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release date: Dec 16, 2003
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Lord of the Flies
Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
release date: Nov 26, 2008
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School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action

Build partnerships with families and the community to promote equity and student success!

This updated edition of a bestseller enables school, district, and state leaders to develop more effective programs for family and community involvement. The authors show how to develop action teams to plan and implement partnership activities to reach school goals, mobilize community resources, evaluate program results, and maintain involvement over time. The third edition includes: 

  • New examples of successful partnership activities 
  • Increased attention to connecting family/community involvement to goals for student success 
  • New inventories that define leadership roles 
  • A CD-ROM with forms and a PowerPoint presentation for workshops
release date: Mar 05, 2013
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A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake: Unlocking James Joyce's Masterwork (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
Countless would-be readers of Finnegans Wake — James Joyce’s 1939 masterwork, on which he labored for a third of his life — have given up after a few pages and “dismissed the book as a perverse triumph of the unintelligible.” In 1944, a young professor of mythology and literature named Joseph Campbell, working with novelist and poet Henry Morton Robinson, wrote the first guide to understanding the fascinating world of Finnegans Wake. Page by page, chapter by chapter, A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake outlines the basic action of Joyce’s book, simplifies and clarifies the complex web of images and allusions, and provides an understandable, continuous narrative from which the reader can venture out on his or her own. This edition includes a foreword and updates by Joyce scholar Dr. Edmund L. Epstein that add the context of sixty subsequent years of scholarship.
release date: Nov 15, 2012
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Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery: Colette Aboulker-Muscat's 2,100 Visualization Exercises for Personal Development, Healing, and Self-Knowledge
The Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery contains over 2,100 original mental imagery exercises drawn from the work of the great 20th century spiritual master and healer, Colette Aboulker-Muscat. It is both a manual of spiritual teaching and a rich treasury of powerful healing images that can be used as a daily source of inspiration, transformation, and healing. This collection also serves as a resource for therapists and other professionals who use visualizations in their work. Imagery acts as the bridge between mind and body - subjective and objective reality. It frees us from constricted habits, thoughts and feelings to discover and act on our inner wisdom. Colette drew from many sources to create these powerful visualizations including: Nature, the Bible, Taoism, Sufism, scientists, philosophers and poets.
release date: Nov 02, 2010
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School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools
School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools addresses a fundamental question in education today: How will colleges and universities prepare future teachers, administrators, counselors, and other education professionals to conduct effective programs of family and community involvement that contribute to students' success in school?

The work of Joyce L. Epstein has advanced theories, research, policies, and practices of family and community involvement in elementary, middle, and high schools, districts, and states nationwide. In this second edition, she shows that there are new and better ways to organize programs of family and community involvement as essential components of district leadership and school improvement.

• A framework for helping rising educators to develop comprehensive, goal-linked programs of school, family, and
community partnerships.
• A clear discussion of the theory of overlapping spheres of influence, which asserts that schools, families, and communities
share responsibility for student success in school.
• A historic overview and exploration of research on the nature and effects of parent involvement.
• Methods for applying the theory, framework, and research on partnerships in college course assignments, class
discussions, projects and activities, and fi eld experiences.
• Examples that show how research-based approaches improve policies on partnerships, district leadership, and
school programs of family and community involvement.

Definitive and engaging, School, Family, and Community Partnerships can be used as a main or supplementary text in courses on foundations of education methods of teaching, educational administration, family and community relations, contemporary issues in education, sociology of education, sociology of the family, school psychology, social work, education policy, and other courses that prepare professionals to work in schools and with families and students.
release date: Oct 11, 1996
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Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up (Complex Adaptive Systems)

How do social structures and group behaviors arise from the interaction of individuals? Growing Artificial Societies approaches this question with cutting-edge computer simulation techniques. Fundamental collective behaviors such as group formation, cultural transmission, combat, and trade are seen to "emerge" from the interaction of individual agents following a few simple rules.

In their program, named Sugarscape, Epstein and Axtell begin the development of a "bottom up" social science that is capturing the attention of researchers and commentators alike.

The study is part of the 2050 Project, a joint venture of the Santa Fe Institute, the World Resources Institute, and the Brookings Institution. The project is an international effort to identify conditions for a sustainable global system in the next century and to design policies to help achieve such a system.

