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No More Bystanders = No More Bullies

Corwin, $28.95

Experienced educator and administrator Shona Anderson's new book focuses on implementing team-based strategies for effectively "bully proofing" schools. A seven-step framework leads educators from just being bystanders to instead becoming proactive decision makers through detailed discussion of topics such as how to reform a school culture of "bystanderism," how to create effective safe-school teams, how to identify unsupervised campus "hot spots," and how to intervene in the moment of bullying. Multiple case studies illustrate important points, and each chapter concludes with a practical activity to help put concepts into action.


Being the Boss: Three Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

Harvard Business Review Press, $25.95

Authors Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback explore key leadership principles by identifying the vital strategies a leader must understand in order to complete the long and arduous journey toward becoming an effective manager of an organization. They condense effective management into the mastery of three imperatives: first, to manage oneself by accomplishing tasks through others; second, to manage a network by understanding how power and influence work in one's organization; and third, to manage a team by forging a high-performing "we" out of the many "I's" in the organization. Compelling stories woven throughout each chapter illustrate the key concepts discussed.


Collective Trust: Why Schools Can't Improve Without It

Teachers College Press, $45.95

This new book from professors of education Patrick B. Forsyth, Curt M. Adams and Wayne K. Hoy is the culmination of nearly 30 years of research into the social construction of "collective trust" in a school system and its crucial role in driving school improvement. The authors present a theoretical framework and a set of measures to help evaluate the level of collective trust in a school system, and offer guidelines to help shape policy and the leadership practices that best develop trust. The book includes a historical overview of the topic, a detailed review of the empirical research and an analysis of the implications of developing collective trust for long-term school reform.


Playing Games in School: Video Games and Simulations for Primary and Secondary Education

International Society for Technology in Education, $39.95

University of Central Florida professor of instructional technology Atsusi Hirumi has edited this collection of articles intended to help educators, technology directors and curriculum specialists exploit the engaging power of video games by integrating them into learning. Eighteen chapters are divided into four sections: what games can offer to education, the availability of quality games in core subject areas, the process of selecting and integrating games, and alternate perspectives on game-based learning. Illustrative research and case studies are incorporated into each chapter, and additional resources include lists of effective use guidelines and a template for creating technology consent forms.


Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum

Corwin, $33.95

Author Joe Crawford presents tools to help educators create an effectively aligned curriculum that supports student achievement and accurate assessment. Crawford's key strategy is for administrators to identify and create "Power Standards"—the key skills that all learners must have—and to teach them in a logical sequence of instruction. Implementing this process results in the creation of a true standards-based curriculum developed by teachers and leaders, consistent objectives throughout schools, a common assessment system and a culture of continuous improvement. A corresponding Web-based software program captures classroom and district-level formative assessment data to aid in curriculum development and ongoing monitoring.