What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer - The Outlander Series (8 books) - Historical YA Fiction - Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Outlander (Outlander Series #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Historical fiction that involves time travel, action and adventure, romance ;) and of course gallant kilted men in century Scotland. Must read!

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer - Ron Chernow, vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamilton's turbulent life—his exotic, brutal upbringing; his titanic feuds with celebrated rivals; his pivotal role in defining the shape of the federal government and the American economy; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism;  and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804.

Alexander Hamilton

In Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up a copy of Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow, in an airport bookstore.

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer - It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Proc

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life: Gretchen Rubin.

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer -   Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Outrageous Teaching" and "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class & 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket…

Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess is on Lisa’s read shelf.

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer - David McCullough  The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures.

The Path between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914 by David McCullough

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer - In Writers Are Readers, the mutually supportive roles of reading and writing are made visible through the idea of "flipsides;" how a reader's insights can be turned around to provide insights into his own writing, and vice versa. Lester and Reba's trademark engaging style is woven throughout chapters full of sample lessons, student writing samples, and recommended texts for maximizing the flipped concept across the year.

Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction into Writing Opportunities

Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction into Writing Opportunities by Lester Laminack, Reba M.

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer - Every day, teachers and administrators tirelessly work to fulfill their most significant duty: to ensure students learn. In Unstoppable Learning, authors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey uncover systems thinking as the key to improving teaching and learning schoolwide.

Unstoppable Learning Learn how to use systems thinking to create clear learning targets, prepare effective lessons, successfully assess instruction, and more.

Alison DeCamp, Ages 8-12, It is 1895 Michigan. When his ne’er-do-well father shows up in town, Stanley (AKA Stan the Man) finally has a chance to meet the man he’s dreamed about for so long. Plus, it will give Stan a chance to impress the infamous Captain Slater. But Captain Slater isn't quite what Stan expected. In fact, Stan isn't so sure he wants to be like his dad - Captain Slater - at all.

Alison DeCamp, Ages 8-12, It is 1895 Michigan. When his ne’er-do-well father shows up in town, Stanley (AKA Stan the Man) finally has a chance to meet the man he’s dreamed about for so long. Plus, it will give Stan a chance to impress the infamous Captain Slater. But Captain Slater isn't quite what Stan expected. In fact, Stan isn't so sure he wants to be like his dad - Captain Slater - at all.

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer - DIY Literacy   What's DIY Literacy? It's making your own visual teaching tools instead of buying them. It's using your teaching smarts to get the most from those tools. And it's helping kids think strategically so they can be DIY learners.

DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence

DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence by Kate Roberts, Maggie Beattie Roberts

Eric Rohmann, Ages 2-5, It’s Bulldozer’s big day—his birthday! But around the construction site, it seems like everyone is too busy to remember. Bulldozer wheels around asking his truck friends if they know what day it is, but they each only say it’s a work day. They go on scooping, sifting, stirring, filling, and lifting, and little Bulldozer grows more and more glum. But when the whistle blows at the end of the busy day, Bulldozer discovers a construction site surprise, especially for him!

Bulldozer's Big Day Hardcover – May Candace Fleming (Author), Eric Rohmann (Illustrator) Big trucks and a birthday surprise make this construction sit

Lisa Rivard, When is arguing the right thing to do? When your teacher assigns you a homework assignment that requires it, of course! But persuading can be just as much fun. When Melvin Fargo finds out he has to argue as well as persuade a hot topic, he realizes that he has to use more than just his opinions to write his essays.

When is arguing the right thing to do? When your teacher assigns you a homework assignment that requires it, of course! But persuading can be just .

What MRA Board Members are Reading this Summer -  Summer reading loss accounts for roughly 80% of the rich/poor reading achievement gap. Yet far too little attention is given to this pressing problem. This timely volume offers not only a comprehensive review of what is known about summer reading loss, but also provides reliable interventions and guidance by acknowledged experts and researchers on reading, remedial reading, and special education.

Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap (Language and Literacy Series)/Richard L.

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