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November’s Top 5 Education Book Releases: See What’s Coming Out This Month!

Teach Boldly! Unlock Teen Brainpower! November’s top 5 education book releases have a lot to say, and they’re saying it loudly.

Want to learn about the history of the school lunch line? Or maybe you’re interested in learning more about how creativity can spark student success, or how you can help students in traditionally underserved populations get the support they need to excel in school.

Whatever you’re interested in, there’s a book full of great information for you, so check out our picks for November’s top 5 education book releases below.

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Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good
Jennifer Williams

Today’s students are ready to design, dream, and MAKE the future. Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good is a guide for educators ready to activate positive change in teaching and learning through innovative practices, meaningful use of technology, and global collaboration.

The book offers a human-centered approach with design- and empathy-driven practices that address many aspects of teaching and learning. Topics covered include constructing agile classrooms, digital storytelling and communicating across lines of difference, and prioritizing feedback and active listening.

This book:

  • Invites readers to create a customized plan to leverage innovative practice, education technology, and global networks to activate positive change in the classroom and the world.
  • Discusses learning space design through the lens of empathy and amplification of student voice.
  • Provides easy-to-implement ideas for transforming learning and classroom culture through space.
  • Showcases the power of narrative and bringing focus to the need for storytelling in education and the world.
  • Offers direction for seeking out authentic feedback and steps for iterating on ideas with emphasis on preservation of voice and prioritization of creativity in expression of ideas.

With inspiration from real-world peaceMAKERS in education, Teach Boldly invites readers to create ready-to-go action plans for themselves as educators, for classroom communities, and for the global community.

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Unlock Teen Brainpower: 20 Keys to Boosting Attention, Memory, and Efficiency
Judy Willis

All teens today, born after 2000, were thrust into a world with challenges and opportunities non-existent for previous generations. The compelling natures of the internet and social media, combined with the accelerated accumulation of information and changing facts, place exceedingly high demands on their brains’ still developing critical control centers.

Without guided opportunities, though, their brains will not achieve adequate capability to develop these control centers until their late twenties or beyond.

While this book is for teens, it is parents, dedicated to their children’s success, who will guide them to the book’s resources so they can develop the brain circuits they need now, instead of delaying that a further 10 years.

Teens will enjoy learning about the neuroscience describing how their brains learn best and then choosing the activities they like, to activate their brain’s neuroplasticity to build their essential control networks now. Through the activities and keys in this book, they will assume the drivers’ seats as they boost their focus, organization, planning, motivated effort, thoughtful decision-making, emotional self-regulation, and memory construction.

As teens build the brains they want by using the guided skills they choose, they will embark on the path to achieving their highest potentials, effectively and joyfully.

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The New Smart: How Nurturing Creativity Will Help Children Thrive
Terry Roberts

In their world, neither static definitions of intelligence nor traditional ideas of training stand us in good stead. Rather, we need to reframe the question given what lies before us and come to terms with a different answer posited in a different language.

This list, then, describes those who will thrive in the 21st century:

  • They will blend multiple intelligences in a way that might be described as synthetic or even symphonic;
  • They will be ambitious and focused without being self-obsessed;
  • They will value asynchrony and even seek it out;
  • They will use their own marginality to generate novel perspective and new work;
  • They will exhibit a steadfast resilience in all phases of life; and
  • They will be measured by what they produce over the course of a lifetime, not by any static notion of capacity or quotient.

In the fractured environment of the 21st century, true success will be unique and unexpected―the result of a creative response to complex, shifting challenges. So, how do we prepare? How do we educate ourselves and our children for life in 2050?

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Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students: 50 Strategies for Equity and Excellence
Jennifer Ritchotte, Chin-Wen Lee, and Amy Graefe

The underrepresentation of students from historically marginalized populations—including English language learners, twice-exceptional students, culturally and linguistically diverse students, and economically disadvantaged students—in our gifted programs and services continues to be a critical issue in education. The importance of a caring and committed teacher who sees and supports the potential in all learners and who respects linguistic diversity and students’ cultural identity cannot be overstated, yet teachers need the knowledge and training to do so.

This reader-friendly guide meets that need, promoting equity in gifted education by providing teachers with a variety of flexible tools to nurture the academic and affective growth of their gifted students from traditionally underserved populations.

Over 50 strategies are outlined within 5 chapters addressing how teachers can see, understand, teach, challenge, and advocate for their underserved gifted learners in all content areas. The authors share numerous student quotes, teacher anecdotes, and spotlights on successful school efforts. Digital downloads include all forms from the book and a PDF presentation. A free PLC/Book Study Guide for use in professional development is also available.

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The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools
Jennifer E. Gaddis

There’s a problem with school lunch in America. Big Food companies have largely replaced the nation’s school cooks by supplying cafeterias with cheap, precooked hamburger patties and chicken nuggets chock-full of industrial fillers. Yet it’s no secret that meals cooked from scratch with nutritious, locally sourced ingredients are better for children, workers, and the environment. So why not empower “lunch ladies” to do more than just unbox and reheat factory-made food? And why not organize together to make healthy, ethically sourced, free school lunches a reality for all children?

The Labor of Lunch aims to spark a progressive movement that will transform food in American schools, and with it, the lives of thousands of low-paid cafeteria workers and the millions of children they feed. By providing a feminist history of the US National School Lunch Program, Jennifer E. Gaddis recasts the humble school lunch as an important and often overlooked form of public care. Through vivid narration and moral heft, The Labor of Lunch offers a stirring call to action and a blueprint for school lunch reforms capable of delivering a healthier, more equitable, caring, and sustainable future.

Did you miss last month’s picks? It’s not too late to see October’s top 5 education book releases.

About the Author

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Laura Almozara

As a child, Laura spent a lot of time reading and telling stories, at one point reading a new book every day. She took that interest with her to college, where she studied English and journalism. She then started working in publishing and eventually made her way to edtech. Laura is excited to be a part of the Where Learning Clicks team, helping to provide innovative education tools to some of the people who need them most.