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Collection Spotlight: Reflecting on Practice — Summer as a time for teacher growth and development

Summer can be a time for rest, but for teachers, it’s also a perfect opportunity for reflection and professional development.

For those looking to digest new information and plan for the coming school year, we present both physical books you can request and check out as well as eBooks that are accessible from the comfort of your home.


Practical pedagogy: 40 new ways to teach and learn (1st ed.).
Sharples, & Mike. (2019).

Practical Pedagogy expands the universe of teaching and learning. It provides an accessible guide to new and emerging innovations in education, with insights into how to become more effective as a teacher and learner.

New teachers will find a comprehensive introduction to innovative ways of teaching and learning. Experienced educators will be surprised by the range of useful pedagogies, such as translanguaging, crossover learning, teachback, bricolage and rhizomatic learning.

Policy makers will gain evidence of how new teaching methods work in practice, with resources for curriculum design and course development.

What great teachers do differently: Nineteen things that matter most.
Whitaker, T. (2020).

What are the beliefs and behaviors that set great teachers apart? In this internationally renowned bestseller, Todd Whitaker reveals 19 keys to becoming more effective in the classroom.

This essential third edition features new sections on why it’s about more than relationships, how to focus on a consistent, engaging learning environment, and the importance of choosing the right mode—business, parent, child—to improve your classroom management.

Perfect for educators at any level of experience, for independent reading or for schoolwide book studies, this practical book will leave you feeling inspired and ready to do the things that matter most for the people who matter most—your students.

Contemporary challenges in teaching young children: Meeting the needs of all students.
Mindes, G. (2020).

Contemporary Challenges in Teaching Young Children provides both veteran and aspiring early childhood educators with the information and tools they need to build on their understanding of developmentally appropriate practice.

Teachers face many challenges, including family configuration, social and political stressors related to accountability requirements, funding shortages, and the resulting need to teach with fewer resources. This innovative book focuses exclusively on problem-solving at the classroom level and fosters creative methods of ensuring best practices are in place for all children, including those with limited experience in formal social settings and a lack of self-regulatory behaviors. Drawing on current research and their own wealth of experience, expert contributors cover topics from the critical importance of social-emotional learning to culturally responsive teaching to using technology to empower teachers and learners.

Written in accessible, non-technical language, this book addresses complex factors affecting child development, guiding readers through the best strategies for tackling real problems in their practice.

The elements of education for teachers: 50 research-based principles every educator should know (1st ed.).
Volz, Austin, Higdon, Julia, Lidwell, & William. (2019).

What makes some teachers more effective than others? What pedagogies and practices are fads and which are backed with quality evidence? Which teaching strategies give teachers the biggest learning bang for their buck?

The authors have surveyed the research literature and carefully curated 50 elements of effective teaching—elements such as direct instruction, executive functions, metacognition, motivation, and scaffolding—to answer such questions and demystify the secrets of master teachers.

Designed specifically for clarity and ease of use, this book is perfect for both new and experienced educators. Each element uses a consistent architecture: a simple definition, concise overview of the research, practical Dos and Don’ts for the classroom, and a select quote to inspire reflection.

The Elements of Education for Teachers is an essential addition to any teacher’s library and important reading for teachers’ professional development.

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the science of learning (First ed.).
Agarwal, P. K., Bain, P. M., & Wiley (2019).

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning empowers educators to harness rigorous research on how students learn and unleash it in their classrooms. In this book, cognitive scientist Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D., and veteran K–12 teacher Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., decipher cognitive science research and illustrate ways to successfully apply the science of learning in classrooms settings. This practical resource is filled with evidence-based strategies that are easily implemented in less than a minute—without additional prepping, grading, or funding!

Research demonstrates that these powerful strategies raise student achievement by a letter grade or more; boost learning for diverse students, grade levels, and subject areas; and enhance students’ higher order learning and transfer of knowledge beyond the classroom. Drawing on a fifteen-year scientist-teacher collaboration, more than 100 years of research on learning, and rich experiences from educators in K–12 and higher education, the authors present highly accessible step-by-step guidance on how to transform teaching with four essential strategies: Retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition.

With Powerful Teaching, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of powerful teaching strategies based on the science of learning
  • Gain insight from real-world examples of how evidence-based strategies are being implemented in a variety of academic settings
  • Think critically about your current teaching practices from a research-based perspective
  • Develop tools to share the science of learning with students and parents, ensuring success inside and outside the classroom

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning is an indispensable resource for educators who want to take their instruction to the next level. Equipped with scientific knowledge and evidence-based tools, turn your teaching into powerful teaching and unleash student learning in your classroom.

