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Books (Organized alphabetically by title)
Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
By Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford (Stenhouse Publishers, 2011)
Teachers have rarely been trained to teach speaking and listening skills. However, these vital skills should be taught in all grades and subjects. Not only are they needed for the Common Core and higher education, but employers are demanding better communication skills as well.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.stenhouse.com/html/mainidea.htm
Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement
Steven Leinwand (Heinemann, 2009)
Math teachers leave too many students behind by continuing to teach math the way they’ve always taught it. Without having to buy new books or a new program, Leinwand shows how we can improve mathematical thinking and student achievement by making 10 key instructional changes.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.heinemann.com/products/e02656.aspx
Active Literacy Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
Heidi Hayes Jacobs (Eye on Education, 2006)
Literacy achievement is essential to academic success. To improve literacy at your school, you must ensure that everyone is working toward this goal consistently. This acclaimed author provides 7 practical strategies for all teachers – in every grade and every subject — to integrate literacy instruction into their teaching.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781596670235/
Becoming a Learning School
Joellen Killion and Patricia Roy (National Staff Development Council, 2009)
This book is a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants their teachers to work effectively in teams. Collaborative professional learning is a powerful way to improve schools. To help train staff in many different aspects of collaborative professional learning there is an accompanying CD-ROM with tons of tools.
Learn more or purchase the book: https://store.learningforward.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=L4W&Screen=PROD&Category_Code=LFP&Product_Code=B423
Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools
Michael B. Horn, and Heather Staker (Jossey-Bass, 2015)
This book is about the tremendous potential of using blended learning to bring education into the 21st century to improve learning for all. It provides both the theory and the practical strategies to show us how blended learning makes learning more student-centered and real-world while also making teaching more engaging and fulfilling at the same time.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118955153.html
Bringing Homework Into Focus: Tools and Tips to Enhance Practices, Design, and Feedback
Homework is often assigned out of habit, rather than as a thoughtful assignment. Research shows that homework can have a positive impact on student performance, if we design it well. This book helps teachers learn how to maximize the impact of homework.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/authors/eileen-depka/bringing-homework-into-focus.html
Change Leader: Learning to Do What Matters Most
Michael Fullan (Jossey-Bass, 2011)
This renowned expert in organizational change brings together insights from a wide variety of fields to help school leaders understand the seven core leadership practices needed for today’s world.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470582138.html
Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools
Tony Wagner and Robert Kegan, with Lahey, Lemons, Garnier, Helsing, Howell, and Rasmussen (Jossey-Bass, 2006)
This book presents a powerful approach to creating real change in schools. Based on a five-year study, the authors provide concrete tools and exercises to show leaders how to help both their schools, and the individuals within those schools, change. By focusing on changing these two crucial elements at the same time, the authors present an approach to change that is truly comprehensive and realistic.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787977551.html
Classroom Assessment for Student Learning
Richard J. Stiggins, Judith A. Arter, and Jan and Stephen Chappuis
This book shows you how you can use formative assessment to actually improve learning and motivate students. They describe the different components of quality classroom assessments that create — not just measure — student achievement.
