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Professional Development Publications

Resource Title: Authentic Assessment: Using Product, Performance, and Portfolio Measures from A to Z

Description and Uses:Teachers can use this resource as a handbook on how to align assessment measures with teaching curriculum. Additionally, the publication explains how to put informative and comprehensive assessments into practice.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Authentic Assessment: Using Product, Performance, and Portfolio Measures from A to Z

Resource Title: Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice

Description and Uses: This book provides information on the relationship between how the brain learns and how a student performs in school. This resource is best used for independent professional growth and can be used in a book study group.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. ISBN 0871205173. Website: http://www.shop.ascd.org. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice

Resource Title: Celebrating Diversity: Multicultural Education in Middle Level Schools

Description and Uses: The United States is experiencing tremendous growth in the number of culturally diverse populations that live within its borders. The nation's increasing cultural diversity poses challenges for middle school educators. Celebrating Diversity suggests that middle school students need comprehensive multicultural education programs that are integrated in curricular experiences, instructional materials, and all other essential middle level components. Teachers can use this resource to develop curriculum and create units. Administrators, counselors, and GEAR UP coordinators can make use of the background information that is provided to better understand culturally diverse middle school students. Administrators can also use this book as a resource for teachers.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Celebrating Diversity: Multicultural Education in Middle Level Schools

Resource Title: Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

Description and Uses: Research shows that an individual teacher can have a powerful effect on students. This book presents instructional strategies that exemplify effective instruction practices. Teachers can use the resource to improve classroom instruction in all subjects. Administrators can use the publication to aid teachers and as a background reference for evaluating instruction. Trainers and professors can use the information to train teachers on classroom techniques that are highly effective.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. Website: http://www.shop.ascd.org. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Classroom Instruction That Works: Research Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

Resource Title: Classroom Leadership

Description and Uses: This newsletter serves as the official publication of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Created for and primarily written by teachers, each issue is linked thematically to the Association's monthly magazine, "Educational Leadership." Teachers may use the newsletter tips and information as a reference when creating units for study and lesson planning.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. Website: http://pubs.cde.ca.gov/tcsii/.


Resource Title: Connecting the Curriculum through Interdisciplinary Instruction

Description and Uses: This book explains the importance of interdisciplinary instruction for middle school students. Administrators can use it to introduce new teachers to this middle school philosophy. Experienced teachers can use the publication to rediscover the importance of interdisciplinary teams and reassess ways in which to go about developing them.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Connecting the Curriculum through Interdisciplinary Instruction

Resource Title: Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances Between Culturally Diverse Families and Schools - An Ethnographic Portrait

Description and Uses: Con Respeto is a valuable resource to the GEAR UP community. It highlights a study of how 10 Mexican immigrant families survive and learn to succeed in a new world. Educators would benefit from reading this book for a number of reasons, including the added insight into some of the challenges foreign-born students can face when coming to this country and attempting to succeed in the American school system. The story also recognizes the powerful impact family values can have on education, success and failure.

How to Order: Teachers College Press. PO Box 20. Williston, VT. (800) 575-6566. ISBN 0807735264. Website: http://www.teacherscollegepress.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances Between Culturally Diverse Families and Schools - An Ethnographic Portrait

Resource Title: Curriculum Integration. Twenty Questions — with Answers

Description and Uses: This quick reference book provides realistic and direct responses to frequently asked questions about curriculum integration. It explains the difference between interdisciplinary instruction and curriculum integration. Administrators and teachers alike can use this book to get a general overview, develop a plan on how to get started, and answer some basic questions about curriculum integration.

How to Order: GMSA Bookstore Orders. 6595-G Roswell Road PMB 749. Atlanta, GA. (404) 256-3984. ISBN 096750810X. Website: http://gmsa.net/VIP/static.php/37/.

Curriculum Integration. Twenty Questions with-Answers

Resource Title: Data Analysis for Comprehensive Schoolwide Improvement

Description and Uses: This practical hands-on book features tools to help educators make better decisions when using data. The publication can assist the non-statistician with methods on how to gather, analyze, and use information to improve all aspects of the educational process. All of the examples are based on real data collected from elementary, middle, and high schools.

