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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversities by Nadine Burke Harris

Nadine Burke Harris explains that she wrote The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversities to help parent and caregivers provide their children with the best opportunity in life, even when they face difficulties. This book is a critical,



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Brain Words: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching by J. Richard Gentry and Gene P. Oullette

Far too many children are not learning to read well. New research about reading has not sufficiently informed teaching practices. In Brain Words: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching, J. Richard Gentry and Gene P. Ouellette, expert reading researchers



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A New Book on Dual Coding (That Redefines the Word “Book”)

Oliver Caviglioli’s genre-bending book both explains Dual Coding, and exemplifies Dual Coding in its structure and organization. You’ll think differently about teaching, and even about reading books. Continue reading



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Clarity for Learning: Five Essential Practices That Empower Students and Teachers by John Almarode and Kara Vandas

One of the most effective ways to enhance students’ learning is by clarifying what the students should know and modeling how they can come to know those things. John Almarode, a former K-12 teacher and current associate professor at James



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Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning by Linda Darling-Hammond and Jennie Oakes

Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning by renowned education scholars, Linda Darling-Hammond and Jeannie Oakes, shows that it is possible to promote equitable education and deeper learning. While honoring the complexity of teaching, Darling-Hammond and Oakes suggest several ways to teach for



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Learning Grows: The Science of Motivation for the Classroom Teacher

Andrew C. Watson, the editor of Learning and the Brain Blog, long-time teacher at some of the country’s most prestigious schools, and consultant to educators around the world, recently released his second book in the Learning Brain series. While the



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“How You Got to Be So Smart”: The Evolution of our Brains

Evolution of the Learning Brain: or How You Got to Be So Smart, by Paul Howard-Jones, offers an evolutionary history of learning itself. Both richly scientific and fun to read, it gives teachers a helpful, fresh perspective on our work in classrooms and schools. Continue reading



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The Best Teaching Book to Read This Summer: Powerful Teaching

Powerful Teaching, by Agarwal and Bain, combines research and practical classroom strategies. The result: an ideal book for teachers who want to improve our practice. Continue reading



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Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying – A Guide for Kids and Teens by Barbara Oakley, Terrence Sejnowski, and Alistair McConville

Barbara Oakley, Terrence Sejnowski, and Alistair McConville have authored a students’ guide to learning. The book, Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying – A Guide for Kids and Teens, is written in a



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PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Challenges by Elizabeth Laugeson

Young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically want social relationships but have trouble building them. Extensive social skills training research has been conducted with young children with ASD, but research about social skills training for young adults with ASD is scant.



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