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Choose the differentiation resource that meets your needs Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom How to Reach and Teach All Learners (Updated Anniversary Edition)


by Diane Heacox, Ed.D. This popular and trusted guide presents a thorough introduction to differentiation along with a menu of tested strategies any teacher can use to meet students’ diverse learning needs. Teachers learn how to: • evaluate their current instructional methods • integrate differentiation strategies into their repertoire • manage both student behavior and work tasks Provides differentiated lesson plan templates and examples in many content areas. 176 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Grades K–12.

Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom A practical introduction to differentiated instruction (DI). Build a foundation for DI and a personal repertoire of strategies. Start thinking and teaching with a DI mindset.


Making Differentiation a Habit

How to Ensure Success in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Updated Edition) by Diane Heacox, Ed.D. Teachers already differentiating instruction can use this in-depth guidebook to seamlessly integrate new practices and mindsets into their daily routines. Its user-friendly, evidence-based strategies are designed to help educators: • optimize their portfolios of differentiation strategies • revamp their assessment and grading systems • ensure that all students are learning every day Includes varied classroom examples and lists of digital tools and apps. 192 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Educators, grades K–12.



Making Differentiation a Habit An in-depth guidebook for implementing a daily habit of DI. Gain a deeper understanding of DI and extend teaching practices. Explore the entire DI process— from examining current practices to getting involved in school leadership.

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Advancing Differentiation

Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century (Revised & Updated Edition) by Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. Teachers take differentiation to the next level with this powerful resource that guides them in developing a rigorous, concept-based curriculum to engage learners at all levels. The book infuses: • proven, advanced differentiation methods • creative and critical thinking skills • increased student motivation and learner autonomy

Advancing Differentiation A “next step” resource that goes beyond the basics of DI. Optimize existing DI routines and add rigor and depth. Develop motivation, selfregulation, learning autonomy, and high-level thinking skills.

All are essential elements in creating a competitive modern classroom. Winner of the 2017 TAGT Legacy Book® Award. 240 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Teachers and administrators, grades K–12.

978-1-63198-141-8...$39.99 • fax 1.866.419.5199 • phone 1.800.735.7323


Self-Regulation in the Classroom Helping Students Learn How to Learn by Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. To succeed in school, students must first learn how to learn; they need self-regulation, a crucial executive functioning skill. Self-regulated learners find personal value in learning, acquire effective study habits, welcome challenges, seek help, and view failures as learning opportunities. In this essential guide, Richard Cash—a former teacher and popular international consultant—breaks down the process of developing selfregulation into an “ABC” structure that students can readily understand: • Affect (how you feel) • Behavior (what you do) • Cognition (how you think) Teaching students to balance these three elements helps them build motivation, resilience, and college and career readiness. 184 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Teachers, administrators, counselors, grades K–12.


“Richard Cash brings his high energy, positive approach to education, providing a road map of how to develop 21st century learners through an empathic understanding of the role of affect, behavior, and cognition. Excellent resource for teachers, psychologists, parents, and administrators.” —Teresa Argo Boatman, Ph.D., psychologist and gifted specialist

NEW! A Teacher’s Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning

Form, Manage, Assess, and Differentiate in Groups by Dina Brulles, Ph.D., and Karen L. Brown, M.Ed.

Grouping learners purposefully throughout the day according to their needs and the curriculum remains the single best way to differentiate instruction. This hands-on guide helps teachers expertly use flexible grouping and differentiation strategies to respond to students’ diverse abilities and interests. Includes methods to: • create groups based on assessment data • plan group lessons and tiered assignments • support personalized learning • grade collaborative work • communicate with parents about the benefits of groupwork 200 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Teachers and administrators of students in grades K–12.

