Discover how to design innovative learning environments that increase student ownership so they can achieve at high levels and meet rigorous standards.

These two new editions of Students Taking Charge show you how to create student-driven classrooms that empower learners through problem-based learning and differentiation, where students pose questions and actively seek answers. Technology is then used seamlessly throughout the day for information, communication, collaboration, and product generation.

You’ll find out how to:

  • Design an Authentic Learning Unit, which is at the core of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, aimed at engaging students;
  • Design and implement the structures needed to support its implementation and empower students;
  • Build the facilitation strategies that will move students from engagement to empowerment to efficacy.

The new K–5 edition offers a more detailed look into elementary school implementation and the new 6–12 edition into secondary school implementation. With their practical examples and step-by-step guidelines, you’ll be able to start designing your innovative classroom immediately!

Click here to read chapter 1 of Students Taking Charge In Grades K-5 or Students Taking Charge In Grades 6-12 by Dr. Nancy Sulla

Students Taking Charge In Grades K-5 by Dr. Nancy Sulla is available through Routledge or

Students Taking Charge In Grades 6-12 by Dr. Nancy Sulla is available through Routledge or


Learn how to create innovative, student-centered learning environments in your school.

In this new book, Nancy Sulla provides a powerful framework for designing Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms, which she has implemented in districts across the country. You’ll find out how to help teachers make their classrooms more personalized, rigorous places in which students take ownership of their work, pose high level questions, work on problems together, and actively seek answers. Each chapter provides a wide variety of practical tools for implementation and teacher observation to help you get started.

Students Taking Charge Implementation Guide for Leaders by Dr. Nancy Sulla is available for pre-order through Routledge


How do we develop executive function skills in the classroom?

Educators clamor to provide top-notch lessons and resources for students, but if students lack executive function, even the best materials won’t produce the desired results. If students haven’t developed the brain-based skills to focus, catch and correct errors, identify cause-and-effect relationships, and more, they can’t make sense of lessons. Executive function is the missing link to student achievement. But how can you develop this in the classroom? In this new book, bestselling author Nancy Sulla has the answers. She explains how building executive function requires a combination of activities, structures, and teacher facilitation strategies aimed at six increasingly complex life skills that should be the goal of any school: conscious control, engagement, collaboration, empowerment, efficacy, and leadership. She also offers a variety of examples, activities, and structures fit for every grade level and subject area. With the book’s practical strategies and tools, you will be inspired, armed, and ready to establish a clear framework for building executive function in all of your students.

Click here to read chapter 1 of Building Executive Function: The Missing Link To Student Achievement by Dr. Nancy Sulla

Discussion Questions for Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement

Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement by Dr. Nancy Sulla is available through Routledge or


How do we prepare students to become problem-finders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who can thrive in a global society?


The Common Core charts a pathway to success, yet we know that checking off each standard one by one will not achieve the kind of results we want. This powerful book by bestselling author Nancy Sulla has the answers. She explains how teachers can bring students to deeper levels of learning by shifting from the what to the how of the CCSS. She offers seven insights that you can use to teach the standards in a more meaningful way, to bring all of your students to true understanding and application. Throughout the book, you’ll find a variety of practical examples from across the curriculum, as well as “Your Turn” opportunities to help you try the ideas in your own classroom. The future may not be easily defined, but it can be shaped by teachers who are right now preparing the next generation of world citizens.

Click here to read chapter 1 of It’s Not What You Teach, But How: 7 Insights to Making the CCSS Work for You by Dr. Nancy Sulla

It’s Not What You Teach But How: 7 Insights to Making the CCSS Work for You by Dr. Nancy Sulla is available through Routledge or


Design innovative learning environments that engage students in learning, build greater responsibility in the classroom, and raise academic rigor.


Imagine a learning environment in which students pose questions and actively seek answers. They decide how they will use their time; take charge of setting and achieving goals; and work individually to build skills and collaboratively develop solutions to real-world problems. Computer technology is used throughout the day, seamlessly, as students and teachers need it: from handheld devices to laptops to interactive whiteboards. Students walk over to a flat-screen monitor on the wall and talk to students in another part of the world. Teachers move around the room, sitting with students who share their accomplishments, asking probing questions and gathering assessment data that will shape tomorrow’s instructional plans. You hear students talking about content; their vocabulary is sophisticated for their grade level; their thinking processes are evident through their discussions and reflections. They are intent on the task at hand, yet not everyone is working on the same thing at the same time. No one is off task; no one is misbehaving. Every now and then you hear a cheer or a student exclaim, “I got it!” as they excitedly dive into the next phase of a project. They pack up certain activities and move on to others without the prompting of the teacher. No one watches the clock; no one wants to leave. This is a snapshot of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™.

This 2011 1st edition of Students Taking Charge has been replaced with two new K-5 and 6-12 editions. (see top of page)