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This guide highlights resources helpful for education majors or those using education-related information and collections.

Karen Wanamaker

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Karen Wanamaker
Rohrbach Library Curriculum Materials Center--Room 21

Hello! Welcome to the Education LibGuide.

My name is Karen Wanamaker. I am the Education Librarian here at Kutztown University. You can find my contact information in a box on the bottom left of every page in this guide. 
Email is the best way to reach me (kwanamak@kutztown.edu).
My office is located on the ground floor of the Rohrbach Library in the Curriculum Materials Center area.
I love helping students, so please, ASK!!

Guide Layout

In the column/box to the left you will find links to information related to the page name. Each "Subjects" page will give information about locating materials for that specific subject as well as suggested journals for research and suggested online sites. 

Booklist Reader

Booklist Reader provides information about adult and children's literature including articles about new titles, thematic lists, and author interviews. To read the current issue:

1. Click on the image below or go to the Booklist Reader website by clicking here

2. When the Booklist Reader website loads, click on the cover of the issue you want to read to view it in your browser. (You can scroll down on the Booklist Reader page to read prior issues.) 

Some New Additions (Book covers and titles are linked to the online catalog)

Reading and Teaching with Diverse Nonfiction Children's Books

Argues for the importance of including in K-8 classrooms high-quality diverse books that accurately and authentically represent the world students live in and explores the ways in which engaging with diverse nonfiction children's lit provides opportunities to counter constricted curricula and reposition the possibilities of pedagogical policies and mandates through centering the histories, lives, and cultures of historically marginalized and underrepresented people.

Exploring the 3-D World

We live in a three-dimensional world, but many of our learning environments offer few opportunities for three-dimensional exploration and developing the spatial reasoning that is integral to everyday life and to closing the achievement gap. Developing these skills in children will cultivate their curiosity, persistence, and intellectual capacity beyond the narrow definitions of academic achievement. Exploring the 3-D World covers current research on the effectiveness of developing spatial skills in the early years the essential components of playful exploration key spatial skills that are important for children to learn how visual representations such as displays of data, drawing, and documentation open new pathways to learning vocabulary and conversation starters to expand learning activities for families to try at home with recommended children's books that reinforce the spatial skills introduced The skills are accompanied with illustrated examples of activities taken from public preschool and kindergarten classrooms, private preschools and child care centers, and home settings.

Planting the Seeds of Equity

Bringing together an inspirational group of educators, this book provides key insights into what it means to implement social justice ideals with young children. Each chapter highlights a teacher's experience with a specific aspect of social justice and ethnic studies, including related research, projects and lesson plans, and implications for teacher education. The text engages readers in critical dialogue, drawing from works within ethnic studies to think deeply about ideals such as humanization, representation, and transformation. Finding ways to integrate acceptance of difference and social justice content into the primary grades is a complex and challenging endeavor. These teacher stories are ones of courage and commitment, inspiring the possibility of radical change. Book Features: Guidance for teachers who want to teach for social justice, including lesson plans and strategies. Examples of what ethnic studies looks like in early childhood classrooms. Dialogue questions to prompt critical thinking and professional conversation. Windows into classrooms that foster valuing of self and respect for diversity of color, ethnicity, and gender. Activities to tap into personal strengths and enrich teaching, including yoga and song. Connections to relevant research.

Teaching for a Living Democracy

This classroom narrative explores how teachers can build and sustain an intellectually and emotionally fulfilling teaching practice while changing the way students experience school. Written by an English and history teacher in a Philadelphia public high school, this book presents a framework of teaching for a living democracy-supporting learners to produce intellectually rigorous and creative work by designing instruction that intersects with students' lives and interests. The text offers project-based units of study and classroom practices that allow students to reconfigure understandings of themselves, their capabilities, and their roles in the world. Packed with student voices and the work of youth, this book provides a rich window into classroom practices that challenge authoritarian tendencies while cultivating dignity and agency. Book Features: Shares a vision of project-based inquiry learning that is rooted in systemic understandings of social change. Provides a pragmatic framework and tools to help teachers develop their practice in creative and sustainable ways. Shows how to support diverse learners, with a special focus on the experiences of students who struggle. Includes many classroom scenes and examples of curriculum design strategies. Offers the realistic perspective of a teacher working in an urban public high school.