of School Boards, Spring 2019

  • "The Big Picture: How Many People Influence a Student's Life?" Phi Delta Kappan, October 2017

  • "How Principals Can Reshape the Teaching Bell Curve" in Journal of Staff Development, August 2015

  • "Putting Supervisors on a Steep Learning Curve" Kappan Learning on the EDge, Oct. 28, 2014

  • "Quality Assurance: How Can Superintendents Guarantee Effective Teaching in Every Classroom?" in The Councilgram, March 2013

  • "Improving Teachers and Principals Go Hand in Hand" in Gotham Schools, January 14, 2013

  • "A How-to Plan for Widening the Gap" Phi Delta Kappan, May 2009

  • "The Big Rocks: Priority Management for Principals" Principal Leadership, March 2008

  • "No One Ever Said It Would Be Easy: A Response to Parish and Aquila" Phi Delta Kappan, December 1996

  • "Teachers and Schools: What Makes a Difference" Daedalus, Winter 1993

  • "Who Should Make Curriculum Decisions? The Boston Experience" The Harvard Principals' Center Newsletter, January 1983

  • "How Effective Is Our School?" Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni Journal, September 1980 (from Larsen Day speech at Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 1980)

  • "Getting Your Fair Share of the School Dollar" Learning, May 1974

  • "Who's Afraid of Christopher Jencks?" Learning, January 1974


  • Tests, assessments, and accountability

  • "Using Student Learning in Teacher Assessment" (with Douglas Reeves) in Edutopia, April 30, 2018

  • "In Praise of Assessment (Done Right)" Phi Delta Kappan, March 2018

  • "Merit Pay or  Team Accountability?" Education Week, Sept. 1, 2010

  • "Is Merit Pay the Secret Sauce for Improving Teaching and Learning" Education Week, Dec. 16, 2009

  • "Interim Assessments: A User's Guide" Phi Delta Kappan, September 2008

  • "Interim Assessments: Keys to Successful Implementation" April 12, 2006, a report for New Leaders for New Schools

  • "Test Prep, the Junk Food of Education" Education Week, Oct. 1, 2003

  • "MCAS Has the Potential to Change Education for the Better" Boston Globe, Nov. 15, 1999

  • "No Surprises, No Excuses: Tests Our Kids Can Study For" Boston Globe, August 31, 1997


  • Improving classroom instruction

  • "Rethinking Differentiation: Using Teachers' Time More Effectively" Phi Delta Kappan, September 2016

  • Let's Clarify the Way We Use the Word 'Curriculum', Education Week, Sept. 1, 2004

  • "Reading Recovery" East Zone Journal, June 1991

  • "Social Studies Curriculum Revision K-8: The Boston Experience" Social Education, April 1985

  • "Eight Common Myths About Remediation" in Boston Public Schools Elementary School Newsletter, June 1985

  • "The Reading Problem: Some Sensible Solutions" Learning, April/May 1983

  • "'Teachers, Always Use Your Judgment' - An Interview with Jeanne Chall" Learning, November 1981

  • "Making Marking Meaningful" Learning, September 1981

  • "Speak and Spell: A Classroom Hit" in Learning, November 1979

  • "Minicourses: A Way to Add Spice to the Basics" Learning, April 1979

  • "Uniformity in Textbooks the Wrong Approach" Boston Globe, October 20, 1978

  • "You Can Turn Around the Failing Student" Learning, October 1977

  • "Tracking: An Indictment" The Teacher Paper, December 1974

  • "The Learning Station Way" Learning, January 1974

  • "Love, Hate, Change and Hope in Grade 6-G" Harvard Bulletin, September 1971

  • "Law and Order in Grade 6-E" Harvard Bulletin, September 1970


  • Graphic displays of teaching time and students? K-12 teachers

  • 900 lessons a year - Part I: The 900 lessons a teacher teaches every year (about five a day times 180 days) - a lot of work, and a daunting supervision/evaluation challenge. How ineffective it is to observe only one lesson, which is often what happens? How can that have any impact?

