The New School Rules

Other books: A playbook for video-powered professional learning, rethinking video games, eco-friendly lessons

The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools


Administrators can learn organizational and management strategies in this book about pursuing education reform. The New School Rules describes effective ways to build team trust and to lead faculty without micromanaging. Authors talk about positive decision-making practices and discuss the importance of sharing information with school staff. The book also contains case studies—a section on effective planning, for example, tells the story of a rapidly growing district that had to create a road map for rolling out new technology, school designs and PD after hiring a new superintendent.

Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning


Districts can follow the 12 video-coaching strategies in this playbook to effectively employ video-based learning in PD and in the classroom. Educators will learn techniques for analyzing classroom videos as well as for recording and sharing them. The authors also explore the benefits of using classroom footage from teachers across the globe as part of video learning communities.

Exploding the Castle: Rethinking How Video Games & Game Mechanics Can Shape the Future of Education

Information Age Publishing

The authors explore the value and the most effective ways of teaching with games. For instance, they show similarities between classic literature and gaming storylines by connecting creative writing exercises with the choices students make in games. Rather than igniting a debate about gaming violence and gamification, Exploding the Castle illustrates how gaming can reshape instruction.

Adventures With Arthropods: Eco-Friendly Lessons for Middle School

NSTA Press

This book features 26 lessons on three arthropod groups, including Madagascar hissing cockroaches and tarantulas. Students learn how certain species interact and react to temperature changes by observing them in certain environments, such as in transparent plastic food packaging. Adventures With Arthropods also includes detailed pictures for further guidance, and charts where students record insect behaviors and characteristics.