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|Author||: Naomi O'Brien,Lanesha Tabb|
|Editor||: Dave Burgess Consulting|
Reimagine social studies through culture, diversity, and inclusivity for all primary students Primary educators know that little kids can do big things. So why teach the same old lessons when we can expose students to impactful, interesting, and beautiful ideas about the real world? In an era of heightened political tensions and narrowed curricular focus, superstar educators Naomi O'Brien and LaNesha Tabb have found a surprising way to expose our youngest learners to more perspectives, center culture in the primary classroom, and take the need-and potential-for teaching about citizenship seriously: social studies! By laying out their revolutionary approach to teaching social studies, O'Brien and Tabb explain how to provide students with a deep but achievable understanding of global social systems as they're transformed by history, sociology, economics, geography, and civics. And, because the Unpack Your Impact curriculum can be folded into existing lessons for almost any topic, students garner an inclusive and interdisciplinary appreciation for how all learning shapes, and is shaped by, a diverse array of human cultures. Inspiring, optimistic, and empowering, Unpack Your Impact shows that primary teachers can make a positive impact-individually and globally. Unpack Your Impact delivers a profound and fresh perspective on cultural integration in social studies classrooms. It equips readers with meaningful and tangible methods to have honest discussions while exploring topics that have been desperately missing from traditional textbooks. Personally, my favorite aspect of the book is that LaNesha and Naomi present eye-opening ways to provide historical meaning across various subjects.-Dr. Valerie Camille Jones, mathematics specialist and Presidential Award winner LaNesha and Naomi have done it again! As educators, they understand what steps are needed to help teachers rethink their practices. The duo continues to push educators to do better for ALL kids!-Vera Ahiyya, educator and book curator This is what I wish I had in my early years of teaching. It is practical, inspiring, relevant, and needed! I encourage all educators to read this book and learn from two of the best!-Shaun Woodly, PhD, author, educator, speaker, and found of the movement Teach Hustle Inspire
|Author||: Suniti Sharma|
|Editor||: Bloomsbury Publishing USA|
While scholarship on the education of youth behind bars has largely focused on boys, more than one in three youth arrests in the USA is female, and Girls Behind Bars sets out to address this imbalance. The book offers autobiographies, life-stories, and counter-stories in order to challenge simplistic generalizations and empirical prescriptions. Girls Behind Bars provides the educational community with critical perspectives that examine empiricist epistemologies and positivist methodologies that label certain groups of girls as delinquent and mark them for punitive and corrective treatment behind bars. Sharma opens up the discussion on girls' gender, desire, and sexuality by offering a language for these issues absent in educational discourse. Finally, the book supports calls for educators and practitioners in their desire to envision and create transformative spaces that enable young girls behind bars to reclaim their education. Including a foreword by William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, this important and powerful book gives voice to a neglected, silenced, and misrepresented population - young girls behind bars.
|Author||: Salandra Grice|
|Editor||: Bookstand Publishing|
The Conscious Educator presents an honest, inspiring, and solutions-focused approach to creating more positive and equitable school experiences for every student. Inspired by her real-life teaching experiences as a former elementary school teacher, author Salandra Grice shines a light on the blind spots many teachers have when it comes to teaching culturally diverse students. She doesn't shy away from holding every teacher accountable for committing to become a culturally conscious educator. The topics Salandra covers in this work include important connections between culture and learning, and the misinformed ideology of colorblindness among many K-12 educators. In this well-researched book, Salandra pulls no punches in her attempt to ask educators to self-reflect, and to accept accountability for the lack of culturally aware educational practices, and the prevalence of inequitable practices, currently in place in today's schools. With its goal being the implementation of solutions to create greater pathways of success for every student, The Conscious Educator is the new guide for educators who want to be prepared to teach our 21st-century students. This book, filled with practical, ready-to-implement strategies and approaches for teaching diverse students, is the foundation for good teaching. Without these strategies and approaches, today's trend of fast fixes to enhance student achievement won't matter in attempts to close achievement gaps. The bottom line is this: If teachers do not know who they are teaching, then they cannot be effective in understanding how to teach them.
