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Spotlight on: Victor P. Maiorana

Victor MaioranaTeach Like the Mind LearnsVictor has written three textbooks published in the last three years, all by Rowman & Littlefield, including Teach like the mind learns: Instruct so students learn to think, read, and write critically (2017), Preparation for critical instruction: How to explain subject matter while teaching all learners to think, read, and write critically (2016) and Fixing instruction – Resolving major issues with a core body of knowledge for critical instruction (2015).  Learn more

Spotlight on: Dr. Karen Hardy, Managing Director at the Academy of Risk Management Educators and Coaches

Karen HardyManaging the Art of SuccessKaren has written four books, including most recently, Mastering the Art of Success, co-authored with Jack Canfield, creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is currently working on an online Certificate Course that will educate Industry Professionals on how Public Service leaders manage organizational and program performance through risk management skills. Learn more

Spotlight on: Dr. Olga Zbarskaya, OZCREDO President

Dr. Olga Zbarskaya

Olga recently published Brainstorm!: Practice for Unrestricted Imagination and Original Thought and Mind Booster Art, and just finished the children's book/textbook on creative thinking, Unbelievable Adventures of Dr. Credo. Her favorite textbook writing tips include: trust your curiosity and capture your ideas, build conflicts into your concept, tailor ideas to the specific attributes and interests of your students, provide reliable references, use real places, evens, conversations, and research trips, engage your students with your thoughts by leaving room for imagination, and encourage your students to see different perspectives on a concept or issue. Learn more

Spotlight on: Takiyah N. Amin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College

Takiyah Amin

Takiyah recently published an article in The International Journal of Arts Education, entitled "Arts in Society Redesign: A Learner-Centered Approach", and a book chapter in Rethinking Dance History: Issues and Methodologies, entitled "African American Dance Revisited: Undoing Master Narratives in the Studying and Teaching of Dance History". She is currently completing a book project that explores the work of Black women choreographers during the height of the US-based Black Power and Black Arts Movements. Learn more

Spotlight on: Jose A. Carmona, Spanish Instructor at Pasco-Hernando State College and Latin American Culture Instructor at Columbia College

Jose Carmona

As both a textbook and academic author in ESL, education, global studies, and Spanish, his most recent publication is Globalizing the Curriculum with the Latino Literature of the United States. He is currently working on 17 manuscripts including, Global Advocacy in the Classroom, Lifeless: 300 Words or Less Macabre Short Stories, Snow Dancing in New Jersey, a Novel, Several poetry books, Muffin's War, non-fiction, and Siberian Huskies: 10 Lessons and 10 Nuances Nobody Talks About. Learn more

Spotlight on: Sid Dastidar, Associate Professor at Columbia University

Sig Dastidar

As a textbook author in business, economics, and finance, his most recent publication is Capital Markets and Investments: Essential Insights and Concepts for Professionals. He is currently working on getting the word out about his recently published textbook designed to accompany introductory/intermediate finance classes that discuss the financial markets. Learn more

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