Editor's Picks

Editor's Picks

Resources for district leaders

LINWORTH BOOKS School Library Management, 6th edition www.linworth.com, $44.95

This new edition covers the basic principles of library management in addition to today's unique technology challenges. The handbook's collection ofarticles from Library Media Connection magazine represents best practices from the real world and provides a blueprint for developing a strong media center program. Topics range from collection development and standardizing testing to integrating the Web into the research process. Topics such as handhelds, wireless networks and other new technologies will keep school library media specialists current with today's changes, while core topics such as budget and facilities planning will reinforce the basics.

R&L EDUCATION School Crisis Case Studies: Solutions to Crucial Problems Facing Educators www.rowmaneducation.com, $19.95

The author presents wide range of crisis events in K12 schools that require urgent solutions. She also explains control procedures and offers strategies for resuming normal school functions. Some of the topics covered include alcohol and drug use, addiction to computer games, bomb threats, deviant behavior, dropouts, fighting, gangs, guns at school, inappropriate student-teacher relationships, sports parents, reckless behavior behind the wheel and student suicide.

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY TESTED: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade www.henryholt.com, $25

Author Linda Perlstein, a former education writer for The Washington Post, introduces readers to the daily realities faced by the Tyler Heights Elementary School, which was once on the newspaper's list of Maryland's troubled schools. The school has since increased the percentage of black students passing the state reading test from 21 percent to 90 percent in two years. Perlstein chronicles the principal's challenges, including ensuring that teachers meticulously prepared students for annual tests by applying current learning research, new age motivational and centering exercises, and incentives and rewards. - Ken Royal

EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades www.assessmentinst.com/ark-gnrland. html, $28

Author Ken O'Connor contends that grades should reflect the quality of learning taking place, not merely the accumulation of points that students accrue over the course of a semester. He offers fixes for four common grading challenges: distorted achievement, low-quality or poorly organized evidence, inappropriate grade calculation, and making grades supportive of learning. Examples of the 15 fixes include organizing performance evidence by standard, reporting absences or work submitted late separately from the grade, and using only summative evidence to determine grades.

R&L EDUCATION Team-Based Professional Development: A Process for School Reform www.rowmaneducation.com, $24.95

This book provides an overview of adult learning and its impact on professional development. Each chapter offers a theoretical foundation along with practical advice on implementing team-based professional development among educators within school districts, which will lead to true systemic reform. The content includes design options for a professional development continuum, criteria for successful team-based professional development, initiating and implementing team-based professional development, and organizing and monitoring professional development programs.

SOLUTION TREE The Power of SMART Goals: Using Goals to Improve Student Learning www.solution-tree.com, $24.95

SMART Goals is an easy-to-read guide that will help your staff set effective goals. Four case studies offer a firsthand look at elementary, middle and high schools that strategize with SMART goals. Educators learn how their peers transform challenges into opportunities for learning and improvement and how their approach is strategic and specific, measurable, attainable, results based and time bound. The book comes with reproducible templates and forms.

HARVARD EDUCATIONAL REVIEW The Opportunity Gap: Achievement and Inequality in Education www.hepg.org, $32.95

The authors aim to shift attention from the current emphasis on the achievement gap to more fundamental questions about social and educational opportunity. Their essays reintroduce the overlooked central issue in educational inequity- the lack of opportunity that many social groups face in our common quest for educational attainment. The book casts light on the vexed relationship between society and education and the crucial role that education plays in addressing social ills.


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