For 60-minute workshops on formative assessment to use with your teachers, email Jenn.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.allynbaconmerrill.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0132685884
Joellen Killion, Cindy Harrison, Chris Bryan, and Heather Clifton (Learning Forward, 2012)
Coaching has the potential to transform teaching and learning if the right conditions, structures, and supports are in place. This book not only describes the attributes of effective coaching programs, but it provides the tools and strategies to help you build a stronger coaching program.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://store.learningforward.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=L4W&Screen=PROD&Category_Code=LFP&Product_Code=B542
Collaborating for Success With the Common Core
Kim Bailey, Chris Jakicic, & Jeanne Spiller (Solution Tree Press, 2014)
This book presents a thoughtful approach to the CCSS. Schools can be more effective and humane in their approach to the standards if teachers tackle them in collaborative teams. This book will help teams understand, plan, pace, assess, and teach the CCSS.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/collaborating-success-common-core.html
David T. Conley (Jossey-Bass, 2008)
High schools often prepare students to become college eligible (gain entrance into college), but not college ready (able to succeed once they’re there). Conley provides vital research-based recommendations to help this problem. He specifically outlines what students must know and be able to do in order to succeed in college and shows high schools how to better prepare students for college success.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787996750.html
Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work, Leader’s Guide
Timothy D. Kanold and Matthew R. Larson (Solution Tree Press, 2012)
This book helps mathematics leaders focus their time and effort on the five high-impact actions that will most translate into student learning and ensure that students meet the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/products/common-core-math-plc-work/ccmath-plcatwork-leaders-guide.html
Creating a Digital-Rich Classroom: Teaching & Learning in a Web 2.0 World
Meg Ormiston (Solution Tree Press, 2011)
This book provides practical strategies to integrate technology into instruction in order to increase student engagement and achievement. See the technology PD workshop ideas from The Main Idea below.
For technology PD ideas click here: Technology Workshop Ideas
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/creating-a-digital-rich-classroom.html
Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools
Ron Ritchhart (Jossey-Bass, 2015)
This book shows how to transform our schools and classrooms into places of true learning and thinking. The key to this transformation lies in the culture, and the book outlines the eight forces that shape that culture.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118974603.html
Dealing with Difficult Parents
By Todd Whitaker and Douglas J. Fiore (Routledge 2nd Edition, 2016)
As educators, all of us have had to deal with parents who are bossy, argumentative, aggressive, or even apathetic.
However, this book outlines effective ways to not only deal with difficult parents, but to turn around the situation so these interactions become productive.
Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.routledge.com/Dealing-with-Difficult-Parents-2nd-Edition/Whitaker-Fiore/p/book/9781138938670
Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Learning
John Murray (Corwin Press, 2014)
Research shows that traditional PD (one-shot workshops, outside experts) is simply not effective in improving student learning. This book introduces eight of the most powerful forms of PD along with ideas for how to implement them.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book239502?siteId=corwin-press&subject=C00&qsupld=true&productType=&q=designing+and+implementing&fs=1
Designing & Teaching Learning Goals & Objectives
Robert J. Marzano (Marzano Research Laboratory – Powered by Solution Tree, 2009)
Dr. Marzano is at the forefront of educational research on best instructional strategies. In this book he takes the research on learning goals and translates it into practical suggestions for teachers to implement learning goals that actually improve student achievement.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://tmi2015.wpengine.com/www.solution-tree.com
Designing Effective Classroom Management
By Jason E. Harlacher (Marzano Research, 2015)
Because classroom management is vital for student achievement and teacher retention, teachers should be using research-based practices to guide their approach to classroom management. This book outlines five research-backed practices in a clear and practical way so schools can set up proactive, positive systems of classroom management.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/publisher/marzano-research/designing-effective-classroom-management-bkl029.html
Differentiated School Leadership
Jane A.G. Kise and Beth Russell (Corwin Press, 2008)
Learning about personality type theory can help you better understand yourself as a leader. Because this book helps leaders discover how they lead, collaborate, and communicate, it is an important tool for developing principals and school leadership teams.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book227971
Differentiation and The Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom
David A. Sousa & Carol Ann Tomlinson (Solution Tree Press, 2011)
How can teachers possibly address the great variety of learning needs in their classes? The top thinkers on differentiation and neuroscience show us how to create differentiated classrooms, backed by brain research, to address the wide variety of student needs in our classrooms.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/differentiation-and-the-brain.html
Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Jossey-Bass, 2010)
Bambrick-Santoyo shows how data-driven instruction, if implemented well, can significantly impact student performance. He clearly the describes the 4 essential components: assessment, analysis, action, and a data-driven culture. The second part of the book (over 50 pages!) contains workshops to train staff in effectove data-driven methods.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470548746.html
Elements of Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice
Douglas Reeves (Solution Tree Press, 2011)
Reeves points out that many of our grading practices are not only inaccurate but harmful as well. This book shares simple strategies to improve grading methods so they can be more accurate, fair, specific, and timely.
