New Books

New Books

Recommended reading for district leaders.

"The first and most important step toward reducing risks is to acknowledge that the potential for an incident exists in any school district in the nation."

Kenneth Trump, "Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning"

PROACTIVE SCHOOL SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANNING

CORWIN, $41.95

 

School security expert and District Administration contributing writer Kenneth Trump presents this new collection of practical, cost-effective strategies for school leaders to ensure the safety and security of their schools, while stressing the importance of using data to rationally approach what can be an emotionally charged subject. Topics discussed include bullying, cyberbullying and harassment; after-school transportation and athletic event security; managing parent and media communications; and working with community leaders, police and politicians to maintain safe school environments, prevent violence and effectively prepare for crises.

LEADERS OF LEARNING: HOW DISTRICT, SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM LEADERS IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

SOLUTION TREE, $24.95

 

This title is the first co-written by renowned education leadership and professional development experts Richard DuFour and Robert Marzano. The authors focus on the elements of successful leadership at the district, principal and teacher-team levels, and how each contributes to raising student achievement. Ultimately, the authors believe that individual teachers become their most effective when working with their colleagues in teams to discover and deliver the most promising pedagogy in classrooms.

TAKING FLIGHT TO LITERACY AND LEADERSHIP: SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS IN LEARNING

ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD EDUCATION, $32.95

 

Co-authors Jacqueline J. Brayman, Maureen A. Grey and former superintendent Michael A. Stearns describe the keys to the success of their work in the Northview (Mich.) Public Schools, in partnership with the Ball Foundation, to implement a data-driven, multiyear, districtwide literacy improvement effort. The book outlines best practices in three main areas—literacy, adult learning and systems thinking—through which NPS increased student achievement, developed a sense of shared leadership among staff members, and was transformed into a full-scale "learning organization."

THE HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER: WHAT IS TEACHER QUALITY AND HOW DO WE MEASURE IT?

TEACHERS COLLEGE PRESS, $27.95

 

The latest book by Michael Strong, senior researcher at the Center for Research on the Teaching Profession at the University of California, Santa Cruz, follows his previous book, Effective Teacher Induction and Mentoring, and takes a research-based approach that seeks to differentiate between "good" teaching and "successful" teaching. The book addresses major issues concerning teacher quality and effectiveness, provides a general overview of the research related to the topic, and presents an entirely new method for evaluating teachers that is based on extensive work in the field.

CHANGING SCHOOLS FROM THE INSIDE OUT: SMALL WINS IN HARD TIMES

 

ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD EDUCATION, $29.95

Author Robert Larson, emeritus professor of education at the University of Vermont, examines the increasing pressures on school systems to close achievement gaps and teach more problem solving, inquiry and research skills, but with fewer resources and within a structure that makes implementing change extremely challenging. The book uses case studies of two high schools to illustrate practical strategies for making small-scale, incremental changes to school systems, a philosophy that the author believes greatly increases the likelihood of success.


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