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TITLE AUTHOR(S) PUB DATE TYPE DESCRIPTION
The Leader's Guide to 21st Century Education Ken Kay
Valerie Greenhill
2012 21st Century Skills The authors provide seven steps to implement 21st Century skills: 1) adopt your vision, 2) create a community consensus, 3) align your system, 4) build professional capacity, 5) focus your curriculum & assessment, 6) support your teachers, and
7) improve and innovate.
Why so Few Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Dr. Catherine Hill 2010 Women in STEM The American Association of University Women were chosen by the National Science Foundation to conduct a study on why women are under-represented in STEM careers and to make recommendations about counteracting the trend. This book is fascinating.
Project Based Learning (PBL) Starter Kit John Larmer 2009 Problem Based Learning (PBL) The Starter Kit is published by the Buck Institute for Education (BIE.org), and is considered by many to be the premier tool for teachers getting started in project-based learning.
Project Based Learning (PBL) in the Elementary Grades Sara Hallerman
John Larmer
John R. Mergendoller
2011 Problem Based Learning (PBL) This book is intended for elementary teachers who want to know how to implement project-based learning in their classes. It is published by the Buck Institute for Education (BIE.org).
Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE Andrew Miller's Edutopia Blog 2013 Gaming Learn how computer games can be used in the classroom. Mr. Miller also provides links for other resources.
Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts (Corwin Literacy) Nancy Frey
Doug B. Fisher
2013 Literacy The authors explain how to make reading more rigorous. They focus on the CCSS (Common Core State Standards), but the material is relevant even for states not using those standards.
Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College Doug Lemov
Norman Atkins
2010 Teaching The authors have identified techniques that separate great teachers from those who are merely good. They describe the techniques in "concrete, specific, actionable" ways.
Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools Paul Bambrock-Santoyo
Doug Lemov
Brett Peiser
2012 Teaching The authors identify seven principles or "levers" that help schools grow toward greatness: data-driven instruction, observation & feedback, instructional planning, professional development, student culture, staff culture, and school leadership teams.
Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement Richard W. Strong
Harvey F. Silver
Matthew J. Perini
2001 Teaching The authors offer four standards: rigor, thought, diversity, and authenticity.
21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn James Bellanca
Ron Brandt
Editors
2010 21st Century Skills The T-STEM Blueprint assumes students will be trained in 21st century skills. This book, a compilation of voices, will help provide insight into what exactly 21st century skills are and how to use them.
Is There an Engineer Inside You? Celeste Baine 2013 Careers Celeste Baine is one of my favorite bloggers. This book has information to help students learn about engineering and the different paths they might choose within the field.
We Are Teachers     Teaching You can find a variety of blog posts on this website plus "hot topics," grants and contests, and webcasts about a variety of educational topics.
STEM Magazine     STEM This e-zine seeks to provide clarity on incorporating STEM in the classroom.
The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction Sean Cain 2011 Teaching This book was recommended by folks at Snyder Junior High School. It's a quick read (only 120 pages), but the concepts are easily implemented and highly effective. You also might be interested in a website called Lead Your School that follows this book (http://leadyourschool.blogspot.com/).
Making Adventure Games in the Classroom Anastasia Salter 2014 Gaming From The Chronicle of Higher Education, this ProfHacker article talks about Adventure Game Studio
(http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/), a tool that allows you to program adventure games.
A Math Teacher's Journey to PBL Charity Allen 2012 Project-Based Learning This blog entry explains how a math teacher started using PBL in her classroom. It details both her initial failure and her successes, and it provides good ideas for math projects.
How to Use the "4 C's" Rubrics John Larmer 2013 21st Century Skills John Larmer, Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education, gives practical advice on using the four C's (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity) in the classroom. In addition, he provides presentation rubrics - one for upper elementary, one for middle, and one for high school.
21st Century Skills
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom Silvia Libow Martinez
Gary S. Stager
2013 STEM Invent to Learn relies on the maker movement idea that making or creating leads to learning. You can find the Maker Manifesto online if you would like to learn more about making. The book gives you information about why projects are important for students and how to create classroom projects. 
Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition - A Practical STEM Guide Olaf Jorgenson,
Rich Vanosdall, 
Vicki Massey,
Jackie Cleveland
2013 Science

Engineering
This expanded 2nd edition from NSTA contains "a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction."
U.S.News STEM Education Various   STEM The U.S. News blog contains "news, opinions and thoughts" about STEM education.
Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty Beth Zasloff,
Joshua Steckel
2014 College From Amazon.com: "Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. But getting in is only one small part of the drama of his students' stories. In a riveting work of narrative nonfiction—winner of a Studs and Ida Terkel award—Hold Fast to Dreams follows the lives of ten of Josh's students as they navigate the vast and obstacle-ridden landscape of college in America, where students for whom the stakes of education are highest find unequal access and inadequate support."
It's Debatable! Using Scioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy and Citizenship, K-12 Dana L. Zeidler
Sami Kahn
2014 Science It's Debatable! is published by the National Science Teachers Association and shows teachers how to encourage scientific literacy by helping students explore real-world questions.
Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Student Learning Mike Schmoker 2014 Teaching ESC 17 is giving away a copy of this book to each participant at the Lead, Learn, & Engage Conference August 5-6, 2014.
Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Page D. Keeley 2008 Science

Assessment
A workshop leader this summer (2014) suggested this book to participants. The author provides 75 formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTS) that help "provide teachers and students with information about their factual, conceptual, and procedural understandings in science."
Science Formative Assessment Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Page D. Keeley 2014 Science

Assessment
This is the second volume and provides 50 more FACTS.
Mathematics Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Pade D. Keeley
Cheryl Rose Tobey
2011 Mathematics

Assessment
Mathematics Formative Assessment provides formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTS) that help "provide teachers and students with information about their factual, conceptual, and procedural understandings in" mathematics.

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