Books Worth Checking Out
Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's SchoolsSimon & Schuster, $28
Award-winning journalist and Yale journalism professor Steven Brill takes an objective yet critical look at education reform. He creates vignettes from more than 200 interviews with charter school founders, civil rights activists, fed-up public school parents and philanthropists, and the teachers' unions they are fighting against. Brill concludes with a surprising solution for what it will take from both sides to put the American dream back in the nation's schools.
Learning in the Cloud: How (and Why) to Transform Schools with Digital MediaTeachers College Press, $31.95
Mark Warschauer, professor of education and informatics at the University of California at Irvine, shows school leaders how digital media can help transform schools. The text analyzes the most up-to-date research about the potential of technology, examines topics such as the digital divide and 21st century learning and features examples of successful and unsuccessful technology-rich schools throughout the nation and other countries.
Shadow Children: Understanding Education's #1 ProblemRLD Publications, $24.95
Anthony Dallmann-Jones, director of the National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) and professor of educational psychology at Marian University, helps educators refine or develop new quality programs for at-risk students in this second edition. The text takes an in-depth look at how children become at-risk, the characteristics of at-risk kids, and effective prevention and intervention programs. Topics include youth at risk of dropping out of school and preparing teachers for excellence in educating at-risk youth.
Schools That Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student AchievementBrookes Publishing,$29.95
Co-authors Martin J.A. Ratcliffe, assistant professor of education at Southeastern University (Fla.), and Melissa L. Harts, director of technology and information services for Hernando County (Fla.) Schools, recommend seven factors that make schools successful. The book offers case studies of schools, diverse approaches and real-world solutions to today's educational challenges. The text, arranged by topic, includes research and best practices that produce results for administrators and teachers. Readers can reflect on how to use the text's suggestions in their schools by completing improvement plan worksheets.
Why Boys FailAmacom Books, $15.95
Armed with data, interviews, case studies and analysis, National Educational Writers Association president and education reporter Richard Whitmire explores why boys fail in school. Whitmire looks at long-term economic, social and personal implications in this text and offers solutions to teachers, principals and policymakers. An eye-opening read for educators and parents, the book discloses what works for boys, including reading-targeted tutoring and mentoring, hands-on learning and single-sex classes.