Library Book Suggestions – March 2017

The following books are available to check out from the T/TAC William & Mary Library.

The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning
Author: Carol Tomlinsonthediffschool
Call Number: AL187
Administrators and teachers alike will find viable ideas and answers to questions as leaders at two schools share milestones and vignettes from their real-life experiences in converting entire faculties to the dynamic, differentiated approach to teaching and learning. The authors balance broadly applicable guidance with specific illustrations of how two schools — a middle-income elementary school and a mixed-income high school — experienced the change process in dramatically different ways. In both instances, the new approach to teaching and learning had sweeping, positive results for staff and students.

School Culture Recharged: Strategies to Energize Your Staff and Culture
Authors: Steve Gruenert & Todd Whitakerschoolculture
Call Number: AL186
Why do some schools succeed while others struggle? Why do policies and programs often fail to deliver what they promise? In this follow-up to their insightful School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It (AL184), the authors offer practical advice and strategies that help you build positive energy to reinvigorate your school’s culture and staff. Written as a standalone guide, this resource clarifies the difference between culture and climate and zeroes in on key school improvement efforts, including using the school’s culture to improve teaching, job satisfaction, and morale; maximizing the intentions of professional learning communities; and developing organizational habits — rules and rituals — that can contribute to positive change. For education leaders at all levels, this book delivers a compelling message: Understanding and harnessing the transformative power of school culture can propel your school into the kind of place where teachers want to work, administrators can focus on what matters most, and students can thrive.

The New Social Story Book
Author:  Carol Graythenewsocialstory
Call Number: AU103
This bestselling, 15th Anniversary Edition offers ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years. Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in ways children and adults with autism understand, while teaching social skills needed for them to be successful at home, school, work, and in the community. The author explains her fine-tuned process in an included 10-step learning module, so parents and teachers can learn how to write their own Social Stories!

Neuropsychological Perspectives on Learning Disabilities in the Era of RTI: Recommendations for Diagnosis and Interventionneuropsychological
Edited by:  Elaine Fletcher-Janzen & Cecil R. Reynolds
Call Number: RTI1
This revolutionary new volume presents recent research — in question-and-answer format — from leading scholars about the contributions of neuroscience and neuropsychology as it relates to Response to Intervention (RTI) in learning disability identification, diagnosis, and recommended interventions. This collective work includes contributions from more than thirty neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, and school psychologists with training in brain-behavior relationships, who explore the answers to questions including: What do you think neuroscience has to offer laws and policies associated with learning disability determination?; What do you think neuroscience has to offer the assessment and identification of learning disabilities?; What role does neurocognitive science play in designing interventions in the context of RTI?; and, What role does neuropsychology have to play in the diagnosis of learning disability?

Differentiating Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities: New Best Practices for General and Special Educators, 3rd ed.diffinstruction
Author: William N. Bender
Call Number: LD122
In the 3rd edition of this best-selling resource, the author draws on the latest brain research, technology, and educational initiatives to bring a new focus to differentiating instruction in the context of the Common Core Standards. Educators CAN increase achievement among students with learning disabilities and also foster the development of 21st century skills. This updated guide offers ideas for using technology to instruct and assess students with learning disabilities, strategies based on the latest research in metacognition, and up-to-date techniques such as using flipped classrooms and wikis to enhance learning in general and special education settings.

More Than 100 Brain-friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction 100brain
Author: Kathy Perez
Call Number: CRD287
Activating prior knowledge, differentiating instruction, and creating interactive opportunities — these are key practices that optimize learning. This essential guide translates current brain research into ready-to-use tactics to promote literacy development in your classroom. The internationally recognized author offers a definitive collection of more than 100 field-tested strategies that can be implemented easily and immediately for maximum results at any grade level. The activities and tools provide strong building blocks for creating a dynamic, brain-friendly environment where teachers and students thrive. This easy-to-use resource empowers teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists with proven tools to cultivate active learning.

Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain, 3rd ed.
Author: Marcia L. Tateworksheets
Call Number: IS25
You can invest time and effort into perfecting your lesson plans, encouraging good student behavior, and ensuring your classroom accommodates every learning style. But if your students don’t remember what you teach them, what’s the point? Banish this concern forever when you use the strategies in this bestselling, thoroughly updated third edition, which details twenty definitive brain-compatible techniques to maximize retention and minimize forgetting in learners of all ages. These techniques are drawn from the latest neuroscientific research and learning style theory and are described step-by-step for immediate application in your classroom. Learn how to incorporate interactive fun to your existing lessons, including field trips, games, humor, and even music and rap; use graphic organizers and word webs to solidify lessons visually; and, facilitate innovative methods of project-based learning. You’ll also benefit from new sample lesson plans, activities, and illustrations that reflect the latest research on how students’ brains develop and function.

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