Tom Head, Ph.D.

Author • Blogger • Scriptwriter • Online Instructor • Consultant

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Chance the Rapper: Making Music and Giving Back

When Chancelor Bennett was a child growing up in Chicago, his parents instilled into him a strong work ethic. Little did they know that in a few years, their son would achieve an amazing number of accomplishments in the entertainment business. By putting his work on the internet for free, Chance showed a new generation of rappers that they can go directly to their fans to build an audience. In 2016, he became the first internet-based artist to win a Grammy. Eye-catching photographs, engaging sidebars, and revealing quotations show readers a different side of Chance the performer. They'll meet Chance the advocate, a man devoted to his family, faith, and hometown.
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Chance the Rapper: Musician and Activist

Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, grew up in West Chatham, a middle-class neighborhood in Chicago's South Side. His parents raised him to believe in himself and encouraged him to work hard. Now he is a popular and successful musician who challenged the music industry by foregoing the traditional record deal and releasing his own mixtapes through the internet for free. Simple text and vivid photographs will pull readers into Chance's rise to fame in the music world and budding acting career. Through sidebars and direct quotations, students will get to know the more personal side of the humble and devoted family man and education activist.
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Kanye West: Conquering Music and Fashion

Since he was a child, Kanye West had always been considered intelligent and eager to work hard by the people in his life. He carried these traits into adulthood when he began his career as a music producer. When he turned his attention to music, he was catapulted into international fame, and Kanye continues to be one of the most talked about musical artists. Engaging text, insightful pull quotes, and intriguing sidebars reveal fascinating details about his unique childhood experiences, which drove him to succeed in the music and fashion industries, while colorful photographs draw readers closer into the artist's life story.
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Kanye West: Rap Superstar and Fashion Designer

As a child, Kanye West always worked hard to be the best at whatever he tried to do. The people around him saw how talented he was, and soon the world would know as well. Through accessible text and full-color photographs, accompanied by interesting sidebars and insightful quotations, readers will learn how Kanye West used his ambition to become a top music producer and celebrated rap artist who has also helped other artists achieve their big breaks in the music business.
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Ruby Bridges and the Desegregation of American Schools

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked into William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She became the first black student to attend the previously all-white school. This event paved the way for widespread school desegregation in the South. Ruby Bridges and the Desegregation of American Schools explores Bridges's legacy. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
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The Scottsboro Boys

In 1931, nine black teenagers were arrested in Alabama. The young men were accused of crimes they did not commit, including rape. This unjust arrest led to years of imprisonment and trials for the young men, who were named the Scottsboro Boys. The Scottsboro Boys examines their legacy and how their trials shaped the criminal justice system. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table of contents, infographics, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
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Air Commandos

Go on a mission to learn about the Air Commandos through infographics, closely leveled text, and dynamic photos. From rescue missions to nighttime attacks, special forces are always ready to protect and serve. With engaging text and detailed infographics, explore the high-tech gear and grueling training that makes these soldiers elite warriors.
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Green Berets

Go on a mission to learn about the Green Berets through infographics, closely leveled text, and dynamic photos. From rescue missions to nighttime attacks, special forces are always ready to protect and serve. With engaging text and detailed infographics, explore the high-tech gear and grueling training that makes these soldiers elite warriors.
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Dünya Tarihi 101

The Turkish edition of World History 101.
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World History 101
SKU: 9781507204542

"Today's humans are descended from scarce survivors of a global humanoid extinction. There were at one time dozens of humanoid species, among them Neanderthals, Denisovans, and 'Hobbits,' but at some point within the past fifty thousand years, starvation, disease, and violence have exterminated most of the humanoid family, leaving us only with ourselves. But our ancestors include untold members of these species, as well as the anatomically modern humans who knew them, mated with them, and competed with them for resources.

"As anatomically modern humans learned how to harness the power of agriculture, they settled into cities, city-states, and, ultimately, nations. Within these social institutions they began to keep permanent written records, records that make up source material for a broader human story. We call that story history."
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Civil Liberties: A Beginner’s Guide (Audiobook)

Does free speech have limits? Can torture be justified? Who is really in charge of your rights? Every day we are confronted with news of foreign governments who refuse to acknowledge liberties that we in the Western world take for granted. But civil liberties are nearly always under threat, no matter where you live.

