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  1. 8.6 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In the past few years, a number of well-known firms have failed; think of Blockbuster, Kodak, or RadioShack. When we read about their demise, it often seems inevitable—a natural part of “creative destruction.” But closer examination reveals a disturbing truth: Companies large and small are shuttering more quickly than ever. What does it take to buck this trend? The simple answer is: ambidexterity. Firms must remain competitive in their core markets, while also winning in new domains. Innovation guru Clayton M. Christensen has been pessimistic about whether established companies can prevail in the face of disruption, but Charles A. O’Reilly III and Michael L. Tushman know they can! The authors explain how shrewd organizations have used an ambidextrous approach to solve their own innovator’s dilemma. They contrast these luminaries with companies which—often trapped by their own successes—have been unable to adapt and grow. Drawing on a vast research program and over a decade of helping companies to innovate, the authors present a set of practices to guide firms as they adopt ambidexterity. Top-down and bottom-up leaders are key to this process—a fact too often overlooked in the heated debate about innovation. But not in this case. Readers will come away with a new understanding of how to improve their existing businesses through efficiency, control, and incremental change, while also seizing new markets where flexibility, autonomy, and experimentation rule the day.

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    Lead and Disrupt

    8.6 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.5 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    What do you do with your students who can’t—or won’t—read and write? In this practical book, award-winning teachers, Janet Allen and Kyle Gonzales share classroom-tested strategies for motivating and helping young people to become literate.

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    There’s Room for Me Here

    7.5 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.5 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    With Schwarzkopf is Gus Lee’s remembrance of his mentor and friend H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and his firsthand account of how Schwarzkopf shaped his life. In 1966, Lee, a junior-year cadet at West Point, was bright, athletic, and popular. He was also on the verge of getting kicked out. Nearing the bottom of his class due to his penchant for playing poker and reading recreationally instead of studying engineering, he was assigned a new professor: Major Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf’s deeply principled nature and fierce personality took hold of the wayward cadet, and the two began meeting regularly and discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man. Lee’s vibrant, witty narrative brings his more than forty-year relationship with Schwarzkopf to life. Listeners get an inside look at West Point culture; they see Schwarzkopf’s bristling anger with his rebellious pupil as well as his tenacity, intellect, and moments of surprising emotional warmth; and they watch as Lee starts to absorb his teachings. As he left West Point and took on more professional and personal roles, Lee approached every crisis or difficult decision by channeling his mentor. Over the years, Schwarzkopf’s instilled values, wise counsel, and warm conversations shaped Lee and brought the two together in an unlikely friendship. In With Schwarzkopf, Lee passes along the lessons he learned so future generations can hear Schwarzkopf’s important teachings.

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    With Schwarzkopf

    Read by Mel Foster
    13.5 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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    11.8 hrs • 7/7/2015 • Unabridged

    The bestselling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement with over 3.7 million copies sold. The audiobook walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college. The book is used in thousands of school districts, in over 120 countries, and in over 2,114 college classrooms, and has been translated into five languages. It’s practical yet inspiring, but most important, it works! This is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success.

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    The First Days of School

    11.8 hrs • 7/7/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.5 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction focuses on mechanisms of traditional education that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto’s earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, introduced the now-famous expression of the title into the common vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction adds another chilling metaphor to the brief against conventional schooling. Gatto demonstrates that the harm school inflicts is rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the common population manageable. To that end, young people must be conditioned to rely upon experts, to remain divided from natural alliances, and to accept disconnections from their own lived experiences. They must at all costs be discouraged from developing self-reliance and independence. Escaping this trap requires strategy Gatto calls “open source learning” which imposes no artificial divisions between learning and life. Through this alternative approach, our children can avoid being indoctrinated—only then that can they achieve self-knowledge, judgment, and courage.

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    Weapons of Mass Instruction

    8.5 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.8 hrs • 9/1/2014 • Unabridged

    We’ve all had great teachers who opened new worlds and maybe even changed our lives. What made them so great? Everyone agrees that a great teacher can have an enormous impact. Yet we still don’t know what, precisely, makes a teacher great. Is it a matter of natural-born charisma? Or does exceptional teaching require something more? Building a Better Teacher introduces a new generation of educators exploring the intricate science underlying their art. A former principal studies the country’s star teachers and discovers a set of common techniques that help children pay attention. Two math teachers videotape a year of lessons and develop an approach that has nine-year-olds writing sophisticated mathematical proofs. A former high school teacher works with a top English instructor to pinpoint the key interactions a teacher must foster to initiate a rich classroom discussion. Through their stories, and the hilarious and heartbreaking theater that unfolds in the classroom every day, Elizabeth Green takes us on a journey into the heart of a profession that impacts every child in America. What happens in the classroom of a great teacher? Opening with a moment-by-moment portrait of an everyday math lesson—a drama of urgent decisions and artful maneuvers—Building a Better Teacher demonstrates the unexpected complexity of teaching. Green focuses on the questions that really matter: How do we prepare teachers, and what should they know before they enter the classroom? How does one get young minds to reason, conjecture, prove, and understand? What are the keys to good discipline? Incorporating new research from cognitive psychologists and education specialists as well as intrepid classroom entrepreneurs, Green provides a new way for parents to judge what their children need in the classroom and considers how to scale good ideas. Ultimately, Green discovers that good teaching is a skill—a skill that can be taught. A provocative and hopeful book, Building a Better Teacher shows that legendary teachers are more than inspiring; they are perhaps the greatest craftspeople of all.

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    Building a Better Teacher

    10.8 hrs • 9/1/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.6 hrs • 7/17/2014 • Unabridged

    In this thirty-minute interview, Dr. Rick Sheridan, a longtime university professor and author of the book, Social Media in the Classroom, helps teachers understand why using social media in the classroom is so important, and the effective ways to use it. Topics include: Why social media use in the classroom is so valuable for both teachers and students Ways to promote cultural understanding Developing an online portfolio What students and teachers can do to protect their privacy online Learning about some of Google’s many features besides the search engine Getting shy students to participate How to evaluate students on their social media experiences And much more!

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  8. 8.6 hrs • 6/24/2009 • Unabridged

    “This book is for teachers who have good days and bad—and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life.”— Parker J. Palmer, from the Introduction For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from his approach in The Courage to Teach, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations and toward reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors. This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms, but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject, weaving connections that help their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts—the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self—supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.

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    The Courage to Teach, Tenth Anniversary Edition by Parker J. Palmer

    The Courage to Teach, Tenth Anniversary Edition

    Directed by Judy Young
    8.6 hrs • 6/24/09 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.6 hrs • 10/15/2007 • Unabridged

    This is the book for readers of Jonathan Kozol’s previous works on education, including The Shame of the Nation and On Being a Teacher; for readers of memoirs like Frank McCourt’s Teacher Man; for new teachers looking for guidance and inspiration; and for educators, administrators, and children’s advocates of all levels of experience. From the award-winning author of bestsellers Shame of the Nation, Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, Death at an Early Age, and Ordinary Resurrections, Jonathan Kozol’s most personally insightful and revealing work to date takes the form of encouraging letters to Francesca, a young classroom teacher, offering advice, personal stories, and a shared sense of outrage at the inadequacies of America’s educational system.

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    Letters to a Young Teacher

    5.6 hrs • 10/15/07 • Unabridged
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