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Giving with an Agenda

How New Philanthropy Advocates for the Corporate Reform of Education

Marina Avelar

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Fearless Engagement

The True Story of an Indigenous-Based Social Transformer

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R. Michael Fisher

In times of extreme cascading global crises facing humanity, all responsible humans need to re-evaluate the dominant worldview that has brought us to this point of facing extinction. As a species we need to re-learn the ‘good’ ways from our greatest allies in Nature and from Indigenous cultures that lived in relative harmony with Nature. Equally, we need to learn the best ways to think critically and act on the holistic understanding that may guide us beyond our individual and collective trance and illusions cast forth like chains upon modern societies through elites who manipulate fear.

Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows: The True Story of an Indigenous-based Social Transformer offers a unique strong ‘medicine’ for the reconstruction of a healthy, sane, and sustainable future for all. Utilizing the form of an intellectual biography of Four Arrows (aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs) and Four Arrows’ daring activist life and true teaching stories, the author creates a powerful adventure into the firey philosophy, activism, and emancipatory inspirations of one of the world’s great visionary prophetic educators and social transformers. Drawing on 70+ years of experience, as a medical first responder, initiations with shamans, training of wild horses, Olympic sport competitions, and other diverse careers and challenges, Four Arrows understands Fear and courage like no other. In Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows, he demonstrates how to walk the universal ethical path of Fearlessness in an Age of Terror.

Among other readers, high school teachers and post-secondary teachers across diverse disciplines will find great ideas, eliciting dialogues and study questions for students, who now face a globalizing world where they must take charge of the future in the folds of Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows.

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The World’s Highest-Scoring Students

How Their Nations Led Them to Excellence

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Hani Morgan

The World’s Highest-Scoring Students focuses on how various countries transformed their school systems into the world’s leading systems of education. The World’s Highest-Scoring Students covers 8 countries: Finland, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China, Canada, Estonia, and the United States. The World’s Highest-Scoring Students offers ideas on improving the United States’ school system and includes a plan on how the United States can regain the status it once had as the world’s undisputed leader in education.

In addition to offering a brief historical context for each country, The World’s Highest-Scoring Students describes important aspects that helped these countries achieve stellar results in international testing, such as their teacher preparation programs, cultural attitudes toward education, and teacher recruitment practices. Although this book is similar to previously published books on this topic, The World’s Highest-Scoring Students differs in that it provides detail on the most recent practices various educational systems have used to remain the best performers and the strategies others have implemented to climb to the top.

The World’s Highest-Scoring Students offers a new perspective on this topic in several ways. First, it provides a balanced view of the highest-ranking nations in education, offering the outstanding practices they use to achieve stellar results, but also pointing out the problems they endure. The World’s Highest-Scoring Students also discusses various controversies about international tests, including the limitations of using these tests to evaluate students.

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UnCommon Bonds

Women Reflect on Race and Friendship

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Marcella Runnell Hall and Kersha Smith

UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship is a collection of essays written by women from across the United States. The essays unapologetically explore the challenges of developing and maintaining cross-racial female friendships. One of the primary goals of UnCommon Bonds is to resist simplifying cross-racial friendships. Instinctively, we believe there is unique joy and pain in these relationships that is never easy to summarize. Thus, we invited authors to submit narratives that challenge assumptions, disclose struggles, and celebrate the complex sisterhood between women of different races. UnCommon Bonds will entice a broad audience, ages 18-75. The essyas in this book are written by women from various races, ethnicities, economic classes, sexual orientations, religions, and geographic areas. We believe many women will relate to the ideas and experiences explored in this book, as well as, men may also find these essays interesting windows into understanding the give and pull of cross-racial friendships.

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Digital Disruption

The Future of Work, Skills, Leadership, Education, and Careers in a Digital World

Tracey Wilen

Everything we do is impacted by technology—how we communicate with others, connect at work, learn at school, and live our lives. We are accustomed to and dependent on technology. But how do we rethink our approach to the new technologic world of work, leadership, lifelong learning, skill development, and careers? The accelerated pace of technology and competition is causing workplace environments to become more technical, diverse, and in need of disruptive leaders. This new landscape requires innovative styles of leadership and new techniques of managing organizations. Digital Disruption: The Future of Work, Skills, Leadership, Education, and Careers in a Digital World covers the key forces impacting the future of work, industries, leadership styles, skills, and education with a focus on how to remain relevant in an ever-increasingly complex digital world.

Drawing on over twenty years of research, Dr. Tracey Wilen’s twelfth book will intrigue readers with up-to-date information on the latest trends in a disruptive world, along with practical advice, innovative best practices, case examples, and pragmatic tips and pointers. Digital Disruption offers educators, executives, and students a fresh approach on how to navigate the future to ensure success. Digital Disruption is suitable for myriad courses, programs, and students, including business, education, sociology, human resources, gender studies, technology, leadership, management, and career management.

