"STEM and the City" and other reading picks for district leaders

By: | April 22, 2015

STEM and the City: A Report on STEM Education in the Great American Urban Public School System

Information Age Publishing

Author Clair T. Berube says the future of American STEM education is here and students would benefit from science education—if only they had the pertinent resources, support systems and psychological ownership. The country’s security, reputation and quality of life all depend on our providing future generations of American workers with competitive skills such as problem solving, innovation, creativity, scientific literacy and mathematical knowledge.

This book also provides a historical backdrop that covers race and gender issues, the effects of the standards movement on STEM, and what good teaching looks like in urban public schools. STEM and the City

Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom

Pacific Research Institute

This book provides several models and examples of schools that are already implementing digital learning programs and what the success rate has been. Authors Esther Wojcicki and Lance Izumi address how to manage the classroom so that it is easier for the teacher and much more effective for the 21st century student.

The goal of “Moonshots in Education” is to support teachers in the classroom, and make teaching more simple and more relevant to today’s world, while simultaneously making learning more effective for students in the classroom. Moonshots in Education.

Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards

Jossey-Bass

It’s not what students know, but what they do with what they know that is important. Authors Bob Lenz, Justin Wells and Sally Kingston draw on examples of leading schools to show how deeper learning can meet needs of students who are college-and-career ready and engaged in their education.

Readers will discover how schools have successfully made the transition from traditional, teacher-centered learning to project-based, deeper learning. Its DVD and website include videos showing how to implement deeper learning strategies. Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning.

Leadership for Increasingly Diverse Schools

Routledge

Today’s schools are growing more pluralistic and diverse, and leadership is central to reversing long-standing trends of educational inequities, exclusion and disparate school outcomes. Editors George Theoharis and Martin Scanlan help readers sharpen their awareness of how multiple dimensions of diversity intersect.

The authors also provide strategies for working with students of all socioeconomic statuses, races, religions, sexual orientations, languages and special needs. End-of-chapter resources point readers toward further discussion of conceptual elements and research applications. Leadership for Increasingly Diverse Schools.