The Trouble with Black Boys by Dr. Pedro Noguera
For many years to come, race will continue to be a source of controversy and conflict in American society. For many of us it will continue to shape where we live, pray, go to school, and socialize. We cannot simply wish away the existence of race or racism, but we can take steps to lessen the ways in which the categories trap and confine us. Educators, who should be committed to helping young people realize their intellectual potential as they make their way toward adulthood, have a responsibility to help them find ways to expand identities related to race so that they can experience the fullest possibility of all that they may become. In this brutally honest-yet ultimately hopeful- book Pedro Noguera examines the many facets of race in schools and society and reveals what it will take to improve outcomes for all students. From achievement gaps to immigration, Noguera offers a rich and compelling picture of a complex issue that affects all of us.
Planning Today for Success Tomorrow: Helping Students Choose Their College or Trade School Major and Career
By Dr. Moses Mc Cutcheon
A Teacher’s View. Education in America by Reginald Grant
A teacher's view of education in America. A tool for new teachers and students enrolled in teacher credentialing programs in the United States. A resource book for parents and officials, interested in the impact that English as Second Language students has on our educational system. When researching for this book I realized how in many ways we were more enlightened in the 1600’s and 1700’s than we are today. During our early years as a nation we embraced and accepted the use of primary languages as a natural phenomenon. Our changes in policy and action have left millions of students in negative learning environments. The political influences on Education are egregious and have created a class of second class learners and citizens. Not only is it morally and ethically wrong, it does not let our country use the entire pool of bright, intelligent and powerful minds to their fullest.
A Case for Bilingual Education. A Teacher’s View. By Reginald Grant available October 24, 2015
When I state my position “A Case for Bilingual Education” I do not mean that every student designated as an ESL learner should be in bilingual education. To the contrary, I am making a case for those that are at the lowest rungs of English language acquisition – “those that cannot communicate in English.” Those whose primary language is dominant, those that have little if any English language communication skills. Can other students who have some skills benefit from bilingual education too; the answer is a resounding yes.
Historically, internationally and even in the United States, Primary Language Instruction has been the norm except when political forces have come into play. (Lessow-Hurley 2013, chapter 2, p24) Research has often reinforced the use of the primary language as a foundation which can be build upon and added to with the secondary language.
Other important issues are assessments, NCLB, Common Core and redesignation of ESL students. Why can’t students be tested in their primary language to give us a baseline about their actual academic skill set? No Child Left Behind regulates growth on academic test but no clear cut nationwide regulations exist specifically for redesignation of students. Without clear parameters students are being short changed and those who are the most vulnerable are not being protected.
In the book we look at the research, the historical factors and hopefully provide some insight and solutions.
Take Note (Breaking Your Business Steps Down Book 1)
By Treasure Owens
A personal guide before you start that business that you have been dreaming about. A guide to helping you overcome those growing pains, when you are starting a new business venture. What most people won’t tell you; little things that can help you become successful. This book is to help guide you, through many of those questions that may arise when you are starting your own business. The frustrations, the doubt, the uncertainty, the fear of succeeding or failing, are all elements of starting a new business. The author speaks from her personal life experiences sharing her most personal journey and lessons that were learned along the way. So, much can be learned from this book.
Wishes by Rachel Grant
Wishes Once upon a time there was an 11 year old girl who wanted attention. She was always left out of family outings and felt invisible at school. One day she wished upon a shooting star for fame and attention. But things started going wrong; her family was getting caught up too. Can Regina do this and fix everything? Read "Wishes" to find out. About the author. Rachel is a fun loving 11 year old girl with a vivid imagination and love for school. She lives in Southern California with her parents and two sisters. As the middle child she wanted to express her thoughts and feelings. We know that she will continue to write and share her thoughts with us all.
My Mom's An Octopus: Is your mom and Octopus too ? by Naomi Grant
Naomi is a high energy nine year old girl with a love for school and outdoor activities. She lives in Southern California with her parents and two sisters. She pinned her first book at the age of nine with the help of her mother. Entitled “My Mom Is An Octopus”, which is also an interactive activity book. She has participated in two book signings’ this year.