How to Order: Eye on Education. Larchmont, NY. ISBN 1883001579. Website: http://www.eyeoneducation.com/. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Data Analysis for Comprehensive Schoolwide Improvement

Resource Title: The Definitive Middle School Guide: A Handbook for Success

Description and Uses: This book outlines the relevant program components that make up an effective middle school philosophy. This resource is intended to serve as a comprehensive reference tool so that readers can quickly and easily access key data. GEAR UP coordinators can use this book for background information and for workshop development.

How to Order: Incentive Publications. 3835 Cleghorn Avenue. Nashville, TN. (800) 421-2830. ISBN 0865302707. Website: http://www.incentivepublications.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

The Definitive Middle School Guide: A Handbook for Success

Resource Title: The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children

Description and Uses: Based on a study that profiled a group of teachers, this book provides examples of effective teaching for African-American students and offers models for improving instruction for all students. Educators can add this book to their resource library on curricular and instructional issues concerning African-American students. GEAR UP coordinators can use the publication to help outline their programs to better meet the needs of the families they serve.

How to Order: Jossey Bass, Inc. (877) 762-2974. ISBN 0787903388. Website: http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787903388.html. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children

Resource Title: Dynamite in the Classroom: A How-To Handbook for Teachers

Description and Uses: This activity-based resource book provides a wide variety of instructional tools, techniques, and activities designed to "ignite" the academic enthusiasm of middle school educators and their students. The strategies outlined can be used across the curriculum and used for various subject areas. Administrators can use this book as a resource in their professional library for teacher use.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. ISBN 1560900415. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Dynamite in the Classroom: A How-To Handbook for Teachers

Resource Title: Expanding Educational Opportunity — University of California (UC)

Description and Uses: This report provides a review of program implementation and effectiveness for educational outreach and K-12 Improvement Programs of the University of California and its intersegmental partners. This is a good resource for Administrators, GEAR UP coordinators, outreach professionals and middle school counselors who wish to familiarize themselves with the various outreach programs that UC sponsors.

How to Order: Educational Outreach. University of California. 1111 Franklin Street. Oakland, CA. (510) 987-0158. Website: http://www.ucop.edu/outreach/statusreport2001.pdf.

Expanding Educational Opportunity - University of California (UC)

Resource Title: Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls

Description and Uses: The result of 20 years of research, this book shows how gender bias impacts the education of girls. Educators can use this as a learning tool for study groups.

How to Order: Simon & Schuster. 100 Front Street. Riverside, NJ. (800) 323-7445. ISBN 068480073X. Website: http://www.simonsays.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls

Resource Title: GEAR UP Current Project Overview 2002

Description and Uses: This national directory provides contact information and program descriptions of all GEAR UP projects. GEAR UP coordinators and counselors can use this resource to establish networks with other programs and develop collaborative programming with projects in other schools and cities. GEAR UP staff can also use this resource to identify the best practices noted within other GEAR UP programs that may be applicable to local programming efforts.

How to Order: GEAR-Up. 1990 K Street NW, Room 6107. Washington, DC. E-mail: gearup@ed.gov. Website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html.

GEAR UP Current Project Overview 2002

Resource Title: Healthy Teens Facing the Challenges of Young Lives: A Practical Guide for Parents, Caregivers, Educators, and Health Professionals

Description and Uses: This comprehensive resource provides tips and suggestions for parents of adolescent children. The book may be helpful to parents and teachers in search of ideas on how to work effectively within the home and school settings to promote safe and healthy learning environments for their students. Each topic covered within the book offers an extensive book, organization, and resource list. These lists make the book a valuable resource for members of the GEAR UP community who are developing parent education workshops or programs.

How to Order: Bridge Communications, Inc. 1450 Pilgrim Road. Birmingham, MI. (800) 808-9314. ISBN 0962164550. Website: http://www.bridge-comm.com.

Healthy Teens Facing the Challenges of Young Lives: A Practical Guide for Parents, Caregivers, Educators and Health Professionals

Resource Title: Helping At-Risk Students: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9

Description and Uses: This book provides a comprehensive counseling program for students who are at risk. It is designed to be implemented over a school semester. GEAR UP coordinators can use the activities and lesson plans to create student workshops.