|Author||: Chris Ertel,Lisa Kay Solomon|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Two leading experts on "strategic conversation design" present creative methods for enabling teams to address issues while minimizing resource-depleting workshops and meetings, providing diagnostic questions, best practices, and advice.
|Author||: Gardner, Heather|
|Editor||: Human Kinetics|
Physical Literacy on the Move is a practical resource to help you guide students toward physical literacy. The book’s 120 games and activities are suitable for a variety of settings, are broken into four progressive levels, and are adaptable to optimize both the instruction and the fun.
|Author||: John Hattie|
In November 2008, John Hattie’s ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesised the results of more than fifteen years research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Visible Learning for Teachers takes the next step and brings those ground breaking concepts to a completely new audience. Written for students, pre-service and in-service teachers, it explains how to apply the principles of Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world. The author offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom. This book: links the biggest ever research project on teaching strategies to practical classroom implementation champions both teacher and student perspectives and contains step by step guidance including lesson preparation, interpreting learning and feedback during the lesson and post lesson follow up offers checklists, exercises, case studies and best practice scenarios to assist in raising achievement includes whole school checklists and advice for school leaders on facilitating visible learning in their institution now includes additional meta-analyses bringing the total cited within the research to over 900 comprehensively covers numerous areas of learning activity including pupil motivation, curriculum, meta-cognitive strategies, behaviour, teaching strategies, and classroom management. Visible Learning for Teachers is a must read for any student or teacher who wants an evidence based answer to the question; ‘how do we maximise achievement in our schools?’
|Author||: Carla Shalaby|
|Editor||: The New Press|
A radical educator’s paradigm-shifting inquiry into the accepted, normal demands of school, as illuminated by moving portraits of four young “problem children” In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a former elementary school teacher, explores the everyday lives of four young “troublemakers,” challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called problem children. Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and structures, large and small. Through delicately crafted portraits of these memorable children—Zora, Lucas, Sean, and Marcus—Troublemakers allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem. From Zora’s proud individuality to Marcus’s open willfulness, from Sean’s struggle with authority to Lucas’s tenacious imagination, comes profound insight—for educators and parents alike—into how schools engender, exclude, and then try to erase trouble, right along with the young people accused of making it. And although the harsh disciplining of adolescent behavior has been called out as part of a school-to-prison pipeline, the children we meet in these pages demonstrate how a child’s path to excessive punishment and exclusion in fact begins at a much younger age. Shalaby’s empathetic, discerning, and elegant prose gives us a deeply textured look at what noncompliance signals about the environments we require students to adapt to in our schools. Both urgent and timely, this paradigm-shifting book challenges our typical expectations for young children and with principled affection reveals how these demands—despite good intentions—work to undermine the pursuit of a free and just society.
|Author||: Deborah Brock,Aryn Martin,Rebecca Raby,Mark P. Thomas|
|Editor||: University of Toronto Press|
Rather than view social inequality as a problem for marginalized populations, Power and Everyday Practices turns the spotlight on the ways power and privilege are produced and reproduced in our everyday worlds
|Author||: Thich Nhat Hanh,Katherine Weare|
|Editor||: Parallax Press|
Happy Teachers Change the World is the first official, authoritative manual of the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the whole range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, these techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools, colleges, and universities. Beginning firmly with teachers and all those working with students, including administrators, counselors, and other personnel, the Plum Village approach stresses that educators must first establish their own mindfulness practice since everything they do in the classroom will be based on that foundation. The book includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step techniques perfected by educators to teach themselves and to apply to their work with students and colleagues, along with inspirational stories of the ways in which teachers have made mindfulness practice alive and relevant for themselves and their students across the school and out into the community. The instructions in Happy Teachers Change the World are offered as basic practices taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, followed by guidance from educators using these practices in their classrooms, with ample in-class interpretations, activities, tips, and instructions. Woven throughout are stories from members of the Plum Village community around the world who are applying these teachings in their own lives and educational contexts.
