Kimís published writing

Below are Kim’s articles, books, curriculum materials, and graphic displays. Almost all are "clickable", although articles with an asterisk * are from Phi Delta Kappan and are available only to Memo subscribers (for access, click the link, log in, and you’ll see all the Kappan articles).


Rubrics for evaluating teachers and principals

  • "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)

  • "How the Danielson Rubric Could Be More Effective for City Teachers and Principals" in Chalkbeat, April 11, 2014

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

  • "Teacher Evaluation Rubrics: The Why and the How" January 25, 2006, EDge Magazine, September/October 2006 *


  • Curriculum Materials

  • "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

  • Linear Curriculum Calendar for 2016-17

  • 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

  • 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 Writing, Usage, and Grammar (Educators Publishing Service, 1980)

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

  • Math: 35 Cumulative Units in Concepts and Skills (Educators Publishing Service, 1982)


  • Supervision and evaluation

  • "Rethinking Differentiation" in Phi Delta Kappan, September 2016

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

  • "Should Supervisors Intervene During Classroom Visits?" in Phi Delta Kappan, October 2015*

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

  • "Let's Cancel the Dog-and-Pony Show" in 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 H.S.P.S. (Hyperactive Superficial Principal Syndrome): A Progress Report" Phi Delta Kappan, May 2003 *

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


  • School leadership and effective schools

  • "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

  • "A Principal Looks Back: Standards Matter" Phi Delta Kappan, October 2003 (also published as a chapter in A Nation Reformed, Harvard Education Press, 2003) *

  • "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

  • "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

  • 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 studentsí K-12 teachers

  • K-12 teachers - A graphic showing the proportional amount of time that 66 or more different teachers spend with a child from kindergarten through high-school graduation

  • K-12 teachers plus outside influences - A graphic showing teachers and the surrounding factors affecting each child's development

  • 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.


  • Bostonís 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

  • 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