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New Year, New Tools


by Angela P. Dodson

A new school year, new students, same old teaching methods and lesson plans? Of course not. As an educator in higher education, you are probably looking for ideas to refresh and renew your teaching skills. As the student population becomes increasingly diverse and the changing global climate demands new solutions, innovation in the classroom is more important than ever. For inspiration and direction, choose some of the books on multicultural education available from at deep discounts. offers discount prices on a variety of titles about teaching in a multicultural environment to enhance your knowledge and to provide resources for course work. Here are some selections from our publishers.

Letters from the Future, by Deborah A. Brunson, Brenda Jarmon, Linda L. Lampl and Michelle Howard-Vital (editors), $62.95, (List price: $69.95), Stylus Publishing, January 2006, ISBN: 9781579221867, pp. 320.

This book is primarily for college faculty who are teaching courses with a diversity focus, as well as for administrators. Educators in a variety of disciplines offer insights on their philosophies of teaching, challenges in diverse settings and classroom practices. Each chapter also incorporates letters from former students on how the lessons they learned in class translate into their adult lives.  Topics covered include curriculum reform, the power of personal narratives in teaching diversity, intercultural competence and social justice.

Teaching For Justice, by Kathleen Maa Weigert and Robin J. Crews, $26.55, (List Price: $29.50), Stylus Publishing. January 1999, ISBN: 9781563770159, pp. 200.

This is the 10th book in the Service-Learning in the Disciplines Series from Stylus Publishing. This volume examines issues in peace studies and service learning, and presents ideas on how to prepare students to become change agents at a time when peace-building skills are critical. The contributors discuss programs at various colleges and universities and examine a wide range of issues in this field.

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Teaching Unprepared Students by Kathleen F. Gabriel and Sandra M. Flake, $62.95, (List price:  $69.95, Stylus Publishing, January 2008, ISBN: 9781579222291, pp. 160.

Colleges are increasingly reporting that students are arriving at their doors with inadequate preparation to survive, much less succeed, in their studies. Often their skills in reading, writing, thinking critically and studying effectively are underdeveloped despite their status as high school graduates.

This book’s purpose is to demonstrate classroom techniques and approaches to identifying students in need, developing rapport and teaching in a way that can help students develop sufficient skills to succeed in classes and complete college. The author also advises instructors on how to work with academic support units available on their campuses to students at risk of failure. Topics covered include discipline and behavior, attendance, clear expectations, learning styles and study skills.


In addition, please don’t forget that as part of its summer reading sale, is offering additional discounts on books from two of its partners, the American Counseling Association and Stylus Publishing until September 7. These publishers offer titles to appeal to a wide range of professional and personal interests, and each book will be discounted an additional 10 percent off the already reduced prices. offers discount prices on a variety of academic titles to enhance your knowledge and to provide resources for course work. Through its partnerships with leading publishers – representing university and independent presses large and small – brings you scholarly and academic titles that you will not find elsewhere about diversity, education, history and many other topics. Visit to purchase books at significant discounts.

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