How can schools be better designed to enable equitable academic outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse children from communities lacking in economic, political and social power? Putting forward a robust 'science of performance' model of school change based on a specified process of research and development in local contexts, this book:
Bringing together structural and psychological accounts of the nature of schools, and establishing theoretically defensible criteria for judging effectiveness, this book is a critically important contribution to advancing the science of making schools more effective.
Letters to my Children are letters of love. The letters are about self-awareness, spiritual consciousness, and self acceptance. Life letters. We are each made in t he image of God. Within us is the essence and substance of Spirit. God is love, God is good as are we. Each individual has the ability and opportunity to achieve all they desire based on this knowing . It is extremely important that we know and understand our personal capacity because this is all the difference in our success or our failures. Whatever challenges in life we've had to face our acceptance of the power of the love of God the substance and essence of spirit in us is the only truth we need. We are incredible beings with the ability to overcome any challenge. All transforming power is within us. Our faith is our deliverance. Our love is the antidote. Our surrender frees us. The grace and mercy of the spirit of God is our salvation. In each moment we possess the opportunity to transform our lives if we so desire. If we change our thoughts we can change our lives. Faith is a verb, take action. Be Love and all things will be added unto you!
Teaching Children's Literature in an Era of Standards presents a realistic, positive, and proactive approach to using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and 21st Century Learning Standards as the basis for teaching children's literature in kindergarten through eighth grade, addressing the caveats and issues involved in implementing the standards. This new text encourages teachers to value children's books for both enjoyment and learning, suggests teaching strategies matched to the specific grade levels and skills defined by the CCSS, and provides examples of excellent children's books as resources. Suggestions and advice for integrating new technologies into children's literature instruction are emphasized in conjunction with traditional teaching methods. Topics include responses to literature, teaching strategies for the focused use of children's books, supporting literacy development, fostering a love of reading, and chapters devoted to the major forms and genres of children's literature: picture books, poetry, traditional literature, fantasy and science fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction.
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