Top New Books for Educators April 2016
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Top New Books for Educators: Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education
Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system. At a time when standardized testing businesses are raking in huge profits, when many schools are struggling, and students and educators everywhere are suffering under the strain, Robinson points the way forward. He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century. Filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, case histories, and groundbreaking research—and written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style—Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education.

Top New Books for Educators: Data Literacy for Educators: Making It Count in Teacher Preparation and Practice

Data Literacy for Educators: Making It Count in Teacher Preparation and Practice
Ellen B. Mandinach, Edith S. Gummer

Data literacy has become an essential skill set for teachers as education becomes more of an evidence-based profession. Teachers in all stages of professional growth need to learn how to use data effectively and responsibly to inform their teaching practices. This groundbreaking resource describes data literacy for teaching, emphasizing the important relationship between data knowledge and skills and disciplinary and pedagogical content knowledge. Case studies of emerging programs in schools of education are used to illustrate the key components needed to integrate data-driven decision-making into the teaching curricula. The book offers a clear path for change while also addressing the inherent complexities associated with change. Data Literacy for Educators provides concrete strategies for schools of education, professional developers, and school districts.

Top New Books for Educators: Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach

Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach
Susan M. Bearden

Use this book’s community-based approach to building digital citizenship to teach, learn, and thrive in today’s digital environment. Expertly navigate the pitfalls of the digital world, take hold of the plethora of opportunities available to you, and confidently engage in online connections without fear!  Educators, parents, and students will discover how to:

  • Protect privacy and leave positive online footprints
  • Understand creative credits and copyright freedoms
  • Foster responsible digital behaviors through safe and secure practices
  • Enlist all stakeholders to help ingrain digital citizenship into the school culture

Top New Books for Educators: DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence

DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence
Kate Roberts, Maggie Beattie Roberts

What’s DIY Literacy? It’s making your own visual teaching tools instead of buying them. It’s using your teaching smarts to get the most from those tools. And it’s helping kids think strategically so they can be DIY learners.

“Teaching tools create an impact on students’ learning,” write Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts. “They help students hold onto our teaching and become changed by the work in the classroom.” Of course, you and your students need the right tools for the job, so first Kate and Maggie share four simple, visual tools that you can make. Then they show how to maximize your instructional know-how with suggestions for using the tools to:

  • Make your reading and writing strategies stick.
  • Motivate students to reach for their next learning goal.
  • Differentiate instruction simply and quickly.

Top New Books for Educators: Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You're At It, All the Others)

Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You’re At It, All the Others)
Ross W. Greene

Lost and Found is a follow-up to Dr. Ross Greene’s landmark works, The Explosive Child and Lost at School, providing educators with highly practical, explicit guidance on implementing his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Problem Solving model with behaviorally-challenging students. While the first two books described Dr. Greene’s positive, constructive approach and described implementation on a macro level, this useful guide provides the details of hands-on CPS implementation by those who interact with these children every day. Readers will learn how to incorporate students’ input in understanding the factors making it difficult for them to meet expectations and in generating mutually satisfactory solutions. Specific strategies, sample dialogues, and time-tested advice help educators implement these techniques immediately.

Top New Books for Educators: When School Policies Backfire: How Well-Intended Measures Can Harm Our Most Vulnerable Students

When School Policies Backfire: How Well-Intended Measures Can Harm Our Most Vulnerable Students
Michael A. Gottfried, Gilberto Q. Conchas

Like medical practitioners, educators share the moral obligation to “first, do no harm.” But as this provocative volume shows, education policies do not always live up to this ideal, especially policies intended to help our most vulnerable students. When School Policies Backfire draws our attention to education policies designed to help disadvantaged students that instead had the perverse effect of harming them by exacerbating the very problems they were intended to solve.

The rigorous case studies that make up the book are contributed by a diverse group of scholars with different methodological approaches. The cases address important areas of education reform, from literacy and technology programs to school closings, school choice, and accountability policies. Each case shows how and why a particular program backfired. Taken together, they present a wide-ranging critique of the kinds of policies that compose the cornerstones of current education reform efforts.

 

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Debbie is an Arizona native and longtime resident of the Phoenix area. She has always had a passion for telling a good story and decided to study journalism and mass communication at Arizona State University where she earned her BA in 2009. Following graduation, she spent four years working as a web content writer before joining the Edgenuity family in 2014. Debbie is proud to be able to share the story of her time at Edgenuity and the company's efforts to propel students everywhere toward academic success and achievement. In addition to writing (both professionally and for fun), Debbie also enjoys reading, gaming, archery, and avoiding sunlight.