Ask, explore, write: An inquiry-driven approach to science and literacy learning (1st ed.).
Hicks, T., Hyler, J., & Pangle, W. (2020).

Discover how to effectively incorporate literacy instruction into your middle or high school science classroom with this practical book. You’ll find creative, inquiry-based tools to show you what it means to teach science with and through writing, and strategies to help your students become young scientists who can use reading and writing to better understand their world.

Troy Hicks, Jeremy Hyler, and Wiline Pangle share helpful examples of lessons and samples of students’ work, as well as innovative strategies you can use to improve students’ abilities to read and write various types of scientific nonfiction, including argument essays, informational pieces, infographics, and more. As all three authors come to the work of science and literacy from different perspectives and backgrounds, the book offers unique and wide-ranging experiences that will inspire you and offer you insights into many aspects of the classroom, including when, why, and how reading and writing can work in the science lesson.

The genius hour guidebook: Fostering passion, wonder, and inquiry in the classroom (Second ed.).
Krebs, D., Zvi, G., & Taylor & Francis  (2020).

Promote your students’ creativity and get them excited about learning! In the second edition of this popular, practical book, authors Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi show you how to implement Genius Hour, a time when students can develop their own inquiry-based projects around their passions and take ownership of their work. Brought to you by MiddleWeb and Routledge Eye On Education, the book takes you step-by-step through planning and teaching Genius Hour. You’ll learn how to guide your students as they:

● inspire learning and brainstorm wonders;
● develop inquiry questions based on their interests;
● conduct research and experiments about their topic of choice;
● create presentations to teach their fellow students in creative ways; and
● present their finished product for a final assessment.

This edition includes new chapters on managing your classroom projects and recommended books. Throughout the book you will find voices from the Genius Hour community sharing real-life stories and inspiration.


Physical Books

We got this.: equity, access, and the quest to be who our students need us to be.
Cornelius Minor; foreword by Kwame Alexander.

LB1025.3 .M576 2019

“That’s the problem with you, Minor” a student huffed. “You want to make everything about reading or math. It’s not always about that. At school, you guys do everything except listen to me. Y’all want to use your essays and vocabulary words to save my future, but none of y’all know anything about saving my now.

In We Got This Cornelius Minor describes how this conversation moved him toward realizing that listening to children is one of the most powerful things a teacher can do. By listening carefully, Cornelius discovered something that kids find themselves having to communicate far too often. That “my lessons were not, at all, linked to that student’s reality.”

While challenging the teacher as hero trope, We Got This shows how authentically listening to kids is the closest thing to a superpower that we have. What we hear can spark action that allows us to make powerful moves toward equity by broadening access to learning for all children. A lone teacher can’t eliminate inequity, but Cornelius demonstrates that a lone teacher can confront the scholastic manifestations of racism, sexism, ableism and classism by showing:

  • exactly how he plans and revises lessons to ensure access and equity
  • ways to look anew at explicit and tacit rules that consistently affect groups of students unequally
  • suggestions for leaning into classroom community when it feels like the kids are against you
  • ideas for using universal design that make curriculum relevant and accessible
  • advocacy strategies for making classroom and schoolwide changes that expand access to opportunity to your students

What is a “good” teacher?
David Booth, Richard Coles.

LB1025.3 .B6548 2017

Based on the experiences of teachers who make a difference, this book offers valuable insights into becoming the best teacher you can be for your students.

Grounded in the latest research, you will find real-life examples of professional excellence in practice. Beginning with developing your teacher identity and getting to know your students, the book goes on to show you how to implement effective strategies and techniques in your classroom and gain a better understanding of how effective schools work.

Teach like Finland: 33 simple strategies for joyful classrooms.
Timothy D. Walker ; foreword by Pasi Sahlberg.

LB1065 .W282 2017

Easy-to-implement classroom lessons from the world’s premier educational system.

Finland shocked the world when its fifteen-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education—with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing—produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia?

When Timothy D. Walker started teaching fifth graders at a Helsinki public school, he began a search for the secrets behind the successes of Finland’s schools. Walker wrote about several of those discoveries, and his Atlantic articles on this subject became hot topics of conversation. Here, he gathers all he learned and reveals how any teacher can implement many of Finland’s best practices.

Remarkably, Finland is prioritizing the joy of learning in its newest core curricula and Walker carefully highlights specific strategies that support joyful K-12 classrooms and integrate seamlessly with educational standards in the United States.

From incorporating brain breaks to offering a peaceful learning environment, this book pulls back the curtain on the joyful teaching practices of the world’s most lauded school system. His message is simple but profound: these Finland-inspired strategies can be used in the U.S. and other countries. No educator—or parent of a school-aged child—will want to miss out on the message of joy and change conveyed in this book.

