Solving big problems with simple ideas
Want to solve your biggest problems tomorrow?
You have problems, but you don't have time for a 5-year plan. You're tired of philosophy, research and piles of data. You want practical solutions that you can implement immediately. You don't need a committee or another meeting. You need Hackers-experienced educators who understand your school's problems and see quick fixes that may be so simple that they've been overlooked. Hacking Education is the book that every teacher, principal, parent, and education stakeholder has been waiting for--the one that actually solves problems.
Read it today-fix it tomorrow
In Hacking Education, Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez employ decades of teaching experience and hundreds of discussions with education thought leaders, to show you how to find and hone the quick fixes that every school and classroom need. Using a Hacker's mentality, they provide one Aha moment after another with 10 Quick Fixes for Every School--solutions to everyday problems that any teacher or administrator can implement immediately.
Imagine being able to walk into school tomorrow and eliminate: Hours of wasted meeting time Classroom management issues Interruptions in planning time The need for more books Negative attitudes Technology issues
If you want to improve teaching and learning at your school now, learn how to develop a Hacker's mentality.
Discover How to Solve Problems with Pineapple Charts The 360 Spreadsheet Glass Classrooms Track Records Marigold Committees The TQZ More Impactful Hacks
Not Your Average Education Book
Hacking Education won't weigh you down with outdated research or complicated strategies. Barnes and Gonzalez provide brilliant ideas woven into a user-friendly success guide that you'll want to keep nearby throughout the school year. Each chapter is neatly wrapped in this simple formula: The Problem The Hack (a ridiculously easy solution that you've likely never considered) What You Can Do Tomorrow (no waiting necessary) Blueprint for Full Implementation (a step-by-step action plan for capacity building) The Hack in Action (yes, someone has actually done this)
Are you ready to fix your school and your classroom?
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How to Go Gradeless -- Assessment That Makes Learning Visible
"What's my grade? What's it worth? Is there extra credit? Is this for a mark? " It's time to shift the conversation and make learning visible. Now, you can easily stop reducing students to a number, letter, or any label that misrepresents learning. Now, you can help children see the value in every single assignment. Today, you can make assessment a rich, ongoing conversation that inspires learning for the sake of learning, rather than as a punishment or a reward. All you have to do is go gradeless.
Throw out your grade book tomorrow
In Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, award-winning teacher and world-renowned formative assessment expert Starr Sackstein unravels one of education's oldest mysteries: how to assess learning without grades -- even in a school that uses numbers, letters, GPAs, and report cards. While many educators can only muse about the possibility of a world without grades, teachers like Sackstein are reimagining education. In this unique, eagerly-anticipated book, Sackstein shows you exactly how to create a remarkable no-grades classroom like hers, a vibrant place where students grow, share, thrive, and become independent learners who never ask, "What's this worth?"
Learn what formative assessment really looks like.
Summative assessment is typically an end-of-unit exam or standardized test, but what is formative assessment? Many teachers struggle with the concept. Hacking Assessment not only explains what formative assessment is, it provides blueprints for implementation and examples from educators around the world, who use this strategy successfully every day.
Read It and You Can Take These Actions Immediately: Shift everyone's mindset away from grades Track student progress without a grade book Communicate learning to all stakeholders in real time Maximize time while providing meaningful feedback Teach students to reflect and "self-grade" Deliver feedback in a digital world Create cloud-based learning archives Inspire Students to share their work openly
This is not your average assessment book
Hacking Assessment won't bore you with outdated research or unrealistic strategies. In her captivating, conversational style, Sackstein provides practical ideas woven into a user-friendly success guide with actionable steps for creating an amazing conversation about learning that does not require a traditional grade. Each chapter is neatly wrapped in this simple Hack Learning Series formula: The Problem (an assessment issue that plagues education) The Hack (a ridiculously easy solution that you've likely never considered) What You Can Do Tomorrow (no waiting necessary) Blueprint for Full Implementation (a step-by-step action plan for capacity building) The Hack in Action (yes, someone has actually done this)
Teachers around the world are going gradeless, and you can too
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There Is Nothing Common About This Common Core Book
It's finally here: a book that unravels the Common Core State Standards, exposes the myths, and shows educators and parents exactly how to bring back the fun to teaching and learning--even in a standardized world.
In "Hacking the Common Core," longtime teacher and CCSS specialist Michael Fisher reveals 10 amazing hacks for teaching the Core in all subjects.
The Common Core Is Not Evil, but. . .
Fisher explains how the CCSS are not evil, while demonstrating their limitations, particularly when teachers trust a vendor product over their own professionalism. Getting to the CORE of contemporary instructional practice and undoing the mass hysteria following the Common Core implementation are both the heart of this book.
