Books: New in Print
Democracy, Education, and the Schools, ed. by Roger Soder (Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 293 pp., $29.95 cloth). Leading scholars from the fields of education, history, political science, and anthropology analyze democracy and what it means for preparing teachers and educating students.
The First Year as Principal: Real World Stories From America's Principals, ed. by Ronald Thorpe (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 109 pp., $22.95 cloth, $14.95 paper). More than 25 principals share their personal experiences as school leaders.
Making Sense as a School Leader: Persisting Questions, Creative Opportunities, by Richard H. Ackerman, Gordon A. Donaldson Jr., & Rebecca van der Bogert (Jossey-Bass Publishers Inc., 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 186 pp., $28.95 cloth). A look at real-life leadership dilemmas and possible responses to issues that seem ambiguous, complex, and highly charged.
School Choice: The Struggle for the Soul of American Education, by Peter W. Cookson Jr. (Yale University Press, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, Conn. 06520; 174 pp., $10 paper). Drawing on interviews and analyses of research, the author examines a variety of school-choice plans across the nation and considers their outcomes in terms of student achievement, school improvement, and the rights of citizens.
Bayaka: The Extraordinary Music of the Babensele Pygmies, by Louis Sarno (No Problem Productions, 832 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City, N.J. 07306-3904; 96 pp., $28.95 cloth). A full-color book of photographs and text detailing the lives and music of the pygmies of the African rain forest. An hour-long CD is included in the book.
Marketing With Video: How To Create a Winning Video for Your Small Business or Non-Profit, by Hal Landen (Oak Tree Press, Box 378, Slate Hill, N.Y. 10973; 252 pp., $24.45 paper). A veteran producer-director explains step by step how to use film to communicate and disseminate information and ideas.
Why Design: Activities and Projects From the National Building Museum, by Anna Slafer & Kevin Cahill (Chicago Review Press, 814 N. Franklin St., Chicago, Ill. 60610; 198 pp., $19.95 paper). Inspired by the "Designwise" education program of the National Building Museum in Washington, this collection of projects for children age 12 and up shows how all humans are natural designers, constantly changing buildings, landscapes, and products to meet their evolving physical needs and desires.
Assessment Standards for School Mathematics, prepared by the Assessment Standards Working Groups of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (nctm, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091-1593; 102 pp., $15 paper). New assessment strategies and practices to enable teachers and others to gauge students' performance in a way that reflects the nctm's reform vision for school math. The third in the organization's standards trilogy.
The Computer Museum Guide to the Best Software for Kids, by Cathy Miranker & Allison Elliott (HarperPerennial, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022-5299; 274 pp., $16 paper). Combining the insights of experts at the country's only computer museum with the real-life perspectives of test families, this guide features easy-to-use lists of recommended titles, helpful ratings, and straightforward reviews.
Handbooks & References
Occupational and Physical Therapy in Educational Environments, ed. by Irene R. McEwen (The Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice St., Binghamton, N.Y. 13904-1580; 110 pp., $29.95 cloth). A review of the major issues involved in providing lawful, team-oriented, and effective occupational- and physical-therapy services for students with disabilities in public schools.
The Yearbook of Education Law 1995, ed. by Charles J. Russo (National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 3601 S.W. 29th, Suite 223, Topeka, Kan. 66614-2047; 391 pp., $35.95 members, $45.95 nonmembers, cloth). Bias-free summaries of state appellate-court cases and federal trial and appellate-court cases affecting the operation, management, and governance of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools.
Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5 to 12, ed. by Edward Schor (American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, Ill. 60009-0927; 600 pp., $29.95 paper). Current information and guidance on all the key emotional, physical, and behavioral issues parents of school-age children confront. The third book in a three-volume child-care series.
Children's Medications: A Guide for Schools and Day Care Centers, by Richard D. Bates et al. (Harvey Whitney Books Co., P.O. Box 42696, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; 368 pp., $29.95 paper). Referring to both prescription and over-the-counter medications, the authors explain dosage, drug interactions, side effects, administration, storage, and special precautions for specific drugs.
Children With Visual Impairments: A Parents' Guide, ed. by M. Cay Holbrook (Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mills Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817; 416 pp., $16.95 paper). Written by medical professionals and parents, this guide discusses an array of topics, including diagnosis and treatment, special education, and literacy.
How To Prepare for and Respond to a Crisis, by Robert Lichtenstein et al. (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314; 64 pp., $6.95 paper). A compilation of essential information needed to manage a school crisis based on the work of a New Haven, Conn., crisis team that convened to address the mental-health needs of children during the Persian Gulf war.
Competency-Based Education and Training, by Roger Harris et al. (Paul & Co. Publishers Consortium Inc., P.O. Box 442, Concord, Mass. 01742; 337 pp., $32.95 paper). A critique of competency-based education and training with practical advice on its appropriateness and application to education programs.
Linking School and Work: Roles for Standards and Assessment, ed. by Lauren B. Resnick & John G. Wirt (Jossey-Bass Publishers Inc., 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 464 pp., $45 cloth). A collection of 30 papers by education experts on different aspects of the school-to-work transition written specifically for the 1990 Secretary of Labor's Commission for Achieving Necessary Skills.
Ask Ms. Class, by Susan Ohanian (Stenhouse Publishers, 226 York St., York, Maine 03909; 214 pp., $15 paper). A humorous and helpful compendium of advice and stories for teachers of all ages and experience.
Effective Teaching, Effective Learning: Making the Personality Connection in Your Classroom, by Alice M. Fair-hurst & Lisa L. Fairhurst (Davis-Black Publishing, 3803 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto, Calif. 94303; 352 pp., $16.95 paper). Drawing on contemporary psychological insights, the authors offer teachers a host of strategies for helping students with different learning styles.
Helping Teenagers Into Adulthood: A Guide for the Next Generation, by George R. Holmes (Greenwood Publishing Group, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Conn. 06881-5007; 200 pp., $45 cloth). A detailed explanation of how adolescent casualties can be prevented through information, communication, and education.
Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head, by Carla Hannaford (Great Ocean Publishers, 1823 N. Lincoln St., Arlington, Va. 22207; 238 pp., $15.95 paper). A neuroscientist explains how physical activity can help all children, including those who are disabled, learn better.