Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in March:
Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School focuses on positive and prosocial attitudes and behaviors that build a respectful and compassionate school environment, while also addressing the tough issues of prejudice, anger, exclusion, and bullying. Through role-playing, perspective-taking, sharing, writing, discussion, and more, students develop the insights and skills they need to accept differences, resolve conflicts peacefully, stop bullying among peers, and create a community of kindness in their classrooms and school. Based on survey data gathered by the authors from more than 1,000 students, the book’s research-based lessons are easy to implement and developmentally appropriate. Digital content includes student handouts from the book.
Engaging Eager and Reluctant Learners: STEM Learning in Action
Dennis Adams, Mary Hamm
This book will help educators design STEM programs and lessons that foster teamwork and thinking while getting students actively involved in their own learning. There are many practical ideas and lesson plans that will help teachers reach both eager and reluctant learners. The suggestions for STEM curriculum and instruction are research based and standards driven.
This book looks at collaborative learning, differentiation, and diversity all the while building instruction in the STEM subjects and good hands-on materials. This is done in a way that is designed to help every student feel successful and part of the class as a whole. It shows a deep respect for the unique relationship between teachers and their students as they try to navigate their way into the future. Suggestions are designed to help learners question, analyze, interpret, problem solve, and discover.
The STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are essential to understanding the world of today and the world of tomorrow. The authors view is that it takes more than innovation alone; for innovation to be useful, products of the imagination must be arranged in ways that allow them to be used to solve real world problems.
Learn how you can work more effectively with teachers in your role as a technology and innovation coach. In this new book from bestselling author A. J. Juliani, you’ll gain helpful advice on mentoring teachers, establishing collaborative teacher teams, influencing school culture, handling resistance, and improving student achievement. Throughout the book, you’ll find examples from different grade levels and tools that you can adapt for your own use. Whether you are an experienced technology and innovation coach or are just getting started in a new position, you will benefit from the practical, down-to-earth advice in this book.
Leadership in America’s Best Urban Schools
Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Cynthia L. Uline, Lynne G. Perez
Leadership in America’s Best Urban Schools describes and demystifies the qualities that successful leaders rely on to make a difference at all levels of urban school leadership. Grounded in research, this volume reveals the multiple challenges that real urban elementary, middle, and high schools face as well as the catalysts for improvement. This insightful resource explores the critical leadership characteristics found in high-performing urban schools and gives leaders the tools to move their schools to higher levels of achievement for all students—but especially for those who are low-income, English-language learners, and from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. In shining a light on the essential qualities for exceptional leadership at all levels of urban schools, this book is a valuable guide for all educators and administrators to nurture, influence, support, and sustain excellence and equity at their schools.
Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success
Karen Mapp, Ilene Carver, Jessica Lander
Teachers and administrators will learn how to create the respectful, trusting relationships with families necessary to build the educational partnerships that best support children’s learning. The book will cover the mindset and core beliefs required to bond with families, and will provide guidance on how to plan engagement opportunities and events throughout the school year that undergird effective partnerships between families and schools.
STEM Lesson Guideposts: Creating STEM Lessons for Your Curriculum
Jo Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer, Joel Villegas
STEM Lesson Guideposts presents a clear and actionable approach for teachers and leaders to follow in developing meaningful STEM lessons and units. This companion to the bestselling STEM Lesson Essentials is a practical guide for helping you on your journey of creating integrated, interdisciplinary STEM units.
Educators often ask, “Where do I begin?” when thinking about STEM learning. Inspired by this question, Jo Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer, and Joel Villegas developed the W.H.E.R.E. planning model—five interrelated guideposts that provide structure and guidance for conceiving, creating, and organizing STEM experiences. These key focus areas include:
- What and Why: What needs to be learned and why?
- How: How do I plan to meet this goal?
- Evidence and Evaluate: What evidence of learning will be used and how will I evaluate the final product?
- Rigor and Relevance: How will I provide opportunities that will lead to increased rigor and relevance?
- Excite, Engage, Explore: What activities will excite my students and engage them in the STEM practices?
Guided by this research-based, comprehensive template, you’ll learn to create hands-on, inquiry-focused experiences using your own curriculum and standards. You’ll develop STEM lessons which are not only rigorous but relevant to your students. Filled with guided support and tips for teachers, this book moves from thinking about “what is” STEM to the “how” of constructing impactful STEM lessons and units.