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Small Schools, Big Ideas
by Mara Benitez, Jill Davidson, Laura Flaxman, Ted Sizer, Nancy Faust Sizer

Small Schools, Big Ideas shows how the principle-based and equity-focused model from the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) can be used to redesign existing schools and create new schools that prepare students for this century’s challenges and opportunities.

Filled with inspirational stories and illustrative examples from schools that have successfully implemented CES principles and practices, Small Schools, Big Ideas offers information and inspiration needed to:

  • Transform schools in order to achieve equitable outcomes for all students
  • Understand various school design options
  • Establish school vision, mission, and goals to raise educational expectations and results
  • Develop transformational leadership
  • Cultivate a professional learning community
  • Implement student-centered teaching, learning, and curricula
  • Build productive relationships with families and communities
  • Establish strategies for sustainability

These recommendations and proven strategies can help educators transform their schools to become truly equitable, personalized, and academically challenging.


Schools for All Kinds of Minds
by Mary-Dean Barringer, Craig Pohlman, Michele Robinson

This book shows how schools can–and must–develop expertise in “learning variation” (understanding how different kinds of minds learn) and apply this knowledge to classroom instruction in order to address the chronic learning challenges and achievement gap faced by millions of students. Barringer shows how using what we know about learning variation with a focus on discovering learning strengths, not just deficits, can help schools create plans for success for those students who often find it elusive. The book specifically addresses how school leaders can incorporate this knowledge into instructional practice and school-level policy through various professional development strategies.  

Schools for All Kinds of Minds:

  • Provides a readable synthesis of the latest research from neuroscience, cognitive science, and child and adolescent development as it relates to understanding learning and its many variations.
  • Links this information to strategies for understanding struggling learners and adapting school practices to accommodate a wider array of learning differences in a classroom.
  • Demonstrates how this understanding of learning variation can change the way teachers and others help students succeed in various academic and content areas and acquire necessary 21st century skills.
  • Includes discussion questions and facilitator guidelines for staff developers and teacher education programs; downloadable forms that accompany exercises from within the book; an action plan for schools to implement the ideas found in the book; and more.

Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools
by Faye Ong

Provides vision for strong school library programs, including identification of the skills and knowledge essential for students to be information literate. Includes recommended baseline staffing, access, and resources for school library services at each grade level.

The Chessmen of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The fifth book in the popular Barsoom series, The Chessmen of Mars is a 1922 science fiction novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tara, princess of the great city state of Helium, is initially impervious to the courtship attempts of Gahan, prince of the city state Gathol. But when she loses control of her craft in a storm and is captured by the Kaldanes, horrific crab-like creatures who’ve sacrificed their bodies in the pursuit of intellect, the deeply smitten Gahan sets out to rescue his princess and prove his worth. But this is a challenge that may forfeit his life and hers, as he and his companions are forced to become pawns in a game of Jetan, Barsoomian Chess on a life-size board that uses the living as its pieces and the dead as its conquests.

The Aliens
by Murray Leinster

What will happen when we first encounter sentient beings from outer space? In this action-packed account of first contact between the human denizens of Earth and an alien species, Murray Leinster details the tense early interactions between clashing spaceships. Is long-term coexistence possible? Read The Aliens to find out.

Fancy Nancy Big Book
by Jane O’Connor

No one knows fancy like Nancy.


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Ashok Babu Tummala, b. 1948, library scientist from Andhra Pradesh, India; contributed articles.

Flat Stanley: On Ice
by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley and Arthur are excited to go ice-skating on the frozen lake. But when the weather suddenly warms up, Stanley finds himself skating on thin ice! Beginning readers will love following along with Flat Stanley’s winter adventure.

Flat Stanly: On Ice is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.


The World Book Encyclopedia 2011
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“A 22-volume, highly illustrated, A-Z general encyclopedia for all ages, featuring sections on how to use World Book, other research aids, pronunciation key, a student guide to better writing, speaking, and research skills, and comprehensive index”–Provided by publisher.

Education Nation
by Milton Chen

An educational innovator who worked at Sesame Workshop and The George Lucas Educational Foundation offers a new vision for learning

As a result of constant innovation, learning is no longer limited by traditional confines and we’re moving beyond students tied to their chairs, desks, and textbooks-and teachers locked away in classrooms. In Education Nation author Milton Chen draws from extensive experience in media-from his work on Sesame Street in its nascent years to his role as executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation-to support a vision for a new world of learning.

This book, in six chapters, explores the “edges” in education—the places where K-12 learning has already seen revolutionary changes through innovative reform and the use of technology.

  • Examines ways in which learning can be revolutionized through innovative reform and the use of technology
  • Explores the ever-expanding world of technology for breakthroughs in teaching and learning
  • Includes many wonderful resources to support innovation in schools across the nation

This important book offers a clear vision for tomorrow’s classrooms that will enhance learning opportunities for all children.



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