Click here for: 3 Methods to Collaboratively Score Student Work
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/elements-of-grading.html
Embedded Formative Assessment
Dylan Wiliam (Solution Tree Press, 2011)
Research shows that when teachers use formative assessment students make twice as much progress! This book not only shares the research, but it includes practical formative assessment strategies for teachers in all grades, K-12.
Click here for: Formative Assessment PD & Teacher Packet
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/embedded-formative-assessment.html
Fear Your Strengths: What You Are Best at Could Be Your Biggest Problem
Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser (Berrett-Koehler, 2013)
Leaders often believe that the path to improvement involves strengthening their weaknesses. However, it is your strengths that often work against you when they are overused. In fact, they can be quite destructive. This book helps you maximize your leadership strengths without going overboard.
Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.bkconnection.com/books/title/fear-your-strengths
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong (Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc., 2005)
If you want to read one book to help teachers start the year successfully with vital classroom management, organization, discipline, and other strategies, this is the book for you. The book has sold almost 3 million copies because the authors identify the 3 characteristics of an effective teacher, and show teachers, in detail, how to become one.
Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.effectiveteaching.com/products.php?product=The-First-Days-of-School
Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program (Primary, Upper Elementary, and Secondary School)
Larry Ainsworth and Jan Christinson (Lead + Learn Press, 2007)
Rather than suggesting that your school abandon its current math program, the authors outline the five essential components necessary for any successful math program, and show you how to fill in the gaps. These five components are: computational skills, problem solving, conceptual understanding, mastery of math facts, and common formative assessment.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.leadandlearn.com/bookstore/five-easy-steps-balanced-math-program-package
5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom: Creating a Culture of Innovative Thinking
By Gerald Aungst (Corwin Press, 2016)
We must create mathematics classrooms in which problem solving occurs daily and is deeply embedded in the culture. The 5 Principles presented in this book will guide teachers in creating a modern mathematics classroom that supports this type of culture.
Learn more or purchase the book: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/5-principles-of-the-modern-mathematics-classroom/book245555
Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know
By David T. Conley (Jossey-Bass, 2014)
The Common Core is an important step on the path to college and career readiness; it is not just a passing fad. However, the standards alone are not enough. To prepare students for college and career readiness, schools need to teach a wider range of skills and knowledge encapsulated in Conley’s nationally known “Four Keys to College and Career Readiness.” This book provides a framework to organize classrooms, schools, and systems around the goal of college and career readiness.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118551141.html
The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need – And What We Can Do About It
Tony Wagner (Basic Books, 2010)
Regardless of how good your school’s test scores are, you still have a lot of work to do to prepare your students for success in college and the world of work. Learn about the “Seven Survival Skills” Wagner claims even the best schools are not teaching. Use the accompanying book group questions below to engage your staff in the important discussion about preparing our students for the 21st century.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.basicbooks.com/full-details?isbn=9780465055975
Go Blended! A Handbook for Blending Technology in Schools
Liz Arney (Jossey-Bass, 2015)
Blended learning is a powerful, purposeful model in which schools use technology to improve learning. In this model, technology is a tool, not an end in itself. Blended learning integrates – or blends – computer-based learning with more individualized classroom instruction in which students work independently or in groups with the teacher. This book helps school leaders – and you don’t need to be a technological expert – to lead the effort to go blended at your school.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118974204.html
Going with the Flow: How to Engage Boys (and Girls) in Their Literacy Learning
Michael W. Smith and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm (Heinemann, 2006)
Smith and Wilhelm share a brilliant approach to help boys (and girls) become more involved in and achieve more success in their literacy learning. By studying the conditions that led boys to feel passionate about their outside-of-school interests, the authors learned how to increase the boys’ engagement in school by recreating those conditions. The book presents those five conditions and explains clearly how to implement them.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.heinemann.com/products/e00643.aspx
The Highly Engaged Classroom
Robert J. Marzano and Debra J. Pickering with Tammy Heflebower (Marzano Research Laboratory Powered by Solution Tree, 2011)
School leaders no longer have to rely on vague feedback like: “The students were not engaged.” Instead, using the book’s 4-part definition of engagement and the 40 strategies to increase engagement, school leaders can have a much richer toolbox to help teachers increase student engagement.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/the-highly-engaged-classroom.html
