Top New Books for Educators March 2016
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Top New Books for Educators: Designing Data Reports that Work: A Guide for Creating Data Systems in Schools and Districts

Designing Data Reports that Work: A Guide for Creating Data Systems in Schools and Districts
Jenny Grant Rankin

Designing Data Reports that Work provides research-based best practices for constructing effective data systems in schools and for designing reports that are relevant, necessary, and easily understood. Clear and coherent data systems and data reports significantly improve educators’ data use and save educators time and frustration. The strategies in this book will help those responsible for designing education data reports—including school leaders, administrators, and educational technology vendors—to create productive data reports individualized for each school or district. This book breaks down the key concepts in creating and implementing data systems, ensuring that you are a better partner with teachers and staff so they can work with and use data correctly and improve teaching and learning.

Top New Books for Educators: For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
Christopher Emdin

Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on and approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each student’s culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike—both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the “Seven Cs” of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.

Top New Books for Educators: Standards for Reporting Data to Educators: What Educational Leaders Should Know and Demand

Standards for Reporting Data to Educators: What Educational Leaders Should Know and Demand
Jenny Grant Rankin

Standards for Reporting Data to Educators provides a synthesis of research and best practices of how data should be presented to educators in order to optimize the effectiveness of data use. Synthesizing over 300 sources of peer-reviewed research, expert commentary, and best practices, Rankin develops a set of data reporting standards that education data system vendors, providers, and creators can apply to improve how data is displayed for educators. The accurate and effective presentation of data is paramount to educators’ ability to successfully implement and make use of the most current knowledge in the field. This important book reveals the most effective ways to communicate data to ensure educators can use data easily and accurately.

Top New Books for Educators: Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders

Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders
James Rickabaugh

In this powerful new book, James Rickabaugh, former superintendent and current director of the Institute for Personalized Learning (IPL), presents the groundbreaking results of the Institute’s half-decade of research, development, and practice: a simple but powerful model for personalizing students’ learning experiences by building their levels of commitment, ownership, and independence.

Tried and rigorously tested in urban, suburban, and rural districts—and in different academic and economic settings—the IPL model has been proven to enhance student engagement and achievement at all levels.

Top New Books for Educators: Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education

Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education
Chris Dede, Arthur Eisenkraft, Kim Frumin, Alex Hartley

With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training, Teacher Learning in the Digital Age examines exemplary models of online and blended teacher professional development, including information on the structure and design of each model, intended audience, and existing research and evaluation data. From video-based courses to just-in-time curriculum support platforms and MOOCs for educators, the cutting-edge initiatives described in these chapters illustrate the broad range of innovative programs that have emerged to support preservice and in-service teachers in formal and informal settings.

Top  New Books for Educators: Ticked Off: Checklists for teachers, students, school leaders

Ticked Off: Checklists for teachers, students, school leaders
Harry Fletcher-Wood

Ticked Off by Harry Fletcher-Wood introduces teachers to the checklist, but not as they’ve seen it before. Discover the rationale for using checklists, the key design principles behind them and the effect they can have. Checklists are already used in medicine, aeronautics and construction and they can help teachers too. Learn a deceptively simple way of completing critical actions well, particularly when under pressure. Ticked Off contains checklists which offer teachers and leaders a calmer, more organized life and a healthy approach to workload and well-being. These checklists can be adopted or adapted: they are ready to use, but offer guidance, examples and suggestions so teachers can personalize them for their needs. Free downloadable versions make this easy for busy teachers.

About the Author

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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.