Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in December:

 

The Principal′s Guide to School Budgeting, 3rd Edition
Richard D. Sorenson, Lloyd M. Goldsmith 

Create winning budgets aligned with today’s fiscal and academic realities

Developing budgets that meet changing economic constraints and instructional expectations is a challenge. The Principal’s Guide to School Budgeting is for administrators who want to enhance their instructional, technical, and managerial skills not only as school leaders but also as visionaries, planning coordinators, and budgeting managers. While retaining the features that made the first two editions bestsellers, this third edition incorporates the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), up-to-date statistics related to budgeting during lean times, and information about budgeting for technology enhancements and to meet new state and federal standards. Readers will find

  • a budgeting checklist and templates
  • standards-oriented scenarios
  • case study applications and questions
  • experiential activities
  • a glossary of terms

Showcasing real school finance scenarios, this guide will help administrators plan a successful budget, monitor funds, evaluate budget reports, and prepare action plans that keep students achieving during challenging times.

10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success
John Hattie, Klaus Zierer

The original Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influences on student achievement is how teachers think about learning and their own role. In 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning John Hattie and Klaus Zierer define the ten behaviors or mindframes that teachers need to adopt in order to maximize student success. These include:

  • thinking of and evaluating your impact on students’ learning;
  • the importance of assessment and feedback for teachers;
  • working collaboratively and the sense of community;
  • the notion that learning needs to be challenging;
  • engaging in dialogue and the correct balance between talking and listening;
  • conveying the success criteria to learners;
  • building positive relationships.

These powerful mindframes, which should underpin every action in schools, are founded on the principle that teachers are evaluators, change agents, learning experts, and seekers of feedback who are constantly engaged with dialogue and challenge.

This practical guide, which includes questionnaires, scenarios, checklists, and exercises, will show any school exactly how to implement Hattie’s mindframes to maximize success.

 

Word Smart, 6th Edition: 1400+ Words That Belong in Every Savvy Student’s Vocabulary
Princeton Review

LET YOUR VOCABULARY SPEAK FOR ITSELF.

Whether your goal is to get a competitive edge on a specific exam or simply to build your word knowledge, this updated sixth edition of Word Smart gives you the tools you need to transform your vocabulary and start using words with confidence!

WORD SMART, 6th EDITION includes:

  • More than 1,400 vocab words that belong in every savvy student’s vocabulary
  • Lists of common word roots and usage errors
  • Key terms you need to know to understand fields such as finance, science, and the arts
  • Need-to-know vocab for standardized tests like the SAT and GRE
  • Foreign phrases and abbreviations commonly encountered in reading or conversation

The words in this book come from a careful analysis of newspapers (from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal), magazines (from Time to Scientific American), and books from current bestsellers to classics. We also combed through the SAT and other standardized tests to determine which words are tested most frequently. We sifted out the words that most people know, and focused on words that most people misunderstand or misuse.

 

Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research
Linda B. Nilson, Ludwika A. Goodson

Bring pedagogy and cognitive science to online learning environments

Online Teaching at Its Best: A Merger of Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research is the scholarly resource for online learning that faculty, instructional designers, and administrators have long been awaiting. Over 70 percent of degree-granting institutions offer online classes, and while technical resources abound, the courses often fall short of integrating the best practices in online pedagogy, even if they comply with online course design standards. Typically these standards omit the best practices in teaching and learning and the principles from cognitive science, leaving students struggling to keep the pace, understand the material, and fulfill their true potential as learners. This book fills the gap, providing evidence-based practices for online teaching, online course design, and online student motivation integrated with pedagogical and cognitive science to help you build the distance learning courses and programs your students deserve.

As more and more students opt for distance learning, it’s up to designers and instructors to rethink traditional methods and learn to work more effectively within the online learning environment, and up to administrators to provide the needed leadership. Online Teaching at Its Best provides practical, real-world advice grounded in educational science to help online instructors, instructional designers, and administrators deliver an exceptional learning experience.