The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
By George Couros (Dave Burgess Consulting, 2015)
Without innovation, organizations cease to exist. As educational leaders, it is our job to foster a culture of innovative thinking that leads to better opportunities that empower both students and educators to thrive.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://daveburgessconsulting.com/books-2/#im
In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better
By Richard DuFour (Solution Tree Press, 2015)
The current tendency to blame teachers and schools is extremely misguided. In fact, educators have made unprecedented strides in student learning over the past three decades. DuFour shows us how implementing PLCs is the best way to give educators the support they need to continue to improve student learning, ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed in today’s economy.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/publisher/solution-tree/in-praise-of-american-educators-bkf702.html
In the Best Interest of Students
By Kelly Gallagher (Stenhouse Publishers, 2015)
Educators have become so hung up on covering all of the Common Core standards, that they have lost sight of the key literacy skills our students need. Gallagher’s goal is not to help us fall in line with the latest fad, but to encourage us to think deeply about those literacy practices (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) that stand the test of time and truly help our students succeed as thoughtful, literate, people prepared for the modern world.
Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.stenhouse.com/content/best-interest-students
Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change
By Lyle Kirtman and Michael Fullan (Solution Tree Press, 2016)
Successful district and school leaders move beyond a culture of compliance and create an environment that is exciting, vibrant and focuses on real continuous improvement. This book helps school leaders look beyond the myriad distractions and red tape in education so they can focus on the seven leadership competencies that matter most.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/publisher/solution-tree/leadership-bkf629.html
Leaders of Learning: How School, District, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement
Richard DuFour and Robert J. Marzano (Solution Tree Press, 2011)
By working collaboratively, leaders at all levels – from the classroom to the district – can work collaboratively to continually improve their practice and apply research-based practices to improve student achievement. These two renowned educational thinkers will show you how.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/leaders-of-learning.html
Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment
Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, and Libby Wooden (Jossey-Bass, 2014)
This book presents a novel approach to assessment in which students are actively involved in understanding and monitoring their own growth and learning. By increasing student motivation and engagement, this student-centered system of assessment helps students raise their achievement and meet the Common Core.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118655443.html
Leading Lesson Study: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Facilitators
Jennifer Stepanek, Gary Appel, Melinda Leong, Michelle Turner Mangan, and Mark Mitchell (Learning Point Associates, NWREL, and Corwin Press, 2007)
Lesson study is a professional development practice in which teachers come together to collaboratively plan a lesson. Then one teacher teaches that lesson to students while the others observe. Afterwards, the teachers debrief, revise the lesson, and reteach it. It is an opportunity to bring teachers collaboratively through the processes of unit planning, lesson goal creation, and lesson planning – three important processes that teachers often rush through.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book228390
Leading School Turnaround: How Successful Leaders Transform Low-Performing Schools
Kenneth Leithwood, Alma Harris, and Tiiu Strauss (Jossey-Bass, 2010)
This book describes how to substantially improve an underperforming school and sustain those gains. It outlines the practices and behaviors exercised by leaders of successful turnaround schools.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470407662.html
Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work
Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker and Thomas Many (Solution Tree, 2006)
This is the book to read to learn how to set up collaborative teams of teachers that work relentlessly to improve student learning. These distinguished authors have argued for years that the best way to increase achievement is by carefully crafting effective professional learning communities and equipping them with specific strategies and structures, all of which are clearly explained in the book.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/products/learning-by-doing.html
Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Excellent Schools
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Jossey-Bass, 2012)
This is the Good to Great for educational leaders. Bambrick-Santoyo outlines 7 areas of school leadership that drastically improve student learning, and then he gives you the tools and describes the precise leadership actions you need to take in order to adopt them.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118138600.html
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them
Dr. Ross Greene (Scribner, 2008)
Kids with challenging behavior act that way because they don’t have the skills necessary to stay in control. We’re losing these kids because our schools don’t teach those skills they’re lacking. This book shows you how to identify and address these skill deficits. With its compelling narratives, this book is a great read and would be perfect for a teacher study group.