978-1-63198-283-5...$42.99 Available April 2018

“If educators could be trained to implement a low-cost intervention that boasted consistent learning gains for all students, headlines would herald the discovery of the educational holy grail . . . It’s called ability grouping.” —Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, director, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University


NEW! Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior

Create Responsive Environments Where Young Children Thrive by Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed. Early childhood teachers often feel helpless in the face of children’s challenging behaviors. Families may feel guilty for not being able to “fix” their child. Administrators may even resort to expelling children from their programs. However, much like gardeners who adjust conditions to help flowers bloom, educators must look beneath behaviors to what those behaviors are communicating about a child’s environment. Written by a leader of a top early learning center franchise, this book expertly guides educators to: • analyze the classroom environment • adjust routines and expectations • learn effective responses to problem behaviors • focus on teaching skills rather than punishing individual actions • reduce challenging behaviors and nurture the growth of all learners 192 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Teachers and directors in early childhood education (ages birth–6), parents, counselors.

978-1-63198-175-3...$34.99 Available May 2018

The PBIS Team Handbook

Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior by Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., and Char Ryan, Ph.D. Positive school climates are not achieved through suspensions, detentions, calls to parents, or visits to the principal’s office. Rather, lasting change is achieved through collective analysis and data-driven decision-making. This handbook provides solid, detailed guidelines for implementing and sustaining schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS). This comprehensive resource: • helps PBIS teams achieve full staff buy-in • shares engaging anecdotes from expert PBIS coaches • offers solutions for sustaining a successful school program • provides templates, checklists, and graphic organizers to help teams easily chart, manage, and interpret data 208 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". K–12 PBIS coaches and team members, including special educators, teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, social workers, counselors, administrators, parents, and other school staff members.


“No school counselor should be without it!” —Council for Exceptional Children “This is a must-read—no matter what stage you are at in PBIS implementation.” —Cristina Dobon-Claveau, PBIS coordinator, Lincoln, California • fax 1.866.419.5199 • phone 1.800.735.7323


RTI Success

Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms by Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D., Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., and Alice Woodrow, Ed.D. This all-in-one resource provides information on Response to Intervention (RTI) as well as step-by-step administrator guidelines and practical teacher tools for implementation. RTI Success provides the what and how-to information that educators ask for: • 100+ teacher-friendly, research-based strategies for targeting specific skill deficits • “What to Try When” charts that help determine instruction techniques • tools for differentiating instruction to meet diverse classroom needs • vignettes and school profiles demonstrating RTI practices in diverse settings • ready-to-use assessments and educational profiles for documentation 256 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Teachers and administrators, grades K–12.


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978-1-57542-481-1 $34.99

The School Climate Solution

Creating a Culture of Excellence from the Classroom to the Staff Room by Jonathan C. Erwin, M.A. Research shows that a socially-emotionally supportive setting is the solution to increasing student achievement. This book provides everything needed to create a positive learning environment in any classroom, school, or school community: • helps kids and adults master critical Includes activities social-emotional skills for integrating • provides effective, compassionate social-emotional learning behavior management strategies into the curriculum • encourages student leadership 200 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Administrators, teachers, and counselors, K–12.


“Erwin provides a blueprint for . . . how to involve various stakeholders to implement a supportive and effective school atmosphere.” —School Administrator magazine

Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in Today’s Classroom How Every Teacher Can Help Struggling Students Succeed (Revised & Updated 3rd Edition) by Susan Winebrenner, M.S., with Lisa M. Kiss, M.Ed. A gold mine of practical, easy-to-use teaching methods, strategies, and tips to improve learning outcomes for students who score below proficiency levels: • provides information on integrated learning, problem-solving, and critical thinking in line with Common Core State Standards and 21st century skills • reflects the use of technology and schoolwide cluster grouping in support of all students • provides information for working with students on the autism spectrum and “tech tips” useful for kids with LD 288 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". K–12 teachers, administrators, higher education faculty.


Great together for working with twice-exceptional students. See page 10.


