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At-Risk Children

The Empowering School, by William L. Fibkins (Resource Publications Inc., 160 E. Virginia St., #290, San Jose, Calif. 95112-5876; 150 pp., $17.95 paper). Drawing on his experience in designing intervention programs, the author explains how educators can help at-risk teenagers despite limited resources and weak public support.

Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children, by Betty Hart & Todd R. Risley (Brookes Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 268 pp., $22 cloth). An examination of the roots of intellectual disparity, focusing on the link between children's early family interaction and their subsequent intellectual development.

Solve Your Child's School-Related Problems, ed. by Michael Martin & Cynthia Waltman-Greenwood (National Association of School Psychologists/HarperPerennial, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022-5299; 281 pp., $17 paper). Advice and information from two leading school psychologists about how to handle some of the most common and serious problems facing children today.

Student Self-Discipline: Helping Students Behave Responsibly, by Stanley T. Dubelle (ProActive Publications, 10 Hale St., Rockport, Mass. 09166; 222 pp., $32 cloth). A guide to a specific system of skills intended to help educators diagnose student-discipline problems and promote student self-discipline.

Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Child-Centered Model, by Sandra A. Burkhardt & Anthony F. Rotatori (Taylor & Francis, 1900 Frost Rd., Suite 101, Bristol, Pa. 19007-1598; 167 pp., $29.95 cloth). A model of intervention for sexually abused children based on information gathered from the child.

Environmental Issues

Blueprint for a Green School, by Jayni Chase (Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10012; 688 pp., $59.95 cloth). A comprehensive guidebook to handling a wide range of environmental issues on school grounds--from asbestos removal to pesticide use--by the founder of the Center for Environmental Education in Palisades, Calif.

Doing Their Share To Save the Planet: Children and Environmental Crisis, by Donna Lee King (Rutgers University Press, 109 Church St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901; 160 pp., $42 cloth, $15 paper). A professor of sociology looks at the world's environmental problems through the eyes of children, many of whom are budding environmentalists, but like their parents do not appreciate the deeper causes of environmental crises.

Educating for an Ecologically Sustainable Culture: Rethinking Moral Education, Creativity, Intelligence, and Other Modern Orthodoxies, by C.A. Bowers (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 233 pp., $17.95 paper). Educators need to question the cultural assumptions and values they are relaying to their students, the author asserts, in light of Western societies' profound impact on the natural environment.

Health Issues

The Healthy School Handbook: Conquering the Sick Building Syndrome and Other Environmental Hazards in and Around Your School, ed. by Norma L. Miller (National Education Association, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; 456 pp., $49.95 cloth, $24.95 paper). A comprehensive, accessible guide to identifying and treating specific health risks to students, teachers, and support-staff members from environmental hazards in schools.

Negotiating Health: Primary School Children at Home and School, ed. by Barry Mayall (Cassell, 215 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y. 10003; 184 pp., $22.50 paper). Based on data collected from 5- to-9-year-olds, this book considers how the social world of the school impinges on children's health and well-being at home.

Sex, Death, and the Education of Children: Our Passion for Ignorance in the Age of AIDS, by Jonathan G. Silin (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 248 pp., $18.95 paper). An educator takes a personal look at the complex connections between early-childhood education, the aids epidemic, and social justice.


Achieving School Readiness: Public Libraries and National Education, ed. by Barbara Froling Immroth & Viki Ash Geisler (American Library Association, 155 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60606-1719; 150 pp., $25 paper). Experts discuss how libraries can help prepare children for school, thereby meeting the first of the national education goals.

Dear Author: Students Write About the Books That Changed Their Lives, collected by Weekly Reader's Read Magazine (Conari Press, 2550 Ninth St., Suite 101, Berkeley, Calif. 94710; 186 pp., $9.95 paper). This collection of letters written to favorite authors by students in grades 6-10 was selected from 20,000 entries to the Dear Author national essay contest, which was co-sponsored by Read Magazine and the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. A free teacher's guide is available with the book's purchase.

Speaking of Reading, by Nadine Rosenthal (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 213 pp., $23.95). Twenty-seven lively responses to the question "What is your reading history, and how does your reading affect the rest of your life?" by writers who include Isabel Allende and Gloria Steinem.

Special Education

Child Care and the ada: A Handbook for Inclusive Programs, by Victoria Youcha Rab & Karen Ikeda Wood (Brookes Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 211 pp., $25 paper). A straightforward explanation of the Americans with Disabilities ACT that identifies legal issues, suggests cost-effective solutions, and presents materials for making ada compliance easier.

The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying Five "Difficult" Types of Children, by Stanley I. Green-span with Jacqueline Salmon (Addison-Wesley, Jacob Way, Reading, Mass. 01867; 240 pp., $23 cloth). A guide for parents and educators to identifying personality differences in young children and understanding how they can be affected by diet and environment.

Teacher Issues

Out of Our Minds: Anti-Intellectualism and Talent Development in American Schooling, by Craig B. Howley, Aimee Howley, & Edwina Pendarvis (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 288 pp., $50 cloth. $24.95 paper). The authors examine why U.S. public schools tend to devalue intellect and often fail to nurture the talents of all children, especially gifted ones.

New Ways in Teaching Listening, ed. by Jack C. Richards (TESOL Inc., 1600 Cameron St., Suite 300, Alexandria, Va. 22314-2751; 283 pp., $24.95 paper). A collection of activities and ideas for teaching listening from more than 130 practicing teachers from around the world.


The Educator's Information Highway, by Lillian Biermann Wehmeyer (Technomic Publishing Co. Inc., Box 3535 Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 307 pp., $29 paper). A jargon-free guide to accessing the resources of on-line services and technologies, including the Internet, CompuServe, America Onlinesic.gc, electronic mail, and CD-ROM.

E-mail for English Teaching, by Mark Warschauer (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc., 1600 Cameron St., Suite 300, Alexandria, Va. 22314-2751; 128 pp., $17.95 paper). The author, a teacher with 15 years' experience in computer-assisted language learning, explains how to use the Internet for a range of education activities, including cross-cultural communication, distance education, and accessing resources.

The Internet for Teachers, by Bard Williams (IDG Books, 7260 Shadeland Station, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Ind. 46256; 350 pp., $19.99 paper). An easy-to-use guide designed to help teachers tap new resources and bring the World Wide Web into their classrooms.

Managing the Interactive Classroom: A Collection of Articles, ed. by Kay Burke (IRI/Skylight, 200 E. Wood St., Suite 274, Palatine, Ill. 60067; 132 pp., $12.95 paper). An experienced teacher shares a timely collection of articles about the best and most current thinking in classroom management strategies.

Restructuring Schools With Technology, by Linda Roehrig Knapp & Allen D. Glenn (Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194-2315; 232 pp; $34.33sic paper). Designed for administrators and educators, this text offers practical strategies for improving education through the use of technology.

Vol. 15, Issue 01

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