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The Achilles Heel

This book seeks answers to the questions of why the black/white academic achievement gap in our schools continues to persist after over fifty years of educational "reform" and the expenditures of billions of dollars targeted to solve the problem. The book concludes with recommendations as to what needs to be done to close the achievement gap.

 

 

 

 

 

Trial and Triumph

This is a book of historical profiles of famous American leaders during periods of their lives when they faced defeat, rejection, betrayal and failure. The book looks at these episodes in the lives of Americans such as Thomas Edison, John Quincy Adams, Horace Mann, Robert E. Lee, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Each episode discusses the trial these individuals faced and how they overcame the challenge to find triumph in their lives.

 

 

A Long Hard Journey:
Debating Issues In African-American History

This book presents key issues and questions pertaining to African-American history and presents two conflicting interpretations of each issue. Students are asked to analyze the two approaches and decide which one is most accurate and then defend their choice.

 

 

 

Choices: Case Studies in Character Education

This book is comprised of twenty virtue and problem based case studies for seventh and eighth grade students to discuss and analyze using the case study method. The book examines issues adolescents face as they approach high school.  The book looks at the virtues of honesty, courage, citizenship, trust, tactfulness, honor, fairness, and respect for others and for self.  It covers peer pressure and prejudice as well as social networking sites and the loss of a friend. Through the case study method, students are able to explore and discuss moral and ethical issues and answers. 

 

 

Doing What’s Right: Case Studies in Character Education

This book is comprised of twenty virtue and problem based case studies for fifth and sixth grade students to discuss and analyze using the case study method. The book looks at the virtues of honesty, courage, citizenship, trust, tactfulness, honor, fairness, and respect for others and for self.  It touches on peer pressure, discrimination and prejudice. Through the case study method, students are able to explore and discuss moral and ethical issues and answers.

 

 


Pathways to Character

This book is comprised of twenty problem based case studies and current event articles that cover the virtues of trust, fairness, respect, citizenship, caring, and responsibility that affect high school students. It covers a number of topics that affect teenagers at the most basic as well as most abstract levels of thought and emotion. Through the use of the case study method, students are able to explore and discuss moral and ethical issues and answers.

 

 

The History Detective:
Solving Problems in American History

This book uses the teaching strategy known as Problem-Based Learning. Various historical problems in American History are presented and students are asked to work individually or preferably in teams to solve the problem. The emphasis is on analysis, critical thinking, and the use of primary and secondary sources to solve the specific problem.

 

 

 

 

Times of Crisis

This book uses the case study approach to solve a historical problem. Students are asked to use an established case study analysis rubric to address a crucial decision that had to be made by a U.S. President. The context and background of this case is presented to the students, but the decision the president made is not revealed. Students follow the case study method to come to their own conclusion about what decision the president should have made. Then students engage in a discussion of whether or not their decision was the same one the president actually made.

 

 

Hooty Learns What’s Right

Hooty is a young owl that is just beginning to learn right from wrong.  Hooty Learns What’s Right is the story of his path to understanding the concept of character and what it means to do the right thing.  Throughout the book, Hooty finds himself in situations where he is confused between doing what he should do, and what he really wants to do. With a little help from his parents, Hooty makes the right choices and feels good about himself as result.  In the end, Hooty realizes that, “It always feels good to do the right thing….even when no one is looking.”

 

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