Click here for discussion questions to use with the book: Book Group Questions
Learn more or purchase the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Lost-at-School/Ross-W-Greene/9781501101496
Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10m
By Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker (Stenhouse Publishers, 2015)
Without much planning, Number Talks are a great, short routine that help students develop number sense through mental math and explaining their reasoning. Because of the real focus on math concepts (not math procedures), this routine has helped dramatically change teaching and learning in math classrooms.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Lost-at-School/Ross-W-Greene/9781501101496
Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for ALL Learners
Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, & Karin Morrison (Jossey-Bass, 2011)
Many teachers focus more on having students complete tasks and assignments than on developing their thinking and understanding. This book shows teachers how to promote thinking in their classrooms by: (1) creating opportunities for their students to think and (2) making students thinking visible.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-047091551X.html
The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School
Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson (Corwin Press, 2015)
School leaders face unprecedented challenges as they lead complex and unpredictable organizations. Mindfulness helps leaders respond more productively to the stress of dealing with these challenges. The result? They become more effective leaders and calmer and more focused people at the same time.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book241021
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Carol Dweck (Ballantine Books, 2008)
This acclaimed psychologist describes how your mindset – your belief about yourself – has a powerful impact on your life. By helping students develop a growth mindset we can actually improve their experiences in school.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/44330/mindset-by-carol-s-dweck-phd/
Organization Made Easy! Tools for Today’s Teachers
Frank Buck (Eye on Education, 2010)
A lack of strong organizational skills seriously threatens our ability to address the needs of students. This book provides strategies to help us improve the organization of our paperwork, tasks, appointments, computer and email use. It is aimed at teachers but much of it is applicable to the school leader.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.tandf.net/books/details/9781596671447/
Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement
Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman (Heinemann, 2012)
Without a doubt, the Common Core State Standards are challenging. However, this very helpful resource helps to carefully unpack what the literacy standards really mean, what is most important about them, what they might look like in a classroom, and it provides some suggestions for implementing them.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04355.aspx
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Charles Duhigg (Random House, 2012)
Most of what we do each day is not the result of decision-making, but rather of habits. Habits can be changed and developed if we understand how they work. This New York Times bestseller has important implications for schools, educators, and students.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/202855/the-power-of-habit-by-charles-duhigg/9780307966643
The Power of Teacher Rounds: A Guide for Facilitators, Principals, & Department Chairs
Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles (Corwin Press, 2014)
If we hope to move instructional practice forward, teachers need to work together and hold each other accountable at the school level. Teacher Rounds is an accessible yet powerful tool that engages teachers in school-based, professional learning to improve student achievement.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book242527?siteId=corwin-press&subject=C00&qsupld=true&productType=&q=the+power+of+teacher+rounds&fs=1
Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better
Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, & Katie Yezzi (Jossey-Bass, 2012)
This book is about the transformative power of practice to improve skills. Most educators think practice works well for a basketball team, but not for them. However, the authors introduce 42 rules to make practice more effective and suggest that this may be the missing ingredient needed to help teachers meet the increasing demands in education today.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-WILEY2_SEARCH_RESULT.html?query=practice%20perfect%3A%2042%20rules
The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact
Michael Fullan (Jossey Bass, 2014)
It may seem shocking to consider that the role of principal as direct instructional leader is not the solution. Instead, Fullan argues for the need to reconceptualize the role so the principal becomes a force for improving the whole school.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118575237.html
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
Kelly Gallagher (Stenhouse Publishers, 2009)
Ironically, many of the practices teachers employ to improve reading are actually contributing to the death of reading among our students. This short and humorous read will help educators consider the types of strategies that will reverse this trend.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.stenhouse.com/mainidea
Reading without Limits: Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life
Maddie Witter (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
This book introduces an approach to reading that leads to high levels of achievement and a love reading. This approach consists of a comprehensive set of 12 rigorous, research-based practices for teaching reading that work with any grade level and with any current reading program a school is using.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118472152.html
