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New Materials - Winter, 2012

From time to time during each school year, as an alternative to our new materials list, we will publish a bibliography on a topic of current interest. All the listed items are available in our Learning Resources Library.

New Resources for Winter 2012!

ROE SchoolWorks Bibliography

To order either go through Heartland Library System
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Book Building Parent Engagement in Schools
Larry Feriazzo and Lorie Hammand, ISBN 978-1-58683-405-3, ABC-Clio 2009

“No Child Left Behind” promotes it. Research confirms it. Schools across the country are proving it. Getting parents involved in their children’s education—not just with homework but in the life of the school itself—has a remarkably positive impact on the report card, the school, and the community.

Building Parent Engagement in Schools is an introduction to educators, particularly in lower-income and urban schools, who want to promote increased parental engagement in both the classroom and at home—an effort required by provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. It is both an authoritative review of research that confirms the positive impact of parental involvement on student achievement and a guide for implementing proven strategies for increasing that involvement.

With Building Parent Engagement in Schools, educators can start to develop a hybrid culture between home and school, so that school can serve as a cultural bridge for the students. Filled with the voices of real educators, students, and parents, the book documents a number of parent-involved efforts to improve low-income communities, gain greater resources for schools, and improve academic achievement. Coverage includes details of real initiatives in action, including programs for home visits, innovative uses of technology, joint enterprises like school/community gardens, and community organization efforts.

Book Rigorous Curriculum Design, How to Create Units of Study that Align Standards, Instruction and Assessment
edited by Larry Ainsworth, ISBN 978-1-935588=05-4, Lead and Learn Press, 2010

Rigorous Curriculum Design presents a carefully sequenced, hands-on model that curriculum designers and educators in every school system can follow to create a progression of units of study that keep standards, instruction, and assessment tightly focused and connected.

The need for a cohesive and comprehensive curriculum that intentionally connects standards, instruction, and assessment has never been more needed than it is today. For educators to meet the challenging learning needs of students—comprehend all the standards, prepare for a variety of formative and summative assessments, and demonstrate proficiency on high-stakes state or provincial tests—they must have a clear road map to follow throughout the school year.

Applicable to every grade, course, and content area, you will learn:

* What a rigorous curriculum is and how to create, sequence, and pace such a curriculum
* Why seeing the “big picture” connections first is essential to beginning curriculum design
* How to lay the foundational steps for designing a rigorous pre-K–12 curriculum
* How to design a grade- or course-specific curricular unit of study, from start to finish
* How to use formative assessments and data analysis to guide instruction before, during, and after each unit
* How leaders can organize, implement, and sustain this model throughout the school and/or school system

Book 21st Century Skills, Rethinking How Students Learn
edited by James Bellanca and Ron Brandt, ISBN 978-1-935249-90-0, Solution Tree Press, 2010

This anthology introduces the Framework for 21st Century Learning from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a way to reenvision learning and prepare students for a rapidly evolving global and technological world. This dynamic new framework promotes innovation through critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and technology integration, while building on mastery of core content and background knowledge.

Highly respected education leaders and innovators address critical concepts supporting the Framework for 21st Century Learning and explore these overarching questions:

1. Why are the skills listed in the Framework for 21st Century Learning necessary?
2. Which skills are most important?
3. What can be done to help schools include these skills in their curriculum and instruction?

Book Simply Better, Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success
Bryan Goodwin, ISBN 978-1-4166-1295-7, ASCD, 2011

In this book published by ASCD, McREL's Bryan Goodwin extends the ideas in the 2010 report, Changing the Odds for Student Success: What Matters Most, which identified key areas and principles that have the power to dramatically change the odds for student success.

