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June’s Top Books on Education: See What’s Coming Out This Month!

Every month, hundreds of new books for educators are released, so finding the best ones can be difficult. To better help you, your students, and your coworkers, we’ve put together a list of June’s top books on education. Covering such topics as how to keep your students engaged with the latest technology, developing new teaching strategies, and increasing digital and educational equity among students, these books are full of great information to help you better serve your students and do your job. Check out what we picked for you this June!

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Learning Supercharged: Digital Age Strategies and Insights from the EdTech Frontier
Lynne Schrum, Sandi Sumerfield 

As educators seek out new ways to energize and engage their students and prepare them for the future, they need to know how to employ the latest technologies in creative and innovative ways.

Learning Supercharged looks at emerging approaches and tools, and incorporates professional educators’ stories of how and why they have implemented each trend, including information on challenges faced and overcome, how to get started, and other resources to explore.

Topics covered in Learning Supercharged include:

  • Digital equity considerations
  • Digital citizenship
  • Personalized learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Blending formal and informal learning
  • Coding and robotics
  • Makerspaces
  • Gamification and badging
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)

The book inspires educators to try new approaches with the understanding that they will devise new ways to synthesize, interpret, and implement ideas to fit their context, learners, and resources.

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Creative Coding: Lessons and Strategies to Integrate Computer Science Across the 6-8 Curriculum
Josh Caldwell

Access to high-quality computer science instruction has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Thanks to this movement, more students start middle school with some foundational knowledge of computer science and coding. This new set of creative skills empowers students to express themselves in powerful ways, but students still need opportunities and support to develop and hone those skills.

This book helps classroom teachers in several core content areas develop activities and projects to encourage computational thinking and coding skills, and to build bridges between those skills and practice. For math, science, English language arts, and social studies teachers, the resources in this book provide guidance to start integrating coding into their classes to complement and strengthen existing instruction.

This book also includes:

  • Lessons and projects to help students apply computational thinking and coding skills in core academic classes.
  • Examples from classroom teachers in different content areas to support student learning.

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It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity, and the Power of Transformative Teaching
Steven Goodman

Speaking out against decades of injustice and challenging deficit perceptions of young learners and their families, It’s Not About Grit pulls back the veil, revealing the social systems that marginalize and stigmatize mostly poor, urban students of color and their communities. At the same time, author Steven Goodman, founding executive director of NYC’s highly acclaimed Educational Video Center (EVC) for nearly 35 years, shows the tremendous intelligence, resilience, and sense of agency of these students. Through the students’ in-school and out-of-school experiences, enhanced with a curriculum guide and award-winning video clips from EVC, Goodman encourages educators to make a difference and demonstrates how to create a safe and inclusive school climate where their teaching responds to students’ culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, housing status, and ability. Teachers will use this book to develop a pedagogy of transformative teaching.

Book Features:

  • Draws on the author’s many years of practice with struggling learners who may be experiencing the trauma of poverty, violence, or family separation
  • Uses a unique blend of students’ personal stories, classroom experience, and social and political policy to inform the teaching of marginalized students
  • Provides a comprehensive review of the issues that students bring to the classroom, including health and housing, police and juvenile justice, immigration, gender and identity, and foster care
  • Links to original clips from student-produced video documentaries and a curriculum guide to spark discussions in college courses, professional development workshops, and high school classes: www.tcpress.com/goodman-video-clips

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Personalized Reading: Digital Strategies and Tools to Support All Learners
Michele Haiken, L. Robert Furman

Due to the diversity of readers in today’s classrooms, teachers are called upon to teach not reading, but readers. Personalized Reading highlights four different types of readers—the struggling reader, the reluctant reader, English learners, and advanced readers—and presents ways to use technology tools to accommodate their different reading styles. The strategies and classroom-ready ideas in this book will help secondary educators incorporate technology to promote reading, critical thinking, and digital literacy, and will answer questions like: How can teachers meet the needs of all learners to help them think critically and communicate effectively? How can teachers approach reading of visual, print, and digital text?

This book will:

  • Help teachers empower students with the skills and strategies they need for reading success, and to find joy in reading.
  • Inspire teachers to think beyond the text to help meet students where they are and raise the level of thinking about teaching readers.
  • Provide activities and lessons to help support the diverse learners that enter the classroom, and highlight a variety of technology tools to tap into the multifaceted texts students can access.

With this book, secondary teachers will develop the skills they need to help students select their own texts, conduct reading workshops, and teach students to read both print and visual texts, while identifying what works best for each student to maximize learning and potential.

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Leapfrogging Inequality: Remaking Education to Help Young People Thrive
Rebecca Winthrop

Exemplary stories of innovation from around the world

In an age of rising inequality, getting a good education increasingly separates the haves from the have-nots. In countries like the United States, getting a good education is one of the most promising routes to upper-middle-class status, even more so than family wealth. Experts predict that by 2030, 825 million children will reach adulthood without basic secondary-level skills, and it will take a century for the most marginalized youth to achieve the educational levels that the wealthiest enjoy today. But these figures do not even account for the range of skills and competencies needed to thrive today in work, citizenship, and life. In a world where the ability to manipulate knowledge and information, think critically, and collaboratively solve problems are essential to thrive, access to a quality education is crucial for all young people.

In Leapfrogging Inequality, researchers chart a new path for global education by examining the possibility of leapfrogging—harnessing innovation to rapidly accelerate educational progress—to ensure that all young people develop the skills they need for a fast-changing world. Analyzing a catalog of nearly 3,000 global education innovations, the largest such collection to date, researchers explore the potential of current practices to enable such a leap. As part of this analysis, the book presents an evidence-based framework for getting ahead in education, which it grounds in the here-and-now by narrating exemplary stories of innovation from around the world. Together, these stories and resources will inspire educators, investors, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, and policymakers alike to rally around a new vision of educational progress—one that ensures we do not leave yet another generation of young people behind.

Did you miss last month’s recommendations? It’s not too late to see May’s top books on education.

About the Author


Sasha Wordlaw

Sasha joined Edgenuity in 2015 as a Success Coach where she helped teachers and students achieve success through mentorship and assistance with their education platforms. During her tenure, Sasha was thrilled to further expand her experience with the marketing team, helping to inform people about the latest in edtech and education. As the oldest child in her family and a mother to one, Sasha has been dedicated to enriching the minds of children for most of her life. Her love for education combined with studies in theatre and film led her to teach children’s theatre for 3 years before working in special education with Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona. Sasha continues her devotion to the arts within the Phoenix theatre community, working on stage and behind-the-scenes. A proud Nashville, TN native, Sasha and her son now call Arizona home.