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The Educational Leader's Guide to Improvement Science: Data, Design and Cases for Reflection

Editor: Robert Crow
Editor: Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford
Editor: Dean T. Spaulding
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The Educational Leader’s Guide to Improvement Science: Data, Design and Cases for Reflection is a collection illustrating applied organizational problem-solving using methods of improvement science in educational leadership. Early chapters introduce improvement science and then the reader is led through a logical sequence of inquiry, presented with cases of educational dilemma matched with principles of improvement science and provided examples of research methodology applied in context. Because improvement science research is so quickly becoming a signature pedagogy and core subject area of inquiry in the field of educational leadership, the literature is still scant in its coverage of improvement science models; it is the purpose of this publication to fill the void by providing concrete examples, through case studies, of instances where improvement research methods and analyses can be embedded to enhance and strengthen efforts at organizational improvement. This text concentrates on the elements faculty, students, and administrators need; specific models where improvement science frameworks enhance the reliability and validity of improvement or quality enhancement efforts.

Publisher: Myers Education Press
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The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success

Author: Freeman A. Hrabowski
Abstract: In The Empowered University, Hrabowski and coauthors Philip J. Rous and Peter H. Henderson probe the way senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation. They examine how shared leadership enables an empowered campus to tackle tough issues by taking a hard look in the mirror, noting strengths and weaknesses while assessing opportunities and challenges.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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The Family Link to Education: The Road to Personal and Professional Success

Author: Rex A. Holiday
Author: Steve Sonntag
Abstract: The Family Link to Education: The Road to Personal and Professional Success is a source of information that is current and relevant for families, educators and communities that want to provide the best possible opportunities for the up and coming generations. Beginning with the family, the book gets right at the root of how the future leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators of our local, national and worldwide communities are molded by early childhood influences. The book offers many suggestions to those who (by right or circumstance) have dibs on the earliest intellectual development of children.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present, and Future

Editor: Helen Janc Malone
Editor: Tara Donahue
Abstract: Leading OST experts explore latest knowledge, intentionally bridging research and practice, and propose new areas of inquiry within each of the following six sections: OST as a vehicle for young people’s development; socio-cultural dimensions of OST; professional development within OST; research- and evaluation-informed field; OST advocacy; and future directions for the OST field. The OST field has grown considerably over the last two decades. Today, we have the frameworks, practice- and research-based knowledge and tools, and burgeoning paths to advance the field across multiple dimensions: demographic, stakeholder groups, contexts, systems and sectors, and disciplines. The hallmark of the OST field has been the ability to remain agile and adaptable to change in a way that complements the field and supports all children and young people in diverse ways. This anthology is designed to be a platform for research-practice discussions and future directions that could further grow, sustain, and improve the field. We hope this book inspires both reflections and conversations on the OST field.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Impoverishment of the American College Student

Author: James V. Koch
Abstract: Higher education funding and tuition and fee inflation are complicated matters that very few people understand well. The Impoverishment of the American College Student clarifies the central issues and provides plentiful data to support its key points. It is a must-read for anyone who believes that maintaining access to and the affordability of public colleges are vitally important to our society's future.
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
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The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke

Author: John Willinsky
Abstract: Providing a sweeping millennium-plus history of the learned book in the West, John Willinsky puts current debates over intellectual property into context, asking what it is about learning that helped to create the concept even as it gave the products of knowledge a different legal and economic standing than other sorts of property.
 
Willinsky begins with Saint Jerome in the fifth century, then traces the evolution of reading, writing, and editing practices in monasteries, schools, universities, and among independent scholars through the medieval period and into the Renaissance. He delves into the influx of Islamic learning and the rediscovery of classical texts, the dissolution of the monasteries, and the founding of the Bodleian Library before finally arriving at John Locke, whose influential lobbying helped bring about the first copyright law, the Statute of Anne of 1710. Willinsky’s bravura tour through this history shows that learning gave rise to our idea of intellectual property while remaining distinct from, if not wholly uncompromised by, the commercial economy that this concept inspired, making it clear that today’s push for marketable intellectual property threatens the very nature of the quest for learning on which it rests.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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The Last Negroes at Harvard: The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

Author: Kent Garrett
Abstract: In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited an unprecedented eighteen “Negro” boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some fifty years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, would begin to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant.
Publisher: Hougthon Mifflin Harcourt
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The Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership: The Power of a Networked Improvement Community to Transform Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation ... Educators

Editor: W. Gary Martin
Editor: Brian R. Lawler
Editor: Alyson E. Lischka
Editor: Wendy M. Smith
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This book provides an overview of a body of work conducted over the past seven years related to the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers by the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership), a national consortium of more than 90 universities and 100 school systems. The MTE-Partnership is organized as a Networked Improvement Community (NIC), which combines the disciplined inquiry of improvement science with the power of networking to accelerate improvement by engaging a broad set of participants. 

