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Welcome to the Books for Educators Website

Books for Educators is your one-stop shopping site for the latest in Brain-Compatible Learning, Character Education, Citizenship Development, and HET Model (Highly Effective Teaching, formerly known as the Kovalik ITI model). Browse books, DVDs, posters, and other educational resources and learning materials in our store.

As the publisher of HET materials, we are their sole retailer and wholesaler.

Our Mission is to provide the best resources—from theory to practice—and to do so with quality customer service. We do the research for you! Rest assured that our materials are built upon a 21st century knowledge of how the human brain learns.

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About Our Store

 

Books for Educators has moved to sunny Paso Robles, CA but we still offer prompt service and are proud to be the publisher and seller of HET resources (Highly Effective Teaching) as well as excellent resources for character education.

Discover the relevance of brain-compatible learning through our thought-provoking books, DVDs, and other materials for use at school, at home, and at work.

The Highly Effective Teaching model (HET, formerly known as the Kovalik ITI model) is designed to translate brain research into practical, everyday classroom and school-wide strategies. Developed over the past 30 years, it is continually revised to stay current with forthcoming brain research and to respond to the needs of classroom teachers. The result is a powerful, comprehensive view of teaching and learning for the 21st century coupled with doable, step-by-step implementation strategies for curriculum development and instructional strategies.

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Current Events

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The 2016 HET Summer Institute is scheduled for July 11th – 14th in Sacramento, CA (arrival on the 10th).
Held on the campus of an HET charter school, you’ll have an opportunity to visit HET classrooms, watch HET teachers and students in action, and get personalized feedback on your next steps.

There will be two strands—one for those implementing Stage 1 of the HET model and one for those developing/refining curriculum for Stage 2.


Character Education Resources

 

 

 

 

Tools for Citizenship & Life: Using the Lifelong Guidelines & LIFESKILLS in Your Classroom, 5th Ed. Revised

by Sue Pearson

Here’s the book you’ve been waiting to have at your fingertips! For each of the Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS, you get a description of it, why practice it, how to practice it, what it looks like in the real world, what it looks like in school, inquiries to develop it, signs of its success, and links to related literature to use with students grades K-12. Can be used as a stand-alone character education program or as an HET resource. (300+ pp.) $34.95

 

 

 

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Character Begins at Home: Family Tools for Teaching Character and Values

Karen D. Olsen & Sue Pearson

Here are hundreds of ideas for nurturing children’s characters through the Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS using simple, enjoyable activities at home, and related literature selections. Children and youth benefit by hearing and using a common language at home and at school as they develop the social skills of respect and responsible citizenship. Great idea for building family/community support! (300 pp.) $6.95

 

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LIFESKILLS & Lifelong Guidelines Wall Posters - Cartoon Design Set

Includes a Lifelong Guidelines poster (12” x 18”) and posters for each of the 19 LIFESKILLS (8.5" x 11"). LIFESKILLS include such traits as Cooperation, Responsibility, Initiative, Problem-Solving, etc. Artwork is whimsical, action oriented, and multi-ethnic. Ideal for older students. $24.95

 

 

 

 

 

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LIFESKILLS & Lifelong Guidelines Wall Posters – Animal Design Set

Your class will enjoy the playful animals depicting each of the five Lifelong Guidelines (a 12" x 18" color poster) and the 19 LIFESKILLS (8.5" x 11") color posters, one for each LIFESKILL). LIFESKILLS include such traits as Effort, Perseverance, Friendship, Caring, Sense of Humor, and Creativity. $24.95

 

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LIFESKILLS / Lifelong Guidelines Single Poster
If you like our LIFESKILLS magnets, you’ll love the new summary poster! It includes both the Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS with their definitions—all on one 18” x 22 ½” laminated poster. Display it in the hallway, office, lunchroom, classroom, or at home. $8.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LIFESKILLS Bookmarks

