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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Major Themes from iNACOL 2016

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Educators from across the country gathered in San Antonio October 24-28 for iNACOL’s annual Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Here are some of the major themes from this year’s event.

Redefine Success

Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, opened the conference with a call to action. The recently adopted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has given our country the opportunity to redefine what success looks like for our students. States now control local educational policies and are encouraged to broaden the indicators of student success beyond standardized test scores. Now is the time for purposeful discussions about educational policy at all levels. Our students need fearless leaders to challenge the status quo and support changes that have a lasting impact.

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Don’t Forget to Wish Someone a Happy National Dictionary Day Today!

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Unless you’re a lexicographer, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of National Dictionary Day, but it’s celebrated by word nerds every year on October 16, the birthday of Noah Webster. Webster’s name has become synonymous with the word “dictionary” because he actually wrote the first American dictionary, an arduous task that took him more than twenty years to complete. When he finished the American Dictionary of the English Language at age 70, it defined more than 65,000 words! Read More

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Online Learning [Infographic]

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Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Online Learning Programs

Online learning has disrupted education, and with many schools sharing fantastic results it’s exciting to add these learning options for students. However, in the enthusiasm of getting started, goal setting might be overlooked. Too many times I’ve heard someone at a school say, “We tried an online learning program, but it didn’t really work.” Having clear goals for any school program is a key factor for success. The S.M.A.R.T goals framework is a simple way to engage in goal setting that will set your school, district, or classroom up for success. Use the outline below to learn how to apply S.M.A.R.T. goals for online learning.

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Top New Books for Educators: See October Releases


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


Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change
Catlin R. Tucker, Tiffany Wycoff, Jason T. Green

Blended learning has the power to reinvent education, but transitioning to a blended model is challenging. Blended learning requires a fundamentally new approach to learning as well as a new skillset for both teachers and school leaders. Loaded with research, examples, and resources, Blended Learning in Action demonstrates the advantages a blended model has over traditional instruction when technology is used to engage students both inside the classroom and online.

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