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Current research shows a positive relationship between successful professional learning communities and student achievement, and Shirley M. Hord and William A. Sommers's Leading Professional Learning Communities (978141294779, $30.95) is directed to educators who wish to develop a PLC program to enhance both. Chapters include quotes, common obstacles, and learning activities to reinforce lessons in leadership and school culture for students and educators alike. An excellent guide highly recommended for working professional educators. The second edition of Mike Milstein and Doris Annie Henry's LEADERSHIP FOR RESILIENT SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES (9781412955942, $32.95) is a practical, powerful guide to creating healthier school environments, offering an interactive workbook format packed with successful strategies. The workbook builds on the first edition, updating exercises, case studies, and reproducibles in a workbook format perfect for practicing school leaders and teachers. A fine pick for any teacher's library. Lew Smith's SCHOOLS THAT CHANGE (9781412949521) profiles some eight schools cross the country using specific examples and insights on how change happens. From measuring change and analyzing why some schools change while others don't to developing professional approaches to foster change, this guide will reach principles and school leaders interested in using solid strategies for effecting change. Robert Ramsey's DON'T TEACH THE CANARIES NOT TO SING: CREATING A SCHOOL CULTURE THAT BOOSTS ACHIEVEMENT (9781412948944, $27.95) is an outstanding analysis of what 'school culture' is, how it works, and why it's important to develop. Student performance and staff efforts pair with parental engagement and community support in such a process, creating a 'culture' which is dynamic, interactive and positive: here's how to build it, with real-world examples adding vision and insights. Cicely Anne Rude's HOW TO SUCCEED AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER: EVERYTHING YOU NEED FROM START TO FINISH (9781412944755, $22.95) packs in details to help substitute teachers create a positive learning experience in a new or temporary classroom setting. From eight key tips for classroom management to details on networking, pay, permits and more, substitutes receive plenty of tested and real-world examples both inside and outside the classroom environment. Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani's 100 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS (9781412917902, $24.95) is for K-12 special education teachers and any teacher interested in the process: it uses an easy question/answer format to examine concepts of special education strategies, program eligibility, safeguards, transitions from school to adult life, and evaluation procedures. The result is an essential pick for any library including special education topics in its collection. Randi Stone's BEST PRACTICES FOR TEACHING WRITING: WHAT AWARD-WINNING CLASSROOM TEACHERS DO (9781412924610, $21.95) gathers models for success from classrooms and tested best practices for elementary to high school learners, condensing these tips into a guide which shows how to successfully teach all levels of students. Ideas and lesson plans that produce clear results make for an excellent teacher's handbook and education library reference. Allan G. Harrison and Richard K. Coll edit USING ANALOGIES IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCIENCE CLASSROOMS (9781412913331, $35.95) and comes from a team of science experts who offer over 40 teacher-friendly analogies for biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space studies. Teachers not only receive analogies: they receive details on how they work, when, why, and how to use these models to further an understanding of scientific foundations. JOYFUL LEARNING: ACTIVE AND COLLABORATIVE LEARNING IN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS by Alice Udvari-Solner and Paula Kluth (9781412941747) provides a resource for K-12 teachers who wish to create an active, collaborative learning environment. Here is a blend of classroom theory with applied facts, using classroom-tested examples and clear guidelines to help teachers create and assess the results of such an environment. From assisting individual learners to integrating results into a wider classroom atmosphere, JOYFUL LEARNING offers many specifics, making it a perfect pick for practicing teaches. Rona F. Flippo's PREPARING STUDENTS FOR TESTING AND DOING BETTER IN SCHOOL (9781412953740, $32.95) is another essential pick for any education collection. It packs in charts, checklists, Internet resources and sample exercises for teachers to use with students, using research-based practices to help students develop more effective study and organizational skills. From preparing for SAT and other exams to taking tests more effectively, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR TESTING is packed with clear strategies making this a 'must' both for practicing educators and education libraries catering to them. Susan Penny Gray and William A. Streshly's FROM GOOD SCHOOLS TO GREAT SCHOOLS: WHAT THEIR PRINCIPALS DO WELL (9781412948999, $31.00) provides school leaders with a formula for examining school leadership and change. From qualities which are shared by superior schools and leaders to applying leadership principles and school-tested routines, FROM GOOD SCHOOLS TO GREAT SCHOOLS is packed with insights.
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