Do Children Drop Out of School in Kindergarten?: A Reflective, Systems-based Approach for Promoting Deep Change
For years, we have considered school dropout rates as a problem occurring at the high-school level. However, this is actually an issue that originates and develops in elementary school. In Do Children Drop Out of School in Kindergarten? Gregory Hickman and Randy Heinrich show how high school dropouts in many ways drop out of school long before they reach high school. Using a comprehensive systems approach, Hickman and Heinrich argue that our policy makers, educators, parents, and community members need to scrutinize our education system, moving past fixing short-term symptoms to engaging core, long-term problems for deep, effective change. For real change to take place, our national agenda needs to address the dropout problem at the elementary level, long before kids enter high school.
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RtI for Gifted Students: A CEC-TAG Educational Resource
"RtI for Gifted Students" provides a comprehensive overview of Response to Intervention (RtI) frameworks that include gifted students. One of the books featured in the CEC-TAG Educational Resource series, the book incorporates national, state, and local RtI models and how gifted learners can be included within these frameworks. Specific attention is given to addressing the needs of students who are twice-exceptional and to culturally responsive practices. The book concludes with ways of assessing a school's RtI model and challenges for using RtI in gifted education.
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Homofiles: Theory, Sexuality, and Graduate Studies
Homofiles: Theory, Sexuality, and Graduate Studies, edited by Jes Battis, collects the work of gay, lesbian, and transgender graduate students who are pursuing studies across the humanities. The contributors' essays address the various relationshipsbetween sexuality and scholarship within their respective programs, and present arguments on topics ranging from queer literature to police brutality. This is the first anthology to specifically explore the role of queer and transgender intellectuals-in-training within the academy, and the contributors both analyze and challenge the structures of academia that they are working in as cultural critics.
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Bridges to Understanding: Envisioning the World through Children's Books
This is the fourth volume sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People, following Children's Books from Other Countries (1998), The World Through Children's Books (2002), and Crossing Boundaries (2006). This latest volume, edited by Linda M. Pavonetti, includes books published between 2005 and 2009. This annotated bibliography, organized geographically by world region and country, with descriptions of nearly 700 books representing more than 70 countries, is a valuableresource for librarians, teachers, and anyone else seeking to promote international understanding through children's literature. Like its predecessors, it will be an important tool for providing stories that will help children understand our differences while simultaneously demonstrating our common humanity.
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Introduction to Effective Music Teaching: Artistry and Attitude
An Introduction to Effective Music Teaching: Artistry and Attitude provides the prospective teacher with front-line tested strategies and approaches that are based on current research and the author's three decades of service as a public school music educator, department chairman, and public school district music administrator. Starting with a brief overview of the history of music education in public schools, Alfred Townsend gives the reader a deeper understanding of the importance of music education to all students, gifted or not. Readers then examine artistry (command of content and mastery of methods) and the ABCs of teacher attitude, the critical component that unlocks learning for many students. With an open and accessible writing style, Dr. Townsend reviews the six components of effective teaching, showing that artistry and attitude can be combined to fuel student learning and teacher leadership. Using all of this information, the reader constructs a personal, practical philosophy of music teaching and learning that will form the basis for his or her instruction. Readers will also experience artistry and attitude in action through well written case studies of effective teachers. With increasingly diverse student populations teachers now face,this book provides music teachers with ways to interact effectively with students of all backgrounds, attitudes, and talent.
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The Nature of Science: Integrating Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Perspectives
The role of science in society, along with its nature and development, are commonly misunderstood by students in the social sciences and humanities, and even those studying in the field. Fernando Espinoza shines light on these misconceptions to give readers a deeper understanding of science and its effect and influence upon society, through historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. This book incorporates the mandates by national organizations such as the National Research Council and National Science Teachers Association and is a useful text for required courses of general education majors and science courses for pre-service teachers.
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WHAT WORKS!: Successful Strategies for Pursuing National Board Certification
National Board Certification is a voluntary process for teachers who want to measure their teaching practice against the set of core propositions and teaching standards developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Teachers describe, analyze, and reflect on their practice by providing evidence of their accomplished teaching through student work samples and videos. They also take a series of assessment exercises designed to measure their depth of knowledge about the subjects they teach. WHAT WORKS! provides a roadmap for National Board candidates by guiding them as they work through each of the four entries to be submitted. The chapters contain dozens of tips on "What Works!" and "Why These Work!." The tips are practical, specific, and written in a conversational style that is easy to read. WHAT WORKS! will guide candidates through the maze of requirements and prompts found in the four portfolio entries and help them prepare for the Assessment Center Exercises. WHAT WORKS! is designed to be the go-to handbook for candidates in any certification area.
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Urban Schools: Crisis and Revolution
Urban Schools: Crisis and Revolution describes America's inner-city public schools and the failure of most to provide even a minimally adequate education for their students. With numerous examples, James Deneen and Carm Catanese argue that these failures are preventable. Early chapters document the two-tiered character of American public schools, the tragic consequences of failing schools for millions of studentsâ€”mostly Black and Hispanicâ€”and the financial costs to American society. In later chapters, Deneen and Catanese describe the special problems of inner-city schools and the changes in school organization and curriculum needed to overcome them. They also provide examples of schools in severely disadvantaged communities in which such changes have enabled students to succeed academically, graduate, and enter college. In the final chapters, the authors examine the public and non-public school options available to urban parents. They discuss school choice, a hotly debated issue in urban education. The book concludes with a plan, consisting of six recommendations, for reforming a failing urban school.
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Successful Strategies for Improving Counseling Programs
In this book, Alice Healy Sesno's experience as a counselor and administrator provides powerful insights to both counselors and administrators. Start right, stay right, and build a distinguished counseling program in your school. Avoid the mistakes that can put an essential service in jeopardy. Discover how to win respectâ€”and heartsâ€”of students, parents, and other school personnel for a valuable service. With individual strategies for counselors and principals, the Sesno seeks to blend these two professional groups together to forge a counseling program that can withstand budgeting attacks and downsizing demands.
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Educator or a Bully?: Managing the 21st Century Classroom
Educator or Bully? offers a comprehensive approach to classroom management for both novice and veteran teachers who are interested in examining their current classroom management performance, especially with respect to how it reflects the characteristics of the 21st century classroom. Practices presented are based on sound educational theory. There is an emphasis on the responsibility the student should have in successful classroom management. Part I covers the guidelines that deal with everyday classroom management interactions with a focus on contemporary approaches. These chapters discuss preventive measures followed by reactive procedures that teachers can implement once problems have occurred. Punishment and logical consequences are distinguished and educative techniques in handling misbehavior are demonstrated. Part I concludes with a thorough consideration regarding how to organize and maintain the physical classroom environment and how to prepare for the beginning of school. PartII reviews students through teacher-centered strategies (systems) to deal with diverse classroom needs. These strategies are tailored so that the least intrusive to those in which the teacher has more control reflect 21st century attributes.
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Teaching with the Wind: Spirituality in Canadian Education
Teaching with the Wind tackles the question, "Can education for a Canadian civic spirituality bridge the sometimes incommensurable worldviews of faith-based schools and secular public schools?" An affirmative answer is offered based on two foundations. First, that a national soul can be identified and thus serve as the content of spiritual education in Canada schools. Second, that a reconstructed approach to the contemplation-in-action method found in world religions and philosophy can provide an appropriate pedagogy for Canadian spiritual education. This book argues that education for civic spirituality is of paramount importance as Canada continues its transition from a Judeo-Christian and bicultural nation to a multi-faith and multicultural nation within a secular democracy. It offers a direction that would enrich religious and secular education systems as well as Canada as a whole.