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Gardner, Howard. Five Minds for the Future. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School, 2007. Print. 21st Century Competencies Provides valuable tools for those looking ahead to the next generation of leaders - and for all of us striving to excel in a complex world. 
Pellegrino, James W., and Margaret L. Hilton. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: National Academies, 2012. Print. 21st Century Competencies Research findings provide strategies to develop learners 21st Century Competencies for college, career, and life readiness 
Competencies for 21st Century Learning." Alberta Education -. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015 21st Century Competencies Alberta Canada's framework for 21st Century Competencies  
Partnership for 21st Century Skills 21st Century Competencies P21 framework, resources, and tools to assist educational leaders in preparing all students for success in K-12, college, career, and life readiness.  
"Smarter Balanced Mathematics Claims." Smarter-Balanced-Mathematics-Claims.pdf. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Assessment SBAC Mathematical Claims 
College Board. "SAT Redesign." N.p., n.d. Web Assessment Alignment of SBAC and SAT redesign 
"Smarter Balanced ELA Literacy Claims." Smarter-Balanced-ELA-Literacy-Claims.pdf. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Assessment SBAC Literacy Claims 
Epic Educational Policy Improvement Center, College and Career Readiness College and Career Readiness Defines the four keys of college and career readiness 
Conley, David T. Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core, San Francisco; Jossey-Bass, 2014. Print. College and Career Ready Written for all educators but with an emphasis on those at the secondary level, this important resource shows how to develop programs that truly prepare students for both the Common Core assessments and for college and career readiness.  
Hạnh, Nhất. The Art of Communicating. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Communication happiness through mastering life's most important skill. How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear? How can we listen with compassion and understanding 
Tharp, Twyla, and Mark Reiter. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life: A Practical Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. Print. creativity All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone.  
"Redesigning English-Medium Classrooms: Using Research to Enhance English Learner Achievement." CAL: Center for Applied Linguistics. Ed. David P. Dolson and Lauri Burnham-Massey. California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2015. English Learners / Title III Serves as a guide to teachrs and school leaders to share possible answers to questions surrounding the education of English learners in K-12 schools.  
Ong, Faye, and Veronica Aguila. Improving Education for English Learners: Research- based Approaches. Sacramento: California Dept. of Education, 2010. Print. English Learners / Title III Contexts and Challenges, Research, English Language Development, Effective English Literacy, Programs and Practices  
"The Key to Success? Grit." Angela Lee Duckworth. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2015 Grit What exactly is grit? how to foster grit 
"The Duckworth Lab." Research Statement. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Grit How we might foster grit; the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals  
Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. S.l.: Random House, 2008. Print. growth mindset A must read for all educators and parents. We all vacillate between fixed and growth mindset.Provides clear stories as examples of how we might foster a growth mindset in ourselves and others 
"You Can Grow Your Intelligence; New Research Shows the Brain Can Be Developed Like a Muscle." (n.d.): n. page. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.  Growth mindset Simplistic article describing how the brain is malleable  
Grant, Heidi, and Carol S. Dweck. "Clarifying Achievement Goals and Their Impact." Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology 85.3 (n.d.): 541-53. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology. Web. Growth mindset Goals. motivation. How to foster a growth mindset, what to avoid 
Blackwell, Lisa S., Kali H. Trzesniewski, and Carol S. Dweck. "Implicit Theories of Intelligence Predict Achievement Across Adolescent Transition: A Longitudinal Study and Intervention." Child Development 78.1 (2007): 246-63. Web. Growth Mindset How to nurture a growth mindset in students 
Kamins, Melissa L., and Carol S. Dweck. "Person Versus Process Praise and Criticism: Implications for Contingent Self-Worth and Coping." Developmental Psychology 35.3 (1999): 835-47. Web. Growth Mindset  Feedback, praise, can nurture or hinder a growth mindset. 
Mindset Works®: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D." Mindset Works®: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Growth Mindset Self assessment of growth mindset, resources 
"News." New Study Yields Instructive Results on How Mindset Affects Learning. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Growth Mindset Research reveals instructional strategies to foster growth mindset 
Dehaene, Stanislas. Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. How brain works cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. We can now pin down the neurons that fire when a person reports becoming aware of a piece of information and understand the crucial role unconscious computations play in how we make decisions.  