Tom Head traverses the globe in order to provide a clear introduction to what civil liberties are and why they’re worth defending. From hate speech and modern slavery to wheelchair access, this handy guide offers a fascinating global history of civil liberties paired with inspiring advice on how to take an active role in their defense.

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Ancient Mesopotamia

The legacy of past civilizations is still with us today. In Ancient Mesopotamia, readers discover the history and impressive accomplishments of the ancient Mesopotamians, including their extraordinary cultural achievements and technological wonders. Engaging text provides details on the civilization's history, development, daily life, culture, art, technology, warfare, social organization, and more. Well-chosen maps and images of artifacts bring the past to life. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing.
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It’s Your World, So Change It

There's been plenty of hype about the "netroots," and online activism on both the right and left. But most of it's been celebratory, not practical. This is a practical, start to finish guide to promoting any cause and participating in any social movement on the social Web. Long-time activist and online community expert Tom Head covers everything you need to know about e-activism, including: " Using the Web to find activism jobs and volunteer opportunities " Using Google Alerts, RSS feeds, and other tools to stay informed " Building cause-related web sites - even if you have practically no money or web experience " Engaging effectively on social networking sites " Promoting causes, events, or organizations without spamming " Getting more attention and links for a cause " Keeping allies informed via email, blogs, text messaging, and Twitter " Organizing local activists using global media, and using online activism to support on-the-ground work " Blogging to promote a cause: when it works, and when it's not worth it " Avoiding the common mistakes e-activists make
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Crime and Punishment in America

From the first incident of petty theft to modern media piracy, crime and punishment have been a part of every society. This title examines the development of crime and punishment in the United States - from the criminal justice practices of American Indians and the influence of colonists to the mistreatment of slaves.
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Civil Liberties: A Beginner’s Guide

In a country famous for having the most CCTVs in the world, how safe are your rights?

Six types of execution are practiced in the industrialized world, torture is openly sanctioned by America, and infringements of people’s civil liberties occur daily. Yet in 2005 only 61% of the British voting public chose to stand up for their rights.

Explaining what civil liberties are and why they’re worth defending, Tom Head shows how you can make a difference.
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Conversations with Carl Sagan

Though a well-regarded physicist Carl Sagan (1934-1996) is best-known as a writer of popular nonfiction and science fiction and as the host of the PBS series Cosmos. Through his writings and spoken commentary, he worked to popularize interests in astronomy, the universe, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. From the beginning of his public career, when he co-wrote Intelligent Life in the Universe to the very end as he worked on the 1997 film adaptation of his novel Contact, these subjects absorbed him. 

This interest in space was rooted in his understanding of the smallness and vulnerability of humanity measured against the immense size and power of the universe. This profound philosophical humility, mixed with personal exuberance, comes through in Conversations with Carl Sagan. In interviews and profiles, Sagan discusses with verve a wide variety of topics--the environment, nuclear disarmament, religion, politics, extraterrestrial life, astronomy, physics, robotics. Whether he is discussing his science fiction or his well-researched nonfiction works, his voice embraces reason and skepticism. 

This volume shows how Sagan, a lifelong skeptic, refined his views and expressed amazement that Earth, for all his belief in extraterrestrial life, encompasses everything about which he cared.

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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the Bible

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Bible introduces you to the bestselling and most influential book ever published.

The Bible is the core document of Western civilization, the pinnacle of world literature, and the backbone of three major world religions. To know the Bible is to know the world--and, many say, to know much more than the world. 

Yet those interested in learning more about this important work discover a surprising paradox: It is both widely discussed and widely ignored. The Bible is a formidable book, and many people love it from a comfortable distance but don't want to get too close. 

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Bible will help you close that distance and experience the Bible as it should be experienced, as a vibrant, living, and vital collection of texts that are just as inspiring and full of life today as they were thousands of years ago.

