Books: New In Print
Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents, by Susan E. Chase (The University of Massachusetts Press, Box 429, Amherst, Mass. 01004; 272 pp., $45 cloth, $16.95 paper). Drawing on interviews with female superintendents of urban, small-town, and rural school districts, the cofounder of the women's studies program at the University of Tulsa examines their contradictory experiences with power and subjection.
Best Ideas From America's Blue Ribbon Schools (2nd Volume): What Award-Winning Elementary and Middle School Principals Do, compiled by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320; 143 pp., $18 paper). Principals of the 1993-94 Blue Ribbon Schools share their insights and suggestions about a variety of topics, including involving parents, making the best use of technology, and fostering character and citizenship in their students.
Keepers of the Flame: Contemporary Urban Superintendents, by Theodore J. Kowalski (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320; 192 pp., $21.95 paper). After studying the work, personalities, and management styles of 17 urban superintendents, a former superintendent reflects on this critical position in the education system.
Doing Our Homework: How Schools Can Engage Hispanic Communities, by Andrea B. Berm£dez (ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, W.Va. 25325; 91 pp., $12 paper). Drawing on her research, the author describes how to involve Mexican-American and other Hispanic parents in the schooling of their children.
How America Views Its Schools: The Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Polls, by Stanley Elam (Phi Delta Kappa International, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47402-0789; 73 pp., $10 paper). A concise, readable analysis of major trends and issues in American education that have emerged from the annual Gallup polls of 1969 through 1994.
Hurricane Andrew, the Public Schools, and the Rebuilding of Community, by Eugene F. Provenzo Jr. & Sandra H. Fradd (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 177 pp., $14.95 paper). An account of how staff members of the Dade County, Fla., public schools helped the wider community cope in the year following Hurricane Andrew, which struck in 1992.
New Approaches to Evaluating Community Initiatives: Concepts, Methods, and Contexts, ed. by James P. Connell et al. (The Aspen Institute, Publications Office, P.O. Box 222, 109 Houghton Lab Lane, Queenstown, Md. 21658; 225 pp., $12 paper). Designed as a launching point for communities struggling with social development, this collection of papers lays out some of the challenges and issues associated with evaluating comprehensive community initiatives.
Not By Schools Alone: Sharing Responsibility for America's Education Reform, by Sandra A. Waddock (Praeger Publishers, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Conn. 06881-5007; 256 pp., $49.95 cloth). An associate professor at Boston College's Carroll School of Management proposes that all community members have important roles and responsibilities in education reform.
Teaching About International Conflict and Peace, ed. by Merry M. Merryfield & Richard C. Remy (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 374 pp., $21.95 paper). Designed for social-studies teachers, this guide explains how to help students gather information about and understand both international conflict resolution and the management implications of global interconnectedness.
The Book of Rhythms, by Langston Hughes, with an introduction by Wynton Marsalis (Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 56 pp., $16.95 cloth). The late Harlem Renaissance poet invites youngsters on a visual and musical journey through the wide world of rhythm in this reprint of a classic children's book.
Goodness Personified: The Emergence of Gifted Children, by Leslie Margolin (Aldine de Gruyter, 200 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532; 181 pp., $18.95 paper). Challenging the common assumptions underlying gifted education, the author relates the role it has played, in her view, in propagating social inequality.
Playing Favorites: Gifted Education and the Disruption of Community, by Mara Sapon-Shevin (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 275 pp., $59.50 cloth, $19.95 paper) An examination of the ways gifted education can disrupt the classroom community.
Integrating Education, Health, and Social Services in Rural Communities: Service Integration Through the Rural Prism, by Robert D. Bhaerman (Research for Better Schools Inc., 444 North Third St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123-4107; 137 pp., $26.87 paper). Intended for rural-school teachers and administrators, this monograph defines service integration and demonstrates how health services can be delivered through collaborations between schools and major health- and social-service providers.
Priority on Learning: How School Districts Are Concentrating Their Scarce Resources on Academics, by Lori Jo Oswald (Oregon School Study Council/University of Oregon, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. 97403-5207; 61 pp., $12 paper). An overview of innovative strategies for allocating resource with specific examples from Oregon schools.
