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Education

Students in this program will also study the historical and philosophical foundations of education and the application of psychological theories to educational practices.

Textbooks on Reserve

The RCBC Library has many course textbooks on reserve. These books can be reserved for two hours at a time.

You can view which textbooks are available by subject on this guide:

Textbooks on Reserve at RCBC

New Books!

Justice Seekers

Revolutionary solutions for an American school system that is systemically failing Black and brown children In Justice Seekers, celebrated social justice activist and veteran educator Lacey Robinson delivers an engaging combination of storytelling and research that explains why justice is something that is happening--or not happening--inside the classroom and within the details of teaching and learning. You'll explore ways to identify and eliminate the shame-inducing pedagogies impacting Black and brown children from classrooms and the world at large. In the book, you'll discover the many ways that justice is in the details of race, pedagogy, and standards-driven education, as well as: Strategies for challenging educators to see the ways in which they can contribute to eradicating racial inequity from the classroom and from society New ways to recognize and reduce the impact of low cognitive demand material presented to Black and brown children in schools across America Methods for improving the quality of your own teaching here and now An intuitive and exciting roadmap for K-12 teachers, teachers-in-training, school administrators, and principals who aim to reverse the racial injustices today's children face every day, Justice Seekers also belongs in the hands of instructional coaches, coordinators, and concerned parents everywhere.

It's All about Learning

It's All About Learning: The Struggle in Choosing Traditional Public Education or Privatization is a reckoning with the contemporary struggle over choice about learning in public education. The future for learning depends on choice aligned with one of two major perspectives: traditional public education or privatization education. The profound implications of this struggle are too important to focus on gadgets, technology, and adult-centric intentions, also known as "chasing rabbits." Instead, this book examines the purpose, intentions, and consequences of the perspectives battling for control of learning and teaching. When this conflict is resolved, a choice for learning will emerge: how to think or what-to-think. Who will write the narrative for the history of the future of US public education that best serves all students and the democracy in which they live? A reckoning with the struggle over choice about learning is past due. This book makes it clear that the time has come for traditional public educators to bypass the marketplace of privatization education and prioritize student-centric learning in traditional US public education.

Now What? Confronting Uncomfortable Truths about Inequity in Schools

Navigate barriers and take actional steps toward equity The principles of Cultural Proficiency have guided our drive toward equitable schools for decades. Leaders who apply this framework to scrutinize the beliefs and practices that have caused disproportionate harm to children of color and other marginalized students are frequently left with the question: "Now What?" Using their unique insights and life experiences as Latina superintendents, the authors of Now What? Confronting Uncomfortable Truths About Inequity in Schools present a guide to navigating barriers, managing differences, and creating an actionable equity plan. Readers will find: a "What Next" guide for leaders at all levels to leverage Cultural Proficiency a Culturally Proficient Leadership Rubric for promoting growth an 8-Step Process to help educators gauge status and progress of their equity plan a discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on educational transformation, as well as heightened awareness of injustice, including the Black Lives Matter movement and mistreatment of immigrant children and families Cultural Proficiency begins with us. By focusing on our beliefs and biases, and taking actionable steps, we can become more proficient at eliminating barriers.

How to Build Your Antiracist Classroom

Taking on the pervasive issue of racism within education Badu offers a practical, no-nonsense guide on building an antiracist classroom. This book takes the reader on a journey from examining their own bias and racial literacy, to developing a diverse curriculum and improving the culture, to effecting wider changes across the school. Whether as an ally or recipient of bias in our society; this book will offer educators a guide to all the things we can do in the classroom to effect profound social change. If you seek to disrupt the cycles of systemic inequality that have existed in society and education for decades, this is the book for you. Orlene Badu is a Leadership & Education Consultant.      

The State of Independence

Exploring the most significant challenges facing independent schools today, this book asks leading figures from education, economics, politics, philosophy and the arts to give their views on how independent schools can adapt to rapidly changing markets which see them scrutinised as never before. A best-seller in its first edition, this fully revised second edition includes many new and updated essays, as well as featuring 26 brand new contributions from leading figures from education. How the sector has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic dominates some of the new contributions, but leading thinkers on areas as complex as gender identity and race write about how independent schools will have to change if they are to survive and flourish in the 21st century. This is a book that, more than ever before, anyone interested in education must read.

Exploring and Celebrating the Early Childhood Practitioner

This exciting new book celebrates, interrogates and re-imagines the complex and demanding role of the Early Childhood Practitioner. Exploring the many different facets of the Early Childhood Practitioner's (ECP) role, it challenges normative constructions of practitioners and how they have been shaped by assumptions of history, culture and policy. Drawing on a range of theoretical presumptions and debates, the chapters champion the multidimensional power and potentiality of the ECP, arguing for greater respect and recognition for a role that supports and enables at a crucial time in a child's life. With opportunities for reflection, key topics include: The specialist pedagogical expertise of the ECP The key role that ECPs play in the child's holistic wellbeing The ECP as diplomat across many professional contexts, effectively communicating with families and professionals The creative ECP, pushing traditional, normative boundaries of practice The ECP as so much more than they are customarily perceived as being. This latest addition to the TACTYC series will be valuable reading for Early Years students - particularly on Masters level courses - as well as those working and researching in the Early Years sector.

