School counselor, teacher, and administrator-turned-children’s author Stephanie Shaw (M.A. in Counseling Psychology, School Counseling ‘86) has just released her first children’s book for very young readers, Bedtime in the Meadow.
Jessica Singer Early, M.A.T. ‘97, recently published Real World Writing for Secondary Students, which uses the college admissions essay and other “real world” writing as a frame for how teachers can encourage students to explore their unique life stories.
Kurt Nelson M.P.A. ’98 writes about the clash between native and non-native populations in the Pacific Northwest from 1853 to 1859, a key period in the region’s history in his new book Treaties and Treachery: The Northwest Indians’ Resistance to Conquest.
Allen Webb, M.A.T. ‘86, earned his degree in Language Arts and after six years of teaching high school went on to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor of English at Western Michigan University. In 2011, he published three books on literacy instruction—all at once. His books are Teaching Literature in Virtual Worlds: Immersive Learning in English Studies, Teaching Literature of Today’s Middle East, and Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core Standards.
Steven Hawley M.A.T. ’96, a journalist and self-proclaimed “river rat,” argues that the best hope for the Snake River lies in dam removal, a solution that pits the power authorities and Army Corps of Engineers against a collection of Indian tribes, farmers, fishermen, and river recreationists, in his new book Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities.
Donald Altman, M.A. ‘04, brings the benefits of mindfulness down to earth and into everyday life. With fifty exercises and practices to build awareness and center attention, you will discover how to savor routine pleasures, build fulfillment in your work, enhance and heal relationships, change unhealthy habits, and connect to peace even in the midst of chaos or uncertainty. New World Library, 2011. 200 pages.
Frustrated with life, teaching, and the inability to become a writer, Matt Love M.A.T. ‘88 escaped Portland in 1997 at 33 years of age and moved to the Oregon Coast. A year later he became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. During his decade (1998-2008) as caretaker, he helped restore the grounds to fuller ecology, discovered a love for teaching, and reinvented himself as a writer and historian who established Nestucca Spit Press and eventually won the 2009 Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award from Oregon Literary Arts. Gimme Refuge is his passionate 177-page account of his teaching career, experience as caretaker, and awakening as an Oregonian.
Tim Gillespie, M.A. ‘04, who has taught in public schools for almost four decades, has found in the lenses of literary criticism a powerful tool for helping students tackle challenging literary texts in his new book, Doing Literary Criticism: Helping Students Engage with Challenging Texts. Stenhouse, 2010. 324 pp.
In Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, Penny Ann Kittle, M.A.T. ‘89, writes, “This is a book about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents. But it is also the planning, the thinking, the writing, the journey: all I’ve been putting into my teaching for the last two decades. This is the book I wanted when I was first given ninth graders and a list of novels to teach. This is a book of vision and hope and joy, but it is also a book of genre units and minilessons and actual conferences with students.” Heinemann, 2008, 272 pages.
Laura Christianson M.A.T. ‘85 helps prospective adoptive parents and their supporters work through questions and misgivings about adoption in her new book The Adoption Decision: 15 Things You Want to Know Before Adopting. This quick-start resource helps readers understand the world of adoption, better grasp its challenges and joys, and move forward confidently on a firm emotional and spiritual footing. Harvest House Publishers, 2007. 256 pages.
Laura Christianson M.A.T. ‘85 simplifies the process of building a support community for adoptive or foster families, birth parents, or adoptees in her book The Adoption Network: Your Guide to Starting a Support System. This workbook provides step-by-step instructions for pastors, laypeople, and others who want to launch an adoption ministry in their church or community. WinePress Publishing, 2007. 112 pages.
Kurt Nelson M.P.A ‘98 traces the military history of the Pacific Northwest, from early Indian warfare through World War II in his book Fighting for Paradise: A Military History of the Pacific Northwest. Westholme Publishing, 2007. 320 pages.
Tom Larkin M.A. ‘87 coauthors a text designed to demystify the most critical aspect of customer service: conversations employees have every day with customers. Filled with case studies and anecdotes, the book How to Talk to Customers: Create a Great Impression Every Time With MAGIC outlines the key tenets of the authors’ MAGIC (Make a Great Impression on the Customer) training program. Jossey-Bass, 2007. 224 pages.
Rev. Harrison Gaston M.Ed. ‘80 shares his thoughts on the complexities of the spiritual condition and offers a Christ-centered model for achieving stability and positive change in his book Why the World Needs a Saviour Now. AuthorHouse, 2007. 76 pages.