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PDI Required Book List


Each PDI online course has a modestly-priced required resource book. The final assignment in the course is based on this book.

Active and Hands-on Science Instruction

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

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 Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools" 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

Bullying: Awareness, Intervention, and Prevention

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

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” by Richard James Rogers

Classroom Management Survival Course

Rules in School: Teaching Discipline in the Responsive Classroom” by Kathryn Brady, Mary Beth Forton, and Deborah Porter

Comprehension: The Key to Successful Reading

The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book” by Gail Saunders-Smith

Comprehension Strategies for Middle and Upper Grades

Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading” by Tanny McGregor

Conquering the Behavioral Challenges of Special Needs Students

Success Strategies for Teaching Kids with Autism” by Wendy Ashcroft, Sue Argiro, and Joyce Keohane

Content Area Literacy: Using Nonfiction Books in the Classroom

A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades” by Georgia Heard and Jennifer MacDonough

The Daily 5

Reading in the Wild” by Donalyn Miller

Data-Driven Instruction

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

Designing and Creating a Virtual Field Trip

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher ” by Randolph Hock

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

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

Effective Strategies for New Teachers

Classroom Management That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Every Teacher” by Robert J. Marzano

Effectively Using iPads to Transform the Classroom

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

Engaging, Motivating, and Managing Your Students

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

Expository Writing: Focus on Research Reports

How to Write a Great Research Paper” by Beverly Ann Chin

The Flipped Classroom: An Interactive Approach to Student Engagement

Flipped Learning” by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Focus on Phonics

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

The Fundamentals of Teaching English Language Development

Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners” by Jane Hill and Kristen Miller

Google as a Classroom Tool for Learning

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

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

A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Struggling Writers:How to Provide Differentiated Support and Ongoing Assessment” by Curt Dudley-Marling and Patricia Paugh

How to Manage Your Classroom for Student Success

Assertive Discipline: Positive Behavior Management for Today's Classroom” by Lee Canter

Implementing the Kindergarten Common Core Reading Standards for Literature

Kindergarten Literacy” by Anne McGill-Franzen

Implementing the First Grade Common Core Reading Standards for Literature

First Grade Readers” by Stephanie Parsons

Implementing the Second Grade Common Core Reading Standards for Literature

Reading with Meaning” by Debbie Miller

Implementing the Third Grade Common Core Reading Standards for Literature

Moving Forward With Literature Circles” by Jeni Pollack Day, Dixie Lee Spiegel, Jane McLellan, Valerie B. Brown

Implementing the Fourth Grade Common Core Reading Standards for Literature

Literature Is Back!: Using the Best Books for Teaching Readers and Writers Across Genres” by Carol Fuhler and Maria Walther

Implementing the Fifth Grade Common Core Reading Standards for Literature

Improving Comprehension with Questioning the Author: A Fresh and Expanded View of a Powerful Approach” by Isabel L. Beck and Margaret G. McKeown

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

Test-Taking Strategies (Study Smart Series)” by Judy Kesselman-Turkel and Franklynn Peterson

Instructional Approaches for Literacy Development

Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work” by Debbie Diller

Instructional Strategies for ELD and SDAIE

From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners” by Tasha Tropp Laman

Integrating Interactive Whiteboards into the Curriculum

The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution” by Christopher Betcher

Introduction to the Common Core State Standards

Assignments Matter: Making the Connections that Help Students Meet Standards” by Eleanor Dougherty

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 Educattion

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

Math Solutions: Implementing the Kindergarten Common Core Math Standards

Number Sense Routines” by Jessica F. Shumway

Math Solutions: Implementing the First Grade Common Core Math Standards

Accessible Mathematics: Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement” by Steven Leinward

Math Solutions: Implementing the Second Grade Common Core Math Standards

Math Sense: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction” by Christine Moynihan

Math Solutions: Implementing the Third Grade Common Core Math Standards

Building Mathematical Comprehension: Using Literacy Strategies to Make Meaning” by Laney Sammons

Math Solutions: Implementing the Fourth Grade Common Core Math Standards

Learning to Love Math" by Judy Willis

Math Solutions: Implementing the Fifth Grade Common Core Math Standards

Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Deep Understanding" by Wendy Ward Hoffer

Math Solutions: Implementing the Sixth Grade Common Core Math Standards

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching" by Jo Boaler

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

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 for the Common Core Assessments

Embedded Formative Assessment” by Dylan Wiliam

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

Putting SDAIE Theory into Practice

Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas” by Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian

Reading Foundations for Emergent and Early Readers

The Fluent Reader” by Timothy Rasinski

Reading Interventions for Middle Grade 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

QAR Now: A Powerful and Practical Framework That Develops Comprehension and Higher-Level Thinking in All Students (Theory and Practice)” by Kathryn Au, Taffy Raphael, and Kathy Highfield

Reading Workshop Approach in the Middle Grades

The Content-Rich Reading & Writing Workshop” by Nancy Akhavan

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

The Six Traits of Writing

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide” by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Study Smarter Not Harder: Study Skills for Students

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

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 Struggling Readers: Identification, Intervention, and Remediation

The Struggling Reader: Interventions That Work” by J. David Cooper, David J. Chard, and Nancy D. Kiger

Teaching Students with Special Needs in the Mainstream Classroom

Getting Beyond Bullying and Exclusion” by Ronald Mah

Unleashing the Power of NGSS and STEM

20 Strategies for STEM Instruction” by William N. Bender

Using Children's Literature in the Classroom

Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups” by Harvey Daniels

Using Google Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Google Classroom” by Ted Lebowski

Using Microsoft Excel in the Classroom

Microsoft Excel 2010 Introduction Quick Reference Guide” by Beezix, Inc.

Using Microsoft PowerPoint in the Classroom

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Introduction Quick Reference Guide” by Beezix, Inc.

Using Microsoft Word in the Classroom

Microsoft Word 2010 Formatting Quick Reference Guide” by Beezix, Inc.

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

Write On! Understanding the Kindergarten Common Core Writing Standards

A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers” by M. Colleen Cruz

Write On! Understanding the First Grade Common Core Writing Standards

Lauching the Writing Workshop by Denise Leograndis

Write On! Understanding the Second Grade Common Core Writing Standards

A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers” by Lucy Calkins

Write On! Understanding the Third Grade Common Core Writing Standards

Small Group Writing Conferences” by Holly Slaughter

Write On! Understanding the Fourth Grade Common Core Writing Standards

What a Writer Needs” by Ralph Fletcher

Write On! Understanding the Fifth Grade Common Core Writing Standards

The Struggling Writer” by Janet Angelillo

Writer's Workshop in the Elementary Classroom

The Unstoppable Writing Teacher” by M. Colleen Cruz

Young Adult Literature in the Classroom

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child” by Donalyn Miller