The book describes promising approaches to improving aspects of secondary mathematics teacher preparation developed by the Research Action Clusters, including specific products that have been developed, which will inform the work of others involved in secondary mathematics teacher preparation. In addition, reflections on the use of the NIC model provides insights for others considering this research design. Particular references to the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics (Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, 2017) are included throughout the book.

Publisher: Information Age
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The Mindful Schools Curriculum for Adolescents: Tools for Developing Awareness

Author: Oren Jay Sofer
Author: Matthew Brensilver
Abstract: Arguably, no student population stands to gain more from mindfulness practice― with its power to enhance emotion regulation, attention stability, and self- awareness― than students between the ages of thirteen and twenty. In this comprehensive curriculum developed at Mindful Schools, Oren Jay Sofer and Matthew Brensilver provide  twentyfive brief (twenty- to- thirty- minute) lessons that supply a framework for mindfulness instruction that can be expanded or condensed according to the needs of students. Each lesson includes a “science supplement” with research findings relevant to the practice, and handouts summarizing key aspects of the lesson that can be distributed to students.
Publisher: W.W. Norton
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The New Brazilian University – A busca por resultados comercializáveis: Para quem?

Author: João dos Reis Silva Júnior
Abstract: Este livro versa sobre um assunto de extrema atualidade. Trata-se do momentoso tema da mercantilização da educação, de modo geral, e do ensino superior, em particular. Seu autor, João dos Reis Silva Júnior, vem se dedicando ao desenvolvimento de pesquisas sobre essa temática há mais de vinte anos individualmente e em colaboração com outros pesquisadores. Podemos considerar que o problema motivador das pesquisas de João dos Reis é a necessidade de compreender, em profundidade, a metamorfose pela qual vem passando o modelo de universidade no Brasil na contemporaneidade. Este livro é precioso porque seu autor não se contenta em proclamar e denunciar o avassalador processo de mercantilização do ensino, de modo geral, mas principalmente do ensino superior. Seu intento é perquirir o fenômeno penetrando nos meandros do referido processo de mercantilização para fazer emergir o modo de constituição e de funcionamento da nova universidade que vem se instituindo no Brasil em sintonia com a tendência mundial de que é expressão hegemônica a universidade estadunidense. Neste contexto, o Estado brasileiro, por meio de vários governos de diferentes partidos, vem implantando nas últimas décadas um conjunto de dispositivos legais que procuram aproximar, como já anunciava FHC em seu discurso de dezembro de 1994, as pesquisas empreendidas nas instituições de ensino superior, especialmente na pós-graduação, do setor produtivo. E, ao mesmo tempo, no longo prazo, tem reorganizado suas práticas segundo a mesma racionalidade. A mercantilização permeia todo tipo de prática e política institucional na universidade, tal qual a New American University, lembrando que, em face da nova divisão do trabalho acadêmico, o sucesso brasileiro reverte em vantagens para os países de economia central, com destaque para os Estados Unidos. Desta forma, procura-se alicerçar a pesquisa de suportes institucionais que a condicionam às demandas do setor produtivo, que, em face da forma como se adere à predominância financeira, resulta em cultura rentista e ancora na dívida pública para a administração monetária, favorece-se a economia e a educação superior dos países centrais”.
Publisher: Projeto Editorial Praxis
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The Online Classroom: Resources for Effective Middle Level Virtual Education

Editor: Brooke B. Eisenbach
Editor: Paula Greathouse
Abstract: As students exchange classroom interaction for online collaboration, pencils for keyboards, face-to-face conversations for chat room texts, and traditional lessons for digital modules, it becomes apparent that teachers, schools, and administrators must identify ways to keep pace. We must identify ways to meet the needs of middle level learners within this digital context. In this volume, researchers and teachers share a variety of resources centered on the growing world of virtual education and its implications for the middle level learner, educator, and classroom.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Promise and Practice of Next Generation Assessment

Author: David T. Conley
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In The Promise and Practice of Next Generation Assessment, David T. Conley presents the case for a new, comprehensive system of assessment using different measurements for different purposes. Changes in the purposes of education, he argues, demand forms of assessment that go beyond merely ranking students to supporting the ambitious aim of helping all students meet career and college readiness goals.

Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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The Public Professor

Author: M. V. Lee Badgett
Abstract: The work of academics can matter and be influential on a public level, but the path to becoming a public intellectual, influential policy advisor, valued community resource or go-to person on an issue is not one that most scholars are trained for. The Public Professor offers scholars ways to use their ideas, research and knowledge to change the world. The book gives practical strategies for scholars to become more engaged with the public on a variety of fronts: online, in print, at council hearings, even with national legislation.
Publisher: NYU Press
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The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning

Author: Kathy L. Guthrie
Author: Daniel M. Jenkins
Abstract: Leadership, as a discipline, leadership education, as a field, and leadership educator, as a profession are still in their infancy and rapidly evolving. As professionals in higher education, we are constantly asked to provide opportunities for students to learn leadership, whether that is inside or outside of the classroom. However, very little, if any professional development occurs in how to create such learning opportunities. This book provides resources for leadership educators in three sections. The first section sets the stage for leadership education and the professional work of leadership educators, culminating with a variety of professional development resources for leadership educators. The second section introduces a leadership learning framework, provides characteristics and examples of strong leadership programs and assessment practices, and describes the transformative practice of leadership education. The third and final section offers specific instructional and assessment strategies ranging from discussion, case study, and reflection, to teambased and servicelearning to selfassessments, roleplay, simulation, and games, to fulfill learning outcomes.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Roots of Low Achievement: Where to Begin Altering Them

Author: Sandra Stotsky
Abstract: The chief purpose of this book is to explain how public education in this country became dysfunctional as a result of the education policies and programs funded by the federal government to address low academic achievement. It highlights student effort as a central factor in academic achievement, based on research noting its significance. Teachers and school administrators cannot make children ready for college or career by grade 12 if their parents do not make them ready for school learning by kindergarten or grade 1. 


Once both the schools and students’ parents together made students ready for membership in our civic culture. They learned they were politically equal to each other, with a shared civic identity, regardless of academic achievement. Yet, policy makers at USED and philanthropists in this country with a professed interest in the education of low achievers want low achievers to believe that their academic status is all that matters and that they haven’t succeeded academically because of bigoted teachers, administrators, and communities. Parent/school partnerships need to revive their community’s agreed-upon mission for public education if we are to alter the roots of low achievement in this country.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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The Science of the Obvious: Education's Repetitive Search for What's Already Known

Author: R. Barker Bausell
Abstract: This book poses and ultimately answers the question of whether the public schools would have been affected if no educational research had been conducted during this century. To answer this question, 12 genres of educational research are evaluated. The genres are accompanied by non-technical, annotated synopses examples of each. A case is made that the science of education as a whole is repetitive, non-cumulative, and is characterized by a circular rather than a linear trajectory.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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The SCOPUS Diaries and the (il)logics of Academic Survival

Author: Abel Polese
Abstract: This book is intended to help scholars to design and think strategically about their own career. Beginning with “How to get published in good journals,” it explores a number of questions that most academics encounter at various stages of their careers.
Publisher: ibidem-Verlag
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The Seal of Biliteracy: Case Studies and Considerations for Policy Implementation

Editor: Amy J. Heineke
Editor: Kristin J. Davin
Abstract: This edited volume examines the Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL), a relatively new policy initiative that has received little attention in scholarly and practical literature. The contributions seek to expand the literature by presenting case studies of policy implementation in diverse contexts across the United States. 
Publisher: Information Age
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The Soul of Higher Education: Contemplative Pedagogy, Research and Institutional Life for the Twenty-first Century

Editor: Margaret Benefiel
Editor: Bo Karen Lee
Abstract: The Soul of Higher Education: Contemplative Pedagogy, Research and Institutional Life for the Twenty-first Century contributes to an understanding of the importance and implications of a contemplative grounding for higher education. It is the sixth in a series entitled Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research and Application, which is intended to be an authoritative and comprehensive series in the field.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Student Guide to Mindfulness

Author: David Mair
Abstract: More than ever students are reporting high levels of stress, depression and loneliness while at university – so looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as academic preparation. This book provides grounded guidance on how mindfulness can be used to cope with the main sources of anxiety while you are completing your studies, so you can find balance and make the most of student life.  Combined with practical and recorded mindfulness exercises, learn how to master techniques and tools to reconnect with the present and yourself, and approach life at uni in a stress-free way.
Publisher: SAGE
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The Transformation of Humanities Education: The Case of Norway 1960-2000 from a Systems-Theoretical Perspective

Author: Vidar Grøtta
Abstract:  Using historical documents and statistical analyses, Vidar Grotta shows that the expansion of the postwar research system in Norway led to an increase in admissions to humanities education in the 1960s and an ensuing research drift in humanities curricula. Interacting with certain political dynamics and the knowledge economy that has emerged since the 1970s, this research drift resulted in a shift in humanists' career patterns and a transformation of the societal functions of the humanities.
Publisher: Verlag Transcript
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The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching

Author: Patricia Jennings
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Fully half the students in U.S. schools have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. In the face of this epidemic, it falls increasingly to teachers to provide the adult support these students need to function in school. But most educators have received little training to prepare them for this role. Tish Jennings—an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning—shares research and experiential knowledge about the practices that support students' healing, build their resilience, and foster compassion in the classroom.

