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December 1, 1994
Vol. 52
No. 4


Literacy Through the Book Arts

Literacy Through the Book Arts, Paul Johnson.
The combination of words and images—“the two great communication systems”—is “the most powerful force of intellectual and emotional development,” Johnson observes. A paper artist who teaches children to make books, Johnson gives us this generously illustrated account of his experiences and what children's books tell us about their ability to communicate. He includes advice on how to organize and evaluate projects, how to relate book arts to the computer sciences, how to make paper, and how to become book artists ourselves.
Available from Heinemann Educational Books, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912. (603) 431-7894. 1993. 156 pp. Paperbound. $18.95.

The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson, 1801–1809

The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson, 1801–1809, National Archives.
In view of the emphasis on reading primary documents, secondary social studies educators will prize this handsome collection featuring 26 reproductions of Jefferson's handwritten documents (among “Indian presents” to go with Lewis and Clark, for instance, Jefferson listed “144 small cheap looking glasses”). Individual booklets concentrate on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Burr conspiracy, security in the Atlantic, and slave trading.
Available from the Foundation for the National Archives, Box 28238, Washington, DC 20038. (202) 501-5350. 1993. 150 pp. Notebook bound. $49.95 plus $5 shipping. Note: The foundation has been seeking private funders in each state to enable every public and private secondary school in that state to receive one free copy. As of early November, schools in the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and parts of California had qualified. For further information, contact the foundation.

School Choice Programs

School Choice Programs: What's Happening in the States, Allyson M. Tucker and William F. Lauber.
Alternatives such as privately managed public schools, vouchers, and scholarships for needy students to attend private schools have long been advocated by the Heritage Foundation and other conservative reformers. This useful survey reveals that in 1993, school choice legislation was introduced or pending in 34 states. This may force public schools to improve by breaking the government's monopoly over education, says co-author Tucker, who manages the foundation's Center for Educational Law and Policy. A listing of national and state organizations is included.
Available from the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4999. (202) 546-4400. 1994. 68 pp. Paperbound. Free. (Also available electronically to subscribers of NEXIS.)

The Special Education Sourcebook

The Special Education Sourcebook: A Teacher's Guide to Programs, Materials, and Information Sources, Michael S. Rosenberg and Irene Edmond-Rosenberg.
This comprehensive reference book is grounded in the conviction that with individualized instruction plans and the right accommodations, all children can experience success. The book covers five major areas: general program, policy, legislative, and legal issues; specific disabilities—cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical; early childhood intervention; academic skills, strategies, assessment, and technology; and transitions to the world of work and postsecondary education. Each section includes annotated lists of textbooks and general books, organizations, curriculum guides, films, and periodicals.
Available from Woodbine House, 5615 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852. (301) 468-8800 or (800) 843-7323. 1994. 326 pp., Paperbound, $21.95.

Fourth Annual Teacher Induction Program

Fourth Annual Teacher Induction Program, The National Teachers Hall of Fame.
Polished apples are nice, but not as enduring as a place in the Teachers Hall of Fame. If the judges select your favorite teacher as one of the five winners, they will present a $1,000 scholarship in his or her name to a high school student who is planning a teaching career. What's more, the teacher will be honored by President Clinton in the Oval Office—a departure from last year's ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Winners will also be feted at the Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas, which includes a museum, exhibition and convention center, and study facilities.
Candidates may be teaching now or retired, but must have at least 15 years of K–12 classroom teaching experience in public or private schools, and be (or have been) certified. Nominations are due by March 1, 1995. Awards will be announced June 24.
Contact the National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Dr., Emporia, KS 66801-2543. (800) 96-TEACH or (316) 341-5660.

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