How Hansel and Gretel, Sherlock Holmes, the movie Groundhog Day, Harry Potter, and other familiar stories illustrate the concepts of computing.
Picture a computer scientist, staring at a screen and clicking away frantically on a keyboard, hacking into a system, or perhaps developing an app. Now delete that picture. In Once Upon an Algorithm, Martin Erwig explains computation as something that takes place beyond electronic computers, and computer science as the study of systematic problem solving. Erwig points out that many daily activities involve problem solving. Getting up in the morning, for example: You get up, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast. This simple daily routine solves a recurring problem through a series of well-defined steps. In computer science, such a routine is called an algorithm.
Erwig illustrates a series of concepts in computing with examples from daily life and familiar stories. Hansel and Gretel, for example, execute an algorithm to get home from the forest. The movie Groundhog Day illustrates the problem of unsolvability; Sherlock Holmes manipulates data structures when solving a crime; the magic in Harry Potter's world is understood through types and abstraction; and Indiana Jones demonstrates the complexity of searching. Along the way, Erwig also discusses representations and different ways to organize data; "intractable" problems; language, syntax, and ambiguity; control structures, loops, and the halting problem; different forms of recursion; and rules for finding errors in algorithms.
This engaging book explains computation accessibly and shows its relevance to daily life. Something to think about next time we execute the algorithm of getting up in the morning.
Teachers of all grade levels are increasingly moving into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) instruction, but time constraints and heavy workloads can make the transition difficult. In 20 Strategies for STEM Instruction, author William N. Bender, Ph.D., provides customizable, step-by-step guidelines for various teaching strategies that have been shown to strengthen STEM instruction.
Exploring the latest STEM instructional trends and specific teaching techniques, Bender highlights research evidence throughout the book and offers practical advice to help teachers:
Facilitate efficiency of study, making the most of instructional time
Integrate project-based learning with STEM instruction
Modify and adapt STEM strategies to meet the needs of each learner
Use engineering design principals to focus on real-world problems
Emphasize teamwork and collaboration around rigorous math and science content
Fully updated to reflect DSM-5 and current assessment tools, procedures and research, this award-winning book provides a practical and scientifically-based approach to identifying, assessing, and treating children and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in school settings. Integrating current research evidence with theory and best-practice, the book will supports school-based professionals in a number of key areas including:
screening and assessing children and youth on the autism spectrum
identifying evidence-based interventions and practices
developing and implementing comprehensive educational programs
providing family support and accessing community resources
promoting special needs advocacy
Illustrative case examples, a glossary of terms and helpful checklists and forms make this the definitive resource for identifying and implementing interventions for children and youth with ASD.
This volume provides an up-to-date view of the status of the field that will guide practitioners in the selection, use, and interpretation of evidence-based assessment tools and intervention strategies for students with ASD. Each chapter features a consolidated and integrative description of best practice assessment and intervention/treatment approaches for children and youth with ASD. It brings the topics of assessment and intervention together in a single authoritative resource guide consistent with recent advances in evidence-based practice.
This Guide is intended to meet the needs of school-based professionals such as school psychologists, counselors, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, counselors, social workers, administrators, and both general and special education teachers. Parents, advocates, and community-based professionals will also find this guide a valuable and informative resource.
To reach true academic rigor, learners need high levels of both cognitive complexity and student autonomy. Moving them in this direction, however, requires teachers to become skilled at using research-based strategies to make the critical instructional shifts that deepen student learning. The Essentials for Achieving Rigor model of instruction and corresponding series of books were developed to help teachers provide that caliber of truly rigorous instruction.
This guide, developed by authors of the Essentials series, brings it all together. Carla Moore, Michael D. Toth, and Robert J. Marzano provide valuable tips and guidance to help teachers leverage essential strategies to:
Conduct standards-based planning and instruction
Establish conditions for learning and criteria for success
Use formative assessment data to make decisions
Practice strategies in a unified system of instruction
This user-friendly book provides a step-by-step guide to using the five major approaches to research design: quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and community-based participatory research. Chapters on each approach follow a unique format--they present a template for a research proposal and explain in detail how to conceptualize and fill in every section. Terminology commonly used within each approach is identified, and key moments of ethical decision making are flagged. Interdisciplinary research examples draw on current events and social justice topics. Unique coverage includes hot topics: replication studies and data sharing, tailoring proposals to different audiences, and more. The book also includes a general introduction to social research; an in-depth, practical discussion of ethics; and a chapter on how to begin a research study, from planning a topic to developing a research question via a literature review.