Reframing the Everyday in Early Childhood Pedagogy

Despite vast possible differences across geographic locations, cultural practices, community values, and curricular priorities, there are everyday events that are intimately familiar in the context of early childhood care and education centres. By attending to the daily events that are often overlooked and considerably under-theorized, this insightful text highlights the complexity of the everyday in early childhood settings. Contributions to this edited collection are organized to follow the chronology of a school day; each chapter draws upon post-foundational theories and empirical qualitative data in order to (re)examine a familiar routine within an early years centre, such as walking down the hallway, eating a snack, napping, or changing one's clothing. The authors argue for a mundane early childhood praxis that attends to the pedagogical possibilities within the seemingly unremarkable and highlights its importance, especially during what are understood to be unprecedented times. This book will be of interest to advanced practitioners, graduate students, and scholars, and for use in courses in early childhood education, childhood studies, and educational foundations.

AI and the Future of Education

Clear away the fog surrounding AI in education--and regain your peace of mind Among teachers, there is a cloud of rumors, confusion, and fear surrounding the rise of artificial intelligence. AI and the Future of Education is a timely response to this general state of panic, showing you that AI is a tool to leverage, not a threat to teaching and learning. By understanding what AI is, what it does, and how it can be used to enhance education, you can let go of anxiety and uncertainty, and learn to embrace artificial intelligence. It's true that, along with tremendous opportunities, AI presents some challenges for the field of education. In this book, Priten Shah, a Harvard M.Ed. with a robust background in educational innovation, helps you face these challenges head on, so you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to use AI effectively in your classroom. Thanks to this thorough consideration of ethical considerations and practical approaches, you can develop your own strategy for leveraging AI in administrative tasks, lesson design, professional development, and beyond. Understand what AI and machine learning are, and learn about new developments like ChatGPT Discover strategies for engaging students more fully using AI Automate administrative tasks, grading and feedback, and assessments Use AI in innovative ways to promote higher-order thinking skills Examine ethical considerations of AI, including the achievement gap, privacy concerns, and bias For K-12 educators, as well as leaders and policymakers who want to understand the role of technology in education, AI and the Future of Education is a valuable resource that can change AI from an unknown entity to an indispensable tool.

When Kids Can't Read-What Teachers Can Do, Second Edition

Dear Teachers, This new edition of When Kids Can't Read-What Teachers Can Do, like the original edition, is based on my bedrock belief that reading, though not an innate ability for anyone, is a critical skill for all. Reading changes us. It changes the way we think, the way we see the world, the way we process information and dream new thoughts. It allows us to discover more about ourselves and the world around us so that we might become better versions of ourselves, so we might fully participate in our communities and our nation, so that we might flourish intellectually, emotionally, creatively, and socially as passionate and compassionate beings. And when we don't read, when kids can'tread, all that is gone. We lose that ability to learn in this transformative way. We run the risk of being manipulated by others. We are diminished. And in that moment of being less, all around us might suffer, too. Our understanding of complex issues then becomes dependent on what someone else tells us. When kids can't read the result is far worse than lowered test scores. The result is an illiterate life. This new and updated second edition recognizes that helping kids who struggle with reading means knowing how to help kids with: Comprehension: literal and inferential meaning Word Work: phonics, fluency, spelling, and vocabulary Engagement: required and independent reading, relevance, and motivation When Kids Can't Read recounts my journey with one student who changed the course of my professional career, and it is your guidebook for your own journey with your students as you discover What Teachers Can Do. -Kylene Beers

Report Cards

The definitive history of the report card. Report cards represent more than just an account of academic standing and attendance. The report card also serves as a tool of control and as a microcosm for the shifting power dynamics among teachers, parents, school administrators, and students. In Report Cards: A Cultural History, Wade H. Morris tells the story of American education by examining the history of this unique element of student life. In the nearly two hundred-year evolution of the report card, this relic of academic bookkeeping reflected broader trends in the United States: the republican zealotry and religious fervor of the antebellum period, the failed promises of postwar Reconstruction for the formerly enslaved, the changing gender roles in newly urbanized cities, the overreach of the Progressive child-saving movement in the early twentieth century, and--by the 1930s--the increasing faith in an academic meritocracy. The use of report cards expanded with the growth of school bureaucracies, becoming a tool through which administrators could surveil both student activity and teachers. And by the late twentieth century, even the most radical critics of numerical reporting of children have had to compromise their ideals. Morris traces the evolution of how teachers, students, parents, and administrators have historically responded to report cards. From a western New York classroom teacher in the 1830s and a Georgia student in the 1870s who was born enslaved, to a Colorado student incarcerated in the early 1900s and the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants applying to college in the 1930s, Report Cards describes how generations of people have struggled to maintain dignity within a system that reduces children to numbers on slips of paper.

