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Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.stenhouse.com/content/academic-conversations

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.

PD IDEAS TO INTRODUCE THE 10 INSTRUCTIONAL SHIFTS TO TEACHERS: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

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.

Click here for PD ideas to support literacy across the curriculum: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781596670235/

Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence

Laurence Steinberg (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)

Adolescence is a second time when the brain is undergoing rapid growth and development. The key skill to develop in adolescence is strong self-control, which has been tied to markers of success: academic achievement, mental health and even success in relationships with others.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Age-of-Opportunity/9780544570290

The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools

Elena Aguilar (Jossey-Bass, 2016)

To truly transform schools, we need teams of highly functioning groups of teachers working together. This book provides the tools, tips, protocols, and theory needed to coach teams to become highly effective.

Click here for: PD Ideas to Develop Team Leaders and the Handout for Team Leader PD Session

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118984153.html

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://lf.ps.membersuite.com/onlinestorefront/ViewMerchandiseDetails.aspx?contextID=cbc968d7-00ce-cd77-16c7-0b3b7ba1bbcf&categoryID=

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012)

Often, educators’ typical responses to student misbehaviors—like punishments—trigger further inappropriate behaviors.

Instead, this very readable book advocates for understanding causes and patterns of difficult behaviors.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/the-behavior-code_161

Blended: Using Disruptive Technology 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

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Daniel J. Siegel (TarcherPerigee, 2013)

Rather than seeing adolescence as a stage to be endured, Siegel shows that it is a transformative period that lays the foundation for healthy adult lives. Siegel argues that we should embrace four features of adolescence that occur through healthy changes in the brain during this developmental stage and shows why these are critically important to developing rich and fulfilling lives.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.tarcherbooks.net/brainstorm-6-myths-about-adolescence-debunked/

Bringing Homework Into Focus: Tools and Tips to Enhance Practices, Design, and Feedback

Eileen Depka (Solution Tree Press, 2015)

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.

Click here for workshop ideas to improve HW practices: PD IDEAS – Facilitator’s Agenda and The Main Idea’s Teacher Handout for HW PD

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.

Click here for DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

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: Doing it Right — Using it Well

Richard J. Stiggins, Judith A. Arter, Jan Chappuis, and Stephen Chappuis (Educational Testing Services, 2007)

This book shows you how you can use formative assessment to actually improve learning and motivate students. The authors describe the different components of quality classroom assessments that create — not just measure — student achievement. and

For 60-minute workshops on formative assessment to use with your teachers, click here: Facilitator’s Agenda and Formative Assessment Packet for Teachers

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.allynbaconmerrill.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0132685884

Coaching Matters

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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: https://lf.ps.membersuite.com/onlinestorefront/ViewMerchandiseDetails.aspx?contextID=cbc968d7-00ce-c509-c69c-0b3b7ba456a7&categoryID=

Collaborating for Success With the Common Core

Kim Bailey, Chris Jakicic, and 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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas to implement the CCSS: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/collaborating-success-common-core.html

Collaborative Common Assessments: Teamwork. Instruction. Results.

Cassandra Erkens (Solution Tree Press, 2016)

The collaborative common assessment process, in which teachers work in teams to create and analyze assessments, dramatically improves learning for students and teachers alike. This book provides the concrete steps to put this process in place at your school.

Click here for PD ideas for the Collaborative Common Assessment process: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.solutiontree.com/products/collaborative-common-assessments.html

College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready

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.

Click here for PD ideas for math leaders and math teams: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

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 Schols

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.

Click here for PD ideas to cultivate a culture of thinking: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118974603.html

Dealing with Difficult Parents

Todd Whitaker and Douglas J. Fiore (Routledge, 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.

Click here for PD ideas to improve home-school relationships: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK and Checklist (thorough) of EVERYTHING to do to increase parent involvement

To assess your school’s outreach: Family Outreach Self-Assessment

Finally, email Jenn for a PPT workshop to help improve relationships with families.

