Alexandria, VA (3/11/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, announced today the release of five new professional development titles for educators. As educators look for the most effective ways to engage their students, they will find support for analyzing data, bringing joy into content-specific instruction, and updating classroom management for the 21st century.

New professional development book

How Teachers Can Turn Data into Action—Daniel Venables, an award-winning educator and authority on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), provides teacher teams with a user-friendly, systematic process to translate potentially overwhelming data into student results. Venables offers the field-tested Data Action Model to help teachers identify gaps in student learning, collaborate on solutions to close those gaps, and more ($24.95 print or $23.99 e-book). Read a sample chapter.

New books in the engaging minds framework series

Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy—Author Mary Jo Fresch shows educators how to use the joyful learning framework introduced by Michael Opitz and Michael Ford in Engaging Minds in the Classroom to better engage students in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and other elements of language arts learning. Educators striving to meet the multiple challenges of standards, assessments, ELL instruction, and achievement gaps will find her innovative instructional approaches essential ($14.95 print book). Read a sample chapter.

Engaging Minds in Science and Math Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy—Professors Eric Brunsell and Michelle Fleming show educators how to apply the joyful learning framework to instruction in science and mathematics. Brunsell and Fleming provide educators with sample STEM lesson plans for individual students, small groups, and a full classroom setting ($14.95 print or $13.99 e-book). Read a sample chapter (PDF).

Engaging Minds in Social Studies Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy—Veteran educator James Erekson explains how educators can integrate the joyful learning approach with social studies standards, including the Common Core State Standards; the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies; and the College, Career, and Civic Life framework. In addition to exploring how to create a student-centered classroom, Erekson provides specific strategies that will enhance teaching ($14.95 print book). Read a sample chapter (PDF).

New ASCD Arias publication

Each ASCD Arias publication is 48 pages in length and answers a crucial and timely “How do I…?” question. They are available in both print and e-book formats and contain original, stand-alone content that can be read in one sitting and immediately applied to practice. These convenient and succinct publications offer the expertise of education thought leaders, experienced practitioners, and researchers.

Managing 21st Century Classrooms: How do I avoid ineffective classroom management practices?—Award-winning author and classroom management expert Jane Bluestein identifies seven of the most prevalent classroom management misconceptions and offers positive, research-based alternatives that take into account how students learn today ($12.99 print or $6.99 e-book).

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