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NCUST Recommended Book List

Engagement by Design

Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive

2018 – by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Russell J. Quaglia, Dominique B. Smith, Lisa L. Lande

Every teacher wants engaged students. No student wants to be bored. So why isn’t every classroom teeming with discussion and activity centered on the day’s learning expectations? 

Engagement by Design gives you a framework for making daily improvements in engaging your students, highlighting opportunities that offer the greatest benefit in the least amount of time. You’ll learn how focusing on relationships, clarity, and challenge can make all the difference in forging a real connection with students. 

Engagement by Design puts you in control of managing your classroom’s success and increasing student learning, one motivated student at a time.  

 

The Challenge to Care in Schools

An Alternative Approach to Education, Second Edition

2005 – by Nel Noddings

After a decade of educational reforms, The Challenge to Care in Schools is even more relevant now than when it was first published. In her new Introduction, Nel Noddings revisits her seminal book and places care as central to current debates on standardization, accountability, privatization, and the continuous struggle between traditional and progressive methods of education. Rather then forcing one side to yield to the other, this book advocates an alternative “responsive system” that will allow the best ideas to flourish.

In the Second Edition, Noddings once again envisions a school system built on the idea that different people have different strengths, and that these strengths should be cultivated in an environment of caring, not of competition. She suggests that if we make the responsiveness characteristic of caring more basic than accountability, we can accommodate both traditional and progressive preferences in one school system to the benefit of all…especially the children.

Chapters address the practical and theoretical questions involved in organizing traditional and nontraditional areas of study around themes of care. Introductory chapters focus on caring in general and on the problems of liberal education, while the final chapter offers sound advice for implementing a caring curriculum in our schools.

Leaders of Learning

How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement

2011 – by Richard DuFour, Robert J. Marzano

For many years, the authors have been fellow travelers on the journey to help educators improve their schools. Their first coauthored book focuses on district leadership, principal leadership, and team leadership and addresses how individual teachers can be most effective in leading students by learning with colleagues how to implement the most promising pedagogy in their classrooms.

Explore the authors’ expertise and many years of experience in one comprehensive volume on leadership.

Gain proven strategies for school improvement based on the most up-to-date research.

Focus on how district and school leaders create the conditions to support the collaborative culture of a professional learning community (PLC).

Examine the specific work that teachers undertake as members of PLCs.

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