Suggested Reading

Every once in awhile I come across an article or a book that I feel others may benefit from reading.  Here are a few that I have come across:

  • Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change by Eric Jensen
    Discover practical and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, are graduate college and career ready. This thorough resource details the necessary but difficult work that teachers must do to establish the foundational changes essential to positively impact students in poverty. Organized tools and resources are provided to help teachers effectively implement these essential changes

  • Visible Learning for Teachers : Maximizing Impact on Learning by John Hattie
    Hattie shows us how to determine the impact we have right now with our own students.  His methods move education from the 'rear-view mirror' - what happened in other places with other students - to the 'windshield' - what is happening right now with our students.

  • Walking the Equity Talk:  A Guide for Culturally Courageous Leadership in School Communities by John Robert Browne II
    Take bold steps to achieve both equitable learning opportunities and educational outcomes! If you’re serious about making sure students of all backgrounds are on a level playing field, then it is time to start walking the equity talk. John Robert Browne II shows how Culturally Courageous Leadership can help you:
    • Develop realistic, data-based plans for putting equity initiatives into action
    • Work with teacher, parent, student, and community leaders to advance equity and excellence
    • Empower staff and stakeholders through collaborative leadership
    • Navigate the politics when addressing identity, race, culture, language, and poverty issues
  • The Principal:  Three Keys to Maximizing Impact by Michael Fullan
    Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? One of the best-known leadership authors in education, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micro-managing instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism

  • Better Than Carrots or Sticks:  Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Dominque Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
    Classroom management is traditionally a matter of encouraging good behavior and discouraging bad by doling out rewards and punishments. But studies show that when educators empower students to address and correct misbehavior among themselves, positive results are longer lasting and more wide reaching.

    In Better Than Carrots or Sticks, longtime educators and best-selling authors Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey provide a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together. 

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