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In its third month in print, The Classroom made the Barnes and Noble Bestsellers List. The book was listed at #26 of their Top 100 books. (April 2005)

Book Review - NEA Today (January 2006) --- Humor and insight are hallmarks of this witty, inspirational book from an experienced urban middle-school teacher. Example: "Allow students to use notes during the first five minutes of a test." Why? Aside from rewarding them for taking better notes and being more organized, "it gives you a legitimate answer to the question, Why do we take notes?'" This is only one offering among 180 tips, tricks and classroom activities that will help you motivate your students to take charge of their own learning.

After being in print for a year, The Classroom finally made Amazon.com's Top 100 Bestselling Education/Pedagogy books. (February 2006)

D'Amato and colleagues Marie Henry and Kevin LaMastra were awarded two Hipp Grants by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine during the Teachers Convention in Atlantic City for their project Friends Beyond Borders. (November 2006 & 2007)

In its first month in print, Roam Italy made the Barnes and Noble Bestsellers List. The book was listed at #68 of their Top 100 books. (June 2009)
The Dominican Experiment made the Barnes & Noble's Top Ten Bestsellers List in its debut weekend. (June 2014)
The Dominican Experiment reached the #1 spot on Amazon.com in the category of Caribbean and Latin American Politics. (March 2015)
The Dominican Experiment was referred to as "a moving story" about "identity, diversity, justice and action" in a book review in Teaching Tolerance magazine. (Spring 2016)
The Dominican Experiment received the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award - Best "Current Events" Book. (Spring 2016)