ACEL Books of the Week

Digital Leadership
Digital Leadership
Digital Leadership
Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

Eric C. Sheninger

Just as the digital landscape is constantly evolving, the second edition of Digital Leadership moves past trends and fads to focus on the essence of leading innovative change in education now and in the future. As society and technology evolve at what seems a dizzying pace, the demands on leaders are changing as well. With a greater emphasis on leadership dispositions, this revamped edition also features:

New structure and organization emphasizing the interconnectivity of the Pillars of Digital Leadership to drive sustainable change
Innovative strategies and leadership practices that enhance school culture and drive learning improvement
Updated vignettes from digital leaders who have successfully implemented the included strategies
New online resources, informative graphics, and end of chapter guiding questions
Now is the time to embrace innovation, technology, and flexibility to create a learning culture that provides students with 21st century critical competencies!

Industry Reviews

Sheninger's Digital Leadership, second edition is straight from the heart of practice and it shows. Well advanced and consolidated from the first edition, more than anyone else Sheninger has integrated technology, learning, and change leadership. The seven pillars of learning are comprehensive. Leadership for quality implementation is captured beautifully. And the prominent positioning of efficacy and competencies nails impact. Digital Leadership is comprehensive for educators who want to advance learning with the latest know-how.


-- Michael Fullan, Author, Professor Emeritus
If you were not an inspired leader and advocate for technology before reading this book you will be by the end of it. As technology advances and becomes a way of being for students, Eric challenges school leaders not only to keep up but to excel. The book is thought provoking, encouraging, and most important practical for today's leaders. -- Dr. Russell J. Quaglia, Author, Executive Director
I'm glad to see that Sheninger revisits Digital Leadership for a second time. There is great value in the fact that Eric looked at this topic through a lens of efficacy during this revisit. He focuses on the fact that it's not that educators are resistant to technology, but that they often don't have the confidence to keep up with the changing nature of it all, and Eric presents us all with a way to do that.


-- Peter DeWitt, Author, Consultant
Digital Leadership is quite simply a tour de force of a book. It is timely, relevant, and essential reading for those leading educational change within a fast and furious digital world. The book is fundamentally about learning and pedagogy rather than software or hardware. It is a manifesto for change in a digital age and is fundamentally concerned with using technology to enhance the learning outcomes and life chances of all students. It is a must read! -- Professor Alma Harris, Head of the School of Education
This book will equip leaders to model the skills, competencies, and pillars of Digital Leadership like never before. One of the biggest misnomers of this generation is the idea that leadership is an act of knowing. The thing that's truly missing in many schools is modeling. Sheninger's Digital Leadership (2nd Edition) tackles the leadership gap head on by moving leaders from knowing the way to showing the way.

-- Dr. Brad Gustafson, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Digital Innovation in Learning Award Winner, and National Distinguished Principal
There can be a perceived hysteria when it comes to integrating technology into education, especially from a leadership perspective. As an administrator, I know how full our plate already is. This book helps simplify what YOU can do as a leader on your campus or in your district. The problem is our students today crave an environment that we struggle to provide. Sheninger provides a calming, thoughtful framework in Digital Leadership. Educators of all levels will benefit to his unlocking of a "solution" that combines where most districts are and where we should all strive to be. It is full of sound, relevant information that guides strategic thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and decision making-all to the benefit of the ones we serve. There are plenty of people lining up to offer up problems when it comes to how to lead in this digitally focused era, thankfully, we have Digital Leadership to help offer solutions.

PBK | 288 Pages | Corwin
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The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Asses
The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Asses
The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment & Instruction *expanded second edition*

Authors - Joan Moser & Gail Boushey

In The CAFE Book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present a practical, simple way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion. The CAFE system, based on research into the habits of proficient readers, is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. The system includes goal-setting with students, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small-group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals and focusing whole-class instruction on emerging student needs.

Boushey and Moser developed the CAFE system to support teachers as they:

organise assessment data so it truly informs instruction
track each child’s strengths and goals, thereby maximising time with him or her
create flexible groups of students, all focused in a specific reading strategy
help students remember and retrieve the reading strategies they learned.

The CAFE system does not require expensive materials, complicated training or complete changes to current classroom literacy approaches. Rather, it provides a structure for conferring with students, a language for talking about reading development and a system for tracking growth and fostering student independence. The CAFE system’s built-in flexibility lets teachers tailor the system to reflect the needs of their students and their curriculum standards.
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Teachers As Architects Of Learning
Teachers As Architects Of Learning
Teachers As Architects Of Learning, 2nd Edition: Twelve Constructs to Design and Configure Successful Learning Experiences

by Clare Major and Gavin Grift

The revised and updated second edition of the bestselling title, Teachers as Architects of Learning supports teachers to develop ideas, consider approaches and, in general, increase levels of consciousness about what they do, why they do it and how they might do it differently. The book enables teachers to develop their own blueprint for teaching through the exploration of twelve learning constructs and 100 strategies.

Teachers as Architects of Learning facilitates teachers to build their wisdom around the art of teaching in order for deeper learning to prevail. It assists them to deconstruct their mental models in order to then construct new learning about their practice. These insights assist them in identifying beliefs that impact their behaviours as their teaching architecture evolves. The premise that beliefs influence behaviours is at the heart of Teachers as Architects of Learning.

