NOSCA Bookshelf


Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners an Educator’s Guide
Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners an Educator’s Guide
Judith Lessow-Hurley

In this book Judith Lessow-Hurley examines the popular myths about educating students in a multilinquistic society and introduces the key issues: 1)The demographics of second language learners 2) The theory underlying language instruction 3) Effective teaching methods and programs 4) Language and politics 5) Language and the law

Totally Cool Elementary School
Totally Cool Elementary School
Linda O'Brien

This book shows upper elementary students how to succeed socially and academically, both in and out of school. It’s perfect to use with students at the beginning of a new year. Ideal for classroom guidance use, this book is a great way to begin discussions on subjects such as goal setting, the Internet, bullies, friendships, and making good decisions.

Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap
Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap
Wade Boykin, and Pedro Noguera

Despite decades of reform efforts, the achievement gap persists in U.S. schools. In this publication, education, psychology and equity experts Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera explain what can be done on the school and classroom level to close this gap once and for all. This book clarifies which factors lie at the heart of the problem, points to gap-closing strategies and the research that supports them, and celebrates schools and districts that are already closing gaps for their learners.

Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
Beverly Tatum

In this book, Tatum examines some of the most salient issues in American education and race relations:

  • How unexamined racial attitudes can negatively affect minority-student achievement.
  • The need of African American students to see themselves reflected in curricula and institutions.
  • The possibilities — and complications — of intimate crossracial friendships.
  • Tatum approaches all these topics with the blend of analysis and storytelling that make her one of our most persuasive and engaging commentators on race.

 

Student Aspirations: Eight Conditions That Make a Difference
Student Aspirations: Eight Conditions That Make a Difference
Russell J. Quaglia, and Kristine M. Fox

This book stresses the importance of developing student aspirations — the ability to identify and set goals for the future, while being inspired in the present to work toward those goals. Based on more than 20 years of research, the book identifies eight conditions as being necessary to foster student aspirations — belonging, heroes, sense of accomplishment, fun and excitement, curiosity and creativity, spirit of adventure, leadership and responsibility, and confidence to take action.

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need — and What We Can Do About It
The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need — and What We Can Do About It
Tony Wagner

The author emphasizes that a systemic change is required in order for students to receive the education they need to function in the 21st century. He explores the way school has been taught in the past, and how he believes that the education profession needs to be reinvented to continue to be relevant. Wagner examines the effects of standardized testing and explores innovative programs being used in some schools today. He also explains the seven survival skills students must have to thrive in the current global knowledge economy.

Organized Activities as Contexts of Development: Extracurricular Activities, After School and Community Programs
Organized Activities as Contexts of Development: Extracurricular Activities, After School and Community Programs
Edited by Joseph Mahoney, Reed W. Larson and Jacquelynne S. Eccles

This publication provides handbook-like coverage of research in this new emerging field. It considers a broad developmental timespan from middle childhood through early adulthood, providing information on how motivation, participation and developmental experiences change as youth get older. The contents cover one of the most salient topics in child and adolescent research, education, and social policy, placing consistent emphasis on developmental aspects and implications of organized activity participation for young persons. Representing contributors from several fields of study — psychology, criminal justice, leisure science, sociology, human development, education, prevention and public policy — the book is designed to appeal to students and scholars in all these areas. Additionally, the volume is written to be of interest to professionals who administer programs and develop policy on youth.

New Guide for Occupational Exploration: Linking Interests, Learning and Careers
New Guide for Occupational Exploration: Linking Interests, Learning and Careers
Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin

The guide is the most useful resource for matching interests to both job and learning options. This easy-to-use book is now based on the 16 U.S. Department of Education clusters that connect learning to careers. Readers can drill down to their most appealing job groups through questions that provide a feel for the work and whether it will interest them. The unique format of takes readers from broad interest areas to specific careers. More than 900 job descriptions from the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET (Occupational Information Network) database emphasize skills needed, related courses, education required, earnings, growth and much more, all for helpful career-path planning. The guide builds on solid research that supports exploring careers based on interests. For more than 25 years, it has served as a key reference for helping people discover career and learning options.

The Official SAT Study Guide (TM): Second Edition
The Official SAT Study Guide (TM): Second Edition
The College Board

This guide just got better. Now with 10 practice tests, it’s the only book that features official SAT® practice tests created by the test maker. With 1,000 pages and more than 20 chapters, it's got everything you need to get ready for the SAT.

Familiarize yourself with the SAT with:

  • Ten official SAT practice tests, including 3 recently administered tests
  • Detailed descriptions of math, critical reading and writing sections of the SAT
  • Targeted practice questions for each SAT question type
  • Practice essay questions, along with sample essays and annotations 
  • A review of math concepts tested in the exam test-taking approaches and suggestions that underscore important points
  • Free online score reports
  • Exclusive access to online answer explanations
  • There's also a complete chapter on the PSAT/NMSQT®.

 

Getting Financial Aid 2012
Getting Financial Aid 2012
The College Board

This easy, step-by-step guide shows students why, when and how to apply for financial aid. You’ll find:

 

  • Tips on taking the bite out of college costs
  • A planning calendar that shows key financial aid deadlines
  • Detailed, user-friendly guides to the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®
  • Financial aid profiles of more than 3,000 colleges