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KEEPS Book Club

The Mansfield KEEPS Mentoring Program promotes and supports continual professional development. We have provided our program members with several invaluable books to help develop and implement effective procedures, instruction, and professional growth.

The following books are suggested/required reading for the KEEPS program:




The Classroom Management Book cover by Harry WongHarry K. Wong & Rosemary T. Wong (20014) The Classroom Management Book.

Summary: The Classroom Management Book is a solutions book. It shows how to create a safe and positive environment for student learning and achievement to take place. 

How is it utilized in the KEEPS program?

*Advisor review during New Teacher Meetings

*Mentor-Mentee Collaboration 





First Year Teacher Survival Guide book cover

Julie G. Thompson (2013). The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide.

 Summary: "One of the bestselling resource for new teachers. This award-winning book gives beginning educators everything they need to survive and thrive in the classroom. The third edition covers new material including working as a part of a professional learning community (PLC), teaching media literacy and social responsibility. Thoroughly revised edition o

How it is utilized in the KEEPS Program? 

*Advisor Review during New Teacher Meetings
*Mentor-Mentee Collaboration 



Fundamental Five book cover

Sean Cain and Mike Laird (2011) The Fundamental 5; The Formula for Quality Instruction
Summary: This book shares a simple plan for dramatically improving the effectiveness of classroom instruction. The explanations and strategies for implementing the “Fundamental Five” are at the heart of this book.

How it is utilized in the KEEPS Program?

*In support of the district-wide instructional focus
*For Advisor-Mentee Discussion  





Molasses Classes book cover

Ron Clark (2011). The end of Molasses Classes; Getting our kid unstuck; 101 Extraordinary solutions for Parents and Teachers

Summary: This book practical, innovative, and powerful methods to enliven classroom and ignite a passion for learning in each and every child. It is time to “GET ON THE DESK” AND MAKE EVERY SCHOOL in America the absolute best it can be. 

How it is utilized in the KEEPS Program?

    *Personal Book Study

    *For creating inspiring, uplifting teacher-student moments

Quote from Jeanne Helton, Year 2 KEEPS*PEEPS about this book- "I just wanted to thank you so much for passing along that Ron Clark book at the last KEEPS meeting! I have been totally sucked in and read it between bouts of laughing and crying!"  


Why Didn't I Learn this in College? book cover Rutherford, Paula. (2009). Why Didn't I Learn This in College? Teaching Learning in the 21st Century. Alexandria: JustAskPublications.

Summary: This book provides the Mentee with a wide array of strategies for actively engaging students, gathering pre-assessment data, integrating literacy across the curriculum, developing vocabulary, checking for understanding, building a classroom learning community, and scaffolding instruction for diverse learners. 

 How it is utilized in the KEEPS Program?

*Advisor Review during New Teacher Meetings
*Mentor-Mentee Collaboration


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