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ASCD’s Summer Reading List Provides Opportunities Galore for Teachers and Administrators

Alexandria, VA (05/17/12)—ASCD, the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has compiled a summer reading list for administrators, teacher leaders, and classroom educators interested in low-cost, high-impact professional development.

All of the titles below—along with more than 300 other ASCD books—are available in print and various e-book formats in the ASCD Store.

How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom, by teacher leaders Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Ian Pumpian, draws on the authors’ combined years of experience in the classroom to identify five pillars that are critical to building a culture of achievement. This book provides 19 action research tools that will help readers create a culture of achievement in their schools and classrooms. After reading this book, educators will understand why culture makes the difference between a school that enables success for all students and a school that merely houses students for the day. An online study guide is also available.

Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd edition, by McREL’s Ceri B. Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler, and Bj Stone, helps bring effective instructional strategies to life for the benefit of every learner. Rich with updated findings and new evidence gathered over the last decade, the second edition of Classroom Instruction That Works builds on the classic text that more than 1 million educators have turned to for support in strengthening their practice. This book revisits the notable nine categories of teaching strategies presented in the first edition, providing new information about each one’s effect on achievement and building connections to 21st century skills. Readers will explore tactics for setting objectives and providing feedback, reinforcing effort and providing recognition, and much more. Additional online resources include a study guide, video interviews with the authors, and McREL’s foundational research report.

When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game, by seasoned educator and school psychologist Allen N. Mendler, shares practical tips and strategies that teachers can quickly and readily access when challenged by some of the most difficult aspects of teaching: working with difficult students, feeling underappreciated by colleagues or parents, and being expected to get top-notch student achievement without adequate support. Written with a deep understanding of the issues that teachers face every day, the book also includes sections for administrators who want to help teachers stay at the top of their game. An online study guide is also available.

The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units, by creators of the Understanding by Design® framework Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, offers instructional modules on how to refine units created using the framework and how to effectively review the units with self-assessment and peer review, along with observation and supervision. Figures, worksheets, and downloadable forms from the book are also available online.

Understanding Common Core State Standards, by McREL’s John Kendall, tells K–12 administrators and educators everything they need to know about the new standards and what they can do to make the most of this opportunity for change. This timely book invites educators to think about the possibilities that the Common Core State Standards offer for strengthening teaching and learning across the United States.

“ASCD is committed to supporting the success of each learner, and that journey begins with top tier professional development for educators, the dedicated professionals who work with our students every day,” said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter. “The publications on this reading list empower educators by helping them maintain enthusiasm and offering crucial knowledge and proven strategies.”

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