Ready for Anything: Supporting New Teachers for Success
Lynn F. Howard (Advanced Learning Press, 2006)
This book contains 11 easy-to-implement monthly seminars so you can help your new teachers thrive. Rather than simply providing tips, this book offers an entire program, adaptable to any school, with an organized monthly professional development calendar.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.leadandlearn.com/bookstore/ready-anything
Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: How to Work Smart, Build Collaboration, and Close the Achievement Gap
Kim Marshall (Jossey Bass, 2009)
Our current method of supervising and evaluating teachers does NOT lead to student achievement. Marshall proposes a powerful new approach that will. His model involves 4 components: mini-observations, interim assessments, “backwards” planning, and teacher evaluation rubrics.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470449969.html
Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word
Barbara R. Blackburn (Eye On Education, Inc., 2008)
By providing a clear and workable definition of rigor along with 25 practical strategies to increase rigor, this book can help educators boost the rigor in their classrooms.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781596672260/
A School Leader’s Guide to Excellence
Carmen Fariña and Laura Kotch (Heinemann, 2008)
These two seasoned and warm school leaders from NYC show educational leaders how to raise student performance in a refreshingly humane and respectful way. This book is both inspirational and down-to-the-smallest-detail practical.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.heinemann.com/products/EBK06170.aspx
School Systems That Learn: Improving Professional Practice, Overcoming Limitations, and Diffusing Innovation
Paul B. Ash and John D’Auria (Corwin Press, 2013)
Currently, the challenge for many schools is to get all students to achieve at high levels. To address this problem, the authors propose creating a learning school system to increase educator capacity so that all students can achieve at high levels.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book240405?siteId=corwin-press&subject=C00&qsupld=false&productType=&q=school+systems+that+learn&fs=1
Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Student Variation
Mary-Dean Barringer, Craig Pohlman, and Michele Robinson (Jossey-Bass, 2010)
Based on the work of the organization All Kinds of Minds, this book shows that schools can be more effective in addressing students’ chronic learning struggles by focusing on students’ strengths. Neuroscience has a lot to teach educators about the way students learn, and we can use this knowledge to address the behavioral and learning needs of all our students.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-047050515X.html
Shaping School Culture: Pitfalls, Paradoxes, & Promises
Terrence E. Deal and Kent D. Peterson (Jossey-Bass, 2009)
A school’s culture affects every part of the school. This book is a classic on school culture and the authors are experts on organizational culture. They pull together the best of what is known about culture in both education and business to help school leaders develop a repertoire of ways to improve school culture.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787996793.html
Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions That Undermine Learning
Alexander D. Platt, Caroline E. Tripp, Robert G. Fraser, and James R. Warnock (Ready About Press, 2008)
Mediocre instruction undermines learning in schools. This book looks at the causes of mediocre instruction and shows the skillful leader how to confront these conditions. To improve instruction across an entire school requires leaders to build accountable professional communities — and this book shows you how.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.rbteach.com/store/skillful-leader-ii-confronting-conditions-undermine-learning
The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills
Jon Saphier, Mary Ann Haley-Speca, and Robert Gower (Research for Better Teaching, Inc., 2008)
Skilful teachers have a wide repertoire of strategies they use and the ability to choose the most appropriate ones. By breaking down teaching into its component parts, and introducing this repertoire of strategies (in over 500 pages), this book clearly shows how teaching is a skill that can be learned. This book serves as the comprehensive knowledge base of teaching.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.rbteach.com/tst
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
Emily Bazelon (Random House, 2013)
To address bullying, we need to understand that it is a nuanced issue with many shades of gray. This book provides the type of detailed picture of bullying we need – by sharing three students’ stories of bullying – to better understand it, prevent it, and help kids get through it.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/212863/sticks-and-stones-by-emily-bazelon/
The Strategic School: Making the Most of People, Time, and Money
Karen Hawley Miles and Stephen Frank (Corwin Press, AASA, & NASSP, 2008)
The authors studied high-performing schools and found that they share a similar approach to allocating resources. They focus their resources in three areas: teacher quality, meeting individual student needs, and emphasizing core academics. The authors help you develop a strategic resource plan to maximize your own school resources that includes: a staff and student grouping plan, a master schedule, and a plan to continuously improve teacher quality.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book226439?siteId=corwin-press&subject=C00&qsupld=true&productType=&q=the+strategic+school&fs=1
Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis (Stenhouse Publishers, 2007)
This book shows teachers in all content areas how to explicitly teach reading comprehension. If they use these strategies not only will teachers improve their students’ understanding of texts, but they will help their students with reading test scores and increase their engagement and interest as well!
