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Curriculum and Methods

Good News: How Sharing the Newspaper With Your Children Can Enhance Their Performance in School, by Deborah Drezon Carroll (Penguin Books, 375 Hudson St., New York, N.Y. 10014; 128 pp., $8.50 paper). Demonstrates creative ways to use all parts of the daily newspaper to develop a child's awareness of current events and social issues; includes comments by journalists such as Tom Brokaw and Ellen Goodman.

Distance Education: A Practical Guide, by Barry Willis (Educational Technology Publications, 700 Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632; 140 pp., $29.95 cloth). Discusses the roles and responsibilities of those involved in distance education, and provides a step-by-step model for designing, developing, evaluating, and revising instructional methods.

Interactive Television and Instruction: A Guide to Technology, Technique, Facilities Design, and Classroom Management, by Robert H. Lochte (Educational Technology Publications, 700 Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632; 136 pp., $29.95 cloth). Provides information on preparing for interactive classes, training teachers, and evaluating instructional practices.

New Technologies for Education: A Beginner's Guide, by Ann E. Barron & Gary W. Orwig (Libraries Unlimited, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, Colo. 80155-6633; 209 pp., $27.50 cloth). Guide designed for teachers, library media specialists, and educational administrators offering an easy-to-understand overview of the full range of newer educational technologies.

Values in Action: A Middle School Ethics Course, by Carol Eliot, Elizabeth Orens, & Penny Work (The Council for Religion in Independent Schools, P.O. Box 40613, Washington, D.C. 20016; 160 pp., $15 for ãòéó members, $20 for nonmembers, paper). A two-part course text, the first encouraging students to explore the sources of their values in their families, schools, friends, and traditions, the second, feauring characters from history, literature, and film who have put their values into practice.

Child Welfare and Social Issues

Fair Start for Children: Lessons Learned From Seven Demonstration Projects, ed. by Mary Larner, Robert Halpern, & Oscar Harkavy (Yale University Press, 92A Yale Station, New Haven, Conn. 06520; 264 pp., $27.50 cloth). Reports on the results of a Ford Foundation-backed initiative in seven diverse communities that was designed to alleviate some of the problems affecting disadvantaged families, such as infant mortality,low-birthweight babies, and childhood developmental problems.

In Love and In Danger: A Teen's Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships, by Barrie Levy (Seal Press, 3131 Western Ave., Suite 310, Seattle, Wash. 98121-1028; 120 pp., $8.95 paper). Gives teenagers practical advice on recognizing and ending abusive relationships, with firsthand stories from teenagers caught in these relationships.

Lives on the Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America, by Valerie Polakow (The University of Chicago Press, 5801 Ellis Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60637; 211 pp., $22.50 cloth). Examines the daily lives of single mothers and their children, focusing on how dominant images of "normal'' families and motherhood shape perceptions, practices, and public policies toward this family group.

Preventing Dropouts Through School-Community Collaboration (Education Resources Group, The Cable Building, 611 Broadway, Suite 907D, New York, N.Y. 10012; 96 pp., $8.50 paper). Describes the Ford Foundation's Urban School-Community Dropout Prevention Collaboratives Program, which ran in 21 U.S. cities between 1986 and 1991; five of the collaboratives, and 14 key lessons derived from the program, are spotlighted.

Stemming the Tide of Child Sexual Abuse: The Role Schools Can Play, by Linda S. Lumsden (Oregon School Study Council , 1787 Agate St., College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. 97403-5207; 53 pp., $6 plus $2.50 shipping, paper). Provides an overview of the problem and a discussion of factors that affect the reporting of suspected abuse by educators, such as liability.

Tutoring for At-Risk Students, by Joan Gaustad (Oregon School Study Council, 1787 Agate St., College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. 97403-5207; 73 pp., $7 plus $3 shipping, paper). Analyzes the effectiveness of tutoring generally and the components of a successful tutoring program, presenting as examples several schools with thriving tutoring services.

Education Policy

Integrated Studies in the Middle Grades: "Dancing Through Walls,'' ed. by Chris Stevenson & Judy F. Carr (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 208 pp., $18.95 paper). Discusses the results of a teacher-led initiative to design and implement nongraded teaching units.

Non-Gradedness: Helping It To Happen, by Robert H. Anderson & Barbara Nelson Pavan (Technomic Publishing, 851 New Holland Ave., P.O. Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 260 pp., $24 paper). Presents a casebook of innovative policies, actions, and procedures, while giving strong theoretical support for ending tracking, competitive grading systems, and grade retention.

Responsive Schools, Renewed Communities, by Clifford W. Cobb (CS Press, 243 Kearny St., San Francisco, Calif. 94108; 352 pp., $14.95 paper). Argues in favor of school choice as a community endeavor, citing the benefits of past examples of voucher-like systems for funding education.

School-Based Management: Current Thinking and Practice, by Jerry J. Herman & Janice L. Herman (Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 2600 S. First St., Springfield, Ill. 62794-9265; 272 pp., $55.75 cloth). Written for practitioners considering school-based management and focuses on all levels of instruction and school administration; includes an overview of local, state, and national patterns of practice.

School Ways: The Planning and Design of America's Schools, by Ben E. Graves (McGraw-Hill, 11 West 19th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; 237 pp., $39.50 cloth). This oversized architectural book details all aspects of the planning, design, and construction of modern K-12 schools; includes text and illustrations that depict various design considerations, phases of construction, and long-range facility plans.

A Year in the Life of an Excellent Elementary School: Lessons Derived From Success, by Edward A. Wynne (Technomic Publishing, 851 New Holland Ave., P.O. Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 170 pp. $29 paper). Chronicles a yearlong sequence of events at a successful Chicago public school serving a lower-income neighborhood; tells which practices succeed and why.

Special Education

Taking Charge: Teenagers Talk About Life and Physical Disabilities, ed. by Kay H. Kriegsman, Elinor L. Zaslow, & Jennifer D'Zmura-Rechsteiner (Woodbine House, 5615 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20852; 176 pp. $14.95 paper). Disabled teenagers talk about how to handle unwanted attention; how to encourage family, friends, and the public to recognize one's individuality first and disability second; and how to emphasize personal strengths and overcome limitations.

You, Your Child, and "Special'' Education: A Guide to Making the System Work, by Barbara Coyne Cutler (Paul H. Brookes Publishing, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624, 250 pp., $22 paper). Gives parents advice on knowing their children's right to education, understanding the school system's power structure, dealing with school personnel, filing official complaints with the school system, and negotiating individualized education programs.

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