New Material October 5, 2012

Basic American Grammar and Usage An ESL/EFL Handbook
Many students of English as a second language are daunted by the complexities of English grammar and its terminology. This user-friendly book was written especially for them. The emphasis here is on practical use of written and spoken American-style English, rather than on theory. The first of the book’s 15 chapters explains different kinds of sentences–affirmative, negative, and interrogative, as well as clauses and phrases that are component parts of many sentences. Several chapters that follow focus on different parts of speech, describing their uses in verbal and written communication. The book’s later chapters discuss vocabulary, standard protocols in conversational speech, and modes of expression, such as preferences and dislikes. A separate chapter presents guidelines for composing letters, e-mails, r sum s, and other written forms. Short quizzes for self-testing appear throughout the text, with answers given at the back of the book.

No Quick Fix: Rethinking Literacy Programs in America’s Elementary Schools
Edited by Richard L. Allington and Sean A. Walmsley
This classic text introduced the framework for the current Response to Intervention (RIT) initiative. Now that federal education policy has caught up with the research and reform models first presented here over a decade ago. This special edition of No Quick Fix is of critical importance to today’s teachers, principals, administrators, policymakers, and everyone interested in creating schools where all students learn to read.

Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance by Robert A. Giacalone and Carole L. Jurkiewicz
Extensively revised and updated, and including three new chapters that extend and deepen the coverage, this popular handbook provides the most comprehensive, research-based, and action oriented approach to spirituality in organizational life. It articulates a new path to successful organizational performance by bringing together the work of leading scholars who connect spirituality to mainstream organizational research.

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan
How to Take Charge, Build your Team, and Get Immediate Results
by George B. Bradt, Jayme A. Check, and Jorge E. Pedraza
The authoritative updated and revised action plan for leaders entering new roles Your first 100 days in a new leadership role are critical to the success of your mission, your relationship with your new team, and your career. Turnover is high among new leaders who “didn′t work out” and the costs to them and their organizations are dramatic. The solution is for every new leader to have an “onboarding” plan. This updated and revised third edition of the bestseller The New Leader′s 100-Day Action Plan delivers expert guidance to prepare executives for their new leadership roles, accelerate their results, and reduce turnover.

What Motivates Cultural Progressives?
by George Yancey and David Williamson
Public activism has grown significantly during the 21st century as a cornerstone of the democratic process. But activism, regardless of its ideological roots, is often interpreted through the lens of the culture wars–pitting social movements with opposing ideals against one another. For too long, as George Yancey and David Williamson argue, progressive activists, one side of these culture wars, have been seldom studied and virtually never critiqued in public conversation. Yancey and Williamson describe and analyze the multifaceted cultural progressive movement and its place within the larger American society. What they uncover is a collective identity informed by staunch opposition to cultural conservatives–both political and religious–that is motivated by the progressive activist’s preference for absolute rationality. Further, Yancey and Williamson argue that, despite great resistance to conservatives purportedly nonrational appeals, progressive activists are found to use irrational techniques when seeking to establish their movement and position their cause as socially legitimate. In the contemporary heated political climate the often-surprising and likely controversial findings of ‘What Motivates Cultural Progressives?’ will prove essential, thought-provoking reading for understanding the growing concern over the influence of activism.

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About jessicashuck

Jessica is a Library Associate at Cornerstone University's Miller Library and a future librarian. Currently, she is working on her MLIS through the University of South Florida. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
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