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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/designing-and-implementing-effective-professional-learning/book239502

Designing Effective Classroom Management

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: https://www.solutiontree.com/products/books/designing-effective-classroom-management-bkl029.html

Designing & Teaching Learning Goals & Objectives

Robert J. Marzano (Solution Tree Press, 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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/products/the-classroom-strategies-series/designing-teaching-learning-goals-objectives.html

Differentiated School Leadership: Effective Collaboration, Communication and Change Through Personality Type

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 and 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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD IDEAS TO REFLECT ON AND IMPLEMENT DIFFERENTIATION STRATEGIES

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

Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching

Robert J. Marzano, Tony Frontier, and David Livingston (ASCD, 2011)

This book helps school leaders improve their approach to teacher supervision. It describes the Marzano Evaluation Model which includes five research-based components needed for effective supervision.

Learn more or purchase the book:

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 PD ideas to improve grading: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK 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

Every Teacher a Leader: Developing the Needed Dispositions, Knowledge, and Skills for Teacher Leadership

Barbara B. Levin and Lynne Schrum (Corwin, 2017)

Teacher leaders can significantly impact the culture, productivity, and teacher retention in schools. To help develop teacher leaders at your school, this book outlines what teacher leaders should know and be able to do, whether they serve as formal or informal teacher leaders.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD IDEAS TO DEVELOP TEACHER LEADERSHIP

Learn more or purchase the book: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/every-teacher-a-leader/book248919

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond (Crown Publishers, 2016)

Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty in America. The lack of affordable housing is driving families to financial ruin and is one of the most important drivers of inequality in the nation today. Eviction is associated with heightened residential instability, substandard housing, declines in neighborhood quality, depression, and job loss. All of these issues deeply affect a number of students in our schools.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/247816/evicted-by-matthew-desmond/

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.

Click here for accompanying PD Ideas: PD Suggestions & Discussion Questions for Leadership Development

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., 2004)

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.

Click here for two 60-minute classroom management workshops: Facilitator’s Agenda, Packet for Teachers, Classroom Scenario

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: for Primary Grades

Larry Ainsworth and Jan Christinson (Lead + Learn Press, 2006)

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.

Click for PD ideas to introduce a balanced math program to teachers: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/k12/Five-easy-Steps-to-a-Balanced-Math-program/9781933196220

Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program: For Secondary Grades

Larry Ainsworth and Jan Christinson (Lead + Learn Press, 2006)

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.

Click for PD ideas to introduce a balanced math program to teachers: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/k12/Five-easy-Steps-to-a-Balanced-Math-program/9781933196244

Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program: for Upper Elementary Grades

Larry Ainsworth and Jan Christinson (Lead + Learn Press, 2006)

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.

Click for PD ideas to introduce a balanced math program to teachers: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/k12/Five-Easy-Steps-to-a-Balanced-Math-Program-for-Upper-Elementary-Grades/9781933196237

5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom: Creating a Culture of Innovative Thinking

Gerald Aungst (Corwin, 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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD Suggestions for Math Teachers

Learn more or purchase the book: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/5-principles-of-the-modern-mathematics-classroom/book245555

Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

Mike Schmoker (ASCD, 2011)

Schmoker argues that schools don’t prepare students for college because they adopt every new educational fad and have lost their core focus. Instead, we need to sweep all of those reforms aside and focus back on what is important to student learning: a coherent curriculum, sound instruction, and authentic literacy.

Learn more or purchase the book:

Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Jossey-Bass, 2016)

After studying thousands of effective leaders, Bambrick-Santoyo learned what it takes to develop new teachers quickly. As a result, this book provides clear guidelines for HOW to coach newer teachers and WHAT to coach them on so they develop more rapidly into master teachers.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119278716.html

Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core

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.

Click here for PD ideas to help teachers better prepare students for college and careers: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118551141.html

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen (Penguin Books, 2015)

This book provides an organizational system that helps people with too much to do and too little time. The goal is not simply to help people get more done, but to do so in a way that decreases stress.

Click here for PD ideas to get yourself or your staff more organized: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316489/getting-things-done-by-david-allen/

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=9780465055968

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.

Click here for PD ideas to begin to launch blended learning in your school: PD IDEAS TO INTRODUCE BLENDED LEARNING

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

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

Angela Duckworth (Scribner, 2016)

Grit is a key trait found in extremely successful people across a wide variety of fields, and more importantly, it is something you can cultivate. The two main ingredients in grit are: perseverance and passion.

