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Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students

International Society for Technology in Education, $31.95

Author Laurence Peters, former counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ education subcommittee and now a graduate professor at the University of Maryland University College, outlines the features of global education projects from around the world. Emphasizing the importance of creating a truly global classroom, Peters gives teachers a comprehensive resource for implementing Web 2.0 tools such as wikis, blogs and podcasts in their lessons, and he includes case studies, sample lesson plans, and detailed instructions for integrating global learning into standards-based curricula.


How It’s Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools

Harvard Education Press, $26.95

Washington Post schools and education writer Karin Chenoweth describes how some low-income and high-minority schools have achieved unprecedentedly high levels of success and reduced or eliminated their achievement gaps. She offers an in-depth look at American elementary and high schools across the country, illustrating problems in the system of education and presenting practical and detailed solutions. The book also provides fundamental principles that all schools, regardless of demographics or location, could implement to guarantee all students are learning to their highest potential.


Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County Public Schools

Harvard Education Press, $26.95

Authors Stacey M. Childress, Denis P. Doyle and David A. Thomas give a detailed account of the success of the Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, which have been recognized nationally for substantially improving the achievement levels of minority and low-income students. The authors show how MCPS was able to overcome difficult challenges and effect positive change through technology, new curriculum, effective use of resources, and building positive relationships. Citing specific examples in chapters organized around six core themes, the book provides a framework for improvement that other districts can easily follow.


Beyond the RTI Pyramid: Solutions for the First Years of Implementation

Solution Tree Press, $29.95

This new book from William N. Bender is intended to go beyond response-to-intervention definitions to provide straightforward strategies for implementation. Bender provides a clear-cut resource showing how to improve RTI efforts so they can become more useful and effective for both educators and students. Illustrated through case studies and current RTI research, Bender provides guidance on documenting the process, contacting parents, complying with the law, and preparing for meetings to determine a student’s eligibility for special services.


The Principal as Assessment Leader

Solution Tree Press, $29.95

Eleven authors contribute to this collection of comprehensive perspectives on assessment methods. The book guides readers from the beginning to the end of necessary and effective evaluation processes and systems needed in schools. Drawing on the importance of accurate and complete assessments, editor Thomas R. Guskey has compiled a detailed handbook for school leaders that describes the most effective ways in which principals can collect data using digital resources and professional development.

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