January 6, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Preview 7 new books in their entirety
2.  Talking about race in the classroom
3.  PD Corner: Creating a learning culture

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1) Preview 7 new books in their entirety
Kick off the new year with these new and recent titles from our Canadian publishing partner, Pembroke Publishers:

Powerful Readers
Powerful Readers, by Kyla Hadden and Adrienne Gear
Thinking Strategies to Guide Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms
Kyla Hadden and Adrienne Gear
At any age or grade level, powerful readers are those who are aware of their thinking as they read. This book demonstrates that instruction in the key strategies of connecting, visualizing, questioning, inferring, determining importance, and transforming can help high school students develop their reading skills and get more out of their work with fiction and nonfiction.
Grades 8-12 • 128 pages • $24.00 • Available now

Literacy 101
Literacy 101, by David Booth
Questions and Answers That Meet the Needs of Real Teachers
David Booth
In his new book, David Booth answers questions from real teachers about building skills in literacy—from phonics to comprehension, from simple exercises to rich reading materials. Drawing on more than forty years of experience in education, David shares hard-learned lessons about what has—and hasn't—worked for him.
Grades K-12 • 128 pages • $24.00 • Available now

Student Diversity, Third Edition
Student Diversity, Third Edition, by Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak, and Leyton Schnellert
Teaching Strategies to Meet the Learning Needs of All Students in K-10 Classrooms
Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak, and Leyton Schnellert
Based on extensive classroom research, Student Diversity presents many examples of teachers working together in diverse classrooms to improve their teaching practice—from the primary and early years to middle school and high school.
Grades K-10 • 160 pages • $24.00 • Available now

Substitute Teaching?
Substitute Teaching?, by Amanda Yuill
Everything You Need to Get the Students on Your Side and Teach Them, Too
Amanda Yuill
This easy-to-read, humorous survival guide for substitute teachers presents strategies to get students on your side and make classroom management easier for the whole day. You'll get ready-to-use tools, tips, and lesson ideas for every grade from kindergarten through 8th.
Grades K-8 • 160 pages • $24.00 • Available now

The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner
The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner, by Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa Lebar
Effective Teaching and Assessment Strategies to Help Students Think Differently About Mathematics
Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa Lebar
This book introduces a framework (sense maker, skill user, thought communicator, and critical interpreter) that supports an integrated approach to effective mathematics instruction. It builds on educators' understanding of how to effectively teach mathematics and borrows from successful frameworks used to teach literacy.
Grades K-12 • 128 pages • $24.00 • Available now

Relationships Make the Difference
Relationships Make the Difference, by Pat Trottier
Connect with Your Students and Help Them Build Social, Emotional, and Academic Skills
Pat Trottier
This book provides the scaffolding that teachers need to establish strong relationships with their students and create caring classroom communities that build relationships with parents, school administration, staff, and support specialists.
Grades K-12 • 128 pages • $24.00 • Available now

Teaching with Humor, Compassion, and Conviction
Teaching with Humor, Compassion, and Conviction, by Heather Hollis
Helping Our Students Become Literate, Considerate, Passionate Human Beings
Heather Hollis
How can teachers make their literacy classrooms a place of joy? Full of simple strategies and activities for building community, this practical book is committed to promoting strong literacy skills and creating mindful classrooms where students are free to speak with compassion, write with conviction, and read with joy.
Grades K-6 • 128 pages • $24.00 • Available now


2) Talking about race in the classroom
Rick Wormeli
We can't truly create equal opportunities for all until our institutions take specific actions to end racist thinking and policies. And ground zero for an equitable, non-racist society is the K-12 classroom.

Read this thoughtful article from Rick Wormeli—one of the most-read articles of 2016 from ASCD's Educational Leadership:

Rick Wormeli

And watch our recent webinar with Matt Kay, author of the upcoming book Loaded Conversations. Follow along as Matt shares ideas and strategies for navigating conversations about race in your classroom:


3) PD Corner: Creating a learning culture
The single biggest driver of business impact is the strength of an organization's learning culture.
—Josh Bersin

Create your personal learning culture. Invest in your own development. Author and executive coach Tasha Eurich advises how: know yourself, pick one thing, and practice. Be inspired to reach for awesome with her image-rich TEDx talk:

The Digital Principal, by Janet Hughes and Anne Burke
Are educators in your building inquiry based, student focused and purposefully engaged in learning with technology? Read "Learning Culture for a Digital Age," Chapter 3 of The Digital Principal, by Janet Hughes and Anne Burke:

Are the learners around you agile? Review the five components of learning agility with this post from Concordia Online:

Take apart the learning agility components on pages three to five of this Center for Creative Leadership white paper and use them as manipulatives to spark and encourage conversations with teachers:
A Sense of Belonging, by Jennifer Allen

Use the first chapter of Jennifer Allen's A Sense of Belonging to recall the story of your teaching start. Help new teachers avoid learning culture shock:


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Contributing writer: Lee Ann Spillane

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