Click here for 3 sets of discussion questions (for teachers, leadership teams, and parents) to use with the book: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR USE WITH GRIT

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Grit/Angela-Duckworth/9781501111105

High Expectations Teaching: How We Persuade Students to Believe and Act on “Smart is Something You Can Get”

Jon Saphier (Corwin Press, 2017)

The primary determinant of any student’s academic success is effort. This is a “how-to” book that introduces 50 ways teachers should act and teach every day to help their students develop a growth mindset and a belief in the power of effort.

Click here for PD ideas to go along with the book: PD IDEAS TO HELP TEACHERS TEACH THE GROWTH MINDSET

Learn more or purchase the book: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/high-expectations-teaching/book253283

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

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Paul Tough (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)

Tough asks why some kids succeed while others fail. He spent three years researching this question and found that the problem is that we overemphasize cognitive skills. The key is to help children develop character.

Click here for two sets of discussion questions (to use with parents/caregivers and teachers): DISCUSSION QUESTIONS TO USE WITH HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.hmhco.com/search?segment=All;mm=all;q=how%20children%20succeed

In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better

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.

Click here for accompanying PD ideas: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

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: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom

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.

Click here for: PD IDEAS FOR IMPLEMENTING LITERACY AND THE COMMON CORE

Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.stenhouse.com/content/best-interest-students

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

George Couros (Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., 2015)

Without innovation, organizations cease to exist. This book shows educational leaders how to foster the type of culture that leads to innovative opportunities that empower both students and educators to thrive.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://daveburgessconsulting.com/books-2/#im

Leaders of Learning: How District, School, 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.

To discuss Leaders of Learning with a leadership team: Discussion Questions for a Leadership Team

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.

Click here for: PD Ideas for Implementing Student-Engaged Assessment

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118655443.html

Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change

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.

Click here for: PD Suggestions for Developing 7 Leadership Competencies Click here for: Self assessment using Kirtman’s Seven Competencies for School Leadership

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/publisher/solution-tree/leadership-bkf629.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.

Click here for: PD Suggestions for Introducing Lesson Study to Teachers

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

From Leading to Succeeding: The Seven Elements of Effective Leadership in Education

Douglas Reeves (Solution Tree Press, 2016)

This book presents seven essential elements of leadership that, according to research, lead to improved student performance. The seven elements are: purpose, trust, focus, leverage, feedback, change, and sustainability.

Click here for PD ideas to help leaders improve seven key aspects of leadership: PD IDEAS FOR USE WITH THE BOOK

Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.solutiontree.com/products/from-leading-to-succeeding.html

Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work

Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Thomas Many (Solution Tree Press, 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.

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Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/products/learning-by-doing.html

Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional 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

Ross W. 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

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.

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Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.stenhouse.com/content/making-number-talks-matter

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners

Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and 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.

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Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-047091551X.html

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching

Jo Boaler (Jossey Bass, 2016)

Too often, students fear math and have a distorted view of it. This results in a nationwide dislike of math and a widespread underachievement in it as well. To counter these damaging views, this book shows teachers how to encourage students to develop a more positive mathematical mindset: math is reachable, enjoyable, and is about thinking and sense making.

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Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470894520.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 achievement in school.

Click here for growth mindset PD ideas: The Main Idea — Mindset — PD Ideas

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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: https://www.routledge.com/Organization-Made-Easy-Tools-For-Todays-Teachers/Buck/p/book/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 how you might implement 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/9780812981605/

The Power of Teacher Rounds: A Guide for Facilitators, Principals, and Department Chairs

Vivan 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: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/the-power-of-teacher-rounds/book242527

Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, and 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/WileyTitle/productCd-111821658X.html

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 Pubishers, 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: https://www.stenhouse.com/content/readicide

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 of 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 (Lead & Learn Press, 2006)

This book contains 11 easy-to-implement monthly seminars you can use to 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: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Anything-Supporting-Teachers-Success/dp/0974734381/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479846843&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=ready+for+anything+supporting+new+teachers+for+success

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-1118336720.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.