|Author||: Thomas W. Many,Michael J. Maffoni,Susan K. Sparks|
|Editor||: Solution Tree|
With Foreword by Rebecca DuFour Amplify Your Impact presents K-12 educators and school leadership with a collaborative approach to coaching teachers in their PLCs. The authors share best practices and processes teams can rely on to ensure they are doing the right work in a cycle of continuous improvement. Discover concrete action steps your school can take to adopt proven collaborative coaching methods, fortify teacher teams, support leadership development, and ultimately improve student learning in classrooms. Adopt a collaborative team-teaching approach to coaching and leadership development: Gain insights from teachers and empirical evidence from schools that confirm the benefits of how coaching and refining collaborative teams can strengthen PLCs. Use the Pathways Tool for Coaching Collaborative Teams to guide your team's conversations and team-based learning. Learn how to develop and use the strategy implementation guide (SIG) to map out your collaborative team success. Analyze coaching scenarios that illustrate how to turn ineffective team meetings into positive collaborative learning experiences. Increase instructional leadership development that promotes reflective coaching and a collaborative approach. Contents: Introduction Part I: The Why, How, and What of Coaching Collaborative Teams Chapter 1: Combining Coaching and Collaboration Chapter 2: Coaching Collaborative Teams in a PLC Part II: The Framework for Coaching Collaborative Teams Chapter 3: Amplifying Your Impact With Clarity Chapter 4: Amplifying Your Impact With Feedback Chapter 5: Amplifying Your Impact With Support Part III: Putting It All Together to Amplify Your Impact Chapter 6: Making it Real: Coaching Scenarios Afterword References and Resources Index
|Author||: Leah Price|
|Editor||: Yale University Press|
As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object—whether pristine collectible or battered relic—is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who share their collections with readers. Stunning photographs provide full views of the libraries and close-ups of individual volumes: first editions, worn textbooks, pristine hardcovers, and childhood companions. In her introduction, Leah Price muses on the history and future of the bookshelf, asking what books can tell us about their owners and what readers can tell us about their collections. Supplementing the photographs are Price's interviews with each author, which probe the relation of writing to reading, collecting, and arranging books. Each writer provides a list of top ten favorite titles, offering unique personal histories along with suggestions for every bibliophile. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books features the personal libraries of Alison Bechdel, Stephen Carter, Junot Díaz, Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker, Lev Grossman and Sophie Gee, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud and James Wood, Philip Pullman, Gary Shteyngart, and Edmund White.
|Author||: Starr Sackstein|
How to Go Gradeless -- Assessment That Makes Learning Visible. It's time to shift the conversation and make learning visible. Now, you can easily stop reducing students to a number, letter, or any label that misrepresents learning. Today, you can make assessment a rich, ongoing conversation that inspires learning.
|Author||: Trevor MacKenzie,Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt|
Harness the Power of Curiosity to Foster Students' Love for Learning From their youngest years, our children are innately curious. Cultivate an inquiry mindset both as a teacher and in your students! Adopt an inquiry approach that results in the most authentic and inspiring learning you've ever experienced!
|Author||: Michael Bonner|
|Editor||: Post Hill Press|
Michael Bonner knew he wanted to be a teacher after his favorite college professor, Dr. Poulson, inspired him. The professor’s passion and love for teaching prompted Michael to change his major and his life’s direction. But nothing prepared Michael for the reality of a Title One school. Teaching is fun until a 7-year-old is assaulting you or you’re dodging furniture being thrown at you. When you mix the craziness of a classroom with a marriage that was about to implode, anyone might want to quit. Smiling on the outside while feeling dead on the inside took this dedicated teacher to the breaking point. Michael knew he must change what was inside him, in his approach to life, or nothing would change anywhere else. So Michael took matters into his own hands to make four key paradigm shifts that helped him create a world of successful learning for his students and love within both the classroom and beyond. The result has been a transformation that’s taken Michael far beyond the classroom as he inspires thousands across the country. Many agree teaching is an amazing profession but there’s little discussion why so many teachers are leaving the profession. Get Up or Give Up: How I Almost Gave Up on Teaching shines a light into the internal battles and decisions educators face daily, and how we must make a conscious decision either to give in—or push through.