Collaborative Leadership and Shared Decision Making: Teachers, Principals, and University Professors, by Renee T. Clift et al. (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 160 pp., $17.95 paper). A discussion of the findings of a three-year school-university partnership that focused on professional reflective activities.
Delivering the Future: Cable and Education Partnerships for the Information Age, by Bobbi L. Kamil (Cable in the Classroom, 1900 North Beauregard St., Suite 108, Alexandria, Va. 22311; 232 pp., $19.95 paper). A collection of case studies detailing innovative joint ventures between schools and cable companies to bring technology into the classroom.
Partner Schools: Centers for Educational Renewal, ed. by Russell T. Osguthorpe et al. (Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 316 pp., $32.95 cloth). An inside look at promising school-university partnerships around the country, with an emphasis on what constitutes a partner school and how it operates.
Staying in School: Partnerships for Educational Change, ed. by Ian M. Evans et al. (Brookes Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 245 pp., $24 paper). A guide to successful violence-prevention programs based on partnerships between universities and local elementary and secondary schools.
Battling Dragons: Issues and Controversy in Children's Literature, ed. by Susan Lehr (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 287 pp., $22.50 paper). A collage of distinguished voices commenting on how difficult issues such as violence, political correctness, and ethical heroes are depicted in children's books.
Just Teach Me, Mrs. K.: Talking, Reading, and Writing With Resistant Adolescent Learners, by Mary Mercer Krogness (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 312 pp., $21.50 paper). One teacher's educational journey with nonmainstream, often overage, underachieving 7th and 8th graders.
Other People's Words: The Cycle of Low Literacy, by Victoria Purcell-Gates (Harvard University Press, 79 Garden St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138; 242 pp., $29.95 cloth). Delving into the lives of Appalachian families, the director of Harvard's Literacy Laboratory examines this often-invisible population's severe literacy problems.
Preserving Intellectual Freedom: Fighting Censorship in Our Schools, ed. by Jean E. Brown (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 West Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801-1096; 252 pp., $19.95 paper). An analysis of the philosophical, psychological, historical, and legal aspects surrounding censorship and schools.
Adaptive Technology for Special Human Needs, by Arlene Brett & Eugene Provenzo Jr. (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 164 pp., $14.95 paper). An overview of the use of computers to assist individuals who have disabilities.
Reading and Learning Disabilities: Research and Practice, by Joyce N. French, Nancy J. Ellsworth, & Marie Z. Amoruso (Garland Publishing Inc., 1000 A Sherman Ave., Hamden, Conn. 06514, $60 cloth). An examination of how the fields of psychology and education intersect in teaching literacy skills to students with learning disabilities.
Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, by Patricia Logan Oelwein (Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817; 370 pp., $16.95 paper). A comprehensive guide to a nationally recognized reading program that succeeds in helping children with Down Syndrome learn how to read.
Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child With a Disability, ed. by Donald J. Meyer (Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817; 206 pp., $14.95 paper). A collection of 19 essays written by fathers about the pain, love, and struggle they have experienced while raising children with disabilities.
Before the School Bell Rings, by Carol B. Hillman (Phi Delta Kappa International, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47402-0789; 73 pp., $10 paper). A retired teacher reflects on her years of teaching and nurturing young children.
A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator's Guide to the Brain, by Robert Sylwester (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 North Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-1453; 165 pp., $15.95). Introducing the functionings of the human brain, the author encourages educators to apply brain research and theory in their schools in areas such as cooperative learning, curriculum content, and classroom layout.
The Game of School, by Robert L. Tripp (Loft Press, P.O. Box 95, Seven Fountains, Va. 22652; 176 pp., $23.95 paper). The author, an educator for 30 years, describes his book as an "insider's critique of public high schools today, and a proposal to improve them through short-term and long-term solutions."
The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education, by Carolyn M. Barrett (ETC Publications, 700 East Vereda del Sur, Palm Springs, Calif. 92262; 156 pp., $19.95). Famous for successful music instruction, the Suzuki philosophy of education, the author explains, can be successfully applied to a variety of subjects for students in kindergarten through graduate school.
Who's in Charge?: A Teacher Speaks Her Mind, by Susan Ohanian (Boynton/Cook Publishers Inc., 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 249 pp., $19.95 paper). A collection of witty and hard-hitting commentaries on education policies and practices.