Book Selections

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The Passion Driven Classroom – Angela Maiers

The Passion Driven Classroom – Angela Maiers

Turn your classroom into a thriving community of learners! In The Passion-Driven Classroom, bestselling authors Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold show you how to spark and sustain your students’ energy, excitement, and love of learning. This updated edition offers a new framework for changing your mindset and implementing a passion-driven classroom, where passion meets practice every day as students learn new skills and explore their talents. You’ll come away with specific examples of how to set up your classroom, how to manage it, and how to assign passion projects where students take the lead. With this book, you’ll be able to move away from prescription-driven learning toward Passion-Driven Learning, so you can make a real difference in the lives of your students.

Stop. Right. Now.: 39 Stops to Making School Better – Jimmy Casas

Stop. Right. Now.: 39 Stops to Making School Better – Jimmy Casas

School can be amazing. But for far too long, many practices have continued simply because of the phrase “that is the way we have always done it.” The status quo and average results are no longer acceptable!

In Stop. Right. Now. authors and education leaders Jimmy Casas and Jeffrey Zoul identify 39 practices, programs, processes, philosophies, and people problems that schools must eliminate in order to improve education for all involved. Schools are inspiring and joyous places, but they can be so much better. In this book, the authors invite you to join a campaign to do less by. . .

  • Putting an end to “more solely for the sake of more”
  • Not doing things merely because they have always been done
  • Saying no to what doesn’t work
  • Finding better ways to serve students—and the entire school community
Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. – Jimmy Casas

Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. – Jimmy Casas

Eradicate Average! CULTURIZE Your School. Average schools don’t inspire greatness–and greatness is what our world needs if we are going to produce world-changing learners. In Culturize, author and education leader Jimmy Casas shares insights into what it takes to cultivate a community of learners who embody the innately human traits our world desperately needs, such as kindness, honesty, and compassion. His stories reveal how these “soft skills” can be honed while meeting and exceeding academic standards of twenty-first-century learning.

You’ll learn…

  • How to reach those who seem unreachable.
  • What to do when students disengage or drop out of school.
  • How to ensure your learners feel cared for and empowered.
  • How to create an environment where all learners are challenged and inspired to be their best.
The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World – Jordan Shapiro

The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World – Jordan Shapiro

In The New Childhood, Jordan Shapiro provides a hopeful counterpoint to the fearful hand-wringing that has come to define our narrative around children and technology. Drawing on groundbreaking research in economics, psychology, philosophy, and education, The New Childhood shows how technology is guiding humanity toward a bright future in which our children will be able to create new, better models of global citizenship, connection, and community.

Shapiro offers concrete, practical advice on how to parent and educate children effectively in a connected world, and provides tools and techniques for using technology to engage with kids and help them learn and grow. He compares this moment in time to other great technological revolutions in humanity’s past and presents entertaining micro-histories of cultural fixtures: the sandbox, finger painting, the family dinner, and more. But most importantly, The New Childhood paints a timely, inspiring and positive picture of today’s children, recognizing that they are poised to create a progressive, diverse, meaningful, and hyper-connected world that today’s adults can only barely imagine.

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Teacher’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Teacher’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

The Mobile Learning Mindset series offers practical knowledge and strategies for successful implementation of K-12 BYOD programs and 1:1 initiatives. This six-book collection provides district leaders, principals, teachers, IT staff, educational coaches and parents with the information they need to make any mobile learning program a success. The Teacher’s Guide to Implementation offers insight and inspiration to teachers who are about to participate in a mobile device initiative or already have. Through practical examples the book addresses how to leverage mobile technology to center learning around the student, provide efficient formative assessments and facilitate parent communication and professional development.

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Parent’s Guide to Supporting Digital Age Learners – Carl Hooker

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Parent’s Guide to Supporting Digital Age Learners – Carl Hooker

One key to a successful 1:1 initiative is keeping parents informed on the ins and outs of having mobile devices in the home. The Parent’s Guide to Supporting Digital Age Learners offers insight and guidance for parents facing some of the new challenges that come with mobile devices, including concerns about screen time, cyberbullying and digital footprints. This book provides advice, tools and scenarios parents can use with their children to maintain digital wellness, use social media safely and respectfully and establish household guidelines.

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Coach’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Coach’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

The Mobile Learning Mindset series offers practical knowledge and strategies for successful implementation of K-12 BYOD programs and 1:1 initiatives. This six-book collection provides district leaders, principals, teachers, IT staff, educational coaches and parents with the information they need to make any mobile learning program a success.The Coach’s Guide to Implementation shares lessons learned and provides many examples and staff development activities that will help educational coaches prepare teachers who are about to participate in a mobile device initiative or already have.

Mobile Learning Mindset: The IT Professional’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

Mobile Learning Mindset: The IT Professional’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

The Mobile Learning Mindset series offers practical knowledge and strategies for successful implementation of K-12 BYOD programs and 1:1 initiatives. This six-book collection provides district leaders, principals, teachers, IT staff, educational coaches and parents with the information they need to make any mobile learning program a success. The IT Professional’s Guide to Implementation addresses the technology components necessary to support a mobile device initiative, as well as how to work with leaders, teachers, trainers, and parents on making the initiative a success.