How to Order: The Guilford Press. 72 Spring Street. New York, NY. (800) 365-7006. ISBN 1572305711. Website: http://www.guilford.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Helping At-Risk Students: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9

Resource Title: Helping Your Students with Homework: A Guide for Teachers

Description and Uses: This book showcases the experiences of award-winning teachers who share their favorite assignments and best practices and/or strategies for getting students to complete work successfully. This resource also includes an excellent bibliography for further research. Educators may wish to use this book as a handy reference tool for helping students.

How to Order: California Department of Education. CDE Press Sales Office. PO Box 271. Sacramento, CA. (800) 995-4099.

Helping Your Students with Homework: A Guide for Teachers

Resource Title: In the Middle: New Understandings about Writing, Reading, and Learning

Description and Uses: This book provides an explanation of how teachers teach, how students learn, and the gap that may lie between. It also provides a list of lessons, scripts and examples on how to use them. Teachers new to middle school can use this resource to improve their skills in the areas of reading and writing instruction. The publication can also be used as background information by in-service trainers. Administrators may want to recommend this book to highly motivated teachers who are interested in using it to improve their skills.

How to Order: Heinemann. PO Box 6926. Portsmouth, NH. (800) 225-5800. ISBN 0867093749. Website: http://www.boyntoncook.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

In the Middle: New Understandings about Writing, Reading and Learning

Resource Title: LessonLab Educational Videos

Description and Uses: This easy-to-use resource is chock-full of activities to stretch math curricula, access disciplines, and convince students that math is related to almost every facet of life. The book features "real world" problems that teach essential skills and principles and do not compromise vital math goals. GEAR UP coordinators can use this guide to get ideas on how to integrate math concepts into their college planning workshops (i.e., calculating costs for college).

How to Order: Skylight Professional Development. 1900 East Lake Avenue. Glenview, IL. (800) 348-4474. Website: http://www.lessonlab.com/bkstore/index.cfm. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Integrating Mathematics Across the Curriculum

Resource Title: Interdisciplinary Units and Projects for Thematic Institution: For Middle Grade Success

Description and Uses: This resource is comprised of a collection of theme-based interdisciplinary activities that are of high interest and motivation to students. The activities were designed to make classroom instruction more suited to delivering integrated and academically sequenced curriculum. Teachers can use the material to garner new ideas for instruction across multiple disciplines. The publication is also a good resource for a professional library.

How to Order: Incentive Publications. 3835 Cleghorn Avenue. Nashville, TN. (800) 421-2830. ISBN 086530243X. Website: http://www.incentivepublications.com.

Interdisciplinary Units and Projects for Thematic Institution: For Middle Grade Success

Resource Title: An Introduction to Multicultural Education

Description and Uses: This book is designed to introduce pre-service and practicing educators to the major concepts, principles, theories, and practices in multicultural education. Guidelines for helping students develop more positive racial attitudes and values are included. References at the end of the book are included for those wanting to study this subject in more depth. This reference book is well-suited for a professional library to help broaden perspectives and knowledge in the area of multicultural education.

How to Order: Allyn & Bacon/Longman Publishers. (800) 922-0579. ISBN 0205341020. Website: http://www.pearsonhighered.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

An Introduction to Multicultural Education

Resource Title: The Language of Learning: A Guide to Education Terms

Description and Uses: This practical guide examines more than 200 terms used in K-12 education in the United States. It includes definitions, background information and in many cases, additional references and resources. This guide will help educators explain educational jargon and vocabulary using everyday language. Use this publication as a reference when preparing presentations and workshops where a clear understanding of educational terms is desired. Parents can use the list to give them an outline and basic overview of some of the words that might be used by school staff when discussing their child.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. ISBN 0871202743. Website: http://www.ascd.org. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

The Language of Learning: A Guide to Education Terms

Resource Title: Making Standards Work: For Every Student in Every School

Description and Uses: This booklet reports on the strategies and practices that are successful at helping students meet higher academic standards. Administrators may want to present this information at a staff meeting to increase awareness about methods of school improvement.

How to Order: Partnership for Learning. 500 Union Street, Suite 745. Seattle, WA. (800) 550-5437. Website: http://www.partnership4learning.org

Making Standards Work: For Every Student in Every School

Resource Title: Making the Grade in College Prep: A Guide for Improving College Preparation Programs

Description and Uses: This pamphlet is designed for use by pre-college program professionals to help improve college preparation programs. Specifically, this book classifies the range of college preparation programs available, analyzes program problems, identifies needs for improvement in program evaluation, investigates ways to intervene, and recommends the most successful program interventions. This resource is geared toward pre-college professionals who are responsible for program planning and assessment of high school college programs.

