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Noteworthy Books

"Teacher Tenure" and other reading recommendations for educators

Other picks include books on reading, assessment data and mentoring

Teacher Tenure: An Analysis of the Critical Elements


In this objective look into a subject that has generated much debate, Ovid K. Wong and Chak Lau examine critical elements in preparing teachers and decision-makers for the tenure application process.

Starting with “The Shoes Encounter”—and the idea that one size does not fit all—the authors delve into areas of instruction, professionalism, planning and preparation, performance and accountability, and communication with colleagues.

Practical evaluations and self-audits are employed throughout to help each reader assess their own point in the process. Teacher Tenure.

Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction


Doug Lemov and literacy experts Colleen Driggs and Erica Woolway detail a new multidimensional approach to Common Core-era reading instruction. The authors explain the importance of having students read nonfiction and suggest criteria for choosing reading lists.

Also presented: top goals for literacy instruction programs, a two-pronged approach to teaching vocabulary, and advice for how parents can reinforce reading development. Related online content, including video clips, is available. Reading Reconsidered.

How to Make Decisions with Different Kinds of Student Assessment Data


Education consultant Susan Brookhart details a four-quadrant framework to help educators better understand various kinds of assessment data, and provides examples of how actual schools interpret the information to measure student learning.

She guides district decision-makers in analyzing, applying and sharing relevant data as well as understanding key nuances. The book also explains how large-scale assessments and classroom-based tests can best complement each other. How to Make Decisions with Different Kinds of Student Assessment Data

Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development

Information Age Publishing

The latest in the Perspectives on Mentoring series, this book presents recent empirical research into mentoring strategies that have been successful for new K12 teachers and administrators.

Co-edited by Linda J. Searby and Susan K. Brondyk, the text also delves into proven methods and programs, and shares a variety of firsthand knowledge that can be used to develop educational mentoring— especially when limited resources require every avenue of professional improvement to be explored. Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development