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  1. 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    The inspirational account of the creation of a pathbreaking inner-city middle school in Brooklyn, New York, by the magnetic young principal who rocketed to national fame via Humans of New York When thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told photographer Brandon Stanton that his principal ,“Ms. Lopez,” was the person who most influenced his life, it was the pebble that started a whirlwind for Nadia Lopez and her small, new public school in one of Brooklyn’s most wretched communities. The posting on Stanton’s wildly popular site Humans of New York (HONY) went mega-viral. Lopez—not long before on the verge of quitting—found herself in the national spotlight and headed for a meeting with Obama, as well as the beneficiary of a million-dollar IndieGoGo campaign for the school. Here is her first-person account of what it took to get to that moment.Mott Hall Bridges Academy isn’t just a hallway inside a typically underserved public school in one of New York City’s most underprivileged communities—it is a school that glows with energy and excitement. Lopez tells the kids every day that they’re extraordinary and that she loves them. When trouble stirs, she asks: “Would I have been proud to see what happened in that classroom? No? Then why did it happen?” She tells her teachers: “Don’t tell me our scholars can’t learn; because if you can’t teach them, then I’ll come teach your class for a couple of weeks.”Everything was an uphill battle—to get the school launched, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a million new problems every day, from violent crime to vanishing supplies, but Lopez illustrates how leadership often means just picking the right people to support you. In middle school, one year lost with an unengaged teacher is a year that can send a kid down a terrible path. And then, of course, there is the educational system itself, how “teaching to the test” is an enormous problem, particularly in schools with kids who are already disadvantaged and underprepared. The Bridge to Brilliance is a book filled with common sense and caring that will carry her message to classrooms far from Brooklyn. As she says, modestly, “There are hundreds of Ms. Lopezes around this country doing good work for kids. This honors all of them.”

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    The Bridge to Brilliance

    8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.8 hrs • 2/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Change your child’s future starting today. Learn how to use Stephen R. Covey’s proven 7 Habits to create a leadership program for kids of all ages so they can be more effective, more goal oriented, and more successful. In today’s world, we are inundated with information about who to be, what to do, and how to live. But what if there was a way to learn not just what to think about, but how to think? A program that taught how to manage priorities, focus on goals, and be a positive influence? The Leader in Me is that program. In this bestseller, Stephen R. Covey took the 7 Habits that have already changed the lives of millions of people and showed how even young children can use them as they develop. These habits—be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw—are being adapted by schools around the country in leadership programs, most famously at the A. B. Combs Elementary school in Raleigh. Not only does it work, but it works better than anyone could have imagined. This audiobook is full of examples of how students blossom under the program—a classroom that decided to form a support group for one of their classmates who had behavioral problems, the fourth grader who found a way to overcome his fear of public speaking and wound up taking his class to see him compete in a national story telling competition, or the seven-year-old who told her father than they needed to go outside and play because they both needed to “sharpen the saw.” Perfect for individuals and business people alike, The Leader in Me shows how easy it is to incorporate these skills into daily life. It is a timely answer to many of the challenges facing today’s young people, corporations, parents, and educators—one that is perfectly matched to the growing demands of our certain future.

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    The Leader In Me

    8.8 hrs • 2/16/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.9 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    The Heart of a Teacher is a celebration of thanks to the teachers of the world. The Heart of a Teacher is filled with inspirational stories and poems that reflect the hearts of teachers and their commitment to making a difference in each life they touch. 

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    The Heart of a Teacher

    0.9 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.3 hrs • 4/30/2013 • Unabridged

    Explore the answer to a critical question: Should we keep sending our kids to college? The American system of higher education comprises some of the best universities, teachers, and students the world has ever seen. Millions of students around the globe want nothing more in their life than to attend an American university. However, many of America’s colleges and universities today have serious academic, institutional, and other performance problems, and it is quickly approaching a crisis point, if it’s not there already. Despite some excellent colleges and quality programs at many colleges, too much of higher education is wildly expensive. Students often graduate having learned little, or don’t graduate at all. They are indoctrinated with liberal politics and subjected to all types of nonacademic distractions. For these reasons, many students would be better served exploring other educational alternatives. In Is College Worth It?, William J. Bennett and David Wilezol assess the problems of American higher education at various levels, from runaway costs to inferior academics to poor graduation rates to political indoctrination, and propose serious reforms and alternative methods for improving higher education so that it better serves our students.

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    Is College Worth It?