The authors draw from extensive personal experiences, research from the field and the reflections of teachers themselves to serve as a catalyst for thinking about their own practice in a way that lets learning lead.

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The second edition is a “must-have” book for any educator committed to the development of their own or other’s practice.
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Emotional Poverty in All Demographics
Emotional Poverty in All Demographics
Emotional Poverty in All Demographics:
How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom

By Ruby K. Payne



School safety is now a primary concern for educators, who are increasingly frustrated by confrontations over students’ disruptive and unproductive behaviours. But information about the emotional sources of this behaviour is lacking, as are tools for managing behaviour.

Consequences will always be needed. But we can change the approach.

In Emotional Poverty, brain and developmental science change the conversation. Payne discusses what motivates good behaviour and the underlying emotional causes of usage/disruptive behaviour.

Educators will learn to

create safe classrooms by reducing “less than” and “separate from” experiences for students
teach students about a regulated, integrated brain and how to calm themselves
help build strong inner selves in students through validation
identify and address insecure, emotionally unbonded students
be aware of our own emotional realities as we promote the safety and well-being of students.

Developing a culture of caring and support isn’t expensive. Every school has the resources to address emotional poverty.

PBK | 194 Pages
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Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education
Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education
Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education:
Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Complex Dilemmas

By Joan Poliner Shapiro, Jacqueline A. Stefkovich

The fourth edition of the best-selling text, Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education, continues to address the increasing interest in ethics and assists educational leaders with the complex dilemmas in today’s challenging and diverse society. Through discussion and analysis of real-life moral dilemmas that educational leaders face in their schools and communities, authors Shapiro and Stefkovich demonstrate the application of the four ethical paradigms—the ethics of justice, care, critique, and profession. After an illustration of how the Multiple Ethical Paradigm approach may be applied to real dilemmas, the authors present a series of cases written by students and academics in the field representing the dilemmas faced by practicing educational leaders in urban, suburban, and rural settings in an era full of complications and contradictions. Following each case are questions that call for thoughtful, complex thinking and help readers come to grips with their own ethical codes and apply them to practical situations.

New in the Fourth Edition:

A new chapter on technology versus respect, focusing on ethical issues such as cyber-bullying and sexting.

New cases on teachers with guns, the military and education, children of undocumented immigrants, homeless students, videos in bathrooms, incentive pay, first responders, private alternative high schools, verbal threats, and gaming etiquette.

Updates throughout to reflect contemporary issues and recent scholarship in the field of ethical leadership.

This edition adds teaching notes for the instructor that stress the importance of self-reflection, use of new technologies, and global appeal of ethical paradigms and dilemmas. Easily adaptable to a variety of uses, this book is a critical resource for a wide range of audiences, including both aspiring and practicing administrators, teacher leaders, and educational policy makers.

PBK | 266 Pages
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The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality
The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality
The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality: Possibilities for Democratic Schooling

By Sonya Douglass Horsford, Janelle T. Scott, Gary L. Anderson

In a context of increased politicization led by state and federal policymakers, corporate reformers, and for-profit educational organizations, The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality explores a new vision for leading schools grounded in culturally relevant advocacy and social justice theories. This timely volume tackles the origins and implications of growing accountability for educational leaders and reconsiders the role that educational leaders should and can play in education policy and political processes. This book provides a critical perspective and analysis of today’s education policy landscape and leadership practice; explores the challenges and opportunities associated with teaching in and leading schools; and examines the structural, political, and cultural interactions among school principals, district leaders, and state and federal policy actors. An important resource for practicing and aspiring leaders, The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality shares a theoretical framework and strategies for building bridges between education researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

PBK | 258 Pages
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Concept Based Inquiry in Action
Concept Based Inquiry in Action
Concept-Based Inquiry in Action :
Strategies to Promote Transferable Understanding

Carla Marschall, Rachel French



All students deserve the opportunity to think conceptually. But seeing conceptual relationships does not come naturally to every student. How can teachers construct thinking classrooms where students can move from the factual to the conceptual level of thinking?

Concept-Based Inquiry in Action has the answers. In this book, the authors marry theory with practice to create a new framework for inquiry that promotes deep understanding: Concept-Based Inquiry. The key is helping students to inquire into concepts and the relationships between them using guiding questions developed by the teacher, the students themselves, or by the teacher and students together. Step by step, the authors lead both new and experienced educators to implement teaching strategies that support the realization of inquiry-based learning for understanding in any K-12 classroom.

The book and its accompanying website are rich with the resources necessary to facilitate the construction and transfer of conceptual understanding, including

Numerous practical teaching strategies, aligned to each phase of Concept-Based Inquiry, that can be modified for diverse populationsVisual notes that represent significant ideas discussed within each chapterVideos of instructional strategies and teacher interviews that show Concept-Based Inquiry in action in K-12 classrooms around the worldTemplates of graphic organizers, sample anchor charts, and blackline masters that support the use of teaching strategies in the classroomPlanners that show how the phases of Concept-Based Inquiry come together in a unit In a world filled with complexity, the role of the teacher as a facilitator of conceptual understanding has never been more pressing. Concept-Based Inquiry in Action provides teachers with the tools necessary to organize and focus student learning around concepts and conceptual relationships that support deep understanding.

368 Pages | Pbk | Published August 2018
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