Beilock, Sian. How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel. N.p.: Atria, 2015. Print. How brain works How the brain and body are connected. ur bodies “hack” our brains. The way we move affects our thoughts, our decisions, and even our preferences  
Doidge, Norman. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. New York: Viking, 2007. Print. How brain works neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma were seen as unalterable.  
"Tap into Your Inner Einstein." Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. How brain works special issue devoted to the topic of genius, we explore the cognitive components that make great works possible and ways to help brilliance bloom. 
Hurley, Dan. Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. How brain works  scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training 
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. S.l.: Garamond, 2012. Print. How brain works groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything. 
Graziano, Michael. Consciousness and the Social Brain. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. How brain works hat is consciousness and how can a brain, a mere collection of neurons, create it? In Consciousness and the Social Brain 
Pinker, Steven. How the Mind Works. New York: Norton, 1997. Print. How brain works explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life.  
Medina, John. Brain Rules 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School. Hamilton, N.Z.: Summaries.Com, 2010. Print. How Brain works Learning strategies that directly link to how the brain works 
Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. New York: Crown, 2012. Print. Introverts One of my favorite books, Shows the gifts of all people, and In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. 
Catmull, Edwin E., and Amy Wallace. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Leadership A must read. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for creative high functioning teams. 
Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Learning how to learn new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help—Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives.  
Burger, Edward B., and Michael P. Starbird. The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2012. Print. Learning how to Learn Practical strategies, real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change.  
Carey, Benedict. How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Learning how to Learn A must read. This book changed my perception of learning. n How We Learn, award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming 
Coyle, Daniel. The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born: It's Grown, Here's How. New York: Bantam, 2009. Print. Learning how to Learn Coaching, feedback, strategies, and tools can use to maximize potential in themselves and others 
Oakley, Barbara A. A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (even If You Flunked Algebra). N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Learning how to Learn  Practical learning strategies in the context of mathematics and science 
"Learning How to Learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDx Oakland University." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Learning how to Learn TedTalk - how we learn and strategies to enhance learning 
Brown, Peter C. Make It Stick. the Science of Successful Learning. Cambridge, MA: Belknap of Harvard UP, 2014. Print. Learning how to Learn Practical strategies, clear explanation of the learning process and brain function.  
Novak, J. D., & Gowin, D. B. (1984). Learning how to learn. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Learning How to Learn Concept Mapping - learning is synonymous with a change in the meaning of experience. They develop their theory of the conceptual nature of knowledge and describe classroom-tested strategies for helping students to construct new and more powerful meanings and to integrate thinking, feeling, and acting. Learners need to understand how new information is related to what one already knows.  
"Motivation Revamped: A Summary of Daniel H. Pink's New Theory of What Motivates Us." Checkside HR Recruitment Meets Business Strategy. N.p., 20 Jan. 2012. Web. 07 Jan. 2015 Motivation  power of intrinsic motivation and how to foster it 
Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Motivation Short video that clarifies motivation and things to consider to foster in self and others.  
Holiday, Ryan. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Obstacles into opportunities quick read, great stories to illustrate the power of turning obstacles into opportunities  
Rhodes, Holly Greenwood, and Michael A. Feder. Literacy for Science: Exploring the Intersection of the next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for ELA Standards: A Workshop Summary. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Standards Next generation science standards 
"Common Core State Standards." - Resources (CA Dept. of Education). N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Standards K-12 CCSS 
Gardner, Howard, David Perkinds, and Vito Perrone. "Teaching for Understanding." Project Zero. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. Teaching and Learning Project Zero website, he project targeted the middle and high school years and focused on teaching and learning in four subjects (English, history, math, and science) and interdisciplinary studies. Since the project's inception, researchers and practitioners have collaborated to develop, refine, and test the pedagogy. 
Hattie, John. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. London: Routledge, 2012. Print. Teaching and Learning Practical meta analysis of strategies that have high impact 
Hattie, John. Visible Learning: A Synthesis of over 800 Meta-analyses Relating to Achievement. London: Routledge, 2009. Print. Teaching and Learning Clearly analysis of high impact effects on teaching and learning strategies to inform instructional decisions  
Schank, Roger C. Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can save Our Schools. New York: Teachers College, 2011. Print. Teaching and Learning  You will come away understanding what's wrong with how we teach today and what an effective pedagogy looks like 
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