Library Book Suggestions – November 2015

In recognition of November as Family Involvement Month in Schools , we are sharing the following books that are available for check out from the T/TAC William & Mary Library.

The Big Picture:  Education is Everyone’s Businessthebigpicture
Authors: Dennis Littky with Samantha Grabelle
Call Number: AL160
What is the purpose of education? What kind of people do we want our children to grow up to be? How can we design schools so that students will acquire the skills they’ll need to live fulfilled and productive lives? These are just a few of the questions that renowned educator Dennis Littky explores in this valuable resource. The schools Littky has created and led over the past 35 years are models for reformers everywhere: small, public schools where the curriculum is rich and meaningful, expectations are high, student progress is measured against real-world standards, and families and communities are actively engaged in the educational process. This book is a tool to reenergize educators, inspire teachers in training, and start a new conversation about kids and schools, what we want for both, and how to make it happen.

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeedmobilizing
Author: Hugh B. Price
Call Number: AL157
According to the author, a highly informed and engaged community is essential to closing the achievement gap. This book underscores that community-based efforts to motivate student success can be effective because they have been effective. The message for educators, parents, business and civic leaders, and members of the general public is that their consistent and creative involvement will result in invigorated youngsters, inspired to achieve in school and in life. Using real-life examples and shared wisdom from successful educators and community organizers coast to coast, the author describes ways to include parents in motivational efforts to rekindle students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and enlist the support of businesses and other community partners for both financial support and volunteer help.

teacherintroattachThe Teacher’s Introduction to Attachment:  Practical Essentials for Teachers, Carers and School Support Staff
Authors:  Nicola Marshall & Phil Thomas
Call Number: ED33
Have you ever wondered how to reach that hard-to-reach child in your classroom? The child who is either so disruptive they take up all of your time trying to discipline them, or they are so withdrawn you have to use all your skills to bring them out of themselves. There may be other reasons behind their behavior. This book provides an accessible introduction to what attachment is, how children develop attachment problems and how these problems affect a child’s social, emotional, and neurological development. The author describes a range of helpful principles and strategies which will help children flourish.

Curriculum 21:  Essential Education for a Changing Worldcurriculum
Editor:  Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Call Number:  IT14
What year are you preparing your students for? 1973? 1995? Can you honestly say that your school’s curriculum and the program you use are preparing your students for 2015 or 2020? Are you even preparing them for today? With those provocative questions, author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs launches a powerful case for overhauling, updating, and injecting life into the K-12 curriculum. Sharing her expertise as a a world-renowned curriculum designer and calling upon the collective wisdom of 10 education thought leaders, Jacobs provides insight and inspiration for transforming schools into what they must become: learning organizations that match the times in which we live.

Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based supportingtramProfessionals
Editors:  Eric Rossen & Robert Hull
Call Number: ED31
Traumatic or adverse experiences are pervasive among school-aged children and youth and undermine their ability to learn, form relationships, and manage their feelings and behavior. Designed specifically for busy educators who work with traumatized students daily, this volume provides practical, effective, and implementable strategies and resources for adapting instruction, modifying the classroom and school environments, and building competency for students affected by trauma. Chapters offer techniques and strategies designed for all types of educational environments and in the context of multiple potential sources of trauma.

Getting Results with Curriculum Mappinggettingresults
Editor: Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Call Number: IS18
Curriculum maps are among the simplest yet most effective tools for improving teaching and learning. Because they require people to draw explicit connections between content, skills, and assessment measures, these maps help ensure that all aspects of a lesson are aligned not only with each other, but also with mandated standards and tests. This comprehensive resource offers a wide range of perspectives on how to get the most out of the curriculum mapping process from districts and schools across the United States. Teachers, administrators, staff developers, and policymakers alike will find this book an essential guide to curriculum mapping and a vital resource for spearheading school improvement efforts.

Conducting Effective Conferences with Parents of Children with Disabilities:  A Guide for Teachersconducting
Author: Milton Seligman
Call Number:  FA29
This helpful resource provides the knowledge and skills needed to conduct effective conferences with parents of children with disabilities. Reviewing the basic elements of parent-teacher conferencing, the author highlights ways to develop strong listening and responding skills, establish rapport, and engage parents who may feel anxious, frustrated, or angry. Enhancing the book’s utility are sample dialogues, role-play scenarios and additional resources to recommend to parents. Readers will gain a solid understanding of the challenges that families face as a consequence of childhood disability and the issues that are likely to arise in meetings with school professionals.


Educators and parents/families in our service area (Regions 2 & 3) may request books and materials from the T/TAC William & Mary Library. Requested materials will be mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope to facilitate the return of materials to our library. Two books will be shipped at a time. If the item you are requesting is not immediately available, you will be placed on a waiting list. When it becomes available, it will be shipped to you immediately.