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The Shifting Landscape of the American School District

Race, Class, Geography, and the Perpetual Reform of Local Control, 1935–2015

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David Gamson and Emily Hodge

The Shifting Landscape of the American School District: Race, Class, Geography, and the Perpetual Reform of Local Control, 1935-2015 offers a new perspective on the American school district. The American educational system has long been characterized by its tradition of local control, and the district has symbolized community involvement in education. Scholars have written insightful studies on individual city systems and school districts, but rarely has the district—as an organizational form itself—been the subject of scrutiny, and Americans have continued to take the district for granted as the primary unit of local schooling. In recent years reformers have also built many of their innovations upon the belief that it is the traditional, bureaucratic, hierarchical district that requires overhaul.  The Shifting Landscape of the American School District seeks challenge that perception. The editors argue that the pervasive view of district history—the notion that the school district is a holdover from the progressive reforms of the early twentieth century—has shrouded a fascinating story of the ways in which districts have evolved, innovated, and reacted in response to state and federal mandates, national reform movements, demographic shifts, desegregation, structural/organizational changes, and a shifting political climate.  The chapters in this volume offer compelling evidence of the many ways that districts have expanded, contracted, integrated, consolidated, reorganized, and been torn apart over the past century.  By covering a wide range of time periods we are able to draw appropriate parallels between the past and present.
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Silvia Melo-Pfeifer and Christian Helmchen

This book offers a variety of theoretical and empirical foundations regarding the development of plurilingual literacy practices in primary school contexts around Europe. It presents a range of concepts related to multilingual education and multilingual teacher education, such as pluriliteracy, identity, the pluralistic approaches (namely intercomprehension and «éveil aux langues») and translanguaging in pedagogy. From an empirical perspective, the authors present and discuss suggestions regarding the integration of multilingual activities in the classroom and in teaching education programs.

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Unprepared for What We Learned

Six Action Research Exercises That Challenge the Ends We Imagine for Education

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Tim Kubik

Unprepared for What We Learned: Six Action Research Exercises that Challenge the Ends We Imagine for Education explores how twentieth century models of education are not delivering on their promises, or helping to deliver the promise of the next generation. We hear that our students are not prepared, and that our teachers must not be prepared to teach those students. Managing preparation has become an obsession for policy-makers who claim that national competitiveness is at stake. After more than one hundred years everything is well managed, yet no one is prepared.

This preparatory mindset presumes that learners must be prepared before they can participate in society, and that this preparation must be managed intentionally using models, an implementation plan, and a system for assessing and evaluating the impact of those models. It’s biggest failing is that those with the greatest stake, our young and adult learners, no longer recognize it as an effective model. Empowered by digital technologies, learners today are no longer willing to wait to be prepared. We seek experiences for which we are unprepared for what we’ll learn.

Unprepared for What We Learned: Six Action Research Exercises that Challenge the Ends We Imagine for Education shares six exercises drawn from students, teachers, and school communities wrestling with problems of practice for which they were unprepared. Readers will question standards, outcomes, and global competencies; negotiate personalized learning; and ultimately co-create innovative school communities that disrupt the preparatory mindset. Together, these young and adult learners participating in the authentic work of their school communities will challenge the ends we imagine for education.

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A Road Less Traveled

Critical Literacy and Language Learning in the Classroom, 1964–1996

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Robert W. Blake and Brett Elizabeth Blake

A Road Less Traveled: Critical Literacy and Language Learning in the Classroom, 1964–1996 takes us through what Robert W. Blake calls the "jaunty journey" of the English/English Language Arts classroom from its linguistic and literature foundations, to emphases on close reading techniques and structures to composing and responding to literature. A Road Less Traveled heads bumpily into the path of learning how to work with "non-native speakers" and other "basic" students toward a (re)-burst of a renewed interest in poetry and drama, reader response, a process approach to writing, and the diverse student, showing through the often winding and blurry road along the journey of our literacy travels over 30 years, that what we understood best about reading and writing has stood the test of time.

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White Fatigue

Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice

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Joseph E. Flynn, Jr.

White Fatigue: Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice explores how, despite the pleas and research of critical scholars, what passes for multicultural education in schools is often promotion of human relations and tolerance rather than a sustained critical examination of how race and racism shape social, political, economic, and educational opportunities for various groups, both historically and currently. Simultaneously, our nation’s social mores have changed over time and millions of White Americans find racism morally reprehensible. This book illustrates that despite that shift, it is not uncommon to experience White Americans—in classrooms and other spaces—struggling to understand how racism functions. This struggle is often talked about as White resistance, White guilt, and White fragility. White fatigue is an idea that helps explain and differentiate this struggle for better understanding among White folks who feel racism is wrong but do not yet have an understanding of how racism functions. White Fatigue: Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice ultimately argues that if we are to advance our national conversation on race, educators must be willing to define reactions to conversations about race with more nuances, lest we alienate potential allies, accomplices, and leaders in the fight against racial injustice.