How to Order: Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis. University of Southern California. Rossier School for Education. Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis WPH 701. Los Angeles, CA. (213) 740-7218. Website: http://www.usc.edu/dept/chepa/papers_publications.html.

Making the Grade in College Prep: A Guide for Improving College Preparation Programs

Resource Title: The Master Tutor: A Guidebook for More Effective Tutoring

Description and Uses: This practical book discusses all aspects of effective tutoring. Specifically, this book synthesizes the "essential, relevant and proven strategies" of tutoring and serves as a reference for tutors. GEAR UP coordinators can use this book as a guide to develop tutor training programs or as a tutor workbook.

How to Order: The Cambridge Stratford Study Skills Institute. 8560 Main Street. Williamsville, NY. (800) 747-5614. ISBN 0935637192. Website: http://www.cambridgestratford.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

The Master Tutor: A Guidebook for More Effective Tutoring

Resource Title: The Middle School and Beyond

Description and Uses: This primer provides educators with an overview of the middle school movement. Specifically, it describes how middle schools are focusing on student needs, accommodating diversity, integrating the curriculum, and emphasizing school community relationships. This book is a must-read reference for all GEAR UP coordinators.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. ISBN 0871201909. Website: http://www.ascd.org. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

The Middle School and Beyond

Resource Title: A Middle School Curriculum from Rhetoric to Reality

Description and Uses: This quick read is intended to initiate discussion around the question: What should be the curriculum of the middle school? Although dated, this resource can be used as an excellent primer on the history of the middle school movement.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. ISBN 1-56090-073-3. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased through http://www.amazon.com.


Resource Title: The Middle School Years: Achieving the Best Education for Your Child, Grades 5-8

Description and Uses: Written primarily for parents, this book offers a detailed approach to guiding students through the middle school years. GEAR UP coordinators can use this book to develop topics for parent workshops.

How to Order: Warner Books, Inc. 1271 Avenue of the Americas. New York, NY. ISBN 0446675628. Website: www.twbookmark.com. This item can also be purchased through http://www.amazon.com.

The Middle School Years: Achieving the Best Education for Your Child, Grades 5-8

Resource Title: Minority Organizations, A National Directory

Description and Uses: This directory can be used by educators to network with other organizations on program development matters and as a reference tool when connecting students with organizations that may help them to further explore and develop their special interests. GEAR UP coordinators can also use the information featured in this book in both student and parent financial aid workshops.

How to Order: Garrett Park Press. PO Box 190B. Garrett Park, MD. (301) 946-2553.

Minority Organizations, A National Directory

Resource Title: More Strategies for Educating Everybody's Children

Description and Uses: As a follow-up book to "Educating Everybody's Children: Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners," this publication offers proven strategies for teaching diverse student groups. Examples of effective classroom instruction are used to illustrate each of the strategies. This book may be used by educators to garner more knowledge about diverse learners and to plan instruction for a variety of student levels.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. Website: http://www.ascd.org. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

More Strategies for Educating Everybody's Children

Resource Title: Multicultural Gifted Education

Description and Uses: This book plainly defines both the what and the why of multicultural gifted education. It also provides a comprehensive and practical resource for raising the expectations and level of instruction for gifted children of color. Best practices, sample activities, guidelines, and a checklist for evaluation are provided in the text. This book should be used as a reference guide to support, identify, and create student profiles, especially for children of color, to be sure that they are included in gifted programs offered within a given district. The book can be used as a reference for identifying high-achieving minority students to include in higher level classes such as AP and honors courses. It also can be used as a tool to conduct mini-workshops.

How to Order: Teachers College Press. PO Box 20. Williston, VT. (800) 575-6566. ISBN 0807738506. Website: http://www.teacherscollegepress.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Multicultural Gifted Education

Resource Title: Other People's Children, Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

Description and Uses: The premier resource for understanding cultural conflict in the classroom, this publication is a must-read resource for all GEAR UP community members. The award-winning author provides an analysis of what is going in American classrooms and suggests that many of the academic challenges attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication and lack of cultural competence.