Get ready to feel like an expert right away. Inside The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Bible, you'll learn how to:

• Find a translation or study Bible that's perfect for you.
• Interpret difficult Bible passages, taking into account their literary features and historical context.
• Appreciate the Bible's breadth. As a literary work, it includes poetry, philosophy, folk tales, history, theology, religious law, and even erotica.
• Understand the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) as the deeply Jewish document that it is--and learn the approaches that rabbis have traditionally used to interpret scripture.
• Recognize the courageous missionary spirit behind the New Testament, a collection of documents, secret and illegal at the time, that would later shape the faith of billions.
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What is the State of Human Rights?

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Freedom of Religion

Gr. 7-10.
Books in the American Rights series look at rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the Bill of Rights. Although the Freedom of Religion clause makes its point in only 16 words, it has generated millions beyond that in discussion. This solid, readable volume walks readers through the part religion played in the formation of the colonies and looks at how faith informed the people's lives and the tensions among various religions. Head gives background on the First Amendment and then moves on to specific cases about religion in the U.S., including references to the Scopes trial and school prayer. Final chapters consider the politics of faith and the future of religious freedom. Although the complexity of the topic results in some dense writing, Head does a good job of presenting his information in an understandable manner, despite the complexity of the topic. Good-size print and frequent headings promote easy reading, and the appended material, which includes bibliographies and excerpts from documents by individuals such as Thomas Jefferson, is particularly helpful. The black-and-white photographs are dull in quality but interesting in content. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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Is Torture Ever Justified?

Presents articles that argue whether or not torture is ever justified and whether or not certain situations are considered torture, including the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse.
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The Future of the Internet

Essays cover viewpoints regarding the Internet's potential for both positive and negative social consequences, including invisible spying machinery, online voting systems, and economic development.
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Religion and Education

The U.S. public education system faces the challenging goal of providing a wholly secular educational experience to one of the most diverse religious populations on Earth. This volume examines controversies dealing with religion and education, including school prayer, the teaching of creationism in science classes, vouchers/school choice, and the under God language contained in the Pledge of Allegiance.
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1966

As bombing escalated in South Vietnam, the domestic culture of the United States also changed in many important ways. Articles in this anthology cover a number of diverse topics including the rise of the black power movement, the founding of the National Organization for Women, and the arrest of serial killer Richard Speck.
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Possessions and Exorcisms

Over the past thirty years, there has been a growing demand for exorcists. Does this reflect a new awareness of demonic forces, or just a well-marketed pop culture phenomenon? This anthology explores the new debate over demonic possession.
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Mysterious Places

Explores mysterious places, both ancient and recent, that can provide a better understanding on how people think about the unknown.
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The Bill of Rights

Presents a collection of primary documents, including speeches, articles, and memoirs, about the the Bill of Rights, from such figures as Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Earl Warren.
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Slaves

Slavery supported the Confederacy, while the abolition of slavery sanctified the Union cause. This book provides firsthand accounts of former slaves who write of their experiences before, during, and shortly after, the war. Sources include Booker T. Washington, Susie King Taylor (who escaped from slavery and became a nurse), and William H. Robinson (who writes of his experiences as one of the very few people to have served on both sides of the war).
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Confederate Generals

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Union Generals

U.S. president Abraham Lincoln summoned the greatest military minds available to assemble and command an army that could successfully preserve the Union. Here, the personal and candid viewpoints of some of those men--including Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Philip Sheridan-offer great insight into the leaders that took up the cause.
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Women and Families

The majority of Americans did not fight in the Civil War. The firsthand accounts of the women and families who lived through the most violent and divisive conflict in our nation's history offer a unique perspective on what daily life was like in America during this devastating time. Sources include Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and Sojourner Truth.
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Mikhail Gorbachev

Grade 11 Up-
In contrast to biographies that offer a single perspective, this volume is a compilation of excerpts from books and articles that were published from 1988 to 1998. The authors include prominent journalists who were often eyewitness observers; academics; a former ambassador to the Soviet Union; and two well-known Russians, physicist Andrei Sakharov and writer Tatyana Tolstaya. After an introductory essay presenting the period under consideration, the excerpts are grouped chronologically. An appendix with writings by and interviews with Gorbachev follows. There is surprisingly little repetition in the 18 excerpts, and in the section on the Cold War, two opposing views are offered. While the selections are all extremely well written and clear, readers without a basic understanding of this period of history may find the numerous unfamiliar names and references to various events difficult to absorb. Therefore, the book might best serve social studies teachers seeking supplementary readings to assign to highly motivated students.
Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign
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Bears’ Guide to the Best Education Degrees by Distance Learning

