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Ensuring Success in Math and Science: Curriculum and Teaching Strategies for At-Risk Learners $21.95

This is an analysis of the systemic and instructional problems that contribute to math and science failure. Tobins' long and shortrange strategies for closing the performance gap include redeveloping curricula, conceptualizing, organizing and designing effective math and science curricula, and implementing math and science curricula in the classroom to reach all learners. Also included are tested K8 math and science lessons developed in collaboration with teachers, as well as creative assignments that families can use to reinforce math and science at home.


Big-Time Fundraising for Today's Schools $34.95

In order to bring public school fundraising to the next level, school leaders must collaborate with educational stakeholders in the community to set up development offices and education foundations. This book offers practical strategies and techniques for winning major grants and gifts from corporations, foundations, the government and individual donors. Suggestions are included for writing winning grant proposals, overcoming obstacles, establishing a development office and soliciting individual gifts, including through annual campaigns, capital campaigns and planned giving.


Surviving and Thriving as a Superintendent of Schools: Leadership Lessons from Modern American Presidents $21.95

The author, a former superintendent, presents a positive perspective of what superintendents need to do to become successful. He reflects on predicaments he has experienced, then analyzes the events in the context of similar situations that modern American presidents have encountered. The book combines sensitivity and humor with practical solutions to the daily challenges that confront administrators.


Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools $24.95

The ways that high-stakes testing threatens the purposes and ideals of the American education system are documented and categorized in this provocative book. The analysis provides a comprehensive intellectual framework for the wide-ranging arguments against high-stakes testing. It's grounded in the application of Campbell's law, which suggests that the greater the social consequences associated with a quantitative indicator like test scores the more likely the indicator will become corrupted and that the use of the indicator will corrupt the social processes it was intended to monitor.


Media Relations for Schools: Including Crisis Communications $17.95

Educators will learn how to establish proactive and positive media relations to minimize negative press coverage of sensitive issues and build community support for school policies and initiatives. Using almost two dozen samples and checklists, it offers step-by-step directions that schools of any size or budget can adapt to create an effective media relations plan, which involves creating public service announcements, press releases, media advisories and press kits. It also covers setting up and running an effective news conference, conducting interviews, making public statements and using the media.


Research and Educational Leadership: Navigating the New National Research Council Guidelines $24.95

The implications of Scientific Research in Education (2002), a publication by the National Research Council, are addressed in this book. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of the NRC's recommendations and identifies areas that aren't likely to lead either to theoretical or practical advances or to new knowledge if the NRC's guidelines become dominant in determining the value of research. It also re-examines how research is conducted in educational leadership and how public and private funding agencies should view research proposals for improving leadership practices in schools.


Leadership and the School Librarian: Essays from Leaders in the Field $44.95

Librarian leadership roles are identified and readers are provided with ideas that will allow school library media specialists to use their leadership skills in advocacy, collaboration, instruction, literature, guidance, curriculum development and professional growth. Offering advice from practicing librarians, this book teaches readers how to improve instruction and to use their leadership skills to make a difference in their school library and school.