How to Order: The New Press. 38 Greene Street, 4th Floor. New York, NY. (800) 233-4830. ISBN 1565841808. Website: http://www.thenewpress.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Other People's Children, Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

Resource Title: One Day, All Children...The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way

Description and Uses: This book is recommended for inclusion in the school reference library. The resource can be read to gain background information about the skills needed to effectively teach students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

How to Order: Perseus Books Group. Customer Service Department. 5500 Central Avenue. Boulder, CO. (800) 386-5656. E-mail: westview.orders@perseusbooks.com. ISBN 1891620924. Website: http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

One Day, All Children...The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way

Resource Title: Portfolio Assessment: A Handbook for Middle Level Teachers

Description and Uses: This handbook is built around descriptions of strategies that students can employ to demonstrate and assess their learning abilities. Teachers can use the handbook to select activities that align assessment measures with teaching curriculum.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. ISBN 156090111X. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Portfolio Assessment: A Handbook for Middle Level Teachers

Resource Title: Positive Discipline in the Classroom: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in Your Classroom

Description and Uses: This book highlights a program that prepares children for responsible citizenship and encourages the development of emotional intelligence and other important life skills. This resource also provides tools that can help teachers, administrators, and parents more effectively promote socially conscious attitudes and behavior in the classroom, school, and/or home environment. GEAR UP coordinators can use this material to develop parent workshops.

How to Order: The Empowering People, Inc. PO Box 1926. Orem, UT. (800) 456-7770. ISBN 076152181X. Website: http://www.positivediscipline.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Positive Discipline in the Classroom: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation and Responsibility in Your Classroom

Resource Title: Practical Ideas for Teaching Writing as a Process at the Elementary School and Middle School Levels

Description and Uses: The California Writing Project is designed to improve the student writing in California by improving the writing instruction in the classroom. Written for elementary and middle school levels, this publication is a resource guide for teachers interested in teaching writing as a process. It includes a very in-depth study on the subject and offers many instructional ideas for consideration. Administrators would benefit by having this book in their professional library. It is also a useful reference tool for trainers of teachers. Trainers can garner many ideas and strategies from the reference to inspire teachers to integrate new instructional approaches to writing into their curriculum.

How to Order: California Department of Education. (800) 995-4099. ISBN 0801112214. Website: www.cde.ca.gov/re/pn.

Practical Ideas for Teaching Writing as a Process at the Elementary School and Middle School Levels

Resource Title: Practical Strategies for Improving Instruction

Description and Uses: This resource provides busy teachers with step-by-step procedures and examples of how to improve instruction. It can be used by educators as a handbook to assist with improving instruction in reading and writing, cooperative learning, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and critical thinking.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. ISBN 1560900822. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased through http://www.amazon.com.

Practical Strategies for Improving Instruction

Resource Title: Promoting Harmony: Young Adolescent Development and School Practices

Description and Uses: This publication provides explicit examples of how teachers, students, and parents can work together in harmony to create successful and nurturing school environments. With chapters on the personal characteristics of young adolescents as well as their physical, sexual, intellectual, and social development, this book offers an intimate glimpse into the development of 10-15 year olds and provides essential insights into the meaning of their behavior. GEAR UP coordinators can use this publication to develop parent workshops.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. ISBN 1560901705. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased through http://www.amazon.com.

Promoting Harmony: Young Adolescent Development and School Practices

Resource Title: Qualities of Effective Teachers

Description and Uses: This publication highlights the common backgrounds and identifies the common behaviors that characterize effectiveness in the classroom. This book is research based, and the style and format are designed to be user-friendly, providing easy-to-use summaries and tools to gauge teacher effectiveness. It serves as an effective resource for teachers, administrators, and others interested in improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. The material is an excellent reference for beginning teachers. It can be used as a primary resource when conducting small group and individual discussions on what it means to be an effective teacher. The teacher skills assessment checklist included in the text can also be used by administrators to assist with mentoring new teachers and tracking their progress.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. ISBN 0871206633. Website: http://www.ascd.org. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Qualities of Effective Teachers

Resource Title: Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights

Description and Uses: All math teachers and GEAR UP coordinators should read this inspiring book. Although it can be read as an independent study, it is recommended as a book for a study group.

How to Order: Beacon Press. Boston, MA. ISBN 0807031267. Website: This item can be purchased through http://www.amazon.com.

Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights

Resource Title: RAP: Resources for an Advisory Program, Grades 6-9

Description and Uses: This resource binder contains a series of activities and lesson plans to be used with middle school students. This practical tool gives busy middle school educators a pre-planned curriculum for promoting student assessment. It is an excellent tool for student workshop development. Additionally, counselors may use this resource to begin an advisory program in their school.

How to Order: Pearson Learning Group. 135 South Mount Zion Road. PO Box 2500. Lebanon, IN. (800) 526-9907. ISBN 0866514848. Website: http://www.pearsonlearning.com/.

RAP: Resources for an Advisory Program, Grades 6-9

Resource Title: Reaching All Families: Creating Family-Friendly Schools

Description and Uses: This booklet offers ideas on effective school outreach strategies. Strategies in this resource focus on ways educators can communicate with families about school goals, programs, activities and procedures, the progress of individual students, and home activities that can improve children's learning. Educators can use this resource to plan family-friendly workshops.

How to Order: United States Department of Education. Washington, DC (877) 433-7827. Website: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ReachFam/. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Reaching All Families: Creating Family-Friendly Schools

Resource Title: Reading and Learning Strategies for Middle and High School Students

Description and Uses: This practical book is grounded in solid knowledge about middle and high school students and their capacity to effectively read and learn. The appendix contains a wealth of information, and the book includes a quick reference guide for easy use. Trainers can use this book to coach teachers in effective middle school reading instruction and strategy. Teachers can use this book as a self-development tool to improve reading instruction or to learn how to successfully teach middle school reading. Administrators can add this book to their professional library to coach teachers.

How to Order: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Customer Service. 4050 Westmark Drive. PO Box 1840. Dubuque, IA. (800) 338-8290. ISBN 0787256072. Website: Visit Website. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Reading and Learning Strategies for Middle and High School Students

Resource Title: Setting Our Sights: Measuring Equity in School Change

Description and Uses: This book is focused on how data can be used to achieve school change. Specifically, it provides practical ideas and instruments that can be used to prompt and measure change. The purpose of this resource is to take a systems approach to supporting schools in overcoming these barriers by clarifying why data is important, what data to gather, how to use and analyze this data, and how to communicate and report the results.

How to Order: The Achievement Council. 3460 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 420. Los Angeles, CA. (213) 487-3194. Website: This item can be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Setting Our Sights: Measuring Equity in School Change

Resource Titles: Some Things DO Make A Difference for Youth: A Compendium of Evaluations of Youth Programs and Practice, Volume I
More Things That DO Make a Difference for Youth: A Compendium of Evaluations of Youth Programs and Practices, Volume II

Description and Uses: This two-volume publication summarizes the findings of successful youth intervention programs and showcases a select few that may be looked upon as national models. At the request of educational policymakers and practitioners, a study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of youth intervention programs. Various youth intervention programs were evaluated some of which included community schools, after-school programs, juvenile justice programs and English language development programs. GEAR UP coordinators can use this resource to assist with the development of effective program evaluation tools.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

 

Resource Title: Staff Development Kit #1: Implementing the Middle School Concept

Description and Uses: This resource contains information to help faculty implement the middle school concept. All of the kits provide readable, relevant, and practical resources. Administrators can use the resource in a school-based staff development program to increase student learning.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Staff Development Kit #1: Implementing the Middle School Concept

Resource Title: Staff Development Kit #2: How to Improve Discussion and Questioning Practices

Description and Uses: This resource is designed to help teachers improve the quality of their questioning and discussion techniques. All of the kits provide readable, relevant, and practical resources. Administrators can use the resource in a school-based staff development program focused on local concerns.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Staff Development Kit #2: How to Improve Discussion and Questioning Practices

Resource Title: Staff Development Kit #3: Revitalizing Teaming to Improve Student Learning

Description and Uses: This book introduces the core principles of effective reading practices. These principles can then be used to help teachers plan their reading curriculum and assess their teaching of reading. Administrators can use this publication to support school staff development.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Staff Development Kit #3: Revitalizing Teaming to Improve Student Learning

Resource Title: STAR Teachers of Children in Poverty

Description and Uses: This book highlights the success of teachers who teach children in poverty who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. After compiling the results of 1,000 interviews, the author illustrates how "star" teachers think and behave. This book is a must-read publication for the GEAR UP community; the value and importance of the GEAR UP principles rings through loud and clear in this reference.

