This section is
a compilation of my outside readings during the doctoral
program. As noted in the summaries, these books were
chosen based on three central ideas.
The first, being related to bullying and cyber bullying
and the physical and emotionally safety of students in
It continues to be my passion and my mission to create a
safe, healthy, engaged,
supported, and challenging learning environment.
In addition, these books enhance the work and research
that I continue to dissect and discover surrounding the
social and emotional challenges facing children growing
and learning in the 21st Century.
The second idea can be found in several of the books
below is that of the life long learner. These
books focus on a character(s) that are faced with
obstacles and need to gather new knowledge, use
previously learned knowledge to overcome and prevail.
They also have a common thread similar to that of civic
capacity and relational trust as explained in Dr.
Smith's class (EDU 5571).
Finally, the third idea is that of furthering my
knowledge and deepening my understanding of research and
the English language...not to mention Dr. Dunlop said
(in all of the courses that I had with her and even
during my meetings with her when I wasn't in class) that
these were lifelines for the dissertation process...and
she is absolutely right!!!
Emotional Safety in Schools
(2003). Weakfish - Bullying Through
the Eyes of a Child. Canada: Safe
tells the story of a child being bullied
through the eyes of the victim. The
perspective of the bullied child and the
information from top researchers in the
field make this book a must read for anyone
working with children or have children of
Garbino, James, Ph.D. (2002).
And Words Can Hurt Forever. New York: Free
books gives the reader an in depth look at
bullying, harassment, and emotional violence
that adolescents face and how we can protect
Marcus, David L.
(2005). What it Takes to Pull Me
Through. New York: Houghton
book, Marcus is able to observe and follow
the journey and struggles of adolescents who
are students at The Academy at Swift River
which specializes in helping teens in
crisis. He shares his observations of
the teenagers struggles and transformations.
(1993). Bullying At School.
Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing.
comprehensive approach to dealing with all
aspects of bullying in schools. This
book details what we know about bullying,
what we can do about bullying, and provides
essential information about intervention
programs and practical advice for schools.
Ph.D. & Cohen, Lawrence J. Ph.D. (2002).
Mom, They're Teasing Me. New
York: Ballantine Books.
Thompson and Cohen share a wealth of
information for parents and teachers on how
to help children solve their social
Capacity & Life Long Learning
Brown, Oral Lee &
Millner, Caille. (2005). The
Promise. New York: Double Day.
touching story of how a woman makes good on
a promise to send her classroom full of
first graders to college.
(2008). Outliers. New
York: Little, Brown and Company.
Gladwell argues that the true story of
success is not one based on intelligence and
ambition, but rather looking at the things
that surround the person - their family,
their birthplace, or even their birthdates'.
He believes the story of success is more
complex and a lot more interesting that one
might initially think.
(2008). Lillie. New York:
touching story, written by a member of
Cohort 9. An eloquent writer shares
her stories of family and faith.
Research & The English
Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (4th ed.).
Washington, DC: Author
This book follows me
wherever I go and thank Dr. Dunlop profusely
for directing us to purchase it early in the
program. There is no other way to
write a dissertation without it! It
has all of the technical and formatting
information you need! All questions
Strunk, William Jr. &
White, Edward. (2000). The
Elements of Style. New York:
A "must have" for the
doctoral program at St. John's. This
book has been a lifesaver on many occasions
when crafting papers and assignments.
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