Copublished with the Brookings Institution

release date: Sep 26, 2013
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ED467 082 - School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action. Second Edition
Despite strong agreement on the importance of parent involvement, most schools, districts, and states still need help in developing comprehensive programs of school, family, and community partnerships. This revised handbook translates lessons learned over 20 years of research and fieldwork into practical solutions for program development. The book presents a research-based framework and field-tested tools to help leaders understand six types of family and community involvement; create an Action Team for Partnerships; plan and implement family and community involvement activities to reach school goals for student success; mobilize community resources; encourage progress; evaluate resul'ts; and continue to improve plans, practices, and programs over time. Chapter 1 summarizes the theory and research on which the handbook is based. Chapter 2 provides examples illustrating how the approach works in various schools and communities. Chapter 3 provides guidance in organizing an effective Action Team for Partnerships. Chapter 4 supplies materials to help workshop leaders prepare workshops for educators, parents, and community partners. Chapter 5 supplies charts and diagrams that can be used as transparencies and handouts in presentations and workshops. Chapter 6 summarizes research and practical approaches to family and community involvement in secondary schools. Chapter 7 outlines state and district leadership activities to increase expertise on school, family, and community partnerships. Chapter 8 describes two partnership approaches as part of the Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) approach. Chapter 9 includes tools for developing long-term goals, writing action plans, conducting evaluations, and assessing partnership progress. Chapter 10 shows how to join other schools, districts, and states in the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University to.
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release date: Nov 17, 2014
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Family Reading Night

Host family reading nights at your school! These events promote literacy outside of the classroom and encourage families to get involved in their children’s achievement. They also build relationships among educators, families, and community partners. This practical book is full of step-by-step guidelines and reproducible activities to help you bring family reading nights to life in your own school or district.

Special Features:

  • The book is organized by month of the school year, so you can quickly find activities that meet your needs
  • Each activity is easy to implement and includes a page of instructions for teacher-leaders and an activity page for families
  • An appendix provides all of the forms you need to get your Family Reading Night started, including invitations and registration sheets
  • All of the family activities can be photocopied or downloaded for free from our website,, so that you can print and distribute them during your event

This enhanced second edition includes connections to the Common Core State Standards for reading. It also features a special new appendix with all of the family activities translated into Spanish, to help more families get involved!

release date: Aug 04, 2017
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Hakirah: The Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law and Thought (Volume 23)
The articles in the Community section speak of the need for the Orthodox Jewish community to involve itself with the secular world in which they live. "Toward a Conservative Chareidiism" directs itself primarily to the Hareidi community in Israel, explains that the politically conservative ideology and traditional values and lifestyle of Judaism call for them to integrate into Israeli society to ensure the Jewish state with Jewish values. In "Emerging from Isolation" the author argues that a change of attitude is called for in America as well. If the Orthodox community develops a clear sense of mission and purpose, it may help strengthen these values in future generations. The articles in our Jewish Thought section are also related to Israel’s destiny and responsibilities. One deals with the vision of Israel's future by two of its greatest modern leaders. "Pre-Messianic Modifications in the Thought of Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe" argues that while there seems to be little in common between the Religious-Zionist community of Israel and the Habad community of Crown Heights, leaders of both these communities believed we are living in a time close to the coming of Mashiah. This requires shifting our perspective to be more in line with the characteristics of the messianic era in order to accelerate the process. The other essay in this section, "Moral Intuition and Jewish Ethics" asks our community to see whether we express the ethical values of the Torah in our own lives before we prepare to influence others. Mourning and loss are the backdrop of this issue. A special section deals with mourning in specific instances. In "A Note on Comforting Parents Who Suffer a Perinatal Loss" the author writes that "the current generally silent response of the community can create distress instead of nehama." He recommends a change in community response to this sorrowful circumstance. The other article, "Guidance on the Loss of a Baby or Fetus" seeks to provide guidance and structure for Jewish parents facing this grievous loss. The articles in the Talmud Torah section demonstrate how broad knowledge can deepen our understanding of the Torah’s teaching. "If I am here, then all is here" demonstrates how modern insights in philosophy and psychology can illuminate "that the study of Hillel’s Mishnaic and Talmudic personality is deeply related to the study of Beit Hillel's rulings about the halakhic (legal) subject." In "Rabbi Abraham ibn Ezra: On Seeing God’s Back" the author unravels a philosophical passage in Ibn Ezra’s commentary on the Torah and gives the reader profound insight into the methodology and thought of one of Israel's greatest commentators, who used his command of all the science and philosophy of his time to expound upon the Torah. "Embalming Jacob" argues that careful analysis of the text in light of archaeological and historical data supports the idea that the forty-day Egyptian process of mummification was not actually performed on Yaakov Avinu's body, and the process performed did not violate Halakhic concepts of kevod ha-met. The articles in the Jewish Law section show how science and ethics are factors in determining halakhah. The timely "The Great American Eclipse of 2017: Halakhic and Philosophical Aspects" discusses the classic Jewish sources on the origins of a solar eclipse and the attempts to harmonize them with modern astronomy. In "Jewish Ethics in To-rah Reading," the authors elucidate that the Halakhic dispute is, in fact, a dispute about ethical priorities. And in the History of Halakhah section, "The Halakhic History of Coffee, Tea, Sugar, and Chocolate" offers a window into the social aspects of p'sak.
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release date: Dec 01, 1996
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Schaum's Outline of College Chemistry

The best and most up-to-date study guide of its kind, this book summarizes the chemical principles of a first course in college chemistry through problems with clearly explained solutions. This new edition reflects changes in the major current textbooks, and it contains up-to-date information about newer techniques used in environmental chemistry, biochemistry and medicinal chemistry.

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