How to Order: Kappa Delta Pi Publications. 3707 Woodview Trace. Indianapolis, IN. (800) 284-3167. Website: http://www.kdp.org/publications/publications.php. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

STAR Teachers of Children in Poverty

Resource Title: Succeeding with Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning

Description and Uses: This book describes a comprehensive process by which schools and districts can turn underdeveloped initiatives into coherent plans. Administrators can use this book as a step-by-step guide to developing schoolwide action plans.

How to Order: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street. Alexandria, VA. (800) 933-2723. ISBN 0871205092. Website: http://www.ascd.org. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Succeeding with Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning

Resource Title: Taking Center Stage: A Commitment to Standards-Based Education for California's Middle Grades Students

Description and Uses: Taking Center Stage details the conditions necessary for implementing standards-based, middle grade education and includes specific recommendations on professional accountability, standards-based performance reports for students and parents, the creation of a supportive school environment, and the effective use of time via strategies that emphasize deep learning, complex reasoning, and differentiated instruction. GEAR UP coordinators can use this resource as a reference for evaluating their programs against California standards.

How to Order: California Department of Education. CDE Press Sales Office. PO Box 271. Sacramento, CA. (800) 995-4099. ISBN 0801115035.

Taking Center Stage: A Commitment to Standards-Based Education for California's Middle Grades Students

Resource Title: Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Description and Uses: This resource is designed for educators to use with students to develop instructional activities and background information on topics of diversity. GEAR UP coordinators can also use this resource to become more familiar with issues of diversity and self-development in students. Administrators can include this magazine in their in-service training on diversity.

How to Order: The Southern Poverty Law Center. 400 Washington Ave. Montgomery, AL. (334) 956-8200. Website: http://www.tolerance.org/teach/magazine/index.jsp.

Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Resource Title: This We Believe

Description and Uses: A must-read reference for all middle school administrators. This two-book series provides background information about the movement to improve middle schools. This book can assist administrators interested in evaluating their educational philosophies and belief systems.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. ISBN 1560901055. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased through http://www.amazon.com.

This We Believe

Resource Title: Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century

Description and Uses: This resource should be read by GEAR UP coordinators and teachers. The book highlights a range of strategies for improving middle schools and the organizations affiliated with them.

How to Order: Teachers College Press. PO Box 20. Williston, VT. (800) 575-6566. ISBN 0807739960. Website: http://www.teacherscollegepress.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century

Resource Title: What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know

Description and Uses: This book describes everything a middle school teacher should be cognizant of when working with adolescents. The authors present background information on adolescent development, a review of the middle-level movement, and models for reviewing middle level curriculum, instruction, and assessment. A must-read reference for the GEAR UP community — educators can utilize this publication to ensure that they are maximizing their efforts in the transfer of knowledge to students. Teachers can use this book as a resource to enhance their knowledge about the emotional and academic needs of middle school students.

How to Order: National Middle School Association. (800) 528-6672. E-mail: info@nmsa.org. ISBN 0325002665. Website: www.nmsa.org/store. This item can also be purchased through http://www.amazon.com.

What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know

Resource Title: What Works in Schools: Translating Research into Action

Description and Uses: Based on extensive research, this book defines several factors that may positively affect student achievement. Practical tips and strategies for implementation are also provided. Some of the key questions addressed in the book include: How can schools set academic goals that do not underestimate student potential? Do all students have equal opportunity to learn given current curriculum requirements? What type of parental and/or community involvement can make a real difference? Can teachers really overcome a student's negative home environment? This is a must-have resource for any GEAR UP leadership team interested in monitoring process and effectiveness.

 

Resource Title: Youth Development Guide: Engaging Young People in After-School Programming

Description and Uses: This guide breaks new ground in converting a youth development approach from a set of ideas into a plan of action. The GEAR UP community will find this resource to be an easy-to-use guide that provides ideas and strategies for creating challenging, interactive and engaging after-school learning environments that middle school students will find interesting.

How to Order: University of California, Davis. CRESS Center, Division of Education. 2050 Academic Surge. Davis, CA. (530) 752-1277. Website: http://hsfo.ucdavis.edu/clearinghouse/catalog/item.lasso?-Token.catnum=3002.

 



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