The #1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
Being a Project Manager is a different kind of book about project management that focuses on essentials and practice. It clearly draws the path one must walk as a project manager.The book is suitable for managing any project of any size, subject and content since it refers to the foundations of project management—planning, control and communication—rather than a specific methodology or expertise. Moreover, the book offers appropriate methods and tools for proper project management that are easy to implement.Practicing project management using the methods described in this book will initiate a process of continuous improvement in project management skills, starting from the first project! So if you are a project manager, start here and now!The bread on the cover represents the project’s end product, which is the combination of all its ingredients: flour is the basis; yeast is the means for leavening the dough and turning it into bread and water is the glue that bonds all the ingredients. The same applies in a project: planning is its basis; control provides the means needed to achieve the project’s objectives and communication bonds all the project’s stakeholders and expresses the project’s management tone and pace.Bread without flour is not bread, just as a project without planning is not a project. Yeast-free bread is a flat cracker, just as a project without control is an effort going everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Bread without water is nothing but shapeless powder, just as a project without communication is simply a collection of individuals who aspire to reach a common goal but have nothing that links between them. Therefore, planning, control and communication are the indispensable ingredients needed to create the final product in the project effort.This book is intended for project managers, project team members and anyone involved in any way in any project of any size, subject and content.While there are many books on project management, this book offers a unique perspective. It does not prescribe specific and rigid project management methodology. Neither does it offer complex explanations on how to manage projects. Instead, this book lays out a clear path for the reader, explaining how to be an effective project manager on any sort of project, in any area of specialization. We will focus on the heart of the matter, dealing with the principles and practices of project management. We will propose a range of simple, unique support tools that can be easily implemented and used to improve your results immediately. We will learn how to grapple with the ‘primary paradox’ of project management—the result of the low level of certainty that characterizes most projects. We will also learn how to deal with the ‘wasted time’ illusion, how to escape the ‘simulated planning trap’ and how to walk a mile in the shoes of a successful project manager.
Explore the Lives and Relationship of Two Great Leaders: Churchill and RooseveltFree History BONUS Inside!Two captivating manuscripts in one book:Winston Churchill: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Winston S. ChurchillFranklin Roosevelt: A Captivating Guide to the Life of FDRAny general biography of Churchill and Roosevelt will provide an overview of their greatest achievements, but Winston and Franklin had other goals and desires that are often ignored and forgotten. What were they? They both had a family—a childhood and children of their own—and a phenomenal political career. This book will examine their relationship as well as their individual lives.Some of the topics covered in the first manuscript on Winston Churchill include:Churchill’s Personal LifeHis Mental HealthChildhood and Early EducationMilitary ServiceEarly Political Career and World War IThe Wilderness Years and RearmamentWorld War IIPost-World War II and Second TermThe United States and the Soviet UnionAnd much more!Some of the topics covered in the second manuscript on Franklin D. Roosevelt include:FDR’s Childhood and EducationHis Personal LifeEarly Political CareerPolio and Governing of New York1932 Presidential ElectionFirst Term in PresidencySecond Term in PresidencyThird Term in PresidencyRelations with Foreign LeadershipAnd much more!Scroll to the top and select the “BUY NOW” button for instant download
With the right plan, video observation and video coaching can be a high-impact lever for accelerating teacher growth. This playbook draws from researcher and practitioner advice to offer 12 video-based strategies that readers can implement in their own context for facilitating professional development: – Classroom Tour- Self-interview- Example Analysis- Pre-teach- Self-Reflection- Partner-Supported Reflection- Skill Building Sequence- Video Learning Community- Virtual Walk-through- Video Rounds- Longer-Range Reflection- Iterative Investigation- Online Lesson StudyPlus, read about putting video evidence at the center of professional learning, focusing techniques for analyzing video, and guidance about recording and sharing video, and a framework for facilitation of video-based discussion. Afterword by Jim Knight.Praise for Evidence of Practice:“Educators will appreciate that the authors tackle the issue of trust building while at the same time providing best practice and practical examples that promote successful implementation. An important tool that belongs in every school’s professional library.”Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director at Learning Forward“This book fills a sorely needed gap in professional practice literature when it comes to best practices for video coaching, and it answers the important questions any educator might have when using video to improve teaching in the classroom. A nice balance between theory, practice and application.”Cary Goldweber, Executive Producer of Digital Products at ASCD“Evidence of Practice clearly shows how video in observation and coaching can further strengthen our teaching practice. It belongs on the shelf of all administrators, coaches, and leadership teams—no matter your current level of expertise in the use of video for professional development.”Elena Aguilar, Author of Art of Coaching and Art of Coaching Teams“We gain so much from being able to see on video what works and what doesn’t in classrooms. It’s absolutely critical to have a video component in any professional development we do, and this book provides a concrete set of strategies for video coaching that any school or district can act on.” Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google “The authors expertly identify and explain a set of concrete strategies to support the use of video to study and improve teaching practice. This is a resource that teachers, teacher educators, and district administrators should consider as they begin or expand their use of video analysis to support teachers’ professional preparation and ongoing development.”Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor and Director of TeachingWorks at University of Michigan