Projections are frightening. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, financial considerations were forcing the closing of increasing numbers of American colleges and universities. Higher education in the United States is facing a tsunami of economic issues and the abrupt shift to on-line learning has only accelerated the process.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. The wobbly two-legged stool that supports virtually every American school – tuition and endowment – was never designed to be sustainable into the 21st century. Instead, the university leaders of the future must embrace the best elements of the most forward-seeing and nimble practitioners of modern business – the entrepreneur.
Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education: Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change is that rare nuts-and-bolts guide that provides the essential tools for colleges and universities to switch from barely surviving to thriving. Assisted by an impressive array experts and visionaries, higher education author and futurist Dr. Mary Landon Darden presents a do-able roadmap out of the morass of escalating costs and decreasing revenue.
As an educational researcher, Denise Bressler has spent a lot of time in today's classrooms, and she is deeply concerned. Students are largely disengaged and unmotivated. How can that be? Learning should be a thrilling adventure, not drudgery. Drawing on established learning theories and contemporary educational research, Unlearning the Ropes demonstrates that what people are tacitly taught by school is basically backwards. For example, school teaches that good grades matter, yet good grades don't guarantee learning. In Unlearning the Ropes, Bressler reveals the moments that changed her beliefs about education. Through relatable anecdotes, she helps readers reframe the way they think about school, education, and learning. Rethinking what school teaches is the first step towards helping young people become enthusiastic learners.
Award-winning author David J. Park argues that the battle against global warming is also a fight for media reform. With his new book Media Reform and the Climate Emergency: Rethinking Communication in the Struggle for a Sustainable Future, he critically examines how advertising, the digital infrastructure, and journalism advance the climate emergency and lays out a path of reform to help create a more sustainable world. The production and consumption of goods and services within consumer societies lead to unsustainable greenhouse gas emissions, and Park finds that much of mass communication is either dependent upon or closely tied to the success of this social organization. As a result, he suggests successful environmental movements creatively dismantle or reform institutional infrastructures that extend the planetary global warming crisis and the unsustainable consumption of nature.
Bias Is All Around You! Can you separate fact from fiction to safeguard your mental health? Let our handbook be your guide for inspecting all the information you are exposed to in social media today. If you cannot properly assess information bias it could:
Lead you to follow a false cause
Leave you feeling foolish
Tarnish your credibility
Attract the wrong people
Create undue stress
Compromise your values
Harm your mental health
These undesirable outcomes need not occur! For it’s time to read between the lines and assess bias now! Together, we can chart a new discourse, one that uses information wisely, with prudence, and goodwill.
Field Guide to a School of Belonging is our core resource, providing the rationale for TEI’s baseline integration practices for designing and creating an emotionally safe learning community where every young person has a voice to tell their story and where every story has a place to be told. Readers can use this guide individually as a self-study course, with one’s colleagues as a book study, as a school-wide resource, or as a companion to TEI’s digital professional development course: Creating a School of Belonging.
At the close of each chapter is a link to a short podcast by Field Guide author David Levine as a tool to reinforce ideas and practices he presents in the chapter.
The research is clear: human beings are born to play. In Game On? Brain On!, Lindsay Portnoy unpacks the games and playful experiences that invite engagement and deep learning. Using cognitive science to explore the ways in which play helps students acquire and maintain critical skills, Portnoy shows how inviting creativity and excitement into the classroom results in big gains for everyone. She also shares how, by being intentional, educators can create equitable access to playful learning experiences for all children. Through relatable vignettes, ready-to-use examples, and informative “Level Up” toolboxes, Portnoy empowers educators to teach a better way—through play!
Almost overnight a virus has brought into question America’s nearly 200-year-old government-run K-12 school-system—and prompted an urgent search for alternatives. But where should we turn to find them?
Enter James Tooley’s Really Good Schools.
A distinguished scholar of education and the world’s foremost expert on private, low-cost innovative education, Tooley takes readers to some of the world’s most impoverished communities located in some of the world’s most dangerous places—including such war-torn countries as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and South Sudan.
And there, in places where education “experts” fear to tread, Tooley finds thriving private schools that government, multinational NGOs, and even international charity officials deny exist.
Why? Because the very existence of low-cost, high-quality private schools shatters the prevailing myth in the U.S., U.K., and western Europe that, absent government, affordable, high-quality schools for the poor could not exist.
It's Time to Think Differently About School Leadership
Unquestioned educational practices must be re-examined. Now, more than ever, we need to breathe new life into school leadership to bring much-needed hope for renewal into our classrooms and schools. Our humanity's future rests on the shoulders of our young people who deserve the most effective, empowered collective of teachers possible. Working and learning together with teachers across corridors, departments, and disciplines, school leaders can make this a reality.
In this one-of-a-kind exploration into the practice of school leadership, Dr. Carolyn Cameron moves beyond leadership theory or prescriptive "how to be a leader" guidelines. She courageously addresses the gap between knowing and doing, and takes a deep dive into the space of being a school leader dedicated to the work of nurturing the authentic learning of students and their teachers.
Do you find it challenging to integrate technology into your elementary music classroom? Do you feel that it could enhance your classroom experience if you could implement it in an approachable and realistic way? In Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches, author Amy M. Burns offers an all-in-one, classroom-vetted guide to integrate technology into the music classroom while keeping with core educational strategies. In this book, you will find practical lessons and ideas that can be used in any elementary classroom, whether that classroom has one device per educator or a device for every student. Written for a range of experience levels, lessons further enhance classrooms that utilize the approaches of Feierabend, Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and project-based learning. Experts from each field-Dr. Missy Strong, Glennis Patterson, Ardith Collins, and Cherie Herring-offer a variety of approaches and project ideas in the project-based learning section. Complemented by a companion website of lesson videos, resource guides, and more, Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches allows new and veteran educators to hit the ground running on the first day of school.