skip to main content

Professional Library

TRUSD Visual and Performing Arts has a wide variety of books, periodicals, and educational resources for our educators to borrow. All materials are housed at the district office in the VAPA department. Please contact any of the VAPA staff with any questions or for more information about our library. The following descriptions highlight the resources in the slideshow above:
  • Scott Foresman's Art: Integrated Reading and Writing Workbook:  A workbook for students with excellent art integrated lessons and tips.
  • John Robert Browne's Walking the Equity Talk: If you're serous about making sure every student is on a level playing field, then it is time to do more than identify and lament all the reasons for educational disparities and why they persist.  John Robert Brown shows how Culturally Courageous Leadership can help you achieve equitable opportunities for all students.
  • Sir Ken Robinson's The Element  How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything:  There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, any dream, a reality.  The Element Captures that force with passion and insight.
  • Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap:  Education expert Tony Wagner situates our school problems in the larger context of the demands of the global knowledge economy. With insights gained from interviews with business leaders, reviews of new research and extensive classroom observations in the country's leading suburban schools, he analyzes performance by considering the skills the next generation will need in the marketplace.
  • Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky's Leadership on the Line: This practical guide to the art of leadership contains wisdom for us all, combining vivid stories with intellectual rigor.  The authors honor the notion that we each have unique gifts to offer, and through our offering we can both serve the common good and, in so doing, derive a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives.
  • Daniel H. Pink's DRiVE: Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does-and how that affects every aspect of life.  In Drive, he examines the three elements of true motivation-autonomy, mastery, and purpose- and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action.
  • Sir Ken Robinson's Out of Our Minds: The best analysis of the disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honored in schools and the kinds of creativity that we need today in our organizations and our society.
  • Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein's Sparks of Genius: With engaging narratives and ample illustrations, Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein investigate cognitive tools as diverse as observing, imaging, recognizing patterns, modeling, playing and more.
  • ARTnews periodical: The latest in contemporary visual and performing arts news and insight.