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March’s Top 5 Education Book Releases

Happy March, and hopefully happy early spring to you! Whether or not you’re able to spend time outside right now, we’ve chosen some great books for March’s top 5 education book releases.

Spring is a great time for forward-thinking, so several of the books we’ve chosen for March focus on the future—what more can we do to prepare our students for the future, and how can we use technology to help? And for those more interested in the here and now, we’ve got a couple selections to get you thinking about what you can be doing today to better help your students right now.

Check out our selections for March’s top 5 education book releases below, and happy reading!

WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive
Rex Miller, Bill Latham, Kevin Baird, Michelle Kinder

A shocking statistic in education reveals that 70% of K–12 teachers work under chronic stress. This revolutionary new book explains how removing stress from the classroom holds the key to improving education. The book also explains what administrators, teachers, parents, and communities can do to help accomplish a stress-free classroom.

For years, the expert voices said “disengagement” was the crucial issue behind poor educational environments and results. Naturally, only massive reform could fix it. But what if the enormous restructuring and expenditures attacked the wrong problem?

MindShift, an organization that reframes tired and clogged conversations, pushed the old conclusions off the table and started fresh. They gathered diverse leaders in education, leadership, neuroscience, architecture, and wellness in working forums around the nation. These pivotal meetings produced WHOLE, a game-changing approach to education. This book captures the story and details of how the system can be remade for real and lasting benefits to everyone.

With the authors’ expertise, the book exposes the exhausted and antiquated thinking that led to the present crisis. But, WHOLE also proposes a new era of disruptive change that can produce happier, healthier, and more successful education for the 21st century. The book introduces the outliers, tells the stories, and presents the roadmaps to:

  • Why teachers should be seen as high-performance athletes, requiring time for recovery and preparation
  • How schools can become “field hospitals,” combining learning with healing
  • Why space matters, how redesigning and refurnishing schools can eliminate stress and produce learning environments that are more open and inviting
  • Ways to properly integrate schools within communities, building honest relationships, increasing social capital, and achieving transparency that increases success

Packed with real-life examples, new research, and solutions that you can introduce to your own schools, students, and communities, WHOLE shows us how to move schools from the age of stress and insecurity to an age of true educational flourishing.

Transform Learning Through Technology: A Guide to the ISTE Standards for Coaches
ISTE

The role of the technology coach in education is constantly evolving and encompasses several elements—from establishing relationships with educators to improve learning outcomes to inspiring educators to use technology to ensure access to high-quality learning; from supporting educators to design learning experiences that meet the needs of all students to modeling digital citizenship and supporting educators and students in how to interact in a digital world.

This guide to the ISTE Standards for Coaches will help define the role of the coach; show how it relates to the roles addressed in the ISTE Standards for Students, Educators and Education Leaders; share information from research and the learning sciences relating to coaching cycles and methodologies; and present scenarios from coaches in diverse situations and with varied backgrounds.

The guide focuses on:

  • The role of educational technology coaches to transform learning, teaching, and leading with technology.
  • The coach as a key touchstone for change agency in the system to influence up, out, and down.
  • Professionalizing the coaching role, bringing coherence to how coaches relate to other educators and vice versa.
  • Working with educators to ensure that technology is integrated in a meaningful way to promote the development of knowledge and skills.

Teaching to Every Kid’s Potential: Simple Neuroscience Lessons to Liberate Learners
Layne Kalbfleisch

“Teachers hold the potential to provide a student with frustration or opportunity every day—and those states are closer together than you might think.”

When students repeatedly lose track of directions or take a long time to solve problems, it’s easy for teachers to see the distracted or off-task behavior, but not always to see the root of the problem. And often the same child who has an underdeveloped skill may have an opposing but hidden strength: a slow processor of information may also be a deep thinker.

Teaching to Every Kid’s Potential is an invitation to teachers to improve the learning in their classrooms, one student at a time, using practical, evidence-based strategies.

Focusing on five big ideas from neuroscience, the author shows how to apply them to build on the strengths of students. Each chapter unpacks the science to show how gifts and talents can arise to compensate for neural processing issues; and shows how to make small but powerful adjustments to classroom practice so that kids’ gifts can emerge.

Guiding the Next Great Generation: Rethinking How Teens Become Confident and Capable Adults
Jonathan Catherman

It’s cliché to say today’s adults hope the best for the next generation, yet fear the worst. As the gap between generations widens and our shared experiences dwindle, adults find it increasingly difficult to connect with and remain relevant to today’s young people. So the question is, what values can we pass on that will help them to become the next great generation? And how do we communicate those values effectively?

In this paradigm-shifting book, Jonathan Catherman shares with adults raised in the 1900s a fresh look at guiding 21st-century youth to become confident and capable adults. With relevant research and real-world examples, Catherman shows us the benefits of practicing and teaching four principles that will unite and empower us all:

  • Build bridges between generations
  • Transform raw talent into valued strengths
  • Practice stewardship before leadership
  • Live with purpose

Whether the emerging generation knows it or not, they need you. Their greatness tomorrow begins with your guidance today.

Chart a New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World
Rachelle Dene Poth

In researching the top skills students need to succeed in the future, author Rachelle Dene Poth identified the following: ability to communicate, work in teams, think creatively, problem-solve, and design. This book shows educators how to help students develop these essential skills through authentic, real-world learning experiences, building a pathway for the future of learning and work.

In this book, educators will get the tools they need to design more purposeful learning experiences to drive student engagement and motivation, promote creativity in learning, model risk-taking, and build classroom culture. Readers will discover how these activities can be woven into instruction rather than layered on existing curriculum, with ideas for getting started, suggestions in response to the statement, “If you’re doing this, try this instead,” and lessons learned along the way.

The book:

  • Fosters authentic learning through integration of digital tools and emerging trends.
  • Serves as a resource for emerging educators and those with varying levels of tech experience, helping them explore the use of different digital tools and concepts to prepare students for the future.
  • Offers clear examples and narratives from students and other educators who have implemented some of the tools discussed, focusing on themes of empowered learning, innovative design, and student choice.
  • Explores risks taken, failures experienced, and fun in working through the challenges, illustrating ways to weave established and emerging topics into curriculum.

This accessible resource is filled with ideas for empowering students to build confidence in sharing their learning, become more responsible digital citizens, and evolve into classroom creators.

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

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Where Learning Clicks

Since 1998, Edgenuity has been creating products and services that help all students achieve their full potential. As an extension of our efforts, we also produce Where Learning Clicks to share meaningful and timely ideas about trends, developments, and changes in education, as well as how to further incorporate technology into today’s classrooms.