Goodwin uses narratives, real-life examples, and research findings to show how less is more in education reform and that, rather than wait for new innovations or programs, educators simply need to focus on doing what we already know works for students

Goodwin identifies five key principles, distilled from thousands of research studies, that are at the heart of what it takes to help all students succeed in school and beyond:

* Guaranteeing challenging, engaging, and intentional instruction
* Ensuring curricular pathways to success
* Providing whole-child student supports
* Creating high-performance school cultures
* Developing data-driven, "high-reliability" systems

To guide implementation of these principles, Simply Better also describes strategic "touchstones" for educators such as how to: challenge and nurture students; standardize yet personalize curriculum; counteract negative out-of-school factors; and reduce variance in teacher quality.

Book Change Leadership, A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools
Tony Wagner and Robert Kegan, ISBN 978-0-7879-7755-9, John Wilkes & Sons, 2006

The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership in schools.

Book Schooling by Design, Mission, Action and Achievement
Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, ISBN 978-1-4166-0580-5 ASCD, 2007

Now you can apply Understanding by Design?ASCD's renowned framework for results-based curriculum and assessment to your entire systemwide school improvement. UbD authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe describe how to start with your school's mission and goals and develop a powerful school improvement plan focused on desired results. Learn how to use UbD's backward-design process to determine the evidence for your plan's success and to plan improvement steps in instruction and leadership roles. Wiggins and McTighe explain:

* Why to refocus your school on the goals of understanding and transfer rather than low-level knowledge and discrete skills *
* How to organize curriculum and assessment for accomplishment-based learning * How to determine the teachers role in the instructional process based on desired learning accomplishments
* Which job functions are most critical for the academic leader
* What's holding schools back from entering a new era of effectiveness.

Book Creating the Opportunity to Learn, Moving From Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap
A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera, ISBN 978-1-4166-1306-0-5 ASCD, 2011

Despite decades of reform efforts, the achievement gap persists in U.S. schools. In a new publication, education, psychology and equity experts A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera explain what can be done on the school and classroom level to close this gap once and for all. In Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap, these ASCD authors clarify which factors lie at the heart of the problem, point to gap-closing strategies and the research that supports them, and celebrate schools and districts that are already closing this gap for their learners.

Book Understanding Common Core State Standards
John Kendall, ISBN 978-1-4166-1331-2 ASCD, 2011

Now that the Common Core standards are coming to just about every school, what every school leader needs is a straightforward explanation that lays out the benefits of the Common Core in plain English, provides a succinct overview, and gets everyone thinking about how to transition to this promising new paradigm. Search no more. This handy, inexpensive booklet helps you get everyone in your school community—teachers, parents, and other stakeholders—up to speed. Circulating multiple copies throughout your school will provide an overview of the new standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, highlighting their key aspects. Plus, there are numerous suggestions on transition activities for teachers and districts to consider, including

* Creating a Crosswalk, which compares the content of the Common Core with your current standards.
* Developing transition documents that support deeper understanding of the Common Core standards by using current standards as a bridge.
* Taking the longer view of implementing the Common Core systemically.

Book Moving Forward with Understanding by Design, (One 75-minute DVD with an online Facilitator's Guide.)
ISBN 978-1-4166-1331-2 ASCD, 2007

Now that thousands of educators use ASCD's Understanding by Design® (UbD) framework to create results-oriented curricula, here's your opportunity to see examples of best practice in implementing this breakthrough approach. Use the DVD in workshops, team meetings, and professional development events to take audiences to the frontlines of schools that are implementing UbD systemwide. Throughout the program, UbD experts Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and practitioners describe the critical elements of getting started and succeeding with UbD. Interviews with educators who have implemented UbD district- and statewide illuminate keys to success, including

* How to introduce UbD through professional development workshops where teachers work together on applying UbD templates and planning tools to an existing lesson.
* How to lead school teams in using backward design and essential questions in framing curriculum and assessment.
* What to expect to see in classrooms where teachers are beginning to implement UbD and in classrooms where teachers have used UbD strategies for many years.
* How to support teachers as they practice the seven design principles of effective learning experiences, known as W.H.E.R.E.T.O.

