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Resources for District Leaders



Action-Oriented Principals: Facing the Demands of External Pressures, $24.95

Action-Oriented Principals is a guide for today's K12 school principals who face a wide range of government mandates, rules and regulations, such as in the No Child Left Behind act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education act. Author Jeri L. Engelking offers advice on how administrators can become proactive leaders by utilizing strategic planning and community involvement instead of waiting for things to happen from external influences.



Urban Education: A Comprehensive Guide for Educators, Parents and Teachers, $49.95

Authors Joe Kincheloe, Kecia Hayes, Karel Rose and Philip Anderson propose that urban educators must possess a wide range of social, cultural, psychological and pedagogical knowledge in order to engage in effective and transformative practice. Urban Education includes 10 major sections covering a myriad of issues impacting urban education, including race and ethnicity, social justice, teaching and pedagogy, language issues, cultural issues of urban schools as seen in the media, and doing research in city schools.



Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap, $29.95

Toward Excellence with Equity is a collection of economist Ronald Ferguson's most important papers and most recent thinking on the myriad of factors that combine to create racial disparities in academic performance. He analyzes the impact of test scores in predicting racial gaps, how rates of progress in narrowing gaps have varied over recent decades, and school policies and practices.



Building Personal Leadership: Inspirational Tools and Techniques for Work and Life, $14.00

The tools and techniques presented in Building Personal Leadership by Joe Farcht provide essential information about productivity, personal leadership, business leadership and barriers to success. Organized in a logical development progression, readers first learn how to develop and hone their work skills and habits to ensure they are as productive and effective as possible. Then they explore personal leadership, personal and work goals, and behaviors and attitudes that can derail their career and life.



The Power of the Media Specialist to Improve Academic Achievement and Strengthen At-Risk Students, $39.95

Jami Jones and Alana Zambone share how media specialists can influence students' academic performance and close the achievement gap. They demonstrate how to persuade school action team members to recognize the role of the media specialist in developing academic skills, as well as sharing research-based methods to address the needs of at-risk students in the library media center. They also show how media specialists can help improve test scores and decrease dropout rates by acting as part of a team to build skills in underachieving students. The book includes a best practices section that is a must read for any school improvement team member.



The Educational Morass: Overcoming the Stalemate in American Education, $24.95

Author Myron Lieberman addresses the ineffectiveness of public education in the United States today and why it's unlikely to achieve significant improvement in the absence of heavy external pressure. Lieberman explains why several reforms that would bring about significant improvement are not under consideration. He asserts that conservative illusions about public education, unions and employment issues also play a major role in the failure to bring about significant reform.



Why School Reform Is Failing and What We Need to Do about It: 10 Lessons from the Trenches, $29.95

Author Jerry Wartgow translates theory and practice into 10 lessons learned from attempts to reform and improve public education. Educators learn how and why the unintended consequences of well-intentioned people have hindered, rather than helped, to reform and improve our schools. Wartgow also offers a roadmap and recommendations for changing school reform so that school districts can realize sustainable student achievement.



Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It, $29.95

Nancy Hoffman, Joel Vargas, Andrea Venezia, and Marc Miller argue that all young people need postsecondary education. They explore policies and practices that would enable a large number of lowincome and first-generation college students to earn postsecondary degrees via a system that integrates secondary and postsecondary education. They present dramatically different approaches for funding public schools and higher education, and highlight the lack of coordination between secondary and college curricula. The themes of reinventing high schools and removing barriers to college entrance will be appreciated by school reformers.