As testing season ends and the close of the school year approaches, it can be easy to forget to show teachers appreciation and gratitude for everything they do. That’s why May is Teacher Appreciation Month! Throughout the month, students, parents, schools, and districts across the country will be working hard to show teachers just how appreciated and important they are.
There are many different ways to do this, both big and small. If you’re looking for ideas, we have some suggestions for you:
Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in May:
The Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness
Jessica Johnson, Shira Leibowitz, Kathy Perret
In The Coach Approach to School Leadership, Jessica Johnson, Shira Leibowitz, and Kathy Perret address a dilemma faced by many principals: how to function as learning leaders while fulfilling their evaluative and management duties. The answer? Incorporating instructional coaching techniques as an integral part of serious school improvement.
The authors explain how principals can:
- Master the skill of “switching hats” between the nonjudgmental coach role and the evaluative supervisor role.
- Expand their classroom visits and combine coaching with evaluation requirements.
- Nurture relationships with teachers and build a positive school culture.
- Provide high-quality feedback to support the development of both teachers and students.
- Empower teachers to lead their own professional learning and work together as a team.
Drawing from the authors’ work with schools as well as their conversations with educators across the globe, this thought-provoking book speaks to the unique needs of principals as instructional leaders, providing solutions to challenges in every aspect of this complex endeavor.
What successful blended learning programs have in common
Blended learning—a formal education program in which students receive both online and face-to-face instruction—is becoming an important fixture in the American educational landscape and has the ability to boost student outcomes in a major way. But determining how to implement blended learning at your own school can seem overwhelming.
Edgenuity examined successful blended learning programs across the country and identified 5 critical components of their success in our whitepaper, Building Capacity for Blended Learning.
Learn more about the critical components of successful blended learning programs in our infographic below, or read the full whitepaper here.
Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in April:
Becoming an Adoption-Friendly School: A Whole-School Resource for Supporting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma or Loss
Dr. Emma Gore Langton, Katherine Boy
Adopted children who have experienced loss, abuse or neglect need additional support for their emotional development, and are more likely to have special educational needs. This useful resource provides a complete plan for creating adoption-friendly environments in primary, secondary and specialist schools.
The book is grounded on new research which gathered together testimonies from over 400 school staff members, adoptive parents and adoption specialists. With realistic consideration of pressures and limitations currently faced by schools, it gives advice on eight key areas for school development, including communicating with parents, training staff, using resources wisely and recognizing children’s individual needs. Completing the toolkit is a broad selection of photocopiable and downloadable plans for establishing adoption-friendly frameworks, and for demonstrating good practice to staff, pupils, families and school inspectors.
Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in March:
Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying
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.