Books about helping students succeed in school

Serving homeless students, inspiring disengaged kids, improving communication skills, studying personalized learning
By: | February 9, 2017

Serving Students Who Are Homeless: A Resource Guide for Schools, Districts, and Educational Leaders

Teachers College Press

This book from Ronald E. Hallett and Linda Skrla guides teachers in supporting homeless and highly mobile students. It covers how best to implement ESSA revisions to the McKinney-Vento Act, which funds educational programs and other services for homeless children.

The book includes student case studies, as well as PD discussion questions and activities. Also, it offers advice on forging community partnerships and finding grants to increase access for at-risk students.

Humanizing the Education Machine: How to Create Schools That Turn Disengaged Kids Into Inspired Learners

John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Co-authors Rex Miller, Bill Latham and Brian Cahill worked with a team of career educators to study the potential negative impact of scripted, “machine-like” teaching styles that often lead to disengaged students and uninspired teachers.

Their examination has yielded new and simple strategies—such as flexible scheduling and mastery-focused, module-based learning— that can reinvigorate instruction. Readers will learn how to implement collaborative, project-based activities, and how to better involve parents.

Talk, Read, Talk, Write: Second Edition

Seidlitz Education

Author Nancy Motley focuses on creating instruction that helps students meet or exceed state standards in all subjects while also improving their communication skills.

Strategies for adopting a “talk, read, talk, write” approach—where topics are discussed before and after students read and write about them—are outlined, and then supported with real classroom examples. The book also includes sample lessons, classroom discussion guides, reference charts and graphic organizers.

Handbook on Personalized Learning for States, Districts, and Schools

Information Age Publishing

Teachers can better personalize learning when they work with families to better understand what approaches will engage and motivate a student.

The Center on Innovations in Learning, one of seven national content centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, compiled this book, which shows teachers how to include students’ input when developing instruction.

It also covers the use of technology to analyze the learning process, and how flipped and blended classrooms make instruction more flexible.

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