Your students (and parents and teachers) will enjoy these colorful bookmarks depicting the 19 LIFESKILLS and 5 Lifelong Guidelines. The playful animals will follow you through your adventures in reading. $8.50

 

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Wall Calendar-Animal Design
Perfect for your classroom or home
15 month LIFESKILLS calendar featuring the adorable Animal design Lifelong Guidelines & LIFESKILLS. (8 ½ x 11 wall calendar) $12.00

 

 

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Wall Calendar-Cartoon Design
Perfect for your classroom or home
15 month LIFESKILLS calendar featuring the delightful Cartoon Kids design Lifelong Guidelines & LIFESKILLS. (8 ½ x 11-wall calendar) $12.00

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HET (Highly Effective Teaching)

 

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: A User's Guide to Implementing Brain Research in the Classroom, 5th Ed.
by Susan J. Kovalik & Karen D. Olsen

This exciting book describes the brain research base for the HET model (formerly known as the Kovalik ITI model) and and provides hundreds of curriculum and instructional practices for acting on it. Organized by the HET Learning Principles and the HET Stages of Implementation, it's designed to be used as a handbook to guide step-by-step implementation of HET. (419 pp.) $36.95

 

 

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Your Personal Guide to Implementing the HET Model: Stages 1, 2, & 3
by Karen D. Olsen

This guide is an indispensable companion to Exceeding Expectations. Designed to be a personal guide when implementing the HET model, it follows the HET Stages of Implementation. The handbook provides descriptors of what to do, what it looks like when students collaborate with their teacher – “the dance” – and what it looks like when students internalize HET and “take flight.” It’s an excellent self-coaching guide and an invaluable communication tool when working with a coach. (56 pp.) $7.95 (Order 10 or more, $6.95 each)

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Coaching for the HET Model: Delivering on the Promise, 3rd Ed.
by Karen D. Olsen

This book will help you become a top-notch coach capable of creating HET champions. It introduces Turning Point Interaction (TPI), a coaching model designed specifically for HET coaches, and is based on the HET Stages of Implementation. Provides invaluable tips for working effectively with adults. (198 pp.) $21.95

 

 

 

 

 

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Kid’s Eye View of Science: A Conceptual, Integrated Approach to Teaching Science
by Susan J. Kovalik & Karen D. Olsen

Kid’s Eye View of Science examines learning science from multiple perspectives—especially a child’s. The book guides readers through the steps of igniting students’ natural sense of wonder, incorporating brain research, integrating science concepts with other subjects, and applying science to daily life. (280 pp.) $44.95

 

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What Brain Research Can Teach Us About Cutting School Budgets
by Karen D Olsen

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This book boldly asserts that brain research should be applied wherever human brains are working—that not only can and should brain research informhow and what we teach in the classroom, it should be brought to bear in boardrooms and the school budgeting process as well. What Brain Research Can Teach About Cutting School Budgets offers principals, teacher leaders, and district staff a step-by-step process for applying the principles of how students learn to the budgeting process. 
Starting with a strategy-builder chart, this book:

  • Offers action items for putting the strategies into practice
  • Helps leaders determine where money should be be cut or, in better times, reinvested or reallocated
  • Provides specific tips for working within a group decision-making setting
  • Includes more than 30 analytical charts to aid in gathering needed information
The end result? Improved student outcomes.  $36.95

 

 

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HET (Highly Effective Teaching) DVDs

 

 

HET in Action – DVD

A wonderful resource for professional development trainings or for personal teacher use. This 2-hour DVD is a compilation of seven ITI/ HET DVDs. $69.95

Included are:

  • HET/ITI Stages of Implementation: Stage 1 - First Things First
    In this video, you’ll see the first steps in setting up an HET classroom. It will answer your practical questions about the physical layout of the room, beginning curriculum and instructional strategies, how to invite parents into the program, and what you can expect students to accomplish. (28 mins.)
  • HET/ITI Stages of Implementation: Stage 2 - Intelligence As a Function of Experience
    Intelligence is a function of experience! Learning is the result of actual physiological growth in the brain, best achieved through massive sensory input. Such experiences enable students with little or no prior experience to catch up with advantaged peers and helps all students increase their understanding and use of concepts and skills. Watch how it can be done. (14 mins.)
  • HET/ITI Stages of Implementation: Stage 3 - Creating Conceptual Curriculum
    See how a conceptual curriculum is powerful, meaningful, and allows students to predict and generalize. In this video, 5th- and 6th-grade students learn from interaction with guest speakers, being there experiences, and skill integration. Watch as they internalize the meaning of responsibility for one’s own learning. This is HET in action! (25 mins.)
  • LIFESKILLS: Creating a Class Family
    Research conclusively shows that building a sense of community in the classroom accelerates learning as well as social/personal growth. Join this two-teacher team and their 60 students, grades 4–6, for a look at what a multi-age HET class family looks like and how to create one in your own classroom. (17 mins.)
  • One-Day Makeover for Your HET/ITI Classroom
    Join veteran ITI teacher/administrator, Dottie Brown, as she transforms a stark classroom into a body brain-compatible learning space. Listen and watch as she analyzes the function for each space and decides how to arrange furniture to meet that need. See the simple strategies she uses so that the classroom promotes cooperation, looks beautiful, is calming and focused, and reflects the topic under study. She did it in one day and so can you! (14 mins.)
  • HET/ITI in the Urban Middle School
    What makes students want to come to school? HET, with its conceptually based curriculum, provides the means for engaging a wide range of students in powerful learning where they can be successful. Join Nicole McNeil-Miller and her Kansas City, MO classroom as she demonstrates the power of providing a safe, predictable, caring, and respectful learning environment. (15 min.)
  • PawPaw Lake
    See a political action project unfold.
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Classroom Leadership Series – DVD


This series of five DVDs provides an invaluable look at the nitty-gritty how to’s for setting up a classroom, kicking off the first day, and leading (rather than “managing”) a classroom using the HET/ITI model. Total playing time, 97 mins. $49.95

Included are:

  • Daily Agenda – DVD
    Followers are better able to follow their leader if the journey is clear to all. The Daily Agenda helps both teacher and students organize, manage time, and create an environment with consistency and continuity so that everyone can anticipate what’s next.
  • Enriched Environment – DVD
    It’s a fine line between an enriched environment and a cluttered one. One stimulates learning, the other distracts from it. This DVD explores room design, color suggestions, how to walk the line between enrichment and clutter, and how to organize multiple resources.
  • Being There – DVD
    “Being There” experiences are the best, and easiest, way to jolt the brain into creating new connections for learning and wiring it into long-term memory. See how you can incorporate them into your classroom.
  • LIFESKILLS: Creating a Class Family - DVD
    Research conclusively shows that building a sense of community in the classroom accelerates learning as well as social/personal growth. Join this two-teacher team and their 60 students, grades 4–6, for a look at what a multi-age HET/ITI class family looks like and how to create one in your own classroom.
  • Writing Procedures – DVD
    Written procedures are the flip side of the daily agenda. The daily agenda is unique to each day; written procedures describe the social and personal behaviors needed for re-occurring events such as morning and end of day procedures, group work procedures, what to do when you finish your assignment early, lunch room procedures, quiet time, etc.
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Classroom of the 21st Century - DVD
by Robert Ellingsen

Observe an ITI/HET fourth-grade classroom where all curriculum content and skills are orchestrated around a yearlong theme. Hear students speak for the power of the model. (50 mins. DVD) $12.95

 

 

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Divide and Conquer: Division in a Day - DVD
with Martha Kaufeldt

When the learning environment is brain compatible, something as “hard” as long division — concept and computation — can be mastered in a single day. Follow a fourth-grade teacher as she takes 50 students, grades 4-6, through an unforgettable day of conquering long division. (55 mins., includes manual) $19.95

 

 

 

 

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