Teaching for mastery.
Mark McCourt.

LB1025.3 .M347 2019

There are many models of schooling; some work, some don’t. Mastery is an entire model of schooling with over 100 years of provenance, its impact has been researched for decades, with many of the world’s greatest education minds testing and refining the approach. It’s one of the models of schooling that actually works.

In this book, Mark McCourt examines the history of a teaching for mastery approach, from its early beginnings to the modern day when cognitive scientists have been able to bring further evidence to the debate, demonstrating why a model that was first proposed in the 1910s has the incredible impact on both pupil attainment and attitudes to learning that it has had all around the world over many decades.

Drawing on examples from cross disciplines, the story of mastery is one that all educators can engage with. Mark also draws on his own subject, mathematics, to further exemplify the approach and to give practical examples of pedagogies and didactics that teachers can deploy immediately in their own classroom.

The happy teacher habits: 11 habits of the happiest, most effective teachers on earth.
Michael Linsin.

LB1025.3 .L5627 2016 Great Reads

What do daffodils, baseball announcing, and Tina Fey have to do with teaching? As it turns out, a lot. In The Happy Teacher Habits, Michael Linsin guides you through 11 little-known habits of the happiest, most effective teachers on Earth.

Based on the latest research, and drawing on experts from the worlds of business, marketing, sports, entertainment, music, and medicine, you will learn simple, actionable strategies that will eliminate your teaching stress, supercharge your ability to motivate and inspire your students, and empower you to really love your job.

This is no ordinary teaching book. It is a success roadmap through an educational system that is becoming increasingly harder to navigate. It will expose the falsehoods and misinformation teachers are bombarded with every day, and reveal the secrets to what really matters in creating a happy and fulfilling career.

Success for every student: a guide to teaching and learning.
Shelly Pollnow and Oran Tkatchov.

LB1025.3 .P65 2017

Success for Every Student: A Guide to Teaching and Learning contains research and evidence based classroom practices that maximize learning for all students. Throughout the book the authors deliver a common sense approach to proven teaching strategies that help learners reach their potential. Ultimately, it is the teacher behaviors that have the greatest impact on student behaviors.

Success for Every Student is packed full of tools and tips in everything from classroom management to formative assessment that give busy teachers what they need to become more efficient and effective professionals in their classrooms and schools. At the end of each chapter are real life scenarios for readers to reflect and think about what they would do given the situation. As a bonus, the book has a companion website that provides more tools and covers current topics in the education news.

This practical book provides sound suggestions and guidance to help create a culture of learning in classrooms and schools where high expectations are the norm and there is an opportunity of success for every student.

Welcome Jennifer Fairchild-Simms, Head, Education Library

We are excited to introduce Jennifer Fairchild-Simms as the new Head, Education Library.

Jennifer Fairchild-Simms BA, M.Ed., MLIS
Head, UBC Education Library

Jennifer joined the Education Library on June 1st and brings with her 13 years of experience as an academic and public librarian in the Pacific Northwest.

Before joining us, Jennifer most recently served as an Adult Services Librarian and a Teen Services Librarian with the King County Library System. In this role, she was responsible for serving as a community liaison, providing innovative programming, and maintaining relevant collections to serve the needs of a diverse community.

Jennifer also taught elementary school through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program while completing her Masters in Elementary Education at St. John’s University.

Jennifer later decided to go into librarianship and earned a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2008.

Welcome, Jennifer!

Collection Spotlight: June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month. Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Teacher Resources

We are the land [16 pack].
E78.C2 W423 2019

We all have connections to the land. We Are the Land explores Indigenous Peoples’ relationships with and connections to the land and the importance of maintaining those ties for all people in Canada.

Grade Level:    3-8
Topic:    Indigenous Education
Curriculum Links:    Language Arts, Social Studies
Genre:    Non-fiction.

Potlatch as pedagogy: learning through ceremony
Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson.
E99.H2 D285 2018


Grades: K-12. Educator Sara Florence Davidson saw how the Haida tradition of the potlatch – which she learned from her father, renowned artist Robert Davidson – could be integrated into contemporary educational practices. In this book, father and daughter present a model for learning that is holistic, relational, practical, and continuous.

Ensouling our schools: a universally designed framework for mental health, well-being, and reconciliation
Jennifer Katz; with Kevin Lamoureux; foreword by Ry Moran.
LC1203.C2 K38 2018


“Author Jennifer Katz weaves together methods of creating schools that engender mental, spiritual, and emotional health while developing intellectual thought and critical analysis. Expert Kevin Lamoureux contributes his wisdom regarding Indigenous approaches to mental and spiritual health that benefits all students and addresses the TRC calls to action. Katz provides examples of flourishing learning communities that can serve as models for effective growth and change, and describes the roles of students, families, staff, teachers, and administration.”

Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives in the classroom: moving forward
BC Ministry of Education
E96.65.B6 A26 2015a


Grades: K-12. This resource is designed to answer a number of questions, including what is meant by Aboriginal education and by Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives; what is required of teachers and of the education system in order to provide appropriate and authentic teaching in line with the First Peoples Principles of Learning; and where teachers can turn for guidance and support in modifying their practice to incorporate new content and approaches.

Culturally relevant Aboriginal education
Nicole Bell, Trent University, TerryLynn Brant, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada.

E96.2 .B46 2015

Culturally Relevant Aboriginal Education provides teacher candidates and in-service teachers with relevant information to help them integrate Aboriginal, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit content, customs, and traditions into the classroom, providing students with a broader perspective of Canada and its population.



Juvenile Literature: Picture Books

Nibi’s water song / Sunshine Tenasco; illustrated by Chief Lady Bird.
PZ7.T26 Nb 2019

“Nibi is an Indigenous girl on the search for clean water to drink. Though she is faced with repeated obstacles, Nibi’s joyful and determined energy becomes a catalyst for change and action as her community, and in widening circles, the country and government rally around her to make clean drinking water available for all. There is a strong underlying message that even when a problem seems too large to face, every bit that everyone does help. And inaction is not an option.”

The orange shirt story /  Phyllis Webstad; illustrations, Brock Nicol.
PZ7.1.W4235 Or 2018

“This is the true story of a little girl and her very important orange shirt. Six-year-old Phyllis Webstad was as excited to wear her shiny new orange shirt as she was to attend school for the first time. But her first day at the St. Joseph Mission near Williams Lake, BC was nothing like she expected. Her orange shirt was taken away from her, never to be returned.”/.


Je ne suis pas un numéro / Jenny Kay Dupuis et Kathy Kacer ; illustrations de Gillian Newland ; texte francais d’Isabelle Allard.
PZ23.D7873 Jn 2017 French

“Irene, huit ans et ses deux freres sont forces de quitter leur famille pour aller dans un pensionnat loin de chez eux. C’est la loi! Dans cet endroit austere, on les empeche de parler leur langue et on leur donne un numero en guise de nom. ? la fin de l’anne scolaire, les enfants rentrent ? la maison et informent leurs parents des conditions execrables dans lesquelles ils doivent vivre au pensionnat. Trouveront-ils un moyen de cacher les enfants afin qu’ils n’y retournent jamais?

Inspire? de la vie de la grand-mere de Jenny Kay Dupuis, Je ne suis pas un numero met en lumiere une sombre partie de l’histoire du Canada de maniere ? sensibiliser les enfants et leur permettre d’en tirer une lecon humaine et historique.


Les mots volés / Melanie Florence ; illustrations de Gabrielle Grimard ; texte français d’Isabelle Allard.
PZ23.F6122 Mt 2017 French

Curieuse d’en savoir davantage sur ses origines, une petite fille demande à son grand-père de prononcer un mot en langue crie. Celui-ci est attristé lorsqu’il réalise qu’il l’a oublié, conséquence de nombreuses années passées en école résidentielle. Il lui dit qu’il a « perdu les mots » lors de son passage là-bas, et elle décide donc de l’aider à les retrouver.

Un récit touchant sur les relations intergénérationnelles et une initiation tout en délicatesse à la découverte d’un épisode plutôt sombre de l’histoire du Canada.

The spirit trackers / by Jan Bourdeau Waboose; illustrated by François Thisdale.
PZ7.W11313 Sp 2017

“Native telling of the Windigo, the Night Spirit of Winter, told by an uncle elder to two Aboriginal cousins, and the tracking of the feared creature into the forest. This illustrated story is populated with raven, moose and other forest animals, the Spirit Moon and a cold winter night; a heartwarming story of family, love, togetherness and respect for the environment.”.



When we were alone / David Alexander Robertson; Julie Flett.
PZ7.1.R598 Wh 2016

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.”.


When the trees crackle with cold: a Cree calendar = Pisimwasinahikan / Bernice Johnson ̄ -Laxdal & Miriam Körner.
E98.C14 J64 2016

“The bear sleeping safely in her den, kohkom telling a story by the fire, the trees crackling with cold–we are all connected to the seasons and the cycle of nature. The calming rhythm of the words echoes the rhythm of the land in this timeless picture book about the moon calendar of the northern Cree. Its warmly rendered watercolour illustrations bring Saskatchewan’s North to life. When the Trees Crackle with Cold is written in English and the northern Plains Cree Y dialect, inviting Cree and non-Cree speakers alike to explore the traditional moon calendar.”