|Author||: Carol A. Tomlinson,Jay McTighe|
Shows how to combine two effective frameworks to provide a comprehensive approach to ensure all students are learning at maximum levels.
|Author||: William O'Brien|
|Editor||: Museum of Contemporary Art|
This volume will be the first monograph on the work of Chicago-based artist William J. O'Brien (born 1975), produced to accompany his first large-scale, solo exhibition opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in January 2014. The show demonstrates the broad range of O'Brien's work--from sculpture and ceramics to drawing, textiles and painting--and his guiding interest in physicality and the handmade. The catalogue expands the dominant narratives around his practice, which generally focus on his ceramics, to more accurately reflect his diverse, prolific practice as a whole. Exhibition curator Naomi Beckwith and contributing author and curator Trevor Smith contextualize the artist's work in light of recent modes in contemporary art history--l'informe, the handmade and semiotic play. Critic Jason Foumberg contributes a creative text inspired by the artist's working process. Together, the contributing essays make a strong contextual case for O'Brien's work that counters canonical themes of media-specificity and traditional art materials, producing a catalogue as expansive as the breadth of O'Brien's practice itself.
|Author||: Vernita Mayfield|
This book's strategies and tools help school leaders explore urgent and uncomfortable issues of race, bias, and privilege with their teachers throughout the school year.
|Author||: Sherri Cianca|
This textbook offers practical guidelines for integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into the elementary classroom in the context of addressing real-world problems, and cultivating in students high-level thinking and problem-solving skills. Designed to equip teachers and future teachers with tools to create and implement standards-based STEM curriculum and cognitively demanding tasks, author Sherri Cianca offers hands-on, easily implemented strategies that foster student reasoning, autonomy, and humanity. This fresh approach to STEM teaching empowers teachers (preservice and inservice) and other leaders to better understand the standards and better design effective instructional practices. The chapters work together to advance teachers’ abilities to achieve mastery-level understanding of content, translate standards into student-friendly curriculum, and create a robust learning environment. Each chapter contains "probes" to uncover incomplete and inaccurate conceptions and to focus attention on key learning elements. Chapter summaries and "Reflect and Apply" sections reinforce professional development, and appendices expand on chapter content and provide rich examples of STEM units, curriculum, and assessment criteria. Dr. Cianca's vision is that teachers serve as well-equipped change agents that will empower their students to transfer STEM learning into applications that will impart a positive impact on our future world.
|Author||: Nicole S. Turner|
|Editor||: Simply Coaching & Teaching|
At the core, an instructional coach and teacher leader is someone whose role is to work with teachers and school leaders to improve the educational outcomes of their students. Simply Instructional Coaching is a based on the experiences of Nicole S. Turner who has served as Lead Teacher, Differentiated Accountability Coach, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and a School Improvement and Turnaround Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education. Nicole has hosted internationally reached webinars, trained coaches in districts and one-on-one. In all of these roles, she has been asked hundreds of questions from coaches who are looking to make an impact on teachers. She has gathered the top questions asked and given explicit answers and even some 'How to" steps. This book is "Instructional Coaching Made Simple". Simply Instructional Coaching focuses on six parts: Part I: The Hype Around Instructional CoachingPart II: Transitioning to the Instructional Coaching RolePart III: Supporting Your TeachersPart IV: Utilizing Coaching CyclesPart V: PLCs, Team Planning and Professional DevelopmentPart VI: Building Relationships and Trust with Teachers.