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10 Books Every School Leader Should Read

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Jan 5, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Books for Ed Leaders

Heads of schools are responsible for nurturing the entire school community — students, staff, parents, and other stakeholders. A school leader is constantly thinking of ways to improve teaching and learning, how the school functions, while boosting school morale. The ultimate goal is to create a space where everyone feels cared for, is given dignity, and feels protected. The following are books that school leaders should consider adding to their professional reading collection.

  1. If You Don’t Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students!: Guide to Success for Administrators and Teachers by Neila Connors

Provides practical tips to improve the school climate, communicate with stakeholders, and help make a difference in students’ lives

  1. What Great Principals Do Differently: 18 Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker

Whitaker explains the qualities and practises that characterise great principals (head teachers)

  1. Motivating & Inspiring Teachers: The Educational Leader’s Guide for Building Staff Morale by Todd Whitaker, Beth Whitaker, and Dale Lumpa

Gives strategies for motivating staff and maintain a high level of energy at your school

  1. Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn by Rebecca DuFour

Examines what happens when, despite best efforts, a student does not learn and how a professional learning community can provide the support needed

  1. Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein

A blueprint for how to eliminate punishment and build a culture of responsible students and independent learners

  1. Being a Successful Principal: Riding the Wave of Change Without Drowning by David R. Schumaker and William A. Sommers

A collection of anecdotes, guidance, and insights on shared leadership in schools

  1. School Leadership that Works: From Research to Results by Robert J. Marzano, Timothy Waters, and Brian A. McNulty

Present a list of 21 leadership responsibilities that have a significant effect on student achievement, based on the analysis of studies conducted since 1970

  1. The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” by Alfie Kohn

Kohn tells stakeholders how schools can help students explore ideas rather than focusing on facts and standardised tests

  1. A Better Approach to Mobile Devices: How do we maximize resources, promote equity, and support instructional goals? By Susan Brooks-Young

Offers practical advice on how to set up a hybrid technology program or shift an existing BYOD program to the more flexible, learning-focused hybrid approach

  1. Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry by Larissa Pahomov

Suggests a framework for learning structured around five core values: inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection

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