End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy

The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, and Caring Schools by Michele Borba, Ed.D. The 6Rs—Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace—are a comprehensive process for reducing bullying, involving the entire school community. Internationally renowned bullying prevention expert Michele Borba offers realistic, proven strategies for collecting data, training staff, implementing best practices, building social-emotional skills, mobilizing students and parents, and sustaining progress. Schools and individual educators can use the book alone or along with an existing anti-bullying program to reduce peer cruelty and promote empathy and kindness. 288 pp., PB, 7¼" x 9¼". Administrators, teachers, counselors, youth leaders, bullying prevention teams, and parents of children in grades K–8.


“An important addition to any educator’s toolbox for breaking the cycle of bullying.” —Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander

NEW! Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School

48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying by Naomi Drew, M.A., with Christa M. Tinari, M.A.

This hands-on resource gives educators the tools to build positive and prosocial behaviors, forging a respectful and compassionate school environment. The book: • presents 48 research-based lessons that are easy to implement and developmentally appropriate • incorporates role play, perspective-taking, writing, and discussion to help students develop skills to accept differences, resolve conflicts, and prevent bullying • addresses tough issues like bias, anger, and exclusion • provides detailed resources for teachers who want to dig deeper • draws on survey data gathered by the authors Also available for from more than 1,000 students elementary ages 272 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Middle school educators.

978-1-63198-180-7 $39.99


NEW! Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in Today’s Classroom

How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed (Revised & Updated Edition) by Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D. Teachers don’t always know, recognize, or understand the mental health issues and learning disorders of students in their classrooms—or how to respond to them. Written in user-friendly, jargon-free language, this unique resource provides answers, including: • a comprehensive reference to current information, research, and classroom interventions • brief, accessible overviews of issues including communication disorders, self-injury, ADHD, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, autism spectrum disorder, adverse childhood experiences, and much more • ways to modify classroom environments and curricula to be more culturally responsive • strategies for incorporating RTI, PBIS, and 504 plan accommodations for students 224 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Grades K–12.


Available September 2018 • fax 1.866.419.5199 • phone 1.800.735.7323


NEW! Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students

30 Flexible Research-Based Activities to Build EQ Skills (Grades 5–9) by Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., and Steven Tobias, Psy.D. Evidence shows that emotional intelligence (EQ) is essential to success in college, careers, and life. Written by two respected EQ experts, this practical resource describes what emotional intelligence is, and how to develop it in all students. The book gives educators: • 30 hands-on, research-based lessons designed to fit the developmental needs and strengths of adolescents • detailed yet flexible guidelines for teaching EQ skills within whatever timeframe is available, either on the classroom level or as a schoolwide initiative • implementation strategies that will work for teachers, counselors, or other school staff • an additional follow-up lesson to help students stay on track with their EQ development 192 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Educators, grades 5–9.

978-1-63198-129-6...$39.99 Available March 2018

Classroom Warm-Ups Short, easy, fun classroom activities get things going in the morning or after a break. Teachers, all grades.


Inspiring Quotes for Teachers Quotes for inspiring teachers and reminding them why they picked their passion. Teachers, all grades.


Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout Let’s face it: Teacher burnout happens. Stay fresh with these tips and strategies. Teachers, all grades.



NEW! The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners

Teaching the 4 Essential Steps to Success by Deb Douglas

Many bright students struggle because they have never been taught how to ask for what they really need to improve their school experience. This guide, grounded in solid theory and years of practice, shows educators how to teach self-advocacy skills in four essential steps. Gifted learners will: 1. Understand their rights and responsibilities 2. Develop their learner profiles 3. Investigate available options and opportunities 4. Connect with advocates Included are numerous anecdotes, surveys, handouts, and a comprehensive facilitator’s guide and presentation materials for conducting a daylong self-advocacy workshop with gifted students. 208 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". For teachers of gifted students in grades 5–12, counselors, gifted program coordinators, administrators, parents, youth leaders.