Mobile Learning Mindset: The District Leader’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

Mobile Learning Mindset: The District Leader’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

The Mobile Learning Mindset series offers practical knowledge and strategies for successful implementation of K-12 BYOD programs and 1:1 initiatives. This six-book collection provides district leaders, principals, teachers, IT staff, educational coaches and parents with the information they need to make any mobile learning program a success. The District Leader’s Guide to Implementation shares lessons learned and provides many examples and activities— such as how to build a brand, foster innovation and increase motivation—that will help school leaders who are about to implement a mobile device initiative or already have.

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Principal’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

Mobile Learning Mindset: The Principal’s Guide to Implementation – Carl Hooker

The Mobile Learning Mindset series offers practical knowledge and strategies for successful implementation of K-12 BYOD programs and 1:1 initiatives. This six-book collection provides district leaders, principals, teachers, IT staff, educational coaches and parents with the information they need to make any mobile learning program a success. The Principal’s Guide to Implementation shares advice for principals—including how to model technology use effectively, identify stakeholders and cultivate buy-in, build a culture of creativity and shared ownership and evaluate and adjust a mobile device program.

Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom – Dr. Monica Burns

Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom – Dr. Monica Burns

Content-hosting websites, videoconferencing apps, grade- or subject-focused social media accounts: with such a dizzying array of mechanical and virtual help at our disposal, it can be a challenge for educators to know where to even start. Educator and technology consultant Monica Burns can relate, which is why she wrote this book: to share strategies, tools, and insights that teachers can use, regardless of subject or grade level, to effectively incorporate technology in the classroom. Focusing on the “three Cs” of technology implementation—creation, curiosity, and collaboration—Tasks Before Appsoffers K–12 teachers

  • Detailed advice for (and copious examples of) tech-infused lessons that help students meet learning goals while also developing vital digital citizenship skills.
  • Customizable checklists and graphic organizers for planning tech-enabled activities; choosing appropriate programs, devices, and platforms; and setting unit and lesson goals.
  • Recommendations for and links to apps and online resources that can facilitate and energize learning.
  • Reflection and brainstorming questions for use in book clubs and PLC discussions.

Knowing how to navigate technology wisely—how to communicate effectively on posts and message boards, locate credible information on search engines, and select efficient, cost-effective equipment—is essential for both teachers and students. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, teach kindergarten students or high school seniors, this book is an indispensable guide to furthering academic skills, social development, and digital aptitude in the classroom.

40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark – Dr. Monica Burns

40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark – Dr. Monica Burns

Adobe Spark is a fun, free content-creation tool that anyone can use. Easily accessible on web browsers, Chromebooks, and mobile devices, Adobe Spark’s intuitive and easy-to-use design makes it the perfect tool for learners of all ages to create . . .

  • Video book reports
  • Modern, responsive webpage “papers”
  • Video journals
  • Science posters and videos
  • Web newsletters . . . and so much more!

In the hands of creative educators, Adobe Spark provides students with a fun way to embrace critical communication and creativity skills. But what if you don’t consider yourself a “creative educator” or just aren’t sure where to start?

That’s where 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark comes to the rescue! Experienced educators Ben Forta and Monica Burns offer step-by-step guidance on how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom in ways that are meaningful and relevant. They present 40 fun and practical lesson plans suitable for a variety of ages and subjects as well as 15 graphic organizers to get you started. With the tips, suggestions, and encouragement in this book, you’ll find everything you need to inject creativity into your classroom using Adobe Spark.

Educated by Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative Potential – Michael Cohen

Educated by Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative Potential – Michael Cohen

Creativity is about seeing the world differently. It’s about coming up with unconventional ways to express ideas and solve “impossible” problems. Creativity is within reach for everyone.

Yes. Even you.

No one expects to run—much less win—a marathon without preparation. Such endeavors require training and practice. Lots of practice and even some slips and falls along the way. In Educated by Design, Michael Cohen (aka The Tech Rabbi) explains that creativity is no different. When creativity is clearly defined and intentionally practiced, all educators can improve the design they bring to their students’ learning experiences.

So many people look at others’ success and criticize themselves for not being artistic or talented. In reality, creativity is a mindset that anyone can develop and grow. In this book, Cohen gives you the guidance you need to boost your creative courage and extract your own creative potential. With a little practice, you might just discover that creativity can change the world.

It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching – Tom Rademacher

It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching – Tom Rademacher

Tom Rademacher wishes someone had handed him this sort of book along with his teaching degree: a clear-eyed, frank, boots-on-the ground account of what he was getting into. But first he had to write it. And as 2014’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Rademacher knows what he’s talking about. Less a how-to manual than a tribute to an impossible and impossibly rewarding profession, It Won’t Be Easy captures the experience of teaching in all its messy glory.

The book follows a year of teaching, with each chapter tackling a different aspect of the job. Pulling no punches (and resisting no punch lines), he writes about establishing yourself in a new building; teaching meaningful classes, keeping students a priority; investigating how race, gender, and identity affect your work; and why it’s a good idea to keep an extra pair of pants at school. Along the way he answers the inevitable and the unanticipated questions, from what to do with Google to how to tell if you’re really a terrible teacher, to why “Keep your head down” might well be the worst advice for a new teacher.

Though directed at prospective and newer teachers, It Won’t Be Easy is mercifully short on jargon and long on practical wisdom, accessible to anyone—teacher, student, parent, pundit—who is interested in a behind-the-curtain look at teaching and willing to understand that, while there are no simple answers, there is power in learning to ask the right questions.