Classroom scenes and practitioner interviews flesh out concepts that are vital to your UbD effort, such as
* Steps for starting teachers on the backward design process so they understand how to apply it to units.
* Key decisions teachers make at each stage of the W.H.E.R.E.T.O. model of learning design.

Show teachers and administrators what UbD-driven instructional practice looks like in the classroom, and introduce your staff members to the stages and structures involved in a systemic adoption of UbD.

Book Where Great Teaching Begins, Planning for Student Teaching and Learning
edited by Anne R Reeves, ISBN 978-1-4166-1332-9, ASCD 2011

What comes to mind when you think about lesson planning? If you're like most teachers, you focus on the material you need to present, what you will do and say, what you will ask students to do, and the assessments you will create and administer. And if you're like most teachers, you also know what it's like to be disappointed when this careful planning doesn't always lead to the deep understanding and mastery you'd intended.

There's a better way to approach instructional design, says author and teacher-educator Anne R. Reeves, and it's within every teacher’s grasp. It begins with a simple mental shift from "planning for activities" to "planning for learning outcomes" and a critical concentration on learning objectives.

Remarkable for its clarity and filled with vivid examples, Where Great Teaching Begins is a step-by-step walk through the crucial, behind-the-scenes intellectual work necessary to make instruction truly effective and help students learn deeply and meaningfully. Here, you'll discover how to

* Translate even the most inscrutable standards into strong, learning-focused objectives.
* Use effective objectives as the basis for excellent assessment.
* Craft engaging learning activities that incorporate both targeted content and necessary thinking skills.
* Pull objectives, assessments, and learning activities together into powerful plans for learning.

Whether you're a novice instructional designer or a veteran seeking a new, streamlined process, this book is a must-read take on how to plan and achieve the excellent learning all teachers aim for and all students deserve.

ROE SchoolWorks Learning Resource Library Loan Policy

The ROE SchoolWorks Learning Resource Library contains over 6,000 items including staff development videos, laser discs, DVD's, and print materials available for check-out.

  1. Educators from area schools may check out materials. ROE SchoolWorks Learning Resource Library serves public school districts and private schools in Champaign, Ford, and Vermilion counties.
  2. Patrons are welcome to call the ROE SchoolWorks Learning Resource Library to order materials or to visit on working days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  3. All materials may be loaned for up to four weeks unless there are patrons waiting for the item. If there is a waiting list for the material, the loan period may be limited to two weeks.
  4. All materials will be either mailed or sent through the Heatland Library System delivery system to the borrower at school by ROE SchoolWorks. The borrower is responsible for returning materials by mail, Heartland Library System delivery system or in person by the due date. Materials may be returned to the ROE SchoolWorks office in Rantoul or Danville.
  5. The borrower assumes full responsibility for loss or damage of materials checked out from the library.
  6. Overdue notices will be sent when an item is overdue. A second reminder will be sent when the item is four weeks overdue. If materials are eight weeks overdue, they will be considered lost and the borrower will be billed.

How to Access ROE SchoolWorks Library Collection

It is not readily apparent how to access the specific holding of any library from the LINC Catalog Search Screen. In order to limit your search to our holdings follow the instructions below.
  1. Connect to LINC web site
  2. Choose "Library Catalog"
  3. From index menu, choose either "Author Keyword", "Title Keyword", "Subject Keyword", or "Combined Keyword"
  4. Click on "Search Settings"
  5. From "Fields" menu choose "AGENCIES"; from "operations" menu choose "equals"; at "Limit Text" type "qon". You may also select required formats at this point. Click "OK".
  6. Click "Search".

At this point there are several options:

  1. Call us at 217 / 893-4921 and request delivery of item.
  2. E-mail requesting delivery.
  3. FAX  217 / 893-0024.
  4. Place a hold online.

NOTE: To order all computer software, you MUST call, FAX, or e-mail the ROE library directly. No holds may be placed on computer files.

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