Sparks in the Dark

Paperback – June 1, 2018

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What sparks a lifelong love of learning?

Books have the power to shape the way we think. Stories–reading them, writing them, and sharing them–give us new lenses through which to view the world and the people we encounter. In short, words matter.

In Sparks in the Dark, Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney share their experiences as educators who purposefully seek to spark a love for reading and writing in the learners they serve. The reason is simple: Writing and reading have the power to change the trajectory of a life.

Through the stories and real-life examples they share, the authors light the way to . . .

  • Incorporating literacy skills in every subject in engaging ways.
  • Empowering students and staff to ask and explore tough questions about the world.
  • Encouraging learners at all levels to choose to read books that challenge them.
  • Taking responsibility to seek and share learning for everyone’s benefit.

More standards, tests, and mandates are not the answer to improving literacy. Sparking a fire–a passion–for words, stories, and self-expression in learners is the surest path to instilling a lifelong love of learning. Let’s light up the darkness!


Stories From Webb

Paperback – January 24, 2018


What’s Your Story?

Education isn’t just a job; it’s a calling. It’s a role that comes with the responsibility to care deeply and to persist despite countless challenges–from state testing to budget cuts to long hours. It’s a way of life that rewards us with milestone moments and fills us with pride for the children and communities we serve.

Stories from Webb goes right to the heart of education. Told by award-winning principal Todd Nesloney and his dedicated team of staff and teachers at Webb Elementary, this book will remind you why you became an educator. You’ll be reinvigorated by these relatable stories–and you just may be inspired to tell your own!

The next book in the #KidsDeserveIt collection, Stories from Webb promises to make you laugh, cry, and even learn a few ideas along the way.

Share your story! 

Kids Deserve It!: Pushing Boundaries & Challenging Conventional Thinking

Paperback – June 1, 2016

What if learning was exciting?

What if students felt important and empowered every time they walked into the building?

What if parents looked forward to calls from their children’s teachers and principals, instead of cringing when the school’s number popped up on their phones?

To Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome, those aren’t far-fetched what ifs; they can (and should) be a reality for every teacher, school, parent, and student.

In Kids Deserve It!, Todd and Adam encourage you to think big and make learning fun and meaningful for students. While you’re at it, you just might rediscover why you became an educator in the first place.

Learn why you should be calling parents to praise your students (and employees).

Discover ways to promote family interaction and improve relationships for kids at school and at home.

Be inspired to take risks, shake up the status quo, and be a champion for your students.

Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies
for Flipping Your Class

Paperback – August 20, 2013


If you’ve decided to flip your class, you probably have new questions: How do I do this? What will it look like? What will students do in class? How will I create learning experiences for students outside of class? What have other teachers done?

Flipping 2.0:Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class seeks to answer your questions. And it opens the dialogue for us to continue to learn together.

In this book, you will follow practicing classroom teachers as they walk you through their flipped classroom journey; why and how they made the change, what obstacles they overcame, the technology they used, and where they are heading next. As a flipped learning teacher, you need time to check out workable solutions that other teachers have created.

Look inside their classrooms and learn from their experiences. Watch flipped teachers at work. Pick the brains of those who’ve been there, and join the conversation.

You’ll find something useful in every chapter. And there is a chapter just for you in this book.

With a chapter on mastery learning by Brian Bennett, two chapters on English by Cheryl Morris/Andrew Thomasson and Kate Baker, two chapters on social studies by Jason Bretzmann and Karl Lindgren-Streicher, two chapters on math by Audrey McLaren and John Stevens, two chapters on science by Marc Seigel and David Prindle, Google tools for flipping by Troy Cockrum, two chapters on technology by Cory Peppler and Tom Driscoll/Brian Germain, part-time flipping by Kenny Bosch, elementary school flipping by Todd Nesloney, middle school flipping by Nichole Carter, world languages flipping by Heather Witten, co-flipping by Cheryl Morris/Andrew Thomasson and even flipping your professional development by Kristin Daniels.

Read Flipping 2.0 today and make your decision to flip a reality.

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