Top New Books for Educators June 2016
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Top New Books for Educators: See What’s Coming Out in June

Here are June’s top new books for educators:

June's Top New Books for Educators: Every Teacher a Leader

Every Teacher a Leader: Developing the Needed Dispositions, Knowledge, and Skills for Teacher Leadership
Barbara B. Levin, Lynne Schrum

Every teacher is a leader in their own right. When teachers embrace certain dispositions, knowledge, and skills for leadership, the whole school culture is changed for the better. Whether you’re a teacher who’s ready to take on new roles or an administrator looking to develop strong leaders, this book is for you.

This practical handbook prepares teachers for leadership roles with specific how-tos for the essential skills they’ll need most: running meetings, teaching colleagues, providing feedback, conducting needs assessments, delivering effective professional development, resolving conflicts, employing technology, and more.

June's Top New Books for Educators: Level Up Your Classroom

Level Up Your Classroom: The Quest to Gamify Your Lessons and Engage Your Students
Jonathan Cassie

Get to know gamification, an instructional approach that’s revolutionizing K–12 education. Games are well known for their ability to inspire persistence. The best games feature meaningful choices that have lasting consequences, reward experimentation, provide a like-minded community of players, gently punish failure, and encourage risk-taking behavior. Players feel challenged, but not overwhelmed. In the classroom, a gamified lesson fosters perseverance, creativity, and resilience. Students build knowledge through experimentation and then apply what they’ve learned to fuel further exploration at higher levels of understanding.

June's Top New Books for Educators: Policy Patrons

Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence
Megan E. Tompkins-Stange

Policy Patrons offers a rare behind-the-scenes view of decision making inside four influential education philanthropies: the Ford Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The outcome is an intriguing, thought-provoking look at the impact of current philanthropic efforts on education.

June's Top New Books for Educators: Redesigning Learning Spaces

Redesigning Learning Spaces
Robert Dillon, Ben Gilpin, A.J. Juliani, Erin Klein

Bring hope, joy, and positive energy back into the daily work of the classroom. Explore how learning space design can positively impact classroom learning, the culture of a school, healthy communities, and systems and structures that make education meaningful. In this book you’ll:

  • Find resources for redesigning spaces on a sustainable budget.
  • Support technology integration through blended and virtual learning.
  • Hear success stories from the field.

June's Top New Books for Educators: Striving for Equity

Striving for Equity: District Leadership for Narrowing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps
Robert G. Smith, S. David Brazer

Based on in-depth interviews, Striving for Equity brings to light the complex and illuminating stories of thirteen longtime superintendents—all leaders of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)—who were able to make progress toward narrowing opportunity and achievement gaps in traditional school districts with diverse populations and multiple, competing agendas. Drawing on current research in organizational learning, the authors introduce a framework consistent with the systemic perspective of these superintendents to help school leaders who want to prioritize the narrowing of gaps.

June's Top New Books for Educators: Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education

Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education: A Concise Topical Survey
Paul Drijvers, Lynda Ball, Bärbel Barzel, M. Kathleen Heid, Yiming Cao, Michela Maschietto

This topical survey provides an overview of the current state of the art in technology use in mathematics education, including both practice-oriented experiences and research-based evidence, as seen from an international perspective. Three core themes are discussed: Evidence of effectiveness; Digital assessment; and Communication and collaboration.

The survey’s final section offers suggestions for future trends in technology-rich mathematics education and provides a research agenda reflecting those trends. Predicting what lower secondary mathematics education might look like in 2025 with respect to the role of digital tools in curricula, teaching and learning, it examines the question of how teachers can integrate physical and virtual experiences to promote a deeper understanding of mathematics.

Did you miss out on last month’s recommendations? It’s not too late to see top new books for educators from May.

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Debbie Malone

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.