My heart fills with happiness / Monique Gray Smith; illustrations by Julie Flett.
PZ4.9.G784 Mh 2016

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.



Juvenile Literature: Fiction

Ghosts / David A. Robertson.
PZ7.R544725 Gh 2019

“Cole Harper is dead. Reynold McCabe is alive and free. Mihko Laboratories has reopened the research facility and is working to manufacture and weaponize the virus that previously plagued Wounded Sky. People are dying. The community has been quarantined. And time is running out. What deal did Eva strike with Choch? Who will defeat Reynold and Mihko?”.



The marrow thieves / Cherie Dimaline.
PS8607.I53 M37 2017

“In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s indigenous population – and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow – and dreams – means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a 15-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones, and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing ‘factories.’.



Pemmican wars / by Katherena Vermette; illustrated by Scott B. Henderson; coloured by Donovan Yaciuk.
PZ7.7.V534 Pm 2017


“Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee’s history class turns extraordinary, and Echo’s life will never be the same. During Mr. Bee’s lecture, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place–a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie–and back again to the present. In the following weeks, Echo slips back and forth in time. She visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars.”

He Who Dreams / Melanie Florence.
PZ7.1.F5964 Hw 2017


Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what’s happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide. When he attends a pow wow and witnesses a powerful performance, he realizes that he wants to be a dancer more than anything. But the nearest class for boys is at the Native Cultural Center in the city, and he still hasn’t told his family or friends about his new passion. If he wants to dance, he will have to stop hiding. Between the mocking of his teammates and the hostility of the boys in his dance class, John must find a way to balance and embrace both the Irish and Cree sides of his heritage.



7 generations: A Plains Cree saga / by David Alexander Robertson; illustrated by Scott B. Henderson.
PZ7.7.R6324 As 2012

“7 Generations follows one Plains Cree family from the early 19th century to the present day. For Edwin, the story of his ancestors from both the distant and recent past must guide him through an uncertain present, to the dawn of a new future. 7 Generations explores the life of Stone, a young Cree warrior, the smallpox epidemic of 1870, the residential school system of the 20th century, and its familial legacy”.

Collection Spotlight: Pride Month 2021

June is PRIDE Month. Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Teacher/curriculum resources

Supporting transgender & gender-creative youth: schools, families, and communities in action / Elizabeth J. Meyer & Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, editors.
HQ77.9 .S86 2018

Supporting Transgender and Gender-Creative Youth brings together cutting-edge research, social action methods, and theory on the topic of transgender youth and gender creative kids. The chapters included specifically address issues in education, social work, medicine, and counseling as well as challenges and recommendations for families and parents. It is well researched and accessible to a broad audience of individuals invested in improving the social worlds of gender-diverse children and youth.


About gender identity justice in schools and communities / SJ Miller; foreword by Cris T. Mayo.
LC212.9 .M554 2019

This premiere book in the new Teachers College Press series School… carefully walks readers through both theory and practice to equip them with the skills needed to bring gender identity justice into classrooms, schools, and ultimately society. The text looks into the root causes and ways to change the conditions that have created gender identity injustice. It opens up spaces where evolving, indeterminate gender identities will be understood and recognized as asset-based, rich sources for learning literacy and literacy learning. As educators take up the strategies mapped out across this text, they will learn how to foster school environments that aid all students in becoming agents for social change. This text is the first of its kind to address gender identity in teacher education with pathways to take up the work in communities and beyond.


Sexual orientation, gender identity, and schooling: the nexus of research, practice, and policy / edited by Stephen T. Russell, Stacey S. Horn.
HQ76.27 .Y68 S49 2017

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Schooling brings together contributions from a diverse group of researchers, policy analysts, and education advocates from around the world to synthesize the practice and policy implications of research on sexual orientation, gender identity, and schooling. The book is interdisciplinary, as studies of LGBT students and schooling have emerged across disciplines including education, clinical, school, and developmental psychology; sociology; and public health. Included are syntheses of key areas of research; examples of new international models for educational practice; case studies of transformational policy and practice; and specific examples of the nexus of research, practice, and policy. The fundamental goal of this book is to advance social justice related to sexual orientation and gender identity through strengthening the relationship between research, practice, and policy to support LGBT students. schools.


