ACEL Books of the Week

An Educators Guide to Steam
An Educators Guide to Steam
An Educator’s Guide to STEAM: Engaging Students Using Real-World Problems

Cassie F. Quigley, Danielle Herro

This practical book will help readers understand what STEAM is, how it differs from STEM and how it can be used to engage students in F–8 classrooms. The authors present a conceptual model with recommendations and classroom examples illustrating various key aspects of STEAM teaching in action, including creating the correct teaching environment, integrating STEAM content and supporting students as they develop STEAM-related skills.

The model includes specific strategies such as problem-based learning, student choice, technology integration and teacher facilitation. Each chapter incorporates elements of connected learning – a type of learning that draws on students’ interests that teachers can capitalise on when using STEAM to address real-world problems. Readers will find easy-to-understand examples of what STEAM education looks like in a variety of classrooms, and will hear from teachers, instructional coaches, principals and administrators about what it takes to ensure that STEAM is a schoolwide success.
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Leading Against the Grain
Leading Against the Grain
Leading Against the Grain: Lessons for Creating Just and Equitable Schools

Jeffrey S Brooks, Anthony H Normore
What new ideas and ways of thinking can educational leaders learn from great world leaders who have moved their societies to greater equity and expanded educational opportunity? In this lively, accessible volume, the editors have brought together an impressive group of senior and early-career educational scholars to study the lives and contributions of a wide range of outstanding historical and contemporary leaders from the United States and across the globe.

This rich collection of brief biographical commentaries profiles leaders like Wangari Mathaai, John Tippeconic III, Fannie Lou Hamer, Saul Alinsky, Antonia Pantoja, Jimmy Carter, Golda Meir, Sun Yat Sen, José Rizal and Jesus Christ. Each profile focuses on a single individual and includes
(1) an introduction and biographical sketch,
(2) a discussion of their context and activities as a leader,
(3) a list of the key lessons we can learn from their leadership and
(4) an explanation of how these lessons are relevant for today.

This unique collection bridges cultures, professions, and callings to help education leaders create more just and equitable schools.

Leading Against the Grain features:

profiles of a wide range of world leaders

insights from leading educational scholars and practitioners

a diversity of international location, gender, race, and conceptual focus

an engaging style that bridges theory and practice – perfect for courses and training programs

lessons school leaders can use to improve their practice.

Contributors include Fenwick W. English, Margaret Grogan, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Gaëtane Jean-Marie, Peter McLaren, Sonia Nieto, Izhar Oplatka, Allan Walker and Michelle D. Young.

174 Pages | Pbk
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The Ethical Line
The Ethical Line
The Ethical Line
10 Leadership Strategies for Effective Decision Making

Toni Osborn Faddis
Foreward by Douglas Fisher

Be the leader your school community needs.

The responsibilities of today’s school leaders—providing a world-class education while serving as the moral compass of diverse communities—requires deep insight and understanding of communities, cultures and integrity. In this book, real-life vignettes, mental exercises, reflections, checklists, and other templates provide you with practical strategies to:

Understand how ethical standards and core values drive your leadership choices
Approach problems through the lenses of equity, ethical standards, and your own moral compass
Recognize when urgent action is called for and when it’s better to methodically consider your actions and their consequences

Industry Reviews

This is a must read for any school leader. We face ethical decisions every day. This book provides practical and realistic tools to help every leader who is faced with challenging situations and decisions throughout their school year. The author does a superb job of aligning the leaders heart, head, and ethics in the decision-making process of school leaders. The students and staff reap the benefits from a leader inspired by this book.

-- Holly Leach, Superintendent, Everett, WA
This book provides useful strategies and structures, drawn from the field, to assist leaders at all levels better understand the complexities if ethical leadership.

-- Ray Boyd, Principal; Beechboro, Western Australia

168 Pages | Pbk
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Lyn Sharratt Complete Collection
Lyn Sharratt Complete Collection
Lyn Sharratt Complete Collection :
Exclusive 5 Book Set : Clarity + Putting Faces on the Data + Leading Collaborative Learning + Good to Great to innovate + Realization

Lyn Sharratt

Putting Faces on the Data :
Build the bridge from data collection to improved instruction Assessment data can bury you or give you focused attention on how to recognize and reach every student. This book will show how to develop a common language for sharing all students a progress with all teachers and leaders, and how to use ongoing assessment to inform instruction. Based on worldwide research of 500 educators, the book is organized around clear definitions of: Assessment Instruction Leadership Ownership Included are numerous self-assessment tools and frameworks to help implement improvement at the district and state levels. Improving education begins by understanding the needs and abilities of every student.

Clarity :
Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools Comprehensive in scope, CLARITY illustrates how system and school leaders must come together to boost student achievement and build teacher capacity to learn, teach and lead. By emphasizing collaborative processes, Lyn Sharratt's detailed design demonstrates how shared knowledge, equity and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more empowered. Readers will uncover these ‘Big Ideas': 14 essential Parameters to guide system and school leaders toward building powerful collaborative learning cultures Case studies, vignettes and firsthand accounts from gifted teachers and leaders bring important theories and practices to life From all points in the organization, a ‘line-of-sight' directly to students' FACES in every classroom to ensure continuous improvement Data-driven tasks and tools to tackle solutions needed in all facets of education With more than four decades of research, writing and practical experience in system, school, and classroom improvement, Sharratt provides a ‘why-and-how-to guide' to assist educators across the globe as they solve 21st century-created problems and identify the much-needed learning critical to the success of our future citizens.

From Good to Great to Innovate

How can schools best prepare students for the highly competitive job market and global economy? This compelling book presents a transformative approach to college and career readiness within the public education system, based on data and best practices contributed by outstanding schools on five continents.

Written for education leaders at all levels, this resource shows how to

Design an innovative Pathways approach to career readiness that empowers students as informed decision-makers
Integrate career training into curriculum through a network of local community partners
Develop an approach to life-skill preparation, K-12+, that is inclusive of all.
Learn how educators-and entire school systems-can consistently support career development, helping students find rewarding paths forward.

Leading Collaborative Learning

Leadership, collaborative learning, and student achievement – discover what works!

This resource-rich book provides a straightforward, strategic path to achieving sustainable communities of collaborative learners. Research-proven inquiry techniques, vignettes, case studies and action-oriented protocols help you build strong learning relationships for high-impact student achievement.

System leaders, principals and teachers learn to:

* Integrate diverse views and perspectives
* Build trust and hear every voice
* Leverage key resources and processes
* Build students’ cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills
* Use “Assessments-in-Action” to improve, monitor and sustain progress
* Build a collaborative culture through learning together


A powerful approach to leading and sustaining districtwide change!

Districtwide performance improvement requires a focus on capacity building, empowering colleagues throughout the organization to move change forward. Written by an experienced administrator who accomplished districtwide improvement on the ground and an internationally recognized expert in large-scale education reform, this compelling book outlines a step-by-step approach to implementing lasting, positive change across an entire district.

This resource examines 13 research-based parameters for improving teacher and student performance, including advice on optimizing existing resources, and then introduces a 14th parameter—Realization—that goes beyond capacity building at the school and district level to systemwide change at the state level. Readers will find:
-A wealth of school-specific strategies that support effective assessment and instructional practices to improve students' fundamental academic skills
-''Do's'' and ''don'ts'' from real districtwide school improvement programs
-Guidance on implementing program assessment and establishing accountability

Help your district advance from vision to action to realization of student achievement!

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