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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: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/school-systems-that-learn/book240405

Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning 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 – Second Edition

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-1119210194.html

The Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions That Undermine Learning – PART ONE of the Summary

Alexander D. Platt, Caroline E. Tripp, Robert G. Fraser, James R. Warnock, and Rachel E. Curtis (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/transforming-ineffective-teams-maximizing-collaborations-impact-learning-skillful-leader-ii

The Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions That Undermine Learning – PART TWO of the Summary

Alexander D. Platt, Caroline E. Tripp, Robert G. Fraser, James R. Warnock, and Rachel E. Curtis (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/transforming-ineffective-teams-maximizing-collaborations-impact-learning-skillful-leader-ii

The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills – PART ONE of the Summary

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

The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills – PART TWO of the Summary

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

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

James M. Lang (Jossey-Bass, 2016)

“Small teaching” strategies, involving minor tweaks to lesson plans, can dramatically increase student learning. New findings in cognitive science, neurology and psychology have helped educators develop strategies that not only help students succeed in school, but also help them become lifelong learners.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118944496.html

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

Amanda Ripley (Simon & Schuster, 2013)

Why do some students learn so much and others so little? Amanda Ripley looks to a different kind of expert to answer this question. She follows American teenagers as they attend a year of high school in three top-scoring countries in order to learn about their educational systems.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Smartest-Kids-in-the-World/Amanda-Ripley/9781451654431

Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

William B. Ribas, Deborah A. Brady, and Jane Hardin (Ribas Publications, 2017)

The actions that teachers take every day can be used to develop social-emotional learning in students. Without introducing a new program, this book provides a practical guide for how teachers can develop social-emotional skills in their students within the regular classroom setting.

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Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.ribasassociates.com/index.php/publications/books/sel-detail

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

John J. Ratey (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

Exercise is the single most powerful tool you have for maximizing brain function. We all know the research that exercise is good for the body, but this book argues that the impact of exercise on the brain may be even more important than the impact on the body.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/john-j-ratey-md/spark/9780316113519/

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, and 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: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/the-strategic-school/book226439

Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement, 2nd Edition

Stephanie Harvey and 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: https://www.stenhouse.com/content/strategies-work

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

Student-Centered Leadership

Viviane Robinson (Jossey-Bass, 2011)

This book helps 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

Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap

(Teachers College Press, 2013)

“Summer reading loss” is when students’ reading skills backslide during the summer when students are not in school. This is a serious issue. This short piece shares nine findings about summer reading loss and provides ten research-based suggestions to address it.

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The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

Daniel Coyle (Bantam, 2009)

Coyle argues that talent is not something that springs from our genes. Instead, it is something that can be cultivated with a few key ingredients. This book shows you how to grow your talent with: deep practice, ignition, and master coaching.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/33061/

Talk Like TED: Tips for Powerful Presentations

Carmine Gallo (St. Martin's Griffin, 2015)

Powerful presentations can galvanize change. There are certain characteristics that create memorable and inspiring presentations.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://us.macmillan.com/talkliketed/carminegallo/9781250061539

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: https://www.stenhouse.com/content/teaching-adolescent-writers

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.

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Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.solution-tree.com/teaching-the-igeneration-bkf671.html

Tell Me So I Can Hear You: A Developmental Approach to Feedback for Educators

Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano (Harvard Education Press, 2016)

Effective feedback is at least as important today as it has ever been, and maybe more so.

Therefore, it is critical to understand that feedback cannot be a one-size-fits-all endeavor; instead we need to consider adult developmental theory in our approach to feedback.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/tell-me-so-i-can-hear-you

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).

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/313485/thanks-for-the-feedback-by-douglas-stone/9780143127130/

The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through: Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time

Carolyn J. Downey, Betty E. Steffy, Fenwick W. English, et al. (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: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/the-three-minute-classroom-walk-through/book225980

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 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

Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

Michele Borba (Touchstone, 2016)

Rather than being an add-on, ‘empathy’ is a vital skill for our students’ happiness, well-being, and success. Furthermore, empathy encompasses nine teachable habits that children use to help them navigate life’s challenges.

Learn more or purchase the book: https://www.lindentreebooks.com/touchstone-unselfie.html

Untangled: Guiding Teen Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood

Lisa Damour (Ballantine Books, 2016)

Although the lives of teenage girls seem to be a tangled mess, in fact, their development follows a predictable pattern. This book introduces the seven typical stages adolescent girls go through, how to deal with each, and when to worry.

Learn more or purchase the book: http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/246248/

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 and 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

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