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.stenhouse.com/mainidea
Strengthening Teacher Evaluation: Taking Action to Improve Ineffective Instruction
Alexander D. Platt and Caroline E. Tripp (Ready About Press, 2014)
The authors take what they have learned from studying skillful leaders to show you how to effectively evaluate teachers to help them improve their teaching. This book is a resource that provides concrete advice about collecting data on teacher performance, diagnosing teachers’ problems, communicating those problems to teachers, and designing interventions.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.rbteach.com/store/strengthening-teacher-evaluation-taking-action-improve-ineffective-teaching-skillful-leader
Viviane Robinson (Jossey-Bass, 2011)
This book will help school leaders reflect on their practice and the changes, even small ones, that will improve student outcomes. The five research-based leadership practices discussed in the book will help leaders have a bigger impact on the achievement of their students.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470874139.html
Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College
Doug Lemov (Jossey-Bass, 2014)
Like the first edition of this book, Teach Like a Champion 2.0 is based on the premise that great teaching can be learned. To help teachers improve their craft, this book categorizes, describes in detail, and names the techniques used by top teachers.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118901851.html
Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College
Doug Lemov (Jossey Bass, 2010)
Lemov carefully observed teachers whose inner-city students perform at dramatically high levels. Then he broke down what they do into carefully described techniques that all teachers can put into practice. The accompanying DVD also helps to clearly illustrate what these techniques look like – a resource sorely needed by the teaching profession.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470550473.html
Teaching Adolescent Writers
Kelly Gallagher (Stenhouse Publishers, 2006)
We are simply NOT preparing students for one of the most important 21st century skills – writing! The majority of our students lack proficient writing skills and yet many schools do not do an effective job of teaching writing. Gallagher introduces six key writing principles to get schools on track. These can be used with any writing program or approach you currently use.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.stenhouse.com/html/mainidea.htm?=mi0903
Teaching the iGeneration: 5 Easy Ways to Introduce Essential Skills with Web 2.0 Tools
William M. Ferriter and Adam Garry (Solution Tree Press, 2010)
This book shows how to use digital tools not just for the sake of including technology, but in order to teach important 21st century skills — information fluency, persuasion, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. See the technology PD workshop ideas from The Main Idea below.
Click here for: Technology Workshop Ideas
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/teaching-the-igeneration-bkf671.html
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (Penguin Books, 2014)
We receive a deluge of feedback – from bosses, colleagues, friends, family – yet it rarely improves performance. The problem is that we’ve focused all of our attention and training on the feedback giver. Instead, it is the feedback receiver who decides whether to make use of the feedback and improve. This book takes a different approach by showing the feedback receiver how to best learn from feedback (even when it is off base, unfair, poorly delivered, and, frankly, you’re not in the mood).
The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through: Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time
Carolyn J. Downey, Betty E. Steffy, Fenwick W. English, Larry E. Frase, and William K. Poston, Jr. (Corwin Press, 2004)
By conducting shorter classroom visits, principals will be able to see more classrooms more frequently and will know more than they ever have about their teachers’ practices. The walk-through process has tremendous potential to help principals strengthen their skills as instructional leaders, increase their visibility, add to their repertoire of instructional strategies, improve their ability to identify areas for staff development, and alert them to teachers who might become marginal.
