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Noteworthy Books

"Positive Relations @ School" and other reading picks for district leaders

Recommended reading includes books on memory, Common Core math and grant-writing
Author Nancy Willard tackles the age-old problem of bullying with 21st century solutions.
Author Nancy Willard tackles the age-old problem of bullying with 21st century solutions.

Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere): Legal Ramifications & Positive Strategies to Address Bullying & Harassment

Embrace Civility in the Digital Age

Combining insight from recent litigation, research and professional guidance, this book explains the legal issues related to bullying in schools. Author Nancy Willard tackles this age-old problem with 21st century solutions, such as dedicating staff to anti-bullying initiatives, focusing on a positive school climate and coordinating student interventions that effectively address their behavioral challenges with other students.

For more information: Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere).

Memory at Work in the Classroom: Strategies to Help Underachieving Students


Why do some students struggle to understand and retain information, while others don't? Authors Francis Bailey and Ken Pransky give real classroom examples to demonstrate memory’s central role in the learning process. They also examine the impact that culture has on memory formation. The authors highlight classroom practices that help students make the best use of memory and the ways students learn.

For more information: Memory at Work in the Classroom.

Bringing the Common Core Math Standards to Life


This book includes real-life examples of effective instruction to help middle school educators implement the Common Core math standards in their classrooms. Author Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy explains the curriculum, evaluation and assessment shifts that are currently occurring with the standards. The book also includes ready-to-use instructional tools for math teachers, including unit plans, student activities and classroom handouts.

For more information: Bringing the Common Core Math Standards to Life.

The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need, Fourth Edition

Basic Books

Authors Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox focus on the current competitive market to update their guide for writing successful grants for schools and other education initiatives. The new edition is divided into sections covering grant preparation, proposal writing and follow-up. Interviews with CEOs, heads of nonprofits and government agencies provide readers with insight about what makes a winning proposal.

For more information: The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need.