What All Education Stakeholders Will LearnHow to bring literature back to the classroomThe truth about close readingWhat the instructional shifts really mean for instructional designWhy we must ditch "Rigor" in favor of "Vigor"How to fix vocabulary with "Morecabulary"How to upgrade the verbThe problem with the one-size-fits-all mentalityWhy parents need to understand the Common Core
Change How You Teach
"Hacking the Common Core" is the book that every teacher who feels handcuffed by standards and testing has been waiting for. It's time to take back your class, engage all learners, and be amazing for your students.
The Hack Learning Formula
The Hack Learning Series formula is perfect for Hacking the Common Core. Forget everything you've heard about standardization and the Core. Fisher throws out or upgrades most information and strategies, and in classic Hack Learning style, he gives you:
The Problem (a single writing issue that needs a Hacker's mentality)
The Hack (a ridiculously easy solution that you've likely never considered)
What You Can Do Tomorrow (no waiting necessary; you can make writing immediately)
Blueprint for Full Implementation (a step-by-step action plan for capacity building)
The Hack in Action (yes, people have actually done this)
Are you ready to bring the fun back to learning?
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What happens when creative writing meets the maker space?
Easy Writing and making collide, revealing the genius inside of even the most reluctant writers.
In "Make Writing," teacher, author, writing coach, Angela Stockman, turns teaching strategies and practice upside down. She spills you out of your chair, shreds your lined paper, and launches you and your writer's workshop into the maker space Who even knew this was possible? In classic Hack Learning style, Stockman provides five right-now writing strategies that reinvent instruction and inspire both young and adult writers to express ideas with tools and in ways that have rarely, if ever, been considered.
Combining Making and Writing
Many schools are converting classrooms to maker spaces--vibrant places where students demonstrate learning by constructing things, applying newly-learned skills and concepts. With inspired creativity and ingenuity, Stockman shows you how to bring modern maker moves into your writer's workshop, giving birth to a new environment that rockets writers to places that were previously unimaginable. "Make Writing" is a fast-paced journey inside Stockman's Young Writer's Studio, alongside students who learn how to write and how to make, employing Stockman's unique teaching methods.
Learn How to Enrich Writing Skills by Coaching Maker Moves: Shake them out of their seatsPlay through the processTinker with textDraft bit by bitMake words moveable and mixableConnect to real audiencesHack the writing process and repurpose your tools
Inspire Creative Writing by Remaking Your Space and Rethinking Your PlaceRedesign your classroom environment incrementally and economicallyEmbrace empty spaces and interactive boards and chartsMake writing a physical, collaborative endeavorDesign with gaming in mindCoach creative theftHost an exhibitionUnearth your own best teaching methodsReimagine writers workshop
The secret sauce
You may get caught up in the stories about young writers, but you won't get lost, as each chapter is neatly wrapped in the formula that thousands of Hack Learning Series readers have grown love: The Problem (a single writing issue that needs a Hacker's mentality)The Hack (a ridiculously easy solution that you've likely never considered)What You Can Do Tomorrow (no waiting necessary; you can make writing immediately)Blueprint for Full Implementation (a step-by-step action plan for capacity building)The Hack in Action (yes, people have actually done this)
Are you ready to Make Writing?
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The best leaders lead from the middle
When school leaders join teachers, students, and parents in a collaborative effort to improve teaching and learning, achievement soars and schools turn into vibrant communities, filled with enthusiastic members.
Teaching and learning feel too much like work
With constant emphasis on higher test scores and teacher accountability, it's easy for schools to become places filled with stress and despair, making teachers dread going to work and students disdain lessons and activities.
It's time to bring fun back to school
In Hacking Leadership, award-winning school administrators Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis demonstrate how to increase learning by leaving the office and engaging directly with all teachers and learners. They identify 10 problems with school leadership and provide dynamic, right-now solutions. During this exciting journey toward change, you learn how to:
What makes Hacking Leadership different?
Sanfelippo and Sinanis present leadership strategies in ways few people have ever seen. These experienced, thoughtful, decisive leaders, share amazing, real anecdotes that make you feel like you're listening to trusted friends sitting in your living room. Then, they provide progressive, courageous, and practical solutions that you and all stakeholders will love, using the popular Hack Learning formula:
Are you ready to Hack Leadership
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What if every single student loved to read?
Isn't it likely that curiosity, creativity, and achievement would skyrocket?
