Professional Development Supplement

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Books

American library association

Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers, by Pat R. Scales, Softcover, 136 pages, CDN $41.44, ISBN# 0-8389-0807-1, ALA Order# 0807-1-2115. Author Pat Scales is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Committee and a veteran school librarian. In this guidebook, she suggests that banned books have important lessons to teach youth. Twelve books, all challenged at one time or another, are discussed. Each guide includes a summary of the novel, a pre-reading activity, tips for introducing the topic, critical-thinking discussion questions, and an annotated bibliography of related fiction and nonfiction. There are discussion guides for books dealing with subjects such as societal outcasts, civil rights, and keeping secrets. To order, visit the Canadian Library Association (CLA) Web site, print out an ALA order form, and mail or fax it to: Canadian Library Association, 328 Frank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0X8, Tel: 613-232-9625 x310, Fax: 613-563-9895, Email: orders@cla.ca. For more information and resources on censorship and books, visit the ALA Web site at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/.

Annick press

Nibbling on Einstein's Brain: The Good, the Bad & the Bogus in Science, by Diane Swanson, Softcover (112 pages, CDN $16.95, ISBN# 1-55037-686-1), Hardcover (104 pages, CDN $24.95, ISBN# 1-55037-687-X). This book helps children (ages 8-12) learn to differentiate good science from false/misleading science by challenging the assumptions presented through the media and advertising. By following the simple techniques and winning strategies outlined by Swanson, children will be able to become strong advocates for scientific integrity. They learn how to develop scientific theories, design research to test them, and analyze the results. This book is filled with interesting facts, humorous tales and examples, and provocative quotes from scientists, astronomers, and philosophers. A list of recommended books, magazines, and Internet sites, and a glossary of terms are provided for kids who wish to explore further. To order, contact Firefly Books Ltd., 3680 Victoria Park Ave., Willowdale, ON M2H 3K1, Tel: 1-800-387-5085, Fax: 1-800-565-6034, Email: service@fireflybooks.com, Web: http://www.fireflybooks.com.

Guilford press

Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents: Uncommon Sense for Child Professional, by Ron Taffel, Hardcover, 244 pages, US $28.00, ISBN# 1-57230-475-8. Author Ron Taffel provides step-by-step guidance on what is going wrong between youngsters and parents, and between parents and professionals. Teachers can learn what to do when parents can't stop arguing about their child's behavior, how to talk to kids who get caught up in trying to be cool, and how to help kids and parents stay connected. This book offers strategies for gathering relevant information quickly, and spotting developmental and psychiatric problems early on. It also presents an analysis of the numerous social forces that are fragmenting contemporary families, including time pressures, confusion about parental roles, and the impact of media and peer culture. It stresses the importance of helping parents interact with and understand these outside influences, network with other parents, and stay in touch with schools to monitor academic and social progress. Getting Through is available in bookstores across Canada, or by calling Login Brothers Canada at 1-800-665-1148. You may also order copies from Guilford Press online at their Web site, http://www.guilford.com, or by calling 1-800-365-7006.

Software

Adobe PageMaker 7.0

Adobe's latest version of its desktop publishing software, PageMaker 7.0, incorporates new features that are tailored to the needs of educators. Teachers can import Photoshop or Illustrator designs directly into PageMaker 7.0, output documents to tagged Adobe PDF files, convert materials from Microsoft Office applications, and use a data merge feature that integrates PageMaker with database information. …