“This book has potential to be a game changer in the field of gifted education.” —Dr. Joy Lawson Davis, author of Bright, Talented & Black

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers

How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs (Revised & Updated Edition) by Judy Galbraith, M.A., and Jim Delisle, Ph.D. Gifted kids are so much more than test scores, grades, and “learning potential.” And it’s sometimes difficult to see past the potential to the child who may be anxious, lonely, confused, or unsure of what the future will bring. This one-of-a-kind guide offers practical suggestions for addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted students. The expert authors present ways to: • provide all gifted kids with a safe, supportive learning environment • help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice-exceptional students • advocate for gifted education Complete with engaging stories, strategies, Q&As, essays, activities, and resources, this book is for anyone committed to helping gifted students thrive. Winner of the TAGT Legacy Book® Award. 288 pp., B&W photos, PB, 7¼" x 9¼". Teachers, gifted coordinators, guidance counselors, and parents of gifted children in grades K–9.

978-1-57542-493-4...$23.99 • fax 1.866.419.5199 • phone 1.800.735.7323


Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use (Revised & Updated 3rd Edition) by Susan Winebrenner, M.S., with Dina Brulles, Ph.D. The definitive guide to meeting the learning needs of gifted students in the mixed-abilities classroom—seamlessly and effectively with minimal preparation time. Included are practical, classroom-tested strategies and step-by-step instructions for how to use them. This “orange bible” provides information on using technology for accelerated learning, managing cluster grouping, increasing curriculum rigor, improving assessments, boosting critical and creative thinking skills, addressing gifted kids with special needs, and supporting Common Core State Standards. Winner of the TAGT Legacy Book® Award. 256 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Grades K–12.


“This book should be required reading for all teachers before they set foot in the classroom.” —The Gifted Education Association of Reading, Pennsylvania

Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom Professional Development Multimedia Package by Susan Winebrenner, M.S., and Dina Brulles, Ph.D.

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Schools will get the benefit of in-person author workshops for a fraction of the cost with this comprehensive professional development resource. The package includes: • DVD (100+ minutes) featuring sought-after authors Susan Winebrenner and Dina Brulles along with actual classroom teaching sessions that illustrate key strategies from the book • a copy of the book Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom • Study Group Leader’s Guide that directs users through the book and the video as they use these in study groups or other forms of staff development Bookshelf package. Grades K–12.


Teaching Twice/Multi-Exceptional (2e) Students in Today’s Classroom by Susan Winebrenner, M.S., Lisa M. Kiss, M.Ed., and Dina Brulles, Ph.D. “2e” describes students who are gifted and have a learning challenge such as a learning disorder, behavioral problem, ADHD, or autism. Often, these students’ learning difficulties mask their strengths—and limit their success in school. Use Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom and Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in Today’s Classroom together—along with a free downloadable PLC/Book Study Guide and PDF presentation, to help overcome the barriers 2e students face. With the complete 2e package, you will have targeted resources for identifying and helping 2e students of all ages achieve consistent forward progress in their learning. Download the free 2e resources to complete your package at Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom 978-1-57542-395-1...$39.99 Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in Today’s Classroom 978-1-57542-480-4...$39.99


Differentiation for Gifted Learners Going Beyond the Basics

by Diane Heacox, Ed.D., and Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. For the first time, this award-winning book offers specific methods teachers can use to meet the unique learning differences that exist in groups of gifted individuals. Differentiated instruction for gifted students must go beyond adjusting content levels, task complexity, or product choice. Topics discussed include: • real-world problem-solving • grouping practices • authentic products • affective curriculum • abstract and interdisciplinary concepts • underserved and twice-exceptional learners • learning autonomy and accountability 224 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". K–12 teachers, gifted education teachers, program directors, administrators, instructional coaches, curriculum developers.

978-1-57542-440-8...$39.99 “Heacox and Cash clearly understand the landscape of schools and what is needed to make [gifted] programming work.”