Focus on Developmentally Appropriate Practice

What Does Developmentally Appropriate Practice Look Like in a Preschool Classroom?     If you''ve ever wondered how effective teachers actually do DAP, this is the book for you. Here, you can peek into classrooms to see teachers making intentional decisions in the six key areas of practice that form the six guidelines for DAP in action:   1. Building a community of learners where everyone is welcomed and supported to grow   2. Facilitating respectful partnerships with families   3. Observing, assessing, and documenting children''s development and learning    4. Using teaching strategies that enhance learning for each child   5. Implementing curriculum tied to meaningful learning goals   6. Demonstrating professionalism     You''ll discover   More about what each guideline means for preschool teaching   Chapters that showcase articles from Young Children and Teaching Young Children--plus brand-new content--illustrating excellent teaching strategies related to each guideline   Examples you can model, adapt, and implement in your own practice    Your teaching will be richer and deeper, and children''s learning will flourish!  

How Children Learn Math

-This textbook offers an accessibly-written, practical, and amply illustrated introduction to the science of elementary math learning, written for pre-service and in-service K-5 teachers and educators with little background in cognitive development. -Balances Science and Classroom sections, synthesizing the latest developmental research, and offering ready-to-use practical classroom activities for individual, small-group, and classroom settings. -Written by an author team drawing from decades of experience in cognitive research on mathematics learning, clinical psychology, classroom experience, and working with both teachers and children.

Helping Teen Moms Graduate

Title IX is a federal lawthat prohibits federally funded educational institutions-- from elementary to university level-- from discriminating against students or employees based on sex. Title IX is best known for its application to female athletes, but Title IX also applies to pregnant and parenting students. It prohibits discrimination against them and protects their right to an education equal to their peers. Yet, fifty years after the passage of Title IX, 50% of pregnant and parenting students do not complete high school. This is largely because educational barriers push pregnant and parenting students out of school, and schools directly violate Title IX. What if those educational barriers exist at your school? What if your school is in direct violation of this federal law? Wouldn't you want to know? Helping Teen Moms Graduate will help ensure your school is in compliance and help you learn practical strategies to decrease the 50% high school pushout rate for this student population.

Print Books

Print books are arranged on the shelf in Library of Congress Call Number order. Each call number begins with an alphanumeric base (e.g., "BF109.J8") that is followed by a cutter and a date of publication (e.g., "A25 1993"). See a librarian if you need assistance.

​Call Number Range (Where to Find Books on the Bookshelves)

  • L - Education (General)
  • LA - History of Education
  • LB - Theory and practice of education
  • LC - Special aspects of education

Suggested Reading

Please check the catalog or databases, or contact RCBC Library to see if book is currently available. Here are a few suggestions:

COVID-19 Ebooks

Suggested eBooks

Ebooks are accessible directly from the Library catalog. If you're interested in finding ebooks only, head to eBook Collection. To log in, use the barcode located on the back of your student ID and your pin number. You have the option to download ebooks to a device, but we strongly recommend reading them online to take advantage of the full suite of available tools. Create a personal account using your Library barcode and PIN to manage and organize your ebook reading and research.

County Books

You can use your RCBC Library barcode to either request the book to be sent to RCBC's library for you to pick up or you can bring your RCBC Library barcode to the county branch and pick up the book from that branch

Need A Book We Don't Have?

  • RCBC Library is part of the Burlington County Library System (BCLS)

    • Your RCBC Library barcode allows you to check out physical material at other BCLS branches. (A separate BCLS Library card is needed to access their online resources.) 

    • If another branch has a book that you are looking for, either call them to place it on hold for you, or as a RCBC librarian to call for you.

    • Note: a book that shows up as being in another branch may be currently in use by another patron. Save yourself a trip and call to double check the book's availability!

  • Inter-library Loans

    • If a book that you want is not available in the RCBC Library or BCLS, we can attempt to order the book from an outside library to be delivered to the RCBC Library. Note: this method may take 2 weeks or longer for the book to arrive at RCBC.

    • To order a book via inter-library loan, please either fill out a blank form from JerseyCat or contact Debbie Kolodziej at dkolodzie@rcbc.edu.

  • Faculty Book Requests

    • For more information, please contact Rachel Pieters at rpieters@rcbc.edu or ext. 1269.
 

Library Services

  • Research assistance - help finding sources, evaluating sources

  • Online workshops for citing and plagiarism are held throughout the semester. To request a citing workshop, please email library@rcbc.edu