Books

Order of the Trees Cover final.The Order of the Trees

This young adult/middle level book is especially for 8-14 year olds and was published May 1, 2015 by Green Writers Press. It received the Green Earth Honor Book award in March, 2016.

Found  as  a  baby  on  a  bed  of  moss  under  an  old-­growth  tree,  Cedar’s  beginning  was  a  mystery.  As  she  began  her  sixth-­grade  year,  Cedar  resembled  her   namesake  with  her  wild  mane  of  brown  hair,  her  sinewy  body,  and  deer-­like  eyes.  She makes  her  first  true  friend,  a  new  student,  Phillip,  with  whom  she  shares  her  special woodland  spot  along  with  the  gifts  it  brings.

When  Cedar  suddenly  falls  ill,  Phillip  discovers  that  her  health  is  connected  to  the  fate  of the  forest  where  she  was  found.  Their  special  woods  are  threatened  by  an  impending development,  so  to  save  it  they  create  a  plan  that  includes  a  hospital,  a  getaway  car,  and  a protest.

“With  sensitivity  and  passion,  Katy  Farber  creates  a  world  of  fascinating   characters  whose  respect  for  the natural  world  and  loyalty  to  one  another  will   inspire  readers  of  all  ages.  I was  hooked  from  the  first  few  pages  and  simply  
could  not  put  it  down!”

—Rita  Murphy,  author  of  Night  Flying

“Veteran  teacher  Katy  Farber  writes  about  the  world  she  know—where  kids  can  know  what’s  true,  and  will  take  risks  for  what’s  right.  This  is  a  suspenseful,  inspiring  and  meaningful  story.”

—Doug  Wilhelm,  author  of  The  Revealers,  True  Shoes,  and  The  Prince  of  Denial

Change the World with Service Learning: How to Organize, Lead, and Assess Service Learning Projects by Katy Farber 

9781607096979_FCBe the Change you wish to see in the world.”  — Ghandi

In this book published by Rowman Littlefield Press in 2010, Katy Farber gives teachers a step by step way to begin the relevant and meaningful work of leading service learning projects with students.

This book guides teachers from all content areas and grade levels to create outstanding Service Learning projects with students like no other book does. Change the World with Service Learning is a no-fluff, step-by-step, teacher-to-teacher description of how to create, plan, teach, and celebrate Service Learning projects that meet and exceed local, district, and national curricular expectations.

 

 

Why Great Teachers Quit And How We Might Stop the Exodus by Katy Farber

34075_Farber_Why_Teachers_Quit_72ppLow pay, increased responsibilities, and high-stakes standardized testing—these are just some of the reasons why more talented teachers are leaving the profession than ever before. Drawing on in-depth interviews with teachers all over the country, Katy Farber presents an in-the-trenches view of the classroom exodus and uncovers ways that schools can turn the tide.

 “In this lively and interesting book, Katy Farber makes public the real reasons why inexperienced teachers rarely stay long enough or get the support they need to become good, why good teachers don’t become great, and why great teachers quit.”

 —Deborah Meier, Educational Reformer, Writer, and Activist

Why Great Teachers Quit was just listed as a “Top 15 Must Read Books on Education in the U.S.” by the Christian Science Monitor. 

 

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