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Each PDI online course has a modestly-priced required resource book. The final assignment in the course is based on this book. Questions? Click here to send a message to Samantha Moore, PDI Program Coordinator, for assistance.

21st Century Thinking Skills that Promote College and Career Readiness

This is Disciplinary Literacy” by Releah Cossett Lent

Active and Hands-on Science Instruction

On Teaching Science: Principles and Strategies that Every Educator Should Know” by Jeffrey Bennett

Addressing the Needs of Diverse Populations

How to Teach the Hard to Reach” by Jana Echevarría, Nancy Frey, and Douglas Fisher

Anti-Bullying Strategies for Primary Grades

Little Girls Can Be Mean" by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert

Best Practices for a Successful Primary Classroom

At-Risk Students: Transforming Student Behavior” by Charisse Beach

Best Practices for a Successful 4th-6th Grade Classroom

"Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Growth Mindset Learning Community" by Mary Cay Ricci

Best Practices for a Successful Middle School Classroom

Managing Your Classroom with Heart: A Guide for Nurturing Adolescent Learners” by Katy Ridnouer

Best Practices for a Successful High School Classroom

Discipline in the Secondary Classroom: A Positive Approach to Behavior Management” by Randall S. Sprick

Building Critical Social and Emotional Skills Using Literature

"The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom" by Patricia A. Jennings

Bullying: Awareness, Intervention, and Prevention

Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Alouds and Guided Conversations” by Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth

Character Education for the 21st Century

Discipline that Restores: Strategies to Create Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in the Classroom” by Ron and Roxanne Claassen

Classroom Management Strategies for High School Teachers

The Quick Guide to Classroom Management: 45 Secrets that All High School Teachers Need to Know” by Richard James Rogers

Classroom Management Survival Course

Keep Calm and Teach” by Victoria Lentfer

Comprehension: The Key to Successful Reading

The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads” by Daniel T. Willingham

Comprehension Strategies for Middle and Upper Grades

Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading” by Tanny McGregor

Conquering the Behavioral Challenges of Special Needs Students

Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally-Challenging Students” by Ross W. Greene

Content Area Multi-Sensory Teaching for Students with Special Needs

Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs” by Toby Karten

Creating a Dynamic Classroom Through Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous an Engaging Learning Experiences” by Suzie Boss and John Larmer

The Daily 5

Reading in the Wild” by Donalyn Miller

Data-Driven Instruction

How Teachers Can Turn Data into Action” by Daniel R. Venables

Designing and Creating a WebQuest

Web Literacy for Educators” by Alan November

Developing Phonemic Awareness in Emergent Readers

A Fresh Look at Phonics” by Wiley Blevins

Developmentally Appropriate Content Activities for Early Learners

Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day” by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler

Differentiated Instruction: One Size Does Not Fit All

How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms” by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Digital Storytelling: Using Technology to Write Stories

Make Me a Story: Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling” by Lisa C. Miller

Educating the Whole Student: Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom” by Jeanie M. Iberlin

Educational Technology 101

"Integrating Technology into the Curriculum” by Kathleen Kopp

Effective Strategies for Emergent and Early Writers

The Writing Teacher's Companion” by Ralph Fletcher

Effective Strategies to Improve Student Writing

Joy Write: Cultivating High-Impact Low-Stakes Writing” by Ralph Fletcher

Effectively Using iPads to Transform the Classroom

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works” by Howard Pitler, Elizabeth Hubbell, and Matt Kuhn

ELL Strategies for Mainstreamed Students

Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible” by Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder

Embracing Diversity and Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning” by Sharroky Hollie

Engaging, Motivating, and Managing Your Students

Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students” by Pernille Ripp

The Flipped Classroom: An Interactive Approach to Student Engagement

Blended Learning in Action” by Catlin R. Tucker, Tiffany Wycoff, and Jason T. Green

Focus on Phonics

Making Sense of Phonics: The Hows and Whys” by Isabel L. Beck and Mark E. Beck

Google as a Classroom Tool for Learning

Enhancing the Art and Science of Teaching with Technology” by Sonny Magana and Robert Marzano

Guided Reading 101

Who's Doing the Work? How to Say Less so Readers Can Do More” by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris

Guiding Emergent and Early Writers to Success

Teaching Beginning Writers” by David L. Coker and Kristen D. Ritchey

Helping Middle Grade Struggling Writers Achieve Success

Wrestling with Writing” by Nicholas Young, Bryan Thors Noonan, & Kristen Bonanno-Sotiropoulos

Implementing the Workshop Model in Reading, Writing, Math, and Science

Reading Workshop 2.0: Supporting Readers in the Digital Age” by Frank Serafini

Improving Your Students' Test Taking Skills

Teach Students How to Learn” by Saundra Yancy McGuire

Instilling a Growth Mindset in Students

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth

Interventions for Middle Grade Struggling Readers

From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers” by Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward

Learner-Centered Math Instruction Using Manipulatives

Guided Math: A Framework for Math Instruction” by Laney Sammons

Making the Most of the Internet in the Classroom

The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide” by Doug Johnson

Mastering Google Apps for Education

Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom” by Monica Burns

Mastering the Text Complexity Challenge in Grades 4-8

Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading” by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp

Math Manipulatives in the Primary Classroom

Guided Math Conferences” by Laney Sammons

Math Problem-Solving Strategies for Grades 3-6

““Making Number Talks Matter” by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker

Middle School Math Problem Solving

Modeling with Mathematics: Authentic Problem Solving in Middle School” by Nancy Butler Wolf

Motivating and Engaging Middle and High School Students

Empower Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience” by Lauren Porosoff and Jonathan Weinstein

Multimedia Project Design and Development

The Digital Writing Workshop” by Troy Hicks

A New Approach to Spelling Instruction

Spelling K-8: Planning and Teaching” by Diane Snowball and Faye Bolton

The Next Generation Science Standards

Proficiency Scales for the New Science Standards: A Framework for Science Instruction and Assessment” by Robert Marzano, David Yanoski, and Diane Paynter

Preparing English Language Learners for Success

Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners” by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski

Preparing Students with Special Needs to Meet the Standards

"Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom" edited by Tracey E. Hall, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose

Reading Foundations for Emergent and Early Readers

Know Better, Do Better: Teaching the Foundations so Every Child Can Read” by Meredith Liben and David Liben

Reading Interventions for Middle School Students

The Vocabulary-Enriched Classroom: Practices for Improving the Reading Performance of All Students in Grades 3 and Up ” by Cathy Collins Block and John N. Mangieri

Reading to Learn: Developing Strategic Reading Skills

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters” by Kyleen Beers and Robert E. Probst

Reading Workshop Approach for Middle Grade Students

The Reading Zone” by Nancie Atwell and Anne Atwell Merkel

Response to Intervention in Reading

RTI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know” by Mary Howard

Responsive Classroom Management in the Primary Grades

Better than Carrots or Sticks” by Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

Science Inquiry Using the 5E Model

"Ambitious Science Teaching” by Mark Windschitl, Jessica Thompson, and Melissa Braaten

Study Smarter Not Harder: Study Skills for Students

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond” by Donna Goldberg

Supporting Math Foundational Skills in the Primary Grades

Young Children's Mathematics” by Thomas Carpetner, Megan Franke, Nicholas Johnson, Angela Chan Turrou, and Anita Wager

Teaching Critical SEL Skills Using Picture Books

"Using Picture Books to Enhance Children's Social and Emotional Literacy" by Susan Elswick

Teaching Primary Grade Math Problem-Solving Skills

Common Core Sense: Tapping the Power of the Mathematical Practices” by Christine Moynihan

Teaching STEM and NGSS at the Primary Level

The 5 Es of Inquiry-Based Science” by Lakeena Chitman-Booker and Kathleen Kopp

Teaching Students with Special Needs in the Mainstream Classroom

Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms” by Lee Ann Jung, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Julie Kroener

Teaching Tolerance and Respect: Preventing Bullying in High School

Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying” by Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Unleashing the Power of NGSS and STEM

20 Strategies for STEM Instruction” by William N. Bender

Using Google Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Google Classroom” by Ted Lebowski

Vocabulary-Building Strategies for Students in Grades 4-12

Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary” by Brenda J. Overturf, Leslie H. Montgomery, and Margot Holmes Smith

Word Play: Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary Grades

For the Love of Words: Vocabulary Instruction that Works” by Diane E. Paynter, Elena Bodrova, and Jane K. Doty