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See below for the list of 2024 winners in the EDUCATION category, for books with a copyright date of 2023. 

Universal Design for Learning in English Language Arts: Improving Literacy Instruction through Inclusive Practices
2024 Gold Winner

Authors: Katie Novak, Ryan Hinkle, Brianne Parker, Jina Poirier, Anne Wolff

Publisher: CAST, Inc.

ISBN: 9781943085088

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Universal Design for Learning in English Language Arts demonstrates how to build rich, collaborative, and engaging literacy environments for students with varied backgrounds and needs. While addressing the established domains of literacy, the book explores connections between social emotional learning and character education to foster a deeper understanding of literacy.

Elevating Co-teaching with Universal Design for Learning
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Elizabeth Stein

Publisher: CAST Professional Publishing

ISBN: 9781930583986

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Elizabeth Stein offers educators new strategies, updated research, and fine-tuned language to show how best to apply the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and guidelines to co-teaching. This book demonstrates how UDL helps co-teachers create successful learning environments, with equal access to academic content, for all students.

Making the Move With Ed Tech: 10 Strategies to Scale Up Your In-Person, Hybrid, and Remote Learning
2024 Silver Winner

Authors: Troy Hicks, Jennifer Parker, and Kate Grunow

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 9781954631717

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Discover how to integrate technology in the classroom by adapting ten strategies that facilitate creativity and critical thinking and increase student engagement. This research-based resource is a practical tool you can keep close at hand to help you be intentional with ed tech and strengthen your teaching practice.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the EDUCATION category, for books with a copyright date of 2022. 

Rebooting Assessment: A Practical Guide for Balancing Conversations, Performances, and Products
2023 Gold Winner

Authors: Damian Cooper with Jeff Catania

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 978-1-952812-31-6

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With Rebooting Assessment, embrace a technology-supported and balanced assessment approach focused on conversations, performances, and physical products. By reading this book, K–12 educators will receive tools and strategies for creating a more reliable assessment process that enhances learning for every student.

Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for All Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Ian V. Rowe

Publisher: Templeton Press

ISBN: 978-1-59947-583-7

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From MTV to The White House to The Gates Foundation, Ian Rowe has real world experience working with America’s youth. Today, he is a charter school pioneer in the Bronx with a record of producing measurable results. In Agency, Rowe draws on the lessons he’s learned—along with eye-opening social science research—to put forward an inspiring vision to help children succeed. This vision involves revitalizing the institutions of family, religion, education, and entrepreneurship (the FREE framework), so that children can overcome destructive environments and chart their own futures.  

Ruthless Equity: Disrupt the Status Quo and Ensure Learning for ALL Students
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Ken Williams

Publisher: Wish In One Hand Press

ISBN: 978-1-7379004-0-5

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In this powerful, unvarnished, status-quo-disrupting examination of the internal obstacles to providing genuine equal opportunities for every student, bestselling author Ken Williams shows readers how to identify and defeat the enemy of equity by unlocking these barriers through mindset and practice.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the EDUCATION category, for books with a copyright date of 2021. 

Prepare to Scare: A Guide to Telling Scary Stories
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Elizabeth Ellis

Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Publishers

ISBN: 978-1-62491-159-0

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A handbook edited by Circle of Excellence storyteller, Elizabeth Ellis, with contributions by the A-list of scary story writers and tellers on the American Storytelling Festival  A new handbook of sources, methods, and best practices in the collecting, refining, and telling of scary stories, for any venue.

Ready for the Workforce: Engaging Strategies for Teaching Secondary Learners Employability Skills
2022 Silver Winner

Authors: Christi McBride, Brenda Duncan-Davis

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 978-1-949539-79-0

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Learn how to utilize the Youth Employability Skills (YES!) framework to foster confident, well-rounded, career-ready students. This resource helps educators teach 21st century skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking, to ensure that each learner is prepared for the workplace or higher education.

Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Lisa Baylis, MEd

Publisher: PESI Publishing

ISBN: 9781683734048

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Written by an educator and mindful self-compassion expert, this book provides educators with simple, accessible, and easy-to-use practices that will inspire them to care for themselves – instead of adding to their chaos – so they can continue doing the profession they love.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the EDUCATION  category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Sing Like Never Before: A Creative Look at Vocal Technique & Pedagogy for Singers & Voice Teachers
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Justin Stoney, illustrated by Mark Pate

Publisher: Mission Point Press

ISBN: 978-1-950659-75-3

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Sing Like Never Before was created to help Singers and Voice Teachers understand complex ideas and concepts while still keeping the fun and the Joy throughout the process. With its colorful artwork and entertaining style, Sing Like Never Before is making vocal technique practical and accessible for vocalists and pedagogues everywhere.

Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Andratesha Fritzgerald

Publisher: CAST Professional Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-930583-70-2

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Drawing vivid lessons from her urban classrooms, Andratesha Fritzgerald shows teachers how to open new avenues of communication and skill-building to help Black and Brown students become expert learners who also feel honored and loved. The key? Blending antiracist principles with a science-based framework for inclusive teaching and learning.

Intern Talk: A Guide to Walking the Walk
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Anthony Louis

Publisher: City of Light Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-942483-26-7

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From navigating interviews and crafting résumés to effective networking and personal branding, Intern Talk is a career coach and adviser disguised as a book. It not only guides students in the pursuit of professional opportunities, but also offers a somewhat novel approach to achieving a lifetime of career success.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the EDUCATION category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Katherine Quie, PhD, LP

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-63489-217-9

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"This memoir is the real deal. Read it. Laugh, cry, learn, fly, and discover the superpower embedded in the condition so misleadingly and inaccurately called ADHD." --Dr. Edward Hallowell, national ADHD expert and New York Times bestselling author

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It's Okay to Say "They": Tips for Educator Allies of Transgender and Nonbinary Students
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Christy Whittlesey , PhD

Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1949595895

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This guide helps educators become better allies to transgender and nonbinary students by avoiding gendered language practices, designing inclusive curricula, and shaping conscientious school policies for students.

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Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Jane A.G. Kise and Barbara K. Watterston

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 978-1-943874-30-9

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This book guides women leaders through a twelve-week development journey to discover their personal leadership identity and overcome the gender barriers to leadership in education.

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