  • 900 lessons - Part 2: Imagine that we could observe every lesson and rate it on a 4-3-2-1 scale. Here are hypothetical graphics for a highly effective, effective, mediocre, and ineffective teacher. Notice that they all have their ups and downs, but on a day-to-day basis, the first two have a much, much more positive impact on students than the last two. Looking at those four teachers side by side, we see what the best teacher fears most - being evaluated on a not-so-good lesson - and what the ineffective teacher prays for - being evaluated on a "glamorized" lesson that's not representative of day-to-day instruction.

  • 900 lessons - Part 3: Here is the supervision and evaluation challenge faced by a principal with 30 teachers - 27,000 lessons a year! Next we look at what a successful intervention with an ineffective teacher might look like - a month in, after lots of support and an improvement plan, things go from horrible to mediocre, then with more support the teacher moves to effective.

  • 900 lessons - Part 4: Finally, we see the four teachers with ten randomly spaced mini-observations to get a sense of how accurate a picture we can get of 900 lessons with only ten classroom visits.


  • Boston?s desegregation crisis

  • "Race or Class?" Boston Observer September 1984

  • "Busing: Is it Curing or Poisoning Public School System?" Boston Globe, February 15, 1980

  • "The Making of a Magnet School" Boston University Journal of Education, May 1978

  • "The Desegregation of a Boston Classroom" Learning, September 1975

  • "A Magnet School with No Magnetism" Boston Globe, August 8, 1975

  • "Class Warfare in the Boston Schools" Harvard, February 1975 (reprinted in the Boston Globe March 7, 1975)


  • Book reviews

  • No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning by Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom Boston Globe, November 2, 2003

  • Losing My Faculties: A Teacher's Story by Brendan Halpin Boston Globe, August 31, 2003

  • Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution by Tom Peters Wisdom in Practice, Harvard School of Education, Summer 1989

  • Illiterate America by Jonathan Kozol Harvard, July/August 1985

  • Leadership and Learning; Personal Change in a Professional Setting by Barry Jentz and Joan Wofford. Harvard Educational Review, February 1982

  • America Revised by Frances FitzGerald, Learning, February 1980

  • Acting Out by Roland Betts, Boston University Journal of Education, Summer 1979

  • Hucksters in the Classroom by Sheila Harty, Learning, July/August 1980

  • Instead of Education by John Holt, Learning, December 1976

  • Teacher Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon, Learning, May 1975


  • Sex education

  • "Teaching Sex Education: Seven Key Questions" in Phi Delta Kappan, October 2018

  • Sex Education Pre/Post-Test, revised 2016

  • Sex Ed Pre/Post-Test Answers (revised 2016)

  • 12 Lesson Summaries from Kim Marshall Sex Education Course, revised 2016

  • Sex Education Curriculum (revised 2016) - 12 one-hour lessons in PowerPoint with clicker questions providing a comprehensive, "abstinence-plus" learning experience for middle-school students. For information on piloting this curriculum and an introductory workshop, please contact Kim Marshall at kim.marshall48@gmail.com. Kim offers a 2-hour workshop for teachers who will be implementing this curriculum.

  • "Newest Book, Touchy Subject" an interview by Katie Liesener in Brookline Magazine, February 2007

  • The Great Sex Secret (Sourcebooks, 2007), a tasteful exploration of the history and current status of male-female sexual inequality (our of print but available on Amazon)

  • "Preventing Sexual Abuse: A Pilot Curriculum in 22 Boston Schools" in Boston Public Schools Newsletter, 1986

  • "Sex Education in Action - Rated PG" Learning, October 1980


  • Books

  • Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation, Second Edition (Jossey-Bass, 2013)

  • The Story of Life: From the Big Bang to You (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1980), out of print but a few copies are available on Amazon

  • Opening Your Class With Learning Stations (Education Today Company, 1975), out of print

  • Law and Order in Grade 6-E: A Story of Chaos and Innovation in a Ghetto School (Little, Brown and Company, 1972; paperback 1973), out of print but used copies are available on Amazon