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ManagementBooks • ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD EDUCATION Real Classroom Management: Whose Job Is It? www.rowmaneducation.com, $65 hardcover, $22.95 paperback A Authors Mark Jacobs a and Nancy Langley ask r readers to consider m more than behavior in c creating a solid classr room management plan. T They believe successful m management includes t the entire environment, the organization of materials, the school facility and classroom layout. According to the authors, the plan needs both administrative and parental support and involvement. Readers will learn how to bring together different factors in order to create a positive learning environment. The book answers questions about how to turn an ineffective school around, improve educational leadership, and work with parents to ensure students receive optimum learning experiences, as well as clarify the learning community roles required to create a successful management program. Ken Royal RESOURCES FOR DISTRICT LEADERS TEACHERS COLLEGE PRESS The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs, 4th edition www.teacherscollegepress.com, $28.95 Shelley Wepner and Dorothy Strickland have written a relevant, research-based reference book on organizing school reading programs. This fourth edition is the most comprehensive resource on the oversight of literacy programs at the pre-K12 levels. The chapters are written by experienced experts and are completely updated to incorporate current views about literacy in relation to govild ernmental changes and regulations such as No Child Left Behind. Readers will discover specific guidelines that literacy leaders can use to improve their programs, including selecting materials, assessing the quality of teachers, providing staff development, working with different types of learners, and incorporating writing and technology. The book features insights into accountability, the role of literacy coaches, and advice for working with diverse learners. standards, also affect the quality of work. Gardner and his colleagues outline steps that can be taken to build a sense of responsibility and to take ownership for one’s work and its wider impact. ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD EDUCATION The Politically Intelligent Leader: Dealing with the Dilemmas of a HighStakes Educational Environment www.rowmaneducation.com, $65 hardcover, $26.95 paperback The Politically Intell ligent Leader will help t today’s education leade ers manage political p pressures in a world of r rising expectations and d diminishing resources. U Understanding that m most in the business of education feel politically ill-prepared or apprehensive, authors Patricia Clarke White, Thomas Harvey and Lawrence Kemper help leaders at all levels discover more about themselves and in turn about their own political styles. They provide strategies for delivering a personal education vision, diagnosing others’ styles and customizing strategies to influence those who can help or hinder organizational goals. They also present a groundwork for leaders to understand how to operate ethically with all groups—elected boards, citizen groups, unions and volunteers. District Administration JOSSEY-BASS Responsibility at Work: How Leading Professionals Act (or Don’t Act) at Work www.josseybass.com, $27.95 T The authors of this c collection, edited by H Howard Gardner, interv viewed 1,200 people o over a 12-year time s span from nine different p professions, including l law, medicine, K12 educ cation, and higher education. Their purpose was to find out how motivation, culture, and professional norms intersect to produce work that is personally, socially, and economically beneficial. While the authors confirmed that one’s individual make-up and workplace affect one’s actions, professional and personal factors, such as spirituality, time, leadership and professional 44 July 2008 TEACHERS COLLEGE PRESS Data-Driven School Improvement: Linking Data and Learning www.teacherscollegepress.com, $51.95 I In Data-Driven School I Improvement Ellen M Mandinach and Marg garet Honey bring t together stakeholders r representing a variety of p perspectives to explore h how educators use data a and technology tools to achieve lasting improvement in student performance. They introduce the history of testing and data use, explore current practices and tools, and present a model for data-driven decision making. Readers will gain a valuable framework, based on a three-year National Science Foundation project, and learn from case studies illustrating how schools are using data to inform best practices to improve teaching. http://www.rowmaneducation.com http://www.teacherscollegepress.com http://www.rowmaneducation.com http://www.teacherscollegepress.com http://www.josseybass.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - July 2008

District Administration - July 2008
Contents
Editor’s Letter
Letters
News Update
Curriculum Update
Administrator Profile
Conversations
Getting Mobile
School Supplies on a Budget
The Silent Issue
How Well Does This Web Site Work?
New Products
Management Books
Speaking Out
Calendar of Events
Research Center

District Administration - July 2008

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