Teaching Gender and Sexuality at School: Letters to Teachers / Tara Goldstein.
LC212.9 2019 Online
In a set of compelling letters to teachers, Tara Goldstein addresses a full range of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students and families at elementary and secondary school. Goldstein talks to teachers about how they can support LGBTQ students and families by normalizing LGBTQ lives in the curriculum, challenging homophobic and transphobic ideas, and building an inclusive school culture that both expects and welcomes LGBTQ students and their families. Moving and energizing, ‘Teaching Gender and Sexuality at School’ provides readers with the knowledge and resources they need to create safer and more positive classrooms and discusses what it takes to build authentic, trusting relationships with LGBTQ students and families.
Exploring gender and LGBTQ issues in K-12 and teacher education: a rainbow assemblage / edited by Adrian D. Martin, Kathryn J. Strom.
LC192.6 2019 Online
Exploring Gender and LGBTQ Issues in K12 and Teacher Education: A Rainbow Assemblage, edited by Adrian D. Martin and Kathryn J. Strom, provides examples of empirical inquiries and theorizations that explore how schools can function as more than safe academic environments for gender diverse and LGBTQ students. The contributing authors attend to classrooms and educative contexts as spaces that promote the affirmative inclusion of not only LGBTQ students, but other education stakeholders as well with the aim to dismantle homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and other hate-based ideologies. The volume serves as an insightful and useful resource for educators, teacher educators, and education researchers engaged in inquiry and pedagogy towards systems of schooling unencumbered by heteronormativity other hate-based ideologies with implications for future professional practice.
Juvenile Literature: Non-Fiction
It feels good to be yourself: a book about gender identity / written by Theresa Thorn; illustrated by Noah Grigni.
A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others.
You be you!: the kid’s guide to gender, sexuality, and family / Jonathan Branfman ; illustrated by Julie Benbassat.
HQ53 .B72 2019

This is an illustrated children’s book for ages 7-11 that makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain to children.
Throughout the book, kids learn that there are many kinds of people in the world and that diversity is something to be celebrated. It covers gender, romantic orientation, discrimination, intersectionality, privilege, and how to stand up for what’s right. With charming illustrations, clear explanations, and short sections that can be dipped in and out of, this book helps children think about how to create a kinder, more tolerant world.


The Every Body Book: the LGBTQ+ inclusive guide for kids about sex, gender, bodies, and families / Rachel E. Simon; illustrated by Noah Grigni.
This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book teaches children sex, gender, and relationships education in a way that is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Covering puberty, hormones, pregnancy, consent, sex, babies, relationships, and families, it uses gender-neutral language throughout and celebrates diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, faith, bodies, gender, and sexuality. For use with children aged 8-12, it will help answer their questions and spark open discussion with parents, carers, and teachers.
Who are you?: the kid’s guide to gender identity / Brook Pessin-Whedbee; illustrated by Naomi Bardoff.
HQ1075 .P47 2017
“What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you? This brightly illustrated children’s book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5+. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression, and our identity… This is a one-of-a-kind resource for understanding and celebrating the gender diversity that surrounds us.”
Juvenile Literature: Fiction
I love my purse / by Belle DeMont; art by Sonja Wimmer. 
PZ7.1 .D458 IL 2017 

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First, his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his strange choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses…With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is ideal as a read-aloud or as a story for emerging readers. It can also be used as a starting point for a discussion about gender roles.


Les papas de Violette / Émilie Chazerand; Gaëlle Souppart.
PZ23 .C467 Pp 2017 French Collection

“C’est une maladie d’avoir deux papas ?
_N’importe quoi, dit Violette.
Mes papas, ils s’occupent trop bien de moi.
Je les aime tous les deux, et puis c’est tout.”

“Un bel album tres tendre pour evoquer tout simplement les familles homoparentales.”


Introducing Teddy: a gentle story about gender and friendship / Jessica Walton; illustrated by Dougal MacPherson.
PZ4.9 .W2025 In 2016

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it’s riding a bike, playing in the treehouse, having a tea party, or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do.
One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas is sad, even when they are playing in their favorite ways. Errol can’t figure out why, until Thomas finally tells Errol what the teddy has been afraid to say: “In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas.” And Errol says, “I don’t care if you’re a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.”


Young Adult: Fiction 


 Pet / Akwaeke Emezi.
 PZ7.1 .E474 Pt 2019 Great Reads

The highly-anticipated, genre-defying new novel by award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi explores themes of identity and justice. Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look?

There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth and the answer to the question–How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?


Chicken girl: life can be a tough egg to crack / Heather Smith.
PZ7 .S649133 Ch 2019 Great Reads

Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she’s having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see beyond her own pain, opening her eyes to the people around her: Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a cute British accent and a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis a teen caring for an ailing parent, while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. As the summer unfolds, Poppy stops glorifying the past and starts focusing on the present.


