Judith T. Brendel, M.Ed.

Barron’s Let’s Prepare for the PARCC Grade 8 Math Test – The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that aim to better measure students’ critical-thinking, problem-solving skills, and ability to communicate. Through a series of high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts, teachers, schools, and parents can ensure that students are on track for success. Barron’s is pleased to offer these newly revised study guides to help students prepare for these tests in the state of New Jersey. In Barron’s Let’s prepare for the PARCC Grade 8 Math Test book, students can find:

  • Two full-length practice tests with answers and explanations
  • In-depth review through engaging lessons, hints, and tips for all elements of each PARCC test
  • Content that is reflective of classroom lessons and fully aligned to the Common Core Curriculum
  • An explanation and overview of the PARCC assessment

The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year. These versatile books can be used at home or in school to reinforce classroom lessons and help put students in the best possible position for success.


Barron’s Core Focus: Grade 2 Test Practice – Recognizing the need for a product that will help students navigate the Common Core State Standards being implemented in schools across America, Barron’s has created this series of grade-specific workbooks to help students prepare. Barron’s Core Focus for Grade 2 is designed to complement the Common Core teaching that second grade students are receiving in the classroom. This versatile book includes:

  • Specific practice on the Common Core standards through a variety of exercises, including multiple choice, short answer, and extended response questions
  • A unique scaffolded layout that organizes questions in a way that challenges students to apply the standards in multiple formats
  • “Fast fact” boxes that enhance lessons with added vocabulary, tips, and strategies
  • A cumulative assessment in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) for students to demonstrate their understanding across the standards

Grade 2 Test Practice can be used at home or in the classroom and will provide students, parents, and educators with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and practice grade level expectations in the Common Core Standards.

Spike Cook

Principal, RM Bacon Elementary School, Millville, New Jersey


Connected Leadership: It’s a click away is a practical guide to assist current and prospective school leaders to connect and learn from the global audience on social media. As a connected leader, I wrote the book to share with others how helpful it has been to develop a personal learning network, to tell the story of my school, and how social media has expanded my horizons as a leader.

The five most important features in the book is that it is laid out in a practical manner, and each chapter has a story from a connected educator that exemplifies the purpose of the chapter and book. In this book, readers will learn what a PLN is, how blogging can help tell their school’s story, what current research says about being connected, and how this process can transform you as a leader.

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Dennis Fare

Assistant Superintendent, Mahwah


PARCC-ELA-G3_3DCommon Core: PARCC ELA/Literacy Assessments Grades 3 and 4.  Created by a team of curriculum experts, these books feature step-by-step standards-aligned instruction, full-length practice tests for all question types — Interactive Reading, Literary Analysis, Narrative Writing, and Research Simulation, expert guidance for dealing with authentic texts, including tips, strategies, and graphic organizers, and easy-to-navigate lessons equip students with the research and writing skills needed to ensure success on the PARCC® ELA Assessments.




Common Core: PARCC ELA/Literacy Assessments, Grades 6-8. This book brings the common core down to the classroom level, deciphering what it all means to the way students are taught. Our author gives teachers practical guidance on how the ELA/Literary assessment should shape teaching methods and lesson plans. Easy-to-understand explanations of PARCC standards take the confusion out of the PARCC ELA exams.





Common Core: PARCC ELA/Literacy Assessments, Grades 9-12. This book brings the common core down to the classroom level, deciphering what it all means to the way students are taught. Our author gives teachers practical guidance on how the ELA/Literary assessment should shape teaching methods and lesson plans. Easy-to-understand explanations of PARCC standards take the confusion out of the PARCC ELA exams.

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Dennis M. Fare, M.Ed., has extensively studied the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments. He has presented workshops on the Common Core to teachers and parents. He is Supervisor of English Language Arts, Grades 6-12, for Mahwah (N.J.) Public Schools, where he writes curriculum and supervises English Language Arts teachers. His wide-ranging teaching experience spans both the high school and college levels. – See more at: http://store.rea.com/0738611689.html#sthash.cuXfbZpV.dpuf

James Pedersen

Principal, South Plainfield High School


Today’s parents look much different than those of previous generations and sometimes distinguishing and understanding one style from the other can be difficult. Television shows, magazine articles, blogs and countless other media outlets seem to constantly create new names for the ways people are parenting in the new millennium. The Rise of the Millennial Parents: Parenting Yesterday and Today is based on Dr. Pedersen’s research and experience to clearly explain the multitude of styles that exist and provide insight into these particular parenting philosophies. Titles such as Tiger Moms, Curling Parents, Panda Dads, Hot Tub Parenting and many others are fully revealed to provide educators, parents and anyone interested in better understanding the complexity and diversity of parenting styles that are currently in use in our society today.

The Rise of the Millennial Parents: Parenting Yesterday and Today is based on Dr. Pedersen’s current research on parenting styles as well as over two decades of experience as an educator in several school districts within the state of New Jersey. Dr. Pedersen is currently the principal of South Plainfield High School in South Plainfield, New Jersey and also teaches courses at Felician College and Essex County Community College in New Jersey. His time in education has afforded him the opportunity to interact with hundreds of parents in the course of his career.

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Brad Currie

Vice Principal & Supervisor of Instruction Chester School District


Bring stakeholders together for involvement that makes a difference! In this book in the Corwin Connected Educators series, learn to use social media and Web 2.0 technologies to make students, parents, and communities part of creating real school success. Featuring practical strategies to put in place right away, plus a dedicated series website for additional resources, this short, easy-to-follow book shows you

  • How smartphones and tablets can work for your goals
  • The secret to getting—and keeping—parents involved
  • How tools like Skype can connect the community at large

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Brad Currie is the Middle School Vice Principal and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is passionate about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), Educational Technology and Social Media in the school setting. Brad began his career as a Middle School Social Studies and Computer Education Teacher for the Hanover Township School District in Whippany, New Jersey. He then transitioned to the field of administration in 2009 as a Middle School Vice Principal/Athletic Director for the Readington Township School District in Whitehouse Station, NJ. Brad is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader and 2014 Bammy Award Finalist.

Brad is the co-founder and co-moderator of a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders called #Satchat. The online discussion takes place every Saturday morning on Twitter at 7:30 AM EST/PST. Brad is an avid blogger and truly enjoys presenting to audiences about best practices in the school setting. More information about Brad can be found by visiting his website at www.bradcurrie.net or following him on Twitter @bradmcurrie.

Brad is married to Leigh, a special education teacher for a K-12 school district in New Jersey. Leigh and Brad have two children, Cooper and Sydney. Brad was incredibly fortunate to have been raised by outstanding parents, Bruce and Karen. They continue to be a supporting and encouraging force behind all that he does. Brad was inspired to be an educator from the wonderful teachers and coaches he had as a student in high school. He is truly appreciative of all the inspirational people in his life from near and far.