ACEL Books of the Week

Curiosity Works
Curiosity Works
Curiosity Works : A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation

Bryan Goodwin, Kristin Rouleau, Dale Lewis

Take charge of your school’s learning environment and culture and push past performance plateaus by rekindling the power of curiosity across your school. Curiosity Works guides school leadership teams through a six-phase journey toward powerful, continuous improvement and innovation, with 17 tools you can use to reflect on where you are as a school and where you want to go, and implement the action steps needed to get there.

Jan 2018 | McREL
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Teaching for Transfer
Teaching for Transfer
Teaching for Transfer
A Guide for Designing Learning With Real-World Application

By: Michael McDowell

In Teaching for transfer: A guide for designing learning with real-world application, author Michael McDowell provides F–12 teachers with a road map for reconfiguring classroom instruction to ensure that students learn to expertly apply their knowledge and skills to different contexts. McDowell outlines three levels of complexity in learning – (1) surface, (2) deep and (3) transfer – and explains that while the foundational levels of surface and deep are essential and allow students to understand and relate ideas, transfer-level work is key; it involves the interdisciplinary problem-solving students need to practice to become creative, well-rounded citizens who can meet and overcome unexpected challenges. Offering ample research, concrete strategies, grade-level examples, and end-of-chapter next steps and reflection questions, McDowell demonstrates the importance of transfer-level learning and the means by which readers can support this skill development in their students.

Readers will:

study the three levels of complexity in learning
understand how to create transfer-level learning experiences by leveraging foundational knowledge and skills
learn specific strategies and protocols for incorporating perspective and perplexity in the classroom to mimic real-world challenges
address reflection questions individually and in collaboration with other educators
review specific grade-level examples throughout the book and in the substantive appendices.

188 Pages | Jul 2020
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Building the Resilient School
Building the Resilient School
Building the Resilient School
Overcoming the Effects of Poverty With a Culture of Hope

By: Robert D. Barr, Emily L. Gibson

Overcome the effects of poverty in the 21st century by embracing an innovative new vision of public schooling. With the guidance of this practical, research-driven resource, you will discover a model for building resilient schools that helps students work through their emotional and mental health needs, connect with caring adults, and find purpose for their lives.

Study the widespread poverty that currently exists in the United States
Understand the ways poverty traumatises students, impedes their mental development, and damages and interferes with their ability to learn
Become familiar with secondary trauma and the ways educators can be traumatised by the compassion fatigue of working in communities that experience high rates of poverty
Learn how the effects of poverty can be mitigated through the development of resiliency in students, which can lead to decreased absenteeism and increased learning
Explore the four pillars of resilient schools
Discover the importance of resilient schools in overcoming the effects of poverty and supporting students and students’ families who are experiencing poverty

296 Pages | May 2020
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Neurodevelopmental Differentiation
Neurodevelopmental Differentiation
Neurodevelopmental Differentiation:
Optimising Brain Systems to Maximise Learning

Andrew Fuller, Lucy Fuller

Imagine a school where the motto is "Here, everyone gets smart". Not just some students. Every student. Where every student and teacher knows their learning strengths and uses them to develop other areas of learning. Where all staff understand how to identify and develop collaborative approaches to overcome blockages to learning. Where parent–teacher–student meetings prioritise forward planning and the development of an individualised learning plan for the following term. This book aims to bring this school to life through the power of neurodevelopmental differentiation.

In Neurodevelopmental differentiation: optimising brain systems to maximise learning, clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller and educator Lucy Fuller make teachers’ working lives easier and more effective by helping them to detect what might be stopping students from achieving more success. Each of the eight chapters in this book is designed to help teachers and parents identify young people’s learning strength areas as well as ways to improve functioning in each of the eight unique brain systems: spatial reasoning, perceptual and motor skills, concentration and memory, planning and sequencing, thinking and logic, people smarts, language and word smarts, and number smarts.

By designing interventions based on what students can already do well and applying these skills to areas they are yet to develop, Neurodevelopmental differentiation shows teachers how to increase their students’ motivation and excitement about learning.

230 Pages | June 2020
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