"An excellent reference book that should be included in every educator's library—plus each school's professional staff library."
Ruth Nelson, Retired Elementary School Teacher
"This book is on the cutting edge. A must for new teachers and an excellent source for veteran teachers to become familiar with new techniques."
Sandra Whited, Instructor
University of Texas at San Antonio
Sort through the buzzwords and hype to find the right reform for your school!
In their struggle to identify successful solutions for their schools, teachers, administrators, board members, and parents must wade through reams of educational rhetoric and sales hype. This definitive resource objectively explains how each program, practice, and philosophy is supported by research and how it really works in schools.
A veritable encyclopedia of more than 100 educational innovations, this book not only provides straightforward definitions, but also concisely illustrates the practical applications and research supporting each innovation. Entries also include feedback from award-winning teachers, giving educators an unbiased view of real-world effectiveness.
Among the highlights are:
- Exploration of more than 60 innovative practices, including assertive discipline, computer-assisted instruction, conflict resolution, distance learning, and Socratic method
- Examination of results-oriented programs, including emergent literacy, Jumpstart, and Touch Point Math
- Detailed discussion of policies from immersion and inclusion, to standardized testing and summer school
- Comprehensive coverage of movements, concepts, and theories, including brain-based learning, mainstreaming, multicultural education, and school vouchers