Special education in the United State is based on the concept of access—public schools are open to all children. But access is no longer a sufficient foundation. Approaches and accommodations that lead to academic success are increasingly demanded for those with learning disabilities. Functional, independent-living, and employable skills are requisite, but rare, for those with serious handicapping conditions. Since the last reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, four events have transpired that will have a dramatic impact on the next iteration of the federal law: the increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism, the rise of applied behavior analysis, the birth of social media, and the reality of unbundling. In How Autism Is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA, Claypool and McLaughlin explore the effect of these events on a special education process burdened by regulation, where advances in the behavioral sciences and neurosciences blur the lines between education and medicine, and where social media fosters aggressive advocacy for specific disabilities.
Essential Knowledge for Teachers keeps teachers focused and relevant in today’s changing educational landscape. Training and development makes every teacher an instructional specialist. They engage students with their lessons, and they plan activities that maximize academic success. Equally important is the teacher’s role as guide. They set high expectations, assume that everyone can advance, and don’t allow underachievers to fall behind. And because teamwork is a must, they involve parents, peers, and the larger community.
The first section, “Wisdom for Your Community,” helps teachers engage students, involve parents, collaborate with colleagues, and present their schools and themselves as capable and professional. “Wisdom for Your Classroom” enhances the student-teacher relationship, and covers administrative details and classroom learning. “Wisdom for Yourself” focuses on teachers and their careers.
Short entries present one piece of wisdom, its benefits, and an example of the wisdom in action based on studies, real-world anecdotes, and Dr. Culp’s opinions. Recommendations can be implemented in easy and inexpensive ways. Become a guide, mentor and role model with Words of Wisdom for Teachers.
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Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom combines classic quotations with interviews to deliver a book that addresses big-picture topics such as values, ethics, wisdom, creativity, and everything in between.
The book compiles a number of interviews conducted by the author on an Internet-based radio show of the same name. The interviewees? Learned, eloquent individuals who spoke on the big questions of life. Mixed throughout these dialogues are quotations to support the content and make the reader think about enlightenment, personal growth, and more. The book extols the power of wisdom and of learning to make one’s life better—more interesting, more profitable, more livable, more meaningful.
Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom is the challenging, thought-provoking conversation-starter you’ve been looking for. It will bring you to a place where dialogue thrives and ancient wisdom and progressive thinking are brought to life. This most recent addition to the Values of the Wise™ Series will help you escape the world’s hustle and bustle and think about what truly matters: a life of value.
Choice Knowledge for Students enhances the confidence, maturity, and motivation that drives success.
No matter where a student stands with grades or abilities, their future depends on excellent education and not only in academic subjects. Their hearts and souls need tending as much as their minds. This book addresses all three!
The first section, “Knowledge for Your Power,” nurtures inner strength. Entries like “Rescue Yourself” encourage maturity, ones like “Speak Up” enhance confidence, and those similar to “Keep It Real” nurture honesty and persistence.
The second section is “Knowledge for Your Balance.” Entries like “Your Best Friend,” “Let Go,” and “Talk It Out” build a stable foundation for school, work, family, friends, and all the other activities students juggle.
The third section, “Knowledge for Your Life,” offers inspiring and fun ways to supercharge school and life. Items like “Give Your Best” encourage achievement, ones like “Move Your Body” emphasize physical health, and the future is addressed with topics like “Test the Trend.”
Choice Knowledge helps students take charge of academic success as well as their lives!
Key Knowledge for Success provides effective and efficient solutions for district leaders and their careers.
Superintendents must manage a district’s day-to-day activities while moving the community into the future. They juggle administrative tasks, balance budgets, liaise with influencers, and keep the schools focused on academic excellence. Key Knowledge for Success is packed with the advice, tips and tools these leaders need right now.