    6.3 hrs • 4/30/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.7 hrs • 1/1/2011 • Unabridged

    To hear the parents of A. B. Combs Leadership Elementary School in Raleigh talk about the school is to be amazed. In 1999, the school debuted a new leadership program that taught The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to a pilot group of students. The next year they instituted the program school-wide, and by the end of the year the average end of grade scores had gone from 84 to 94. In 2006, the school was awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award by the Magnet Schools of America organization, recognizing it as the top magnet school in the United States. But more importantly, the parents of A. B. Combs report unanimously an incredible change in their children. Students are taught to identify their talents and find ways to use them in their daily routines. The book is full of examples of how the students blossom under the program—the classroom that decided to form a support group for one of their classmates who had behavioral problems, the fourth grader who found a way to overcome his fear of public speaking and wound up taking his class to see him compete in a national story telling competitive, or the seven-year-old who told her father than they needed to go outside and play because they both needed to sharpen the saw. These students learn the language of leadership and find daily opportunities to exercise the skills, proving that it is never too early to teach someone how to live well. In today’s world, we are inundated with information about who to be, what to do, and how to live. We are overwhelmed by stimuli, and often do not have the necessary filters to keep out the negative. But what if there was a way to learn not just what to think about, but how to think? A program that taught how to manage priorities, focus on goals, and be a positive influence on the world around them? What if that program was easy enough to be used by any age group? The Leader in Me is that program. This book will launch the message onto a much larger platform, Stephen R. Covey takes the 7 Habits that have already changed the lives of millions of readers and shows how even children can use them as they develop. Those habits—be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw are critical skills to learn. Perfect for individuals and corporations alike, this book will help readers of any age become more motivated, more inspired, and a better leader.

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    The Leader in Me

    8.7 hrs • 1/1/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.8 hrs • 8/16/2011 • Unabridged

    We all know that the quality of education served up to our children in US schools ranges from outstanding to shockingly inadequate. How can parents tell the difference? And how do they make sure their kids get what’s best? Even the most involved and informed parents can feel overwhelmed and confused when making important decisions about their child’s education. And the scary truth is that evaluating a school based on test scores and college admissions data is like selecting a car based on the color of its paint. Synthesizing cutting-edge research and firsthand reporting, Peg Tyre offers parents far smarter and more sophisticated ways to assess a classroom and decide if the school and the teacher have the right stuff. Passionate and persuasive, The Good School empowers parents to make sense of headlines; constructively engage teachers, administrators, and school boards; and figure out the best option for their child—be that a local public school, a magnet program, a charter school, homeschooling, parochial, or private.

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    The Good School

    6.8 hrs • 8/16/11 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.1 hrs • 8/10/2010 • Unabridged

    The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence–unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher. Here is Pat Conroy’s extraordinary drama based on his own experience–the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.

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    The Water Is Wide

    10.1 hrs • 8/10/10 • Unabridged
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  8. 1.3 hrs • 11/18/2008 • Abridged

    A growing number of extraordinary everyday schools, parents, and business leaders around the world are partnering together to produce inspiring personal leadership qualities and 21st century skills in children.   In 1999, the A.B. Combs elementary school in Raleigh, N.C. launched a new leadership program that taught The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to a pilot group of children. The next year they instituted the program school wide; by the end of that second year, the average end of grade score for the school had gone from an 84 to a 94. The school reported significant increases in self-confidence and self-worth in the children, a dramatic drop in discipline problems, and impressive increases in teacher and administrator job satisfaction. More importantly, parents began reporting very positive changes in their children's demeanors, attitudes, and abilities. Students began taking an active interest in the world around them, and seeking out ways to become involved in decision making, problem solving, and conflict resolution. As news of the school's success spread, more educators and schools around the world began adopting the mantra to "develop leaders one child at a time." Business and civic leaders started approaching and partnering with schools in their communities to provide resources for teacher training and student materials. Each school and family approaches the principles differently, yet they have all enjoyed the same incredible success.

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    The Leader in Me

    1.3 hrs • 11/18/08 • Abridged
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  9. 6.5 hrs • 11/1/1999 • Abridged

    Just as William J. Bennett's The Book of Virtues has helped millions of Americans teach young people about character, The Educated Child delivers what you need to take control. With co-authors Chester Finn and John Cribb, former Secretary of Education Bennett provides the indispensable guide. The Educated Child champions a clear "back-to-basics" curriculum that will resonate with parents and teachers tired of fads and jargon. The Educated Child places parents squarely at the center of their young one's academic career and takes a no-nonsense view of their responsibilities. It empowers mothers and fathers, enabling them to reclaim what has been appropriated by "experts" and the education establishment. No longer will you feel powerless before the education "system." Advocates of trendy approaches, touchy-feely esteem-enhancement schemes, and "values-free" education will disagree. Those who believe that today's low education standards are good enough, or that young Americans cannot be expected to learn as much as children in other lands, will take issue. But if you seek high standards and solid, time-tested content for the child you care most about, if you want the unvarnished truth about what parents and schools must do, The Educated Child is the one audiobook you need to ensure that your little girl or boy receives a truly good education.

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