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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: 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.

THE SECOND EDITION OFFERS EDUCATORS AND RESEARCHERS:
• 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: 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: 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: Oct 01, 1996
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Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science From the Bottom Up (Complex Adaptive Systems)
A Brookings Institution Press and MIT Press publication


How do social structures and group behaviors arise from the interaction of individuals? In this groundbreaking study, Joshua M. Epstein and Robert L. Axtell approach this age-old question with cutting-edge computer simulation techniques. Such fundamental collective behaviors as group formation, cultural transmission, combat, and trade are seen to "emerge" from the interaction of individual agents following simple local rules.


In their computer model, Epstein and Axtell begin the development of a "bottom up" social science. Their program, named Sugarscape, simulates the behavior of artificial people (agents) located on a landscape of a generalized resource (sugar). Agents are born onto the Sugarscape with a vision, a metabolism, a speed, and other genetic attributes. Their movement is governed by a simple local rule: "look around as far as you can; find the spot with the most sugar; go there and eat the sugar." Every time an agent moves, it burns sugar at an amount equal to its metabolic rate. Agents die if and when they burn up all their sugar. A remarkable range of social phenomena emerge. For example, when seasons are introduced, migration and hibernation can be observed. Agents are accumulating sugar at all times, so there is always a distribution of wealth.


Next, Epstein and Axtell attempt to grow a "proto-history" of civilization. It starts with agents scattered about a twin-peaked landscape; over time, there is self-organization into spatially segregated and culturally distinct "tribes" centered on the peaks of the Sugarscape. Population growth forces each tribe to disperse into the sugar lowlands between the mountains. There, the two tribes interact, engaging in combat and competing for cultural dominance, to produce complex social histories with violent expansionist phases, peaceful periods, and so on. The proto-history combines a number of ingredients, each of which generates insights of its own. One of these ingredients is sexual reproduction. In some runs, the population becomes thin, birth rates fall, and the population can crash. Alternatively, the agents may over-populate their environment, driving it into ecological collapse.


When Epstein and Axtell introduce a second resource (spice) to the Sugarscape and allow the agents to trade, an economic market emerges. The introduction of pollution resulting from resource-mining permits the study of economic markets in the presence of environmental factors.


This 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 middle of the next century and to design policy actions to help achieve such a system.
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: Feb 01, 2012
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Critical Thinking, 4th Edition
Epstein's CRITICAL THINKING sets new standards of clarity for teaching how to reason well in daily life and how to write well. With over one thousand everyday examples and exercises, the text engages and challenges the student. Featuring its own cast of cartoon characters, it is the only text on critical thinking in which students work with illustrations to convert the non-verbal into arguments and arrive at conceptual understanding. A comprehensive instructor's manual plus many supplements on the ARF website make teaching the course a pleasure for instructor and student alike.
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release date: Mar 29, 2012
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Food Medication Interactions 17th Edition
The 17th edition (2012) of the Foremost Drug-Nutrient Interaction Resource with over 90 new drugs added, reference tables such as lab values, potassium sources, grapefruit-drug interactions, drug-alcohol interactions and many others revised and updated.
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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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