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The Power of a Plant: A Teacher's Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools
Ritz, Stephen

$31.50 $9.25

In The Power of a Plant, globally acclaimed teacher and self-proclaimed CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) Stephen Ritz shows you how, in one of the nation’s poorest communities, his students thrive in school and in life by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing the bounty of their green classroom.What ...


The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
Kanigel, Robert

$22.48 $4.92

In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius, Hardy arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most ...


The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
Kanigel, Robert

$22.48 $7.38

In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius, Hardy arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most ...


Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater
Sokolove, Michael

$18.00 $5.60

The incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town. Why would the multimillionaire producer of Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levi...


The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Woman and One Community Are Inspiring the World
Lopez, Nadia

$23.00 $3.73

In 2010, Nadia Lopez started her middle-grade public school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in one of America’s poorest communities, in a record heat wave - and crime wave. Everything was an uphill battle - to get the school approved, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a million new problems e...


Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work
Standing, E. M.

$23.00 $6.19

Maria Montessori is important background reading for parents considering Montessori education for their children, as well as for those training to become Montessori teachers. The first woman to win a degree as a Doctor of Medicine in Italy in 1896, Maria Montessori's mission to improve children'...


Front Of The Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me The Teacher I Never Had
Cohen, Brad

$16.99 $4.92

As a child with Tourette's, Brad was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. This story of unwavering determination proves anyone can make their dreams come true. Ends with 20+ motivational tips on living with a disability.


Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Desperate Peril-and a Teacher Who Saved Her
Hayden, Torey

$12.50 $3.73

Jadie never spoke. She never laughed, or cried, or uttered any sound. Despite efforts to reach her, Jadie remained locked in her own troubled world . . . until one remarkable teacher persuaded her to break her self-imposed silence.Nothing in all of Torey Hayden's experience could have prepared he...


Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood
Done, Phillip

$27.99 $7.38

A twenty-year veteran of the classroom, elementary school teacher Phillip Done takes readers through a lively and hilarious year in the classroom. Starting with the relative calm before the storm of buying school supplies and posting class lists, he shares the distinct personalities of grades K-4...


Just Another Kid: The True Story of Six Children Impossible to Reach and the Amazing Teacher Who Embraced Them All
Hayden, Torey

$12.50 $2.54

Torey Hayden faced six emotionally troubled kids no other teacher could handle - three recent arrivals from battle-torn Northern Ireland, badly traumatized by the horrors of war; eleven-year-old Dirkie, who only knew of life inside an institution; excitable Mariana, aggressive and sexually precoc...


Sit Down and Shut Up: How Discipline Can Set Students Free
Henderson, Cinque

$36.50 $7.38

On his very first day of school as a substitute teacher, Cinque Henderson was cursed at and openly threatened by one of his students. Not wanting trouble or any broken bones, Henderson called the hall monitor, who escorted the student to the office. But five minutes later the office sent him back...


Teacher
Ashton-Warner, Sylvia

$21.00 $3.73

"Teacher" was first published in 1963 to excited acclaim. Its author, Sylvia Ashton-Warner, who lived in New Zealand and spent many years teaching Maori children, found that Maoris taught according to British methods were not learning to read. They were passionate, moody children, bred in an anci...


One Day, All Children...
Kopp, Wendy

$20.00 $6.19

From her dorm room at Princeton University, twenty-one-year-old college senior Wendy Kopp decided to launch a movement to improve public education in America. In One Day, All Children... she shares the remarkable story of Teach For America, a non-profit organization that sends outstanding college...


Choosing Hope: How I Moved Forward from Life's Darkest Hour
Roig-DeBellis, Kaitlin

$22.00 $6.19

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who saved her entire class of fifteen six- and-seven-year-olds from the tragic events that took place on December 14, 2012, by piling them into a single-occupancy bathroom within her classroom, mere feet from the bru...


The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World
Lopez, Nadia

$35.00 $2.54

In 2010, Nadia Lopez started her middle-grade public school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in one of America’s poorest communities, in a record heat wave - and crime wave. Everything was an uphill battle - to get the school approved, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a million new problems e...


A Life in School
Tompkins, Jane

$24.50 $4.41

Here, one of our leading literary scholars looks back on her own life in the classroom, and discovers how much of what she learned there needs to be unlearned. Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her education shaped her in the mold of a high achiever who could read five languages but had little know...


It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Success Story That Is Changing a Nation
Starr, Jonathan

$22.50 $5.60

Jonathan Starr, once a cutthroat hedge fund manager, is not your traditional do-gooder, and in 2009, when he decided to found Abaarso, a secondary school in Somaliland, the choice seemed crazy to even his closest friends. “Why,” they wondered, “would he turn down a life of relative luxury to relo...


Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher
Keizer, Garret

$20.50 $5.60

Perhaps no profession is so constantly discussed, regulated, and maligned by non-practitioners as teaching. The voices of the teachers themselves, however, are conspicuously missing. Defying the trend, teacher and writer Garret Keizer takes us to school in this arresting chronicle of his return t...


All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island
Peterson, Liza Jessie

$35.71 $9.76

ALL DAY is a behind-the-bars, personal glimpse into the issue of mass incarceration via an unpredictable, insightful and ultimately hopeful reflection on teaching teens while they await sentencing.Told with equal parts raw honesty and unbridled compassion, ALL DAY recounts a year in Liza Jessie P...


The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher
Wasserman, Gary

$33.05 $9.25

Gary Wasserman’s decision to head to Qatar to teach at Georgetown sounds questionable, at best. “In the beginning,” he writes, “this sounds like a politically incorrect joke. A Jewish guy walks into a fundamentalist Arab country to teach American politics at a Catholic college.” But he quickly di...


A Safe Place for Joey
MacCracken, Mary

$13.21 $2.54

From bestselling author and teacher Mary MacCracken comes the engaging and inspiring story of five troubled children who she fought to bring back from the brink.Joey is the class clown, but alone proves to be an intensely dark seven-year old who still can’t read.Eric is a kindergartener, left wit...


City Kid
MacCracken, Mary

$14.53 $3.73

From the author of international bestsellers A Circle of Children and Lovey comes an inspiring true story of a gifted teacher's determination to understand the "rotten" city kid everyone has given up on. Sitting quiet and withdrawn at a battered school desk, Luke had the looks of a shy angel -- a...


Ms. Moffett's First Year
Goodnough, Abby

$18.51 $5.60

In summer of 2000, legal secretary Donna Moffett answered an ad for the New York City Teaching Fellows program, which sought to recruit "talented professionals" from other fields to teach in some of the city's worst schools. Seven weeks later she was in a first grade classroom in Flatbush, Brookl...


Why Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education
Dickstein, Morris

$32.95 $6.79

At once a coming-of-age story, an intellectual autobiography, and vivid cultural history, Why Not Say What Happened is an eloquent, gripping account of an intellectual and emotional education from one of our leading critics. In this "acutely observed, slyly funny memoir" (Molly Haskell), Morris D...


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