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Successful Single-Sex Classrooms: A Practical Guide to Teaching Boys & Girls Separately Paperback – February 24, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0787997328 ISBN-10: 0787997323 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787997323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787997328
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Successful Single-Sex Classrooms

From the acclaimed Gurian Institute comes an essential resource for teachers and administrators who want to establish single-gender classes, and for anyone already working in schools—public, private, or parochial—with single-sex programs. The book offers educators important information about gender-based brain science and provides practical, effective strategies for single-sex schools and classrooms.

In Successful Single-Sex Classrooms, Michael Gurian, Kathy Stevens, and Peggy Daniels—authorities on gender and learning—focus on topics that are essential to creating, maintaining, and maximizing single- sex innovations:

Tips for creating a single-sex program in a school or community

Cutting-edge scientific research on howboys' and girls' brains learn differently

Ideas for relationship building in thesingle-gender classroom

Proven strategies for teaching corecurricula to girls and boys

Helpful, classroom-tested teachingmethods for language arts, math,science, and social studies

Throughout the book are creative, practical, and easy-to-implement ideas for setting up boy-friendly and girl-friendly classrooms.

Successful Single-Sex Classrooms will help to infuse a new level of excitement for teachers in their work with girls and boys, and ensure greater learning for all students in the classroom.

About the Author

Michael Gurian is an educator and the New York Times bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys, The Minds of Boys, Boys and Girls Learn Differently! and The Wonder of Girls. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research and trains educators in single-sex and co-educational environments throughout the world.

Kathy Stevens is executive director of the Gurian Institute, with twenty-five years of experience in the classroom. She is also co-author of The Minds of Boys, Strategies for Teaching Boys & Girls: Elementary Level, and Strategies for Teaching Boys & Girls: Secondary Level.

Peggy Daniels is a Gurian Institute master trainer with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. At Carolina Day Middle School, she is principal of one of the nation's most successful single-sex programs.

More About the Author

Michael Gurian is a social philosopher, family therapist, corporate consultant, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books published in fifteen languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.
As a social philosopher, he has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, workplaces, schools and public policy. A number of his ground-breaking books in child development, including THE WONDER OF BOYS, BOYS AND GIRLS LEARN DIFFERENTLY! THE WONDER OF GIRLS and WHAT COULD HE BE THINKING? have sparked national debate. His newest work, THE MINDS OF BOYS (September 2005) provides a revolutionary new framework, based in neuro-biology, by which to understand and care for the educational needs of our sons.
Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately 20 cities a year to keynote at conferences. His training videos (also available as DVDs) for parents and volunteers are used by Big Brother and Big Sister agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
As an educator, Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University. His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived, worked and studied.
Michael's work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, People, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and National Public Radio.
Michael can be reached on the worldwide web at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ritvo on May 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a principal who instituted single sex classrooms in my school this book is an absolute must. If only it was published earlier, I would have had the guidance and insights needed. This is the perfect companion for many of the other publications of Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens. I have added this to my professional library and hope you will as well.
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By Erika Carasik on November 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best gender-based books I have ever picked up. It is also helpful when you have a mixed gender class.
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It is good to have this balanced approach to considering the value of single-sex classrooms as the option gains popular awareness and possible acceptance as a panacea for problems we now face in our schools.

I found the presentation of theory and research to be fair and reasoned. I think the content is well presented for easy understanding and application, both for those entering or enlarging the alternative structure of classroom or school and those just now beginning consideration of the option.

The substantial involvement of practicing professionals from the Gurian Institute helped me approach the subject with confidence and knowledge that suggestions were reality-based and results-oriented.
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