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Top New Books for Educators in 2017

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Happy New Year! Now that most schools are back in session after the winter break, we’re here to help you get back into the swing of things with our regular recommendations for the top new books for educators. This time around, we’re featuring a couple books that were already published in January, as well as new releases coming at the end of the month and in February. Hurray for kicking off 2017 and the final semester of the 2016-2017 school year in style!

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Teaching with Crossword Puzzles

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On this day in 1913, the first known crossword puzzle was published in an edition of the New York World newspaper. Its inventor, journalist Arthur Wynne, called it a “Word-Cross Puzzle.” The title was accidentally flipped a few weeks later due to a typesetting error, but it ended up sticking! Check out Wynne’s very first Word-Cross Puzzle here. (Can you solve it?)

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How Did We Vote? State Education Results from the 2016 Election

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Many major decisions were made in the 2016 election on November 8th—most of which, we are all well aware of. However, unless you paid close attention to other states’ local results, you may have missed what’s to come for the future of education. On National Voter Registration Day, September 27th, we published an article summarizing the 2016 ballot measures that focused on K-12 education issues. Here are those results.

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Top New Books for Educators: Check out December’s Releases

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Here are some of December’s top new books for educators:

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Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student: The Teacher’s Getting-Started Guide
Jane Krauss, Kiki Prottsman

Our students are avid users and consumers of technology. Isn’t it time that they see themselves as the next technological innovators, too? Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student is the beginner’s guide for K-12 educators who want to learn to integrate the basics of computer science into their curriculum. Readers will find

  • Practical strategies for teaching computational thinking and the beginning steps to introduce coding at any grade level, across disciplines, and during out-of-school time
  • Instruction-ready lessons and activities for every grade
  • Specific guidance for designing a learning pathway for elementary, middle, or high school students
  • Justification for making coding and computer science accessible to all
  • A glossary with definitions of key computer science terms, a discussion guide with tips for making the most of the book, and companion website with videos, activities, and other resources

Momentum for computer science education is growing as educators and parents realize how fundamental computing has become for the jobs of the future. This book is for educators who see all of their students as creative thinkers and active contributors to tomorrow’s innovations.

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Top New Books for Educators: Check Out November’s Releases


Here are some of November’s top new books for educators:

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Alphabet Books: The K-12 Educators’ Power Tool
Bonnie Mackey, Hedy Schiller Watson

Alphabet books are perfect for establishing introductory lessons and serve as a starting point for project ideas. Alphabet Books: The K–12 Educators’ Power Tool is ideal for school and public librarians as well as teachers who need to meet specific learning standards. The indexing by topic, grade level, and content area helps in finding just the right book for the aligned instructional objective.

Some 300-plus alphabet books are additionally categorized according to the complexity of the text structure. Featured books for three grade level categories (Pre K–2, 3–6, and 7–12) are accompanied by instructional strategies to use with these books. Images of the finished student projects for every described strategy are included to clarify the instructional values. A chapter that focuses on the use of alphabet books in the English language learners’ classroom offers strategies for the specific needs of this student group.

Book features:

  • Presents in-depth indexing and coding for more than 300 alphabet books for grades K–12, providing an easy-access resource for librarians and teachers
  • Includes analysis of text structures and instructional values that helps educators link curriculum objectives to specific alphabet books
  • Provides lessons and strategies with featured books for pre-K through 12th grade
  • Describes specific instructional suggestions that can be used with ELL students with lists of second-language titles

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