Learn more or purchase the book: ww.corwin.com/books/Book225980?siteId=corwin-press&subject=C00&qsupld=true&productType=&q=the+three-minute+classroom&fs=1
The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time!
Maia Heyck-Merlin (Jossey-Bass, 2012)
While there are many books about organization and time management, this book is designed for the unique challenges of teachers. This book provides useful tools, templates, and ideas for changing habits so teachers can focus more on student achievement and still lead a more balanced life.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111813821X.html
Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation
Fred Jones (Fredric H. Jones & Associates, Inc., 2007)
Jones describes the skills exceptional teachers use to manage their classrooms effectively. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to help teachers with the common foibles they face in dealing with pesky students.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.fredjones.com/#!store/c12f9
Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools
Megan Tschannen-Moran (Jossey Bass, 2014)
Trust is the key to just about everything in schools, and yet principals often don’t prioritize it. This book shows principals how to be intentional and strategic about building trust among teachers, students, and families.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118834372.html
Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning
John Hattie (Routledge, 2012)
Hattie conducted the biggest-ever research project in education and can tell us what actually works in schools to improve student learning. He helps us learn from this substantial research in order to decide what to implement in schools.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415690157/
When Kids Can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do
Kylene Beers (Heinemann, 2003)
Teachers often have no idea what to do when students at the secondary level (grades 6-12) struggle with reading. Beers argues that teachers can make a difference and shows them how to diagnose and address reading problems with practical strategies. This book is essential for middle and high school teachers who want to help their struggling readers.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.heinemann.com/products/0519.aspx
Why School Communication Matters: Strategies from PR Professionals
Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2008)
School leaders have so many pressing issues that they don’t think enough about communication. However, communication is the key to whether all of your efforts sink or swim. The authors show school leaders how to think more strategically about communicating more effectively with all of their constituents.
Learn more or purchase the book: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475809138/Why-School-Communication-Matters-Strategies-From-PR-Professionals-Second-Edition
Working with Difficult & Resistant Staff
John F. Eller & Sheila A. Eller (Solution Tree Press, 2011)
Principals often lose countless hours working with difficult staff members only to find that nothing has changed. This book describes eight different types of difficult staff behaviors and how school leaders can learn to address these issues in more productive ways.
Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/working-with-difficult-resistant-staff.html
10-Minute “Book Talk Video”
This video is a simple “book talk” in which I introduce 5 books that teachers can read over the summer for their own professional development. There is a wide enough variety of topics that every teacher (K-12) can find one to read. Topics include: literacy, classroom management, teaching math, dealing with challenging students, and teaching writing.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xymFUI8eccI
3 Simple Steps to Create Staff Book Study Groups
Teachers, principals, or other administrators can come together to study a book on their own with these three simple steps. The overview of books from The Main Idea will help the group know where to start.
Classroom Management Workshop
Two 60-minute workshops based on the ideas in the Wong book (above) to help newer teachers with classroom management.
Formative Assessment Workshop
A 90-minute workshop on formative assessment based on the ideas in the book Classroom Assessment for Student Learning.
Technology PD and Workshop Ideas
The first section is for the less tech-savvy principal. There are suggestions for your own professional development to help you better understand some technology tools (blogs, wikis, online surveys) and how to use them. It will also help you prepare for the legal and ethical issues around technology. The second part has workshop ideas to introduce technology to teachers.
Workshop to Create a Year-Long Professional Development Plan
Conduct a workshop with your leadership team to help create a year-long PD plan. Assess your school’s top academic needs, create a PD plan, and then plan to evaluate and sustain that plan.
In addition to the book SUMMARIES above, Jenn also has written some book REVIEWS.
If you are a CURRENT SUBSCRIBER and would like any of the following book REVIEWS, please contact us.
Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching, Robert J. Marzano, Tony Frontier, and David Livingston
Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Mike Schmoker
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, Amanda Ripley