Engaging Schools offers these materials that are aligned with our core professional services:

In addition, we have a wide range of books and other products on conflict resolution, countering bullying and harassment, building positive school culture and climate, and more.

Some Engaging Schools books also offer supplemental downloads. Use the link at the bottom of the online store page for Activators to request supplemental material.

“We had teachers who were great in their subject areas but weren’t so great at being personal with kids. They didn’t know how to ask, ‘What’s going on?’ and ‘How can I help you?’ to stimulate those conversations. Now we’ve transformed our culture. It was already a caring school, but now it’s a more understanding culture for all our kids.”

Stephen Kane, Principal, James Bowie High School, Austin, TX

Supplemental Downloads

Activators The Advisory Guide

Shifting Gears: Recalibrating Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support                  A Restorative and Accountable Approach for Middle and High Schools

By Carol Miller Lieber, Michele Tissiere, and Nicole Frazier

Shifting Gears presents a systematic approach to schoolwide discipline and student support, examines the school discipline problem, the features of an effective system, and research and theory that underpin our approach. It then offers an examination of the “gears” that create an effective system. Chapters on each gear provide guidance, recommendations, and “how-to” information, detailed protocols, training tools, examples, scripted agendas, checklists, readings, and interactive elements to support users to construct their own schoolwide discipline system.


School leaders, climate-culture-discipline teams, and individuals including deans, student support directors, counselors, teacher leaders, and other specialists within a district or school

Activators: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Middle and High School Students

By Nicole Frazier and Donna Mehle

This book is a deep dive into activators, a core teaching practice that incorporates individual think time with purposeful social interaction. It features concrete, hands-on activities that help students improve their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral engagement in learning. Nationally acclaimed differentiated instruction expert Carol Ann Tomlinson praises Activators, noting, “This book is a keeper because it commends instructional strategies that engage the minds of adolescent learners as it attends to their need for interaction with and appreciation of peers.”


ELA, math, science, social studies, and modern language teachers in grades 6–12; instructional coaches; and teacher educators

Making Learning REAL: Reaching and Engaging All Learners in Secondary Classrooms


Denise Wolk, Director of Publications and Marketing, recommends Making Learning REAL: Reaching and Engaging All Learners in Secondary Classrooms. “This is a resource for creating an engaging environment that responds to the needs of all students, particularly reluctant-resistant learners. I love it because it is so practical, a read-it-today, use-it-tomorrow book that you will turn to again and again.”


Middle and high school level classroom teachers, school leaders, guidance staff, coaches, and teacher leaders