Three sections cover the critical elements of their role. “Superintendents in the District” strengthens individual elements and creates district cohesion. “Superintendents as Professionals” helps the chief executive officer lead with courage and strength while enhancing career success. In “Superintendents as Leaders,” discussions of political and diplomatic elements ensures that leaders can influence their districts in positive and proactive ways.
Written by Dr. Barbara Culp, an educational professional with over forty years of real-world experience and specialized superintendent training, Key Knowledge for Success provides the best tools, tips and inspiration. For those who aspire to lead a district and those who currently serve as district superintendents, the simple and effective knowledge in this book will supercharge every district’s success.
Trusted Knowledge for Parents provides clarity, inspiration and support for raising compassionate, respectful and productive children.
Parents give so much to their children. They provide young lives with love, respect, and guidance. They maintain a safe environment in which kids can explore and learn. They also impact their neighborhoods and society by raising children who are trustworthy, honest and capable. Trusted Knowledge for Parents encourages and inspires readers in the most important job of all: that of being a parent.
The lessons in this book were forged in the crucible that is parenting. They have been hardened with resolve and experience and, most importantly, with a parent’s love. The first section, “Trusted Knowledge for Your Child,” provides specific ideas and tips. The discussions of home life and school life are appropriate for any age group. “Knowledge for Yourself” compiles ideas and directives that apply to readers as parents and as human beings. “Knowledge for Your Outlook” supports the concepts and attitudes that keep parents, grandparents, foster parents and childcare providers happy, healthy, and sane!
Principals need wisdom. The knowledge built up over time leads to authoritative solutions, resolutions, and actions. In Vintage Knowledge for Principals, over a hundred short entries define a single piece of wisdom, describe its benefits, and provide an example of the wisdom in action. Recommendations based on real-world experience are inexpensive and accessible. In minutes, principals will maximize the performance of their schools, their people, and their roles as administrators and leaders. The simple, easy-to-use format is broken into three sections:
“Wisdom for Your School” focuses on the school as an organization as well as the physical property. Individual entries address classroom, building, and system-level issues associated with facilities, special events, and funding.
“Wisdom for Your People” relates to teachers, student discipline, parental engagement, and administrative and maintenance staff management.
“Wisdom for You” focuses on the principal, primarily in the areas of leadership, self-awareness, and relationship-building.
Enrich your school. Encourage your people. Empower yourself with words of wisdom from an educator who has been where you want to go.
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Powerful writing can change your life!
You may be the best candidate for a competitive opportunity–hands down–but if the competition is better at telling a story, you lose. Powerful writing correlates directly to success, personal and professional.
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Seven-year-old little girls love their daddy. Kathy was no exception, so when her daddy started paying “special” attention to her, she felt “special” in turn. Her daddy loved her… what could be better than that?
Few betrayals run as deep as the betrayal of being sexually abused throughout your childhood by the man you should have been able to trust with your life. For Kathy, the betrayal ran deeper because when she finally found the courage to start speaking out about what her abuser did to her, her family responded by labeling her a liar and a troublemaker.
Kathy didn’t stop speaking out though. In fact, she spoke out more, eventually becoming a powerful voice in the nine year campaign to get both the criminal and civil statute of limitations extended for child sex abuse crimes changed in Massachusetts. On June 26, 2014, the day the civil bill was signed into law, Kathy was finally able to file suit against her abuser.
Abusers get away with their crimes because the thought of confronting them—even through legitimate legal channels—can be a terrifying prospect for a victim. Yes, Kathy’s story as a victim is filled with years of sexual abuse and threats, but there are many more years filled with personal and professional triumphs as her life progressed beyond the physical and emotional reach of her abuser. Kathy is inspirational proof that good people can win, and that speaking out and fighting for what you truly believe in can help make this world a better place to live.
This book is the one all-inclusive guide you can't do without. Over 300 pages of in-depth and informative guidance, citing numerous specific resources for domestic and international research. This guide is no fluff, and not just for dummies. It teaches you how to interpret information you find, and offers specific steps on how to use that information to go further in your research.