It's time to build a culture of readers at your school
In Hacking Literacy, classroom teacher, author, and reading consultant Gerard Dawson reveals 5 simple ways any educator or parent can turn even the most reluctant reader into a thriving, enthusiastic lover of books. Dawson cuts through outdated pedagogy and standardization, turning reading theory to practice, sharing powerful reading strategies, and providing what Hack Learning Series readers have come to expect--actionable, do-it-tomorrow strategies that can be built into long-term solutions.
Ignite lifelong readers today
The struggle to get students to read has ended. With a little commitment from teachers, parents, and school leaders, all of your students will read every single day! It all happens when you implement Gerard Dawson's powerful system, clearly outlined in this book:
Focus on the Reader
AdaptReading Culture to Fit Curriculum
Develop a Classroom Library
Implement Assessments that Build Community
Spotlight Reading in Your School.
What separates Hacking Literacy from other reading instruction books?
Dawson provides step-by-step implementation strategies for putting books in kids' hands without breaking the bank and for sparking a genuine love of reading in even the most reluctant readers. This experienced, thoughtful, pragmatic classroom teacher shares amazing, real anecdotes that make you feel like you are a guest at a school filled with avid readers. Along the way, Dawson shares practical solutions that you and all stakeholders will love, using the revolutionary Hack Learning formula:
Are you ready for your own culture of readers?
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Are you ready to engage learners like never before?
Student engagement is the key to success for every teacher, and this is your engagement strategy blueprint.
Boring lessons and assignments will disappear forever when you learn to build student avatars, banish blandness, ride the podcast tide, and become a total engagement guru.
Many students are bored and disengaged
Teachers are handcuffed by outdated textbooks, standardized curriculum, and disinterested students. What if you could solve these problems immediately and excite even your most reluctant learner daily?
Read it Today and Engage tomorrow!
33-year veteran teacher, author, presenter, and engagement guru James Alan Sturtevant makes it easy, with incredible teacher tips and tools for both the veteran and student teacher--50 engagement tools that you can begin using right now, with no special training or boring professional development.
Easily rebrand your class and connect with all students
Are you the teacher students "hate"? Do kids groan when they walk into your classroom? Engaging learners is all about connecting and making education fun. With Sturtevant's education tips and creative teaching tools, students will rebrand you and your class as their favorites. Best of all, they'll engage with every lesson you teach, every single day!
50 Tips and Tools
Unlike other education books that weigh you down with archaic research and impossible-to-implement strategies, Hacking Engagement, the 7th book in the popular Hack Learning Series, provides 50 unique, exciting, and actionable tips and tools that you can apply right now. And there's something here for every teacher--no matter what grade or subject you teach. Try one of these amazing engagement strategies tomorrow:
Commit to Engagement
Try at least one tip or tool now and witness an amazing transformation in your classroom and school.
Are you ready to engage?
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What happens when students actually choose to learn outside the classroom?
They become independent, lifelong learners, who never need to be told: "do your work."
It's easy when you say Goodbye to traditional homework
The research is done, the results are in, the debate is over. Kids hate homework, most parents hate homework, and many teachers only assign homework because administrators say it's school policy. Now, traditional homework is being hacked. Learning outside the classroom is being reimagined, and student engagement is better than ever.
A new vision of out-of-school learning
World-renowned author/educator Starr Sackstein has changed how teachers around the world look at traditional grades. Now she's teaming with veteran educator, curriculum director, and international presenter Connie Hamilton to bring you 10 powerful strategies for teachers and parents that promise to inspire independent learning at home, without punishments or low grades.
In Hacking Homework, Sackstein and Hamilton show you how to:
Expert educators love Hacking Homework
"Starr Sackstein and Connie Hamilton have assembled a book full of great answers to the question, 'How can we make homework engaging and meaningful?'" -Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey, authors/presenters
"I hope this book finds its way into the professional library of every classroom teacher and that it is also read carefully by administrators, policymakers and parents." -Ken O'Connor, author/presenter
Are you ready to say Goodbye to traditional homework?
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It's time to say Yes to PBL
Project Based Learning can be messy, complicated, and downright scary. When done right, though, PBL and Inquiry are challenging, inspiring and fun for students. Best of all, when project-based learning is done right, it actually makes the teacher's job easier.
Now, you can demystify project-based learning
As questions and mysteries around PBL and inquiry continue to swirl, experienced classroom teachers and school administrators Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy have written a book that will empower those intimidated by PBL to cry, "I can do this " while at the same time providing added value for those who are already familiar with the process. Hacking Project Based Learning demystifies what PBL is all about with 10 hacks that construct a simple path that educators and students can easily follow to achieve success.