  • Adopt new pedagogical techniques designed specifically for online learning environments
  • Ensure strong course alignment and effective student learning for online classes
  • Increase student retention, build necessary support structures, and train faculty more effectively
  • Integrate research-based course design and cognitive psychology into graduate or undergraduate programs

Distance is no barrier to a great education; what do stand in the way are inadequate online course design and implementation and deficient faculty training and support—all of which administrators can mitigate. Online Teaching at Its Best will help you ensure that your online classes measure up to the rigor and quality of excellence in teaching and assessment, build in the personal touch for developing a learning community and equip your students to succeed in the next challenge.

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Data Leadership for K-12 Schools in a Time of Accountability
Evan G. Mense, Mindy Crain-Dorough

The monitoring of data within educational institutions is essential to ensure the success of its students and faculty. By continually analyzing data, educational leaders can increase quality and productivity in their institutions.

Data Leadership for K-12 Schools in a Time of Accountability explores techniques and processes of educational data analysis and its application in developing solutions and systems for instructional concerns and next-generation learning. Providing extensive research covering areas such as data-driven culture, student accountability, and data dissemination, this unique reference is essential for principals, administrators, practitioners, academicians, students, and educational consultants looking to maximize their institution’s performance.

 

Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap, 2nd Edition
Paul C. Gorski

This influential book describes the knowledge and skills teachers and school administrators need to recognize and combat bias and inequity that undermine educational engagement for students experiencing poverty.

The Second Edition features two new chapters—“Embracing a Structural View of Poverty and Education: Ditching Deficit Ideology and Quitting Grit” and “Cultivating School Change through Equity Literacy: Commitments and Strategies for School and District Leaders”—plus extensive revisions throughout based on newly available research and lessons from the author’s professional development work. Gorski outlines the dangers of “grit” and deficit perspectives as responses to educational disparities; offers research-informed, on-the-ground strategies for teaching and leading with equity literacy; and provides expanded lists of resources and readings to support transformative equity work in high-poverty and mixed-class schools.

Written in an engaging, conversational style that makes complex concepts accessible, this book will help readers learn how to recognize and respond to even the subtlest inequities in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

Book Features:

  • Offers a research-informed alternative to popular simplistic approaches that undermine genuine efforts at educational equity.
  • Outlines evidence-based strategies, policies, and practices that strengthen the educational success of students experiencing poverty.
  • Incorporates vignettes to help readers reflect on key points and apply the Equity Literacy framework to classroom- and school-based scenarios.
  • Embraces an intersectional approach to recognizing how class and poverty interact with race, gender, language, (dis)ability, and other dimensions of identity and experience.
  • Includes an updated Poverty and Class Awareness Quiz.

 

NOW Classrooms, Grades 9-12: Lessons for Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Technology
Meg Ormiston, Scott D. Parker, Tom Lubbers, Gretchen Fitzharris, Ellen K. Lawrence, Katie N. Aquino

Developed specifically for grades 9–12, this resource presents classroom-ready lessons that support the ISTE Standards for Students. Use the lessons, which focus on four essential skills—communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity—to take instruction and learning to the next level through the use of technology. Each chapter includes strategies for developing authentic learning experiences and discussion questions readers can use for personal reflection.

  • Understand that real transformational change results from teaching and learning, not ever-changing digital devices.
  • Give students opportunities to exercise their voice, choice, and creativity using multimedia and digital tools.
  • Implement practical novice-, operational-, and wow-level lessons and tips for using digital tools in classroom lessons.
  • Help students keep themselves and their data safe online and make ethical decisions on the Internet.

 

 

Sketchnoting in School: Discover the Benefits (and Fun) of Visual Note Taking
Karin Perry, Holly Weimer, Mary Ann Bell

This book provides everything you need to get started with visual note taking. Tools, inspiration, how to start, ways to practice, and ways to continue learning. It provides the research behind the benefits of using this tool for your own learning, as well as with your students. This note taking technique can be used by K-12 educators and beyond. The information is applicable to all grade levels and subject areas. The business world has been utilizing this technique for years, it’s time for education to jump on the bandwagon and make the most of creativity to help us learn, understand, and remember.

 

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Laura Almozara

As a child, Laura spent a lot of time reading and telling stories, at one point reading a new book every day. She took that interest with her to college, where she studied English and journalism. She then started working in publishing and eventually made her way to edtech. As someone with several teachers in her family, Laura is excited to be a part of the Where Learning Clicks team, helping to provide innovative education tools to some of the people who need them most.