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Thinking and Acting Systemically: Improving School Districts Under Pressure

Editor: Alan J. Daly
Editor: Kara S. Finnigan
Abstract: This volume argues that districts are important as a lever for change given the limited success of school-by-school efforts. Policies that focus on skill development, recognize and support performance, create opportunities for collaboration, build leader capacity, and create networks of knowledge sharing hold great potential for improving districts but it will require a paradigm shift in the way we view our public school system and those who work within it - away from blame and toward complext systems change.
Publisher: AERA
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Thinking in Education Research: Applying Philosophy and Theory

Author: Nick Peim
Abstract: Thinking in Education Research examines the resources available from philosophy and theory that can be practically applied to any educational research project. Nick Peim argues that the current well-established divide between theory and the empirical in research methods is unhelpful to students. Instead, Thinking in Education Research looks at major lines of thinking in modern European philosophy, from Kant to Freud and Derrida to Malabou, and how they provide a rich resource for every stage of conducting research. By getting students engaged in 'how to think' and 'how to do', Peim illustrates that thinking is in fact a vital part of how you do research and is not an aside.
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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This Once Was Us: the life and death of Penguin Education

Author: the West Drayton Collective
Abstract: This Once Was Us is a celebration of a bold and innovative venture, Penguin Education, which shone briefly in the publishing firmament in the 1960s and 1970s, before being cruelly extinguished by its owners. It is a remembrance of things past, put together by many of those who worked for the company during its mould-breaking years spent re-inventing the schoolbook. These detailed and colourful pages bear testament to the unique style of collaboration that marked the Penguin Education way of working. They also record the widespread protests, from both inside and outside education, which emerged when the shutdown brought the pioneering work to an abrupt and untimely end.
Publisher: Symposium Books
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Toward Translingual Realities in Composition: (Re)Working Local Language Representations and Practices

Author: Nancy Bou Ayash
Abstract: Toward Translingual Realities in Composition is a multiyear critical ethnographic study of first-year writing programs in Lebanon and Washington State—a country where English is not the sole language of instruction and a state in which English is entirely dominant—to examine the multiple and often contradictory natures, forces, and manifestations of language ideologies. The book is a practical, useful way of seriously engaging with alternative ways of thinking, doing, and learning academic English literacies.
Publisher: Utah State University Press
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Transformative Education for the Second Renaissance

Author: John P.W. Hudson
Abstract: Transformative Education for the Second Renaissance follows educator John PW Hudson through a personal and professional journey that led him to respond to what he sees as underlying fissures in the bedrock of educational practice. At the height of his career, he was seconded by the Richmond (BC Canada) school district to teach a demonstration class in the Nanashan Xian Middle School in Shenzhen, China, at the request of the school, and philanthropists Joe and Margaret Li, initiators of the project and sponsors. His assignment was to demonstrate and explain Western teaching methods to educators and other interested parties including university students and their professors from various parts of China, local and national education officials, teachers at the Nanshan Xian middle school (where he lived and taught for two years), and civic officials as well. 
Publisher: Information Age
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Transforming Ethos: Place and the Material in Rhetoric and Writing

Author: Rosanne Carlo
Abstract: In Transforming Ethos Rosanne Carlo synthesizes philosophy, rhetorical theory, and composition theory to clarify the role of ethos and its potential for identification and pedagogy for writing studies. Carlo renews focus on the ethos appeal and highlights its connection to materiality and place as a powerful instrument for writing and its teaching—one that insists on the relational and multimodal aspects of writing and makes prominent its inherent ethical considerations and possibilities.
Publisher: Utah State University Press
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Transforming History: A Guide to Effective, Inclusive, and Evidence-Based Teaching

Author: Mary Jo Festle
Abstract: In this theoretically informed but eminently practical volume, Mary Jo Festle examines the recent explosion of research on the teaching and learning of history. Illuminated by her own work, Festle applies the concept of "backward design" as an organizing framework to the history classroom. She provides concrete strategies for setting up an environment that is inclusive and welcoming but still challenging and engaging.
Instructors will improve their own conceptual understandings of teaching and learning issues, as well as receive guidance on designing courses and implementing pedagogies consistent with what research tells us about how students learn. The book offers practical illustrations of assignments, goals, questions, grading rubrics, unit plans, and formats for peer observation that are adaptable for courses on any subject and of any size. 
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
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Transforming Learning: Don't Let School Interfere with Your Laughing

Author: Peter M. Jones
Abstract: Dr. Peter Jonas takes a broad and practical approach examining the connection between humor and learning. The book uses a meta-analysis and meta-synthesis to identify nine areas where humor significantly improves various aspects of the learning environment. This book provides practical examples, as well as research on how much of an effect (effect size) humor has on Leadership, Learning, Stress reduction, Job Satisfaction, Relationships, Creativity, Culture, Communication, and Engagement. Humor needs to be taken seriously, because when you get people laughing you can transform learning.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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