Hacking Project Based Learning provides a simple blueprint for PBL that helps you:
Experts rave about Hacking Project Based Learning
"HACKING PROJECT BASED LEARNING is a classroom essential. Its ten simple "hacks" will guide you through the process of setting up a learning environment in which students will thrive from start to finish."
-Daniel H. Pink, New York Times Bestselling author of DRIVE
"Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy have researched PBL from every angle and offer practical steps to make the PBL experience highly beneficial to students because they are practitioners who use it. This book is a very important "How-to" for every teacher and leader who is interested in PBL.
-Peter DeWitt, author/consultant, Finding Common Ground blog (Education Week)
"The challenge for educators with project and inquiry based learning is finding the time and having the knowledge to implement effectively. Cooper and Murphy provide a much-needed resource that addresses both of these pain points in a concise, clear manner.
-Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education
Are you ready for an amazing productive struggle in your classroom?
Start Hacking Project Based Learning today.
Teachers and Leaders Need Innovative Solutions
The Hack Learning Anthology brings you the most innovative education Hacks from the first nine books in the Hack Learning Series.
Written by 12 award-winning classroom teachers, principals, superintendents, college instructors, business owners, and international presenters, Anthology is every educator's new problem-solving handbook.
The formula that is changing education
A dozen of the world's top educators tackle some of our toughest problems with the revolutionary Hack Learning Formula:
One "Hacky" Book
Hack Learning is different from anything else in education, and so is Anthology because it's both a preview of 9 other books and a full-fledged, feature-length blueprint for solving your biggest school and classroom problems.
Read Hack Learning Anthology today
And put an innovative solution into action tomorrow.
"Google It" means more than you think. What if you could leverage the full potential of Google for Education?
Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Google Apps are changing how we teach, learn and lead, and now more than ever, teachers, principals and district administrators must understand the power and role of Google in their spaces.
Google Apps for Education has something for everyone
G Suite -- Google Drive, Apps, Docs, Gmail, and all Google Tools -- is changing the landscape of progressive, technology-driven schools at a rapid pace that can be daunting. Google gurus Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco slow the pace and simplify the jargon with their all-in-one blueprint for everything you need to know about Google and how to use it at the classroom, school and district levels.
If you could do more with Google than search, what would it be?
Would you use Google Hangouts to connect students to cultures around the world? Would you finally achieve a paperless workflow with Classroom? Would you inform and engage stakeholders district wide through Blogger? Now, you can say Yes to all of these, because Currie, Krakower, and Rocco remove the limits in Hacking Google for Education, giving you 99 Hacks in 33 chapters, covering Google in a unique way that benefits all stakeholders.
You don't have to Google it
Learn about these tools inside Hacking Google for Education:
The Formula makes it easy
The 11th book in the Hack Learning Series, Hacking Google for Education provides What You Can Do Tomorrow answers for every question you have about leveraging the power of Google tools for your classroom, school and district.
Read Now ... Google Tomorrow
Grab your copy today, and start Hacking Google for Education.
50 Student Engagement Hacks just weren't enough
33-year veteran classroom teacher, James Alan Sturtevant, wowed teachers with the original Hacking Engagement, which contained 50 Tips and Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily. Those educators and students got better, but they craved more. So, 33-year veteran classroom teacher and wildly popular student engager Sturtevant is Hacking Engagement Again
Fifty Teacher Tips that make students love your class
The first step to real academic achievement is inspiring a love of learning, and the best way to accomplish this is to get students to love your class and your teaching. But rolling out worksheets and multiple-choice quizzes is a recipe for failure, so how do you engage students without these traditional tools? The answer is surprisingly simple: Dig into Hacking Engagement Again and grab 50 tools and strategies, good for any class on any day, and watch your students' light up.
Hacks that make students love your class:
Experts rave about Hacking Engagement Again
"Hacking Engagement Again provides readers with a ton of ideas, strategies, and resources that move students from on-task to engaged. Looking to tap into student's use of smartphones in a classroom activity? This book is for you. Do you want to leverage the power of Twitter and Socratic Seminar to move conversations from good to great? This book is for you. James Alan Sturtevant provides a well thought out game plan for highly engaging learning experiences in both the physical and virtual worlds."
-Brad Currie, 2017 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the YearAre you ready every student to love your class?
Start Hacking Engagement Again, now
"Innovative, Brilliant, and Meaningful" - George Couros
Why in the age of the most powerful education technology ever known do studies often suggest that technology integration in school is not improving student achievement?
Technology is less about the tools and more about the strategy
In Hacking Digital Learning Strategies, international EdTech presenter and NAPW Woman of the Year Shelly Sanchez Terrell demonstrates the power of EdTech Missions--lessons and projects that inspire learners to use web tools and social media to innovate, research, collaborate, problem-solve, campaign, crowd fund, crowdsource, and publish.