Like a love story / Abdi Nazemian.
PZ7.1 .N378 Lk 2019 Great Reads

It’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He’s terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS. Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance… until she falls for Reza and they start dating.  As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won’t break Judy’s heart — and destroy the most meaningful friendship he’s ever known. This is a big-hearted, sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds.


What if it’s us / Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera.
PZ7.1 .A396 Wh 2018 Great Reads

Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.







Collection Spotlight: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM & STEM)

Below are some recommended titles found at UBC Education Library to add to your reading list.

Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.
Bringing STEM to the elementary classroom
by Froschauer, Linda
LB1585 .B6865 2016, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Many resources help you encourage young children to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But only this book of quality STEM experiences was curated by the veteran educator who edits Science and Children, NSTA’s award-winning journal for elementary teachers. Sensitive to the needs of both preK-5 students and busy teachers, editor Linda Froschauer developed Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom as a comprehensive source of classroom-tested STEM investigations. The 36 lessons are:

  • conveniently organized into grade-level bands
  • grounded in science education research
  • designed to encourage learning across disciplines, promote real-world problem-solving skills, introduce children to STEM careers, and serve all students equally well; and
  • connected to all elements of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Whether you’re just beginning to delve into STEM experiences or eager for fresh ideas, Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom provides you with new, interesting, and productive strategies.

Exploring the science of sounds: 100 musical activities for young children
by Connors, Abigail Flesch
QC225.5 .C65 2017, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Most preschool teachers have musical instruments in their classrooms but may not realize they can use them for science explorations.

Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math–STEAM–these explorations are crucial for laying a solid foundation for later learning. In this book, discover 100 activities that let children ages 3-6 explore the science of music and sound using materials easy to find for a preschool classroom.

Children will use their bodies to create sounds, explore the relationship between size and pitch, investigate how tempo affects the way we listen to sounds, create musical instruments, and much more. From the drops of rainwater to the tinkling of wind chimes, the science of sound is all around.

STEAM kids: 50+ science, technology, engineering, art, math hands-on projects for kids
by Carey, Anne; Dziengel, Ana; Scardino, Amber
Q182.3 .C37 2016, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks
A year’s worth of captivating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities that will wow the boredom right out of kids! Created by an MIT engineer, award-winning educators, designers, and homeschooling experts, STEAM Kids will inspire your children to: question like a scientist design like a technologist build like an engineer create like an artist deduce like a mathematician – and, most importantly – play like a kid! Inside you’ll find entertaining and educational projects like:- Rainbow Reactions- PVC Pipe Slingshot- Grafitti Art & Science- Color Changing Play Dough- Diaper Science- Circuit Bugs- Candy Mazes & so much more!
Perfect for children ages 4-10, all the step-by-step activities are helpfully coded with difficulty indicators and estimated project times. Helpful project extensions promote further exploration and learning for enthusiastic children. Bonus materials will make things easy for parents and educators, and include: a handy weekly planning guide, project shopping lists, STEAM journal and more. So gather up your curious kids and get your STEAM on!
Baby steps to STEM: infant and toddler science, technology, engineering, and math activities
by Barbre, Jean
LB1140.5.S35 B37 2017, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Innately curious, infants and toddlers love to explore, investigate, and discover–making the earliest years a perfect time to begin teaching the foundations of STEM.

This book defines what science, technology, engineering, and math education looks like for this age group, and why it is so vital for children to develop STEM knowledge. Expand your understanding of STEM to lay the foundation for children to develop skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

This book supplies fifty play-based developmentally appropriate activities for introducing STEM. All activities include extensions, inquiry questions, and tips on how to help parents strengthen children’s learning at home.

An educator’s guide to STEAM: engaging students using real-world problems
by Quigley, Cassie; Herro, Danielle
LB1585 .Q54 2019, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks
This practical book will help readers understand what STEAM is, how it differs from STEM, and how it can be used to engage students in K–8 classrooms. The authors present a conceptual model with recommendations and classroom examples illustrating various key aspects of STEAM teaching in action, including creating the correct teaching environment, integrating STEAM content, and supporting students as they develop STEAM-related skills. The model includes specific strategies such as problem-based learning, student choice, technology integration, and teacher facilitation.
Each chapter incorporates elements of connected learning—a type of learning that draws on students interests that teachers can capitalize on when using STEAM to address real-world problems. Readers will find easy-to-understand examples of what STEAM education looks like in a variety of classrooms, and will hear from teachers, instructional coaches, principals, and administrators about what it takes to ensure that STEAM is a schoolwide success.
The young artist as scientist: what can Leonardo teach us?
by Pollman, Mary Jo
LB1139.5.S35 P55 2017, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks
This is the first in-depth look at the important connections between the arts and science specifically for early childhood education (pre-K–3rd grade). Highlighting their many commonalities, such as the processes involved in creative problem solving, the author draws on what we can learn from Leonardo da Vinci as the supreme artist-scientist.
Every chapter begins with a vignette of Leonardo and relates his thinking to the development of children’s ideas in the arts and STEM (STEAM). This fresh look at the interdisciplinary connections of the arts and science offers early childhood teachers and administrators a spectrum of tools for connecting the creative arts (art, movement, drama, and music) to the STEM movement, 21st-century skills, and developmentally appropriate practice.

