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Rethinking Recess

Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School
Rebecca A. London

In Rethinking Recess, sociologist Rebecca A. London argues that recess has been overlooked as an essential part of the elementary school experience, with major implications for how well schools serve all students equitably and responsively. Given its potential to support students’ social and emotional learning and physical activity, London says, recess should be designed intentionally, with attention to safety, health, and engagement.

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Ripe for Change

Garden-Based Learning in Schools
Jane S. Hirschi, Foreword by David Sobel

Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools takes a big-picture view of the school garden movement and the state of garden-based learning in public K–8 education. The book frames the garden movement for educators and shows how school gardens have the potential to be a significant resource for teaching and learning. In this inviting and accessible book, the author:
 

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Rural Education in America

What Works for Our Students, Teachers, and Communities
Geoff Marietta and Sky Marietta

Rural Education in America provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the diversity and complexity of rural communities in the United States and for helping rural educators implement and evaluate successful place-based programs tailored for students and their families. Written by educators who grew up in rural America and returned there to raise their children, the book illustrates how efficacy is determined by the degrees to which instruction, interventions, and programs address the needs and strengths of each unique rural community.
Available December 2020

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Safe Is Not Enough

Better Schools for LGBTQ Students
Michael Sadowski, Foreword by Kevin Jennings

Safe Is Not Enough illustrates how educators can support the positive development of LGBTQ students in a comprehensive way so as to create truly inclusive school communities. Using examples from classrooms, schools, and districts across the country, Michael Sadowski identifies emerging practices such as creating an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum; fostering a whole-school climate that is supportive of LGBTQ students; providing adults who can act as mentors and role models; and initiating effective family and community outreach programs. 

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School Choice and School Improvement

Edited by Mark Berends, Marisa Cannata, and Ellen B. Goldring

School Choice and School Improvement brings together a collection of exemplary, policy-relevant papers that examine how communities, districts, and states use choice as a strategy for improving schools and student learning.

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School Libraries and Student Learning

A Guide for School Leaders
Rebecca J. Morris

Innovative, well-designed school library programs can be critical resources for helping students meet high standards of college and career readiness. In School Libraries and Student Learning, Rebecca J. Morris shows how school leaders can make the most of their school libraries to support ambitious student learning. She offers practical strategies for collaboration between school leaders, teachers, and librarians to meet schoolwide objectives in literacy, assessment, student engagement, and inquiry-based learning. 

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School Reform from the Inside Out

Policy, Practice, and Performance
Richard F. Elmore

This is essential reading for any school leader, education reformer, policymaker, or citizen interested in the forces that promote school change.

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School Reform in Chicago

Lessons in Policy and Practice
Edited by Alexander Russo

School Reform in Chicago shares the lessons learned from the city of Chicago's school reform efforts over the past two decades, the most ambitious in history, becoming a huge laboratory for innovations in areas such as school governance, leadership, accountability, and community involvement.

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School Turnarounds

The Essential Role of Districts
Heather Zavadsky, foreword by Steven J. Adamowski

The inspiration for this book was a crucial observation: that if the school turnaround movement is to have widespread and lasting consequences, it will need to incorporate meaningful district involvement in its efforts.

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School-Based Instructional Rounds

Improving Teaching and Learning Across Classrooms
Lee Teitel

In School-Based Instructional Rounds, Teitel offers detailed case studies of five different models of school-based rounds and investigates critical learning from each.

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