EdTech Missions empower teachers and learners
One of the first truly connected educators, Shelly Sanchez Terrell, gracefully aligns tech tools and social media with strategies and concepts.
Not only does Terrell demonstrate EdTech missions that solve everyday education problems, she provides clear, detailed steps, examples, and templates for overcoming obstacles that may arise in any tech-driven classroom.
BONUS: 38-page Mission Toolkit Helps You Blast Off Immediately
The 10 Missions in Hacking DLS are more than enough to transform how teachers integrate technology, but there's also much more here. Included in the book is a 38-page Mission Toolkit, complete with reproducible mission cards, badges, polls, and other handouts that you can copy and distribute to students immediately.
Your Mission Plan
Read Hacking DLS. Choose any of these EdTech Missions, grab a resource from the Mission Toolkit, share the mission and the resources with students, and watch learning soar to new heights:
Design a Game Walkthrough--Create a tutorial and teach others how to play
Go on a Selfie Adventure--Define yourself through images
Create a Fictional Social Media Profile--Manage your digital footprint more purposefully
Remix Learning Into a Digital d104book--Produce and publish an engaging online book
Debate Issues, Don't Diss People--Argue differences of opinion respectfully
Seek and Preserve the Truth--Share digital news responsibly and learn to identify fake news
Assemble a Global Class Meetup-Join the world community and discuss a pressing issue
Enlighten the World as a Citizen Scientist--Conduct real-world field research
Appreciate Others with a Digital Badge--Recognize values, not just grades
Crowdfund Innovation to Find Solutions--Engage social media to fundraise for a cause
Your Global Leader in EdTech Integration
Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a Microsoft Education Hero and Bammy Award winner and has presented best practices in EdTech in over 20 countries. If you want to innovate with technology like never before, Terrell's EdTech Missions are your go-to resource.
Launch EdTech Missions Today
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Parenting Just Got Simpler
Because mantras bring peace to the process
You throw out consequences willy-nilly. You're tired of solutions that are all or nothing. You're frustrated with the daily chaos. Enter Parent Mantras, invaluable parenting anchors wrapped in tidy packages. These will become your go-to tools to calm your mind, focus your parenting, and concentrate on what you want for your kids.
Connect with your child like never before
Parenting author, educator, and presenter Kimberley Moran works tirelessly to find best practices for simplifying parenting and maximizing parent-child communication. Using 10 Parent Mantras as cues to stop and reset, Moran shares concrete ways to parent with intention and purpose, without losing your cool, creating better parent-child connections.
With Parent Mantras, you'll be able to:
Bonus: Parent Resource Notebook
The PRN includes sample pages that parents can use as models for implementing mantras. These models are accompanied by blank templates you can actually write on, creating your own notebook pages that serve as your go-to guide for those difficult situations that are unique to you and your children.
Keep Hacking Parenthood and the included Parent Resource Notebook with you at all times. It's like having your own playbook for parenting teens and children of all ages.
Ready to find your mantra?
Grab Hacking Parenthood today; find your mantra, and hone in on what matters most, when raising kids feels out of control.
Classroom management is never a problem for the teachers they make movies about
Want a class like theirs, no matter what grade or subject you teach or how many students you have?
Learn the 10 ideas you can use today to create the classroom any great movie teacher would love
Utah English Teacher of the Year and sought-after speaker Mike Roberts brings you 10 quick and easy classroom management hacks that will make your classroom the place to be for all your students. He shows you how to create an amazing learning environment that actually makes discipline, rules, and consequences obsolete, no matter if you're a new teacher or a 30-year veteran.
Teachers they make movies about are innovative, engaging, and beloved
Hacking Classroom Management is about putting the F word--FUN--into your teaching, and Mike Roberts shows you how to do this, while meeting your standards and teaching your curriculum.
Hacking Classroom Management shows you how to
Experts love the Movie Teacher philosophy
"No matter what grade you teach, there's something of great value inside. Two Big Thumbs UP " -Alan Sitomer, CA Teacher of the Year and Author of Short Writes
"Immensely fun and illuminating to read " -Jeffery D. Wilhelm, Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State University
"Hollywood might not make a movie about you, even if you read and apply every suggestion in this book, but you and your students are much more likely to feel like classroom stars because of it." -Chris Crowe, English Professor at BYU, Past President of ALAN, author of Death Coming Up the Hill, Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case; Mississippi Trial, 1955; and many other YA books
Wave Goodbye to classroom management issues
Grab Hacking Classroom Management today, become a movie teacher tomorrow, and forget about classroom management FOREVER