Stuff in the ‘Thomas Armstrong’ Category

1 November, 2019

IF EINSTEIN RAN THE SCHOOLS: Revitalizing US Education, Thomas Armstrong, PhD

What a terrific book! Armstrong describes the kind of school that almost everyone wishes they had attended, the school that Einstein would have run, where creativity, imagination, and joy were the goals of education, not scores on a lifeless standardized test.” (‘Diane Ravitch, Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education, Author of Reign of Error, and Historian of Education at New York University)

I love this book! It goes to the core of what is wrong with our test-obsessed standards-crazed system of education. More importantly, it provides living examples of classrooms and schools where imagination, curiosity, creativity, passion, and wonder are celebrated and viewed as an essential part of our students’ learning experience… Our schools need to radically change their direction from worshiping grades and test scores to creating individuals who can think for themselves, generate unique ideas, and use their gifts to make the world a better place.” (Deborah Meier, MacArthur Fellow and author of The Power of Their Ideas and Beyond Testing)

Thomas Armstrong, PhD, is executive director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development and an award-winning author and speaker. He has been an educator for more than 45 years.

In his new book, If Einstein Ran the Schools:  Revitalizing US Education (Praeger, November 2019), Dr. Armstrong reveals that world-class thinkers and creators have been concerned about the state of education in the United States. Imagine if the greatest thinkers, inventors and artists designed our education system to encourage innovation, curiosity, and wonder.  Discover their thoughts on how children really learn and what teachers must do to optimally tap children’s latent abilities.

  • Reveals what world-class thinkers and creators have said about how children really learn and what teachers must do to optimally tap their latent abilities
  • Explains the twelve capacities emphasized by these thinkers and creators, including love of learning, creativity, curiosity, playfulness, imagination, wonder, tolerance, reverence for life, appreciation of beauty, honoring diversity, celebrating individuality, and developing compassion, and how these capabilities must serve as the foundation for any future educational reform efforts
  • Provides examples of teachers and classrooms where the educational ideas of these thinkers and creators are currently being practiced, demonstrating that their prescriptions are not merely fanciful ”pie in the sky” dreams
  • Includes resources including organizations, books, magazines, websites, and videos that enable readers to take action

27 July, 2019

MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM, Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

In today’s schools, students and teachers feel unprecedented—even alarming—levels of stress. How can we create calmer classrooms in which students concentrate better and feel more positive about themselves and others? Author Thomas Armstrong offers a compelling answer in the form of mindfulness, a secular practice he defines as the intentional focus of one’s attention on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way.

In Mindfulness in the Classroom: Strategies for Promoting Concentration, Compassion and Calm (ASCD), Dr. Armstrong

– Explains how mindfulness affects the structure and function of the brain.
– Provides an overview of mindfulness as both a personal practice and a classroom methodology that aligns with such educational models as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
– Shares and explains the extensive research that shows the positive effects of mindfulness practices in the classroom.
– Describes how to adapt mindfulness for different grade levels, integrate it into regular school subjects, and implement it schoolwide.
– Offers guidelines for teaching mindfulness responsibly, without religious overtones.

Dozens of observations from teachers, students, researchers, and practitioners provide striking evidence of the power of mindfulness and offer hope to anyone who wants to make classrooms more productive places of learning.

Thomas Armstrong, PhD, is an educator, psychologist, and writer. He is the author of 18 books, including the ASCD books Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Neurodiversity in the Classroom, The Power of the Adolescent Brain, The Best Schools, The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom. He is also the author of 7 Kinds of Smart, In Their Own Way, The Power of Neurodiversity, and The Myth of the ADHD Child. His books have been translated into 28 languages, including Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish. Armstrong has delivered more than a thousand workshops, seminars, and keynote addresses in 29 countries on 6 continents. He has written for numerous magazines and journals.


2 August, 2018

BEYOND TEST SCORES, Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Leading educator and psychologist, Armstrong, Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Development, brings together what world class thinkers and creators have said about how children really learn and what teachers must do to optimally tap their latent abilities. (Praeger/October 2019/World Rights exclusive of China, Taiwan, Japan & Korea)


5 April, 2018

The Human Odyssey: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life, Thomas Armstrong

Award-winning educator Thomas Armstrong presents a nuanced, cross-cultural view of life’s journey–the human odyssey–from before birth to death.  For each of twelve stages, he explores myths and challenges.  Originally published in 2008, this important work will find new life with a new publisher. (Xia Press/Dover Publications, Spring 2019, World English)


6 January, 2015

TEACHING WITH THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN IN MIND

From noted educator, award-winning author and internationally respected speaker, Thomas Armstrong, a guide specifically for teachers on understanding the developing adolescent brain. (ASCD, World Rights, 2016)


29 July, 2013

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Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker who has been an educator for over forty-five years. Over one million copies of his books are in print in English on issues related to learning and human development.Armstrongindex

He is the author of sixteen books including:

His books have been translated in over eighty foreign editions into twenty-seven languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Danish, and Russian.

He has written for Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle (where he received awards from the Educational Press Association, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Parenting (where he was a regularly featured columnist for four years), Mothering (where he was a contributing editor), The AMA Journal of Ethics, many other periodicals, journals, and edited books.

He has appeared on several national and international television and radio programs, including NBC’s “The Today Show,” “CBS This Morning,” “CNN,” the “BBC” and “The Voice of America.”

Articles featuring his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Good Housekeeping, and hundreds of other newspapers and magazines around the country.

Dr. Armstrong has given over 1000 keynotes, workshop presentations, and lectures on six continents in 29 countries, and 44 states in the past thirty years. His clients have included Sesame Street, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the European Council of International Schools, the Republic of Singapore, and several state departments of education. He is a member the PEN American Center.

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Twitter: @Dr_Armstrong