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About Liz Knowles
LIZ KNOWLES, ED.D., from Greenwich, Connecticut, has published 16 books and has an extensive experience both as a teacher and administrator in the field of education, Liz Knowles, Ed.D. has been making a profound impact on the lives of countless teachers, parents, and children throughout her distinguished career.
After earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University, Dr. Knowles began her career as an elementary school teacher, eventually landing at Pine Crest School (then Boca Raton Academy) in South Florida in 1980. She taught fourth and sixth grade while earning her master’s in Reading and her doctorate in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change from Nova Southeastern University.
At Pine Crest, Dr. Knowles assisted more than 300 faculty members on two campuses with curriculum mapping and implementation, provided a comprehensive teaching certification program, developed and taught in-service classes, served as a consultant to faculty, and outlined a school improvement plan while shepherding several accreditation processes. In addition, she was an adjunct professor in the Graduate Teacher Education Program at Nova Southeastern University and taught graduate-level courses at Florida Atlantic University. She is also the recipient of the International Reading Association Middle School Special Interest Group Literacy Award and was the Anti-Defamation League’s 2009 honoree at the Eighth Annual Palm Beach Educator Awards Luncheon.
A special interest has always been current brain research and how it can be utilized most effectively in the classroom. Cognitive training to support and develop cognitive skills is mostly overlooked in the education system where delivery of content in all disciplines is the focus. As an educator, Dr. Knowles strongly believes that cognitive skills training can enhance the lives of struggling students, gifted students, and students trying to get into the very best universities, career-minded adults, and even senior citizens. With that in mind, she has published a book - DIY Brain Fitness: You Exercise Your Body What About Your Brain? detailing the classes she offers students and adults of all ages in developing memory, focus & attention, processing speed, and problem-solving.
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Titles By Liz Knowles
Many schools and libraries are implementing STEAM programs in the school library makerspace to promote problem solving by allowing students to create their own solutions to a problem through trial and error. In order to enhance literacy development in the STEAM program, however, they need resources for integrating literature into the curriculum.
In this collection of resources for doing just that, veteran education professionals and practiced coauthors Liz Knowles and Martha Smith bring readers over eight hundred recommended and annotated books and web resources, selected based on research on successfully integrating STEAM and literacy programs and organized by the five STEAM areas. Titles are complemented by discussion questions and problem-solving activities that will aid educators in both adding and using the best literature to their STEAM programs for encouraging learning. In addition to promoting literacy, these resources will help to develop creativity, lateral thinking skills, and confidence in students.
Literacy and boys is currently a hot issue in education and the media. This new book by award winning authors Knowles and Smith explores the facts and research on the topic and furnishes annotations of current, relevant journal and magazine articles. It gives strategies for making changes in the classroom and the home to help improve the literacy of boys and includes suggestions based on current brain research. Chapters focusing on genres of particular interest to boys (horror, adventure, science fiction, war, fantasy, mysteries, etc.) include information, annotated journal articles, general discussion questions, at least ten book annotations, and a list of additional titles for each genre. All titles also include a reading level and one chapter features graphic novels. Helpful appendices furnish information about magazines and authors of particular interest to boys. Grades 4-8.
Despite the fact that reading and literacy among boys has been an area of concern for years, this issue remains unresolved today. Additionally, the emphasis and focus have changed due to the implementation of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards. How can educators best encourage male students to read, and what new technologies and techniques can serve this objective? The Common Core Approach to Building Literacy in Boys is an essential resource and reference for teachers, librarians, and parents seeking to encourage reading in boys from preschool to 12th grade.
Providing a wide array of useful, up-to-date information that emphasizes the English Language Arts Common Core Standards, the bibliographies and descriptions of effective strategies in this book will enable you to boost reading interest and performance in boys. The chapters cover 16 different topics of interest to boys, all accompanied by a complete bibliography for each subject area, discussion questions, writing connections, and annotated new and classic nonfiction titles. Information on specific magazines, annotated professional titles, books made into film, websites, and apps that will help you get boys interested in reading is also included.
Understanding Diversity Through Novels and Picture Books goes beyond the usual multicultural lists and looks at the wide expanse of the diversity of cultures and lifestyles impacting children's lives in America today and identifies good books to have in library collections for them to read. Included are annotated titles with discussion questions from all of the identified cultures and subcultures and annotated teacher/librarian resources, print- and Web-based, as well as an excellent list of topical annotated journal articles. Grades 4-8.
Knowles and Smith examine current research on diversity and multiculturalism. They move away from the traditional aspects of multicultural education (food, fashion, folktales, festivals, and famous people) to a focus on novels and pictures books, and realistic fiction to show children with diversity issues that there are others in similar positions. The issue of authenticity (whether the author of the book should be of that culture or merely familiar with the culture) is discussed. Topics include: Ethnicities (Asian, Latino/Hispanic, African/Black, Native American, White/European, Bi/Multiracial), Exceptionalities, Ageism, Socioeconomic Status, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Religion. The authors provide this valuable resource for libraries, schools, and communities that wish to utilize literature to help diverse students walk in the shoes of others and to match books to children and young adults to heighten understanding and acceptance. Grades 4-8.
Filled with ideas, practical tips, useful statistics and other helpful data on teen reading, this book details numerous methods for getting teens to read, such as reading workshops, literature circles, book clubs, and booktalks. An overview of YA literature and annotated bibliographies of both teen and professional reads further assists in creating a literacy game plan at your school. Grades 6-8.
Here are more great topics and sample book club sessions to help you start a book club and keep it going! Chapters in this volume cover humor, families, social issues, folklore and mythology, sports, magazines, picture books as art, censorship, the Internet, middle school readers, gender bias, booktalks, and the arts. For each genre, the authors offer a general overview, discussion questions, a bibliography, resources for further reading, and appropriate Web sites. If you want to promote literacy and involve parents in the reading program, you'll love this book and its companion, The Reading Connection.
Establishing a book club is a great way to involve parents in promoting literacy to young readers. This book shows you how to start a book club in your school or community, and it provides bibliographies of literature resources for children. Suggested topics and sample book club sessions help you get started, and an extensive bibliography, arranged by genre, guides teachers, parents, and students in selecting reading material. Chapters cover read-alouds, picture books, horror stories, multicultural literature, poetry, science fiction, nonfiction and reference, bibliotherapy and problem novels, award-winning books, biographies, and books in a series. For each genre the authors offer a general overview, suggest discussion questions, provide a bibliography, and list resources for further reading. Helpful Internet addresses and additional topics are included in the concluding chapter.