It's no mystery that one of the keys to improving our nation's schools is to staff them with better-qualified teachers. However, the traditional means for improving or gaining teaching skills-through an education degree or certificate program-can be time-consuming and costly, making it difficult for teachers and aspiring teachers to take their skills to the next level. Education authorities John and Mariah Bear have found the answer, and it's a surprisingly sensible and readily accessible one: distance learning. As the Bears' research reveals, over 100 top-notch programs offer fully accredited education degrees and teaching certificates that you can earn on your own time, from your own home, and within your budget. Whether you're looking to break into the profession with a certificate, boost your salary with a master's, or tackle educational theory with a doctorate, BEST EDUCATION DEGREES shows you how to choose and complete a great program without putting the rest of your life on hold. From the authors of the best-selling BEARS' GUIDE TO EARNING DEGREES BY DISTANCE LEARNING (over 400,000 copies sold). Covers all aspects of the field, including special education, administration, educational technology, and ESL teaching.
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Bears’ Guide to the Best Computer Degrees by Distance Learning

Although it's a challenging job market for the high-tech elite-software designers, database programmers, website builders, network administrators, and IT professionals-this new Bears'¬? Guide maps the most direct route to those top-dollar salaries, showing you how to earn a fully accredited undergraduate or graduate high-tech degree without setting foot on a college campus. Profiles over 100 distance-learning programs in such fields as telecom, computer sciences, MIS, IT, and more. Tips on the latest learning technologies and hot career directions.

(Although I was not credited on the cover, I was given full co-author credit on the title page.)
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Get Your IT Degree and Get Ahead

This guide covers: easy-to-use format highlights all the information students need to know, about the top 200 schools in the US--what does each school offer, how much will a degree cost, can it be done online, what the the prerequisites. Special section on how to earn a degree online. Friendly, easy-to use text written by real people who are experts in adult education. Insider hints for networking with professors, employers, and other students to find out which program will really meet your needs.
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Conversas com Carl Sagan

Apesar de admirado como físico, Carl Sagan será lembrado como o popular escritor de não-ficção e ficção científica, assim como o apresentador de séries televisivas relacionadas com a Ciência. Apesar da escrita e dos comentários televisivos, trabalhou para popularizar o interesse na astronomia, no universo, e na possibilidade de vida extraterrestre. Desde o inicio da sua carreira pública, quando co-edita "Intelligent Life in the Universe" com o astrónomo soviético I.S. Shklovskii, até ao momento em que trabalha a adaptação para o cinema do seu livro "Contact", em 1997, estes foram sempre os temas que o absorveram.

O seu interesse no espaço não se ficou apenas pela ficção cientifica, mas também se interessou pela pequenez e vulnerabilidade da humanidade quando comparada com o tamanho imensurável do Universo e da sua força. Esta profunda humildade filosófica, misturada com a exuberância pessoal que frequentemente demonstrava nas entrevistas e nas suas séries de televisão, transparece em Conversas com Carl Sagan. Na sua colecção de entrevistas e conversas, Sagan discute com entusiasmo e enorme variedade de temas sobre os quais escreveu - o ambiente, o desarmamento nuclear, religião, politica, vida extraterrestre, astronomia, física, robótica.

Um activo promotor da educação científica e uma autoridade reconhecida na ciência e nos seus efeitos na humanidade, Sagan usou as entrevistas para elaborar e expor ideias que se encontravam diminuídas em importância. O seu ateísmo, impulsionado por um agonizante sentido de vulnerabilidade da raça humana, marcou muitos ferozes debates. Este é a primeira colecção de entrevistas de Carl Sagan, mas, felizmente, não será a ultima. Há certamente muitas possíveis entrevistas que podem ser escolhidas e compiladas para novos livros no futuro. Porque é uma colecção de entrevistas, é permitido a Carl Sagan falar por ele mesmo - e ninguém está mais qualificado a falar sobre o seu trabalho, os seus sonhos, os seus objectivos que o próprio Carl Sagan.

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