—Felicia A. Dixon, Ph.D., author of The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education

Teaching Gifted Children in Today’s Preschool and Primary Classrooms

Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Children Ages 4–9 by Joan Franklin Smutny, M.A., Sally Yahnke Walker, Ph.D., and Ellen I. Honeck, Ph.D. Young gifted children are everywhere—in preschools, kindergartens, and primary classrooms. How can educators recognize them and ensure they have the opportunities they need to flourish? These proven, practical strategies help teachers identify young gifted children, differentiate curriculum, assess students’ development, and build crucial partnerships with parents. Chapters focus on: • encouraging early identification • planning and extending curriculum in social studies, language arts, math, and science • meeting social-emotional needs and supporting gifted students from diverse populations • promoting discovery, creativity, and critical thinking • creating dynamic learning environments 248 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Teachers of preschool, preK, K–3.


Included are real-life scenarios and extensive annotated resources

The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model

How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All by Susan Winebrenner, M.S., and Dina Brulles, Ph.D. In today’s standards-driven era, how can teachers motivate and challenge gifted students and ensure they reach their potential? This book provides a compelling answer: The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model. The authors explain how the model is unique and present a roadmap for implementing, sustaining, and evaluating it. Educators will find: • a wealth of teacher-tested classroom strategies • detailed information on identifying gifted students for clusters • ways to gain support from parents • methods to provide ongoing professional development • special focus on empowering gifted English language learners An indispensable resource for administrators, program directors, and teachers. 224 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Teachers and administrators, grades K–8.

978-1-57542-279-4...$39.99 • fax 1.866.419.5199 • phone 1.800.735.7323


Principal-to-principal advice on school leadership The Hands-On Guide to School Improvement

Transform Culture, Empower Teachers, and Raise Student Achievement by Evelyn M. Randle-Robbins, M.A. This no-nonsense handbook from a working principal helps school leaders bring transformational change to their schools. Based on in-the-trenches wisdom and experience gained during the author’s years in Chicago Public Schools, the book provides strategies for: • developing rules and procedures that create a welcoming, respectful climate • recruiting, coaching, evaluating, and supporting effective teachers • bringing staff on board with big changes • making your school a visible, active part of the neighborhood and community, and forging partnerships with key stakeholders • prioritizing high-quality professional development • empowering teachers to manage their classrooms effectively and boost student performance 208 pp., PB, 7¼" x 9¼". Principals, administrators, and school leaders, grades K–12.


The Principal’s Survival Guide

Where Do I Start? How Do I Succeed? When Do I Sleep? by Susan Stone Kessler, Ed.D., April M. Snodgrass, M.Ed., and Andrew T. Davis, Ed.D. This in-the-trenches guide for new and veteran principals offers practical advice for getting started in the role; leading successfully; connecting with students, staff, stakeholders, and families; and staying balanced amid the intense demands of the principalship. Want honest student input? Try texting. Got a group of angry parents? Avoid a mob scene and arrange one-on-one meetings. Trying to make a teacher feel appreciated? Shoot a quick email and describe something impressive you saw him do. These tips and hundreds more strategies, insights, and recommendations are all forged upon a single guiding tenet: that every decision should be good for kids. 208 pp., PB, 7¼" x 9¼". Principals and administrators, grades K–12.


“Comprehensive and insightful . . . this book has it all.” —Jayne Ellspermann, 2015 NASSP National Principal of the Year

The Balanced Teacher Path How to Teach, Live, and Be Happy by Justin Ashley It wasn’t long after being named North Carolina History Teacher of the Year that Justin Ashley noticed signs of exhaustion. He knew he needed to make radical changes or he’d leave the profession for good. In this straightforward guide based on his own journey back from burnout, Justin analyzes four key aspects of every teacher’s life—career, social, physical/emotional, and financial—and offers insights to bring these areas into sync. Teachers will learn how to: • communicate confidently with parents • deal with discipline issues quietly • find their teacher flow • turn failed lessons into successes More than just a pep talk, The Balanced Teacher Path offers practical advice and fresh perspective to educators feeling overwhelmed and looking to rekindle their passion for teaching. 160 pp., PB, 7¼" x 9¼". Educators, grades K–8.



Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn’t Learn in College) by Otis Kriegel New elementary school teachers can find themselves struggling when faced with scenarios not covered in their college courses. Otis Kriegel offers those educators the hard-won lessons of his real-life experience at the front of the classroom. This “pocket mentor” guide walks readers through situations ranging from understanding what a principal expects from teachers to successfully negotiating with an angry parent. In addition, they’ll find a wealth of detailed, tips for surviving and thriving in the first year(s) of teaching along with day-to-day, nitty-gritty ideas that might not occur to a new teacher, written in a frank, no-nonsense tone. A perfect go-to manual that expertly supplements administrator guidance with real-world classroom wisdom. 224 pp., illust., PB, 6" x 7½". New elementary teachers, preservice teachers, and administrators.


A Moving Child Is a Learning Child How the Body Teachers the Brain to Think by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy Grounded in best practices and current research, this unique hands-on resource connects the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. The authors present the Kinetic Scale: a visual map of the active learning needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary graders that fits each child’s individual timetable. Teachers will find a wealth of information, actionable tips, and games they can use to support children’s healthy development—all presented in a lively, full-color format with demonstrative diagrams and photos. Includes 200+ activities. 336 pp., full color, photos, PB, 7¼" x 9¼". For teachers, caregivers, special education practitioners, clinicians, and parents of children birth to age 7.


Companion book available with more than 900 activities 978-1-63198-024-4 $34.99

The Thinking Teacher

A Framework for Intentional Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom by Sandra Heidemann, M.S., Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed., and Claire Chang, M.A., presented in partnership with Redleaf Press

This essential resource provides a path to intentional, reflective practice for preK and primary teachers who are navigating the demands and changes inherent in teaching, helping them embrace these challenges as growth opportunities. Teachers will find: • in-depth tools for examining their teaching philosophy • a framework for learning, practicing, and sharing new teaching strategies • techniques for problem-solving and assertiveness • personal stories from other educators Ideal for use in a professional learning community, The Thinking Teacher guides new and veteran educators to take charge of their professional growth and become more effective teachers. 216 pp., PB, 7¼" x 9¼". Early childhood teachers and providers, instructional coaches, directors, administrators.

978-1-63198-021-3...$29.99 • fax 1.866.419.5199 • phone 1.800.735.7323


Making Curriculum Pop

Developing Literacies in All Content Areas by Pam Goble, Ed.D., and Ryan R. Goble, M.A. developed in partnership with NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)

From comics to cathedrals, fashion to Facebook, students need help navigating today’s media-rich world. To be literate now means being able to read, write, listen, speak, view, and represent across all media— including both print and nonprint texts, such as film, podcasts, websites, architecture, and music. This book offers secondary teachers in all content areas a flexible approach in which students: • form cooperative groups to evaluate media texts from various perspectives (artist, sound mixer, economist, etc.) • show their thinking using unique graphic organizers aligned to standards • acquire comprehensive literacy skills 224 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Grades 6–12 teachers, administrators, curriculum directors.


“In Making Curriculum Pop, veteran educators Pam Goble and Ryan Goble have done exactly what harried teachers need most: provided a raft of templates for student work and grounded their notions of textual exploration in proven research and thoughtful theory.” —MiddleWeb

NEW! Visual Learning and Teaching

An Essential Guide for Educators K–8 by Susan Daniels, Ph.D.

Emojis . . . avatars . . . icons . . . Our world is becoming increasingly reliant on visual communication. Yet our classrooms still heavily focus on traditional oral and written instruction. In this first-of-its-kind resource, Dr. Susan Daniels channels over twenty years of research and experience into a comprehensive guide of visual learning strategies that enable educators to rise to the challenges of 21st century education. This hands-on resource helps educators create a “visual toolbox” of tools that promote visual literacy across the curriculum and offers interactive activities to encourage visual learning and communication in all students. 288 pp., PB, 8½" x 11". Grades K–8.

978-1-63198-140-1...$42.99 Available August 2018



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Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people's social-emotional health and educational needs. We help ch...