STEM education: an emerging field of inquiry
by Barkatsas, Tasos; Carr, Nicky; Cooper, Grant

Q181 .S6943 2019, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks 

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Contents: 1. What Is in an Acronym? Experiencing STEM Education in Australia / Noleine Fitzallen
2. Delivering STEM Education through School-Industry Partnerships: A Focus on Research and Design / Marc J. de Vries
3. Reading STEM as Discourse / Kathy Jordan
4. Implementing Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Envisaging Possibilities in STEM Education / Li Ping Thong
5. Multiplicative Thinking: A Necessary STEM Foundation / Shalveena Prasad
6. Possibilities and Potential with Young Learners: Making a Case for steam Education / Lisa Borgerding
7. Inquiry-Based Learning in Statistics: When Students Engage with Challenging Problems in STEM Disciplines / Zsolt Lavicza
8. Values in STEM Education: Investigating Macau Secondary Students’ Valuing in Mathematics Learning / Io Keong Cheong
9. Perspectives on STEM Education in Preservice Primary Teacher Education / Tricia Forrester
10. Primary Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of STEM Education: Conceptualisations and Psychosocial Factors / Nicky Carr
11. Building STEM Self-Perception and Capacity in Pre-Service Science Teachers through a School-University Mentor Program / Grant Cooper
12. Building Academic Leadership in STEM Education / Belinda Kennedy.
STEM in the primary curriculum
by Caldwell, Helen (Lecturer in Education); Pope, Sue

LB1585 .S747 2019, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Contents: 1. STEM and making links with home / Amanda Smith
2. STEM in the early years / Eleanor Hoskins
3. Primary science and STEM / Rania Maklad
4. Mathematics in STEM education / Sue Pope
5. Design and technology in STEM / Anne Guilford
6. Foreign languages and STEM / Sarah Lister
7. Drama and STEM / Alison Ramsay
8. Engaging girls in STEM / Neil Smith
9. Computing and STEM / Vasemin Allsop
10. arts in STEM: STEAM / Sway Grantham
11. Preparing for transition to secondary STEM / David Barlex.
Making and tinkering with STEM: solving design challenges with young children
by Heroman, Cate
LB1139.35.A37 H47 2017, EDUCATION LIBRARY lab room 155
“Teaching and learning STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is more accessible than ever before!
Children will be inspired, delighted, and challenged as they use everyday materials and STEM concepts to design and build solutions to problems faced by characters in their favourite books”–Page iv of cover.
STEM-rich maker learning: designing for equity with youth of color
by Calabrese Barton, Angela; Tan, Edna
LB1029.M35 C35 2018, EDUCATION LIBRARY lab room 155
In recent years, Maker-centered learning has emerged in schools and other spaces as a promising new phase of STEM education reform. With a sharp focus on equity, the authors investigate community-based STEM Making programs to determine whether, and how, they can address the educational needs of youth of color. They explore what it means for youth to engage in making with the explicit goal of addressing injustices in their lives.
The text features longitudinal ethnographic data and compelling examples that show how youth of color from low-income backgrounds innovate and make usable artifacts to improve their lives and their communities. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the theory and practice of Making, STEM learning with adolescents, and equity in both formal and informal educational settings.
Step into STEAM: your standards-based action plan for deepening mathematics and science learning, grades K-5
by Bush, Sarah B; Cook, Kristin Leigh
QA135.6 .B88 2019, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks
Contents: pt. 1 STEAM LANDSCAPE
ch. 1 What Is STEAM and Why Does It Matter?
ch. 2 How Do I Prepare for STEAM Teaching?
ch. 3 What Frameworks Can Guide How I Engage Students in STEAM?
ch. 4 How Do I Design STEAM Inquiries?
ch. 5 How Do I Implement STEAM Inquiries?
ch. 6 How Do I Assess My Students’ Learning in STEAM?
ch. 7 What Are Some Examples of Successful STEAM Inquiries?
ch. 8 How Do I Tie It All Together to Create the STEAM Learning Experience?
ch. 9 How Do I Gather Resources for STEAM?