The following books are recommended readings for the processes and
backgrounds related to the ideas behind our schools of study. Some of
these books are directly related to education and/or schools of study, while
others reflect the "real world". Additionally, some of the books are more
relevant to a specific school of study.
Overall Reading & SOS Related
World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Updated and
A wonderful book on globalization and how it effects every part of our
life. Friedman writing is informative, life changing and scary all
at the same time. The data and facts presented in this book will
influence how your views on education and how we prepare for the future.
The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
An insightful book that
deals directly with perception, how we perceive and influence those
around us. It boast much research and statistical studies in
education and many other fields.
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Steven D. Levitt,
A fresh look at what
motivates people of all ages and status. Freakonomics offers great
insight on how to motivate students, teachers, and parents.
Don't Feed the Teachers, They Will Eat the Students
In this read Connors brings
to light one of the most commonly overlooked roles of an administrator.
The message and examples are easy to read and understand. A good
reminder for those who already think this way and a stiff warning for
those who need it.
Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
In this book Gladwell gives
great encouragement for doing all the little things that are so
important to true progress. With strategies and real life
examples, this read will inspire you to continue pushing forward until
you reach the tipping point.
More: How Great Companies Use Productivity as a Competitive Tool in
This business oriented book
gives meaning to concentrating on what is important. It is a great
reminder that change takes time and can only be accomplished by doing
less, but doing it really well. With real life examples and
inspiring success stories, Jennings truly shows how many people have
done less with more.
Not the Big that Eat the Small...It's the Fast that Eat the Slow
this book will convince you to drop some of your old habits and move
fast into the world of today. Jennings and Haughton convincingly
explain why "good today is not good tomorrow" and "If you always do,
what you always did" does not mean "you will always get what you always
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (Unabridged)
This business book tells you how to get things done. From
delegation to having the hard conversations, these true stories of
triumph will inspire you to execute the important tasks in your job.
Classroom Strategies (Related)
Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
Always wanted to be one of
those people to which teens gravitate? A must read for
anyone who works closely with teens or has one at home. This book
helps explain some strategies to relate with teens on there level while
bring them up to yours.
in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students
Cushman, The Students of "What Kids Can Do", and Lisa Delpit
An amazing book which is
assembled from the words of wisdom of students. In this book you
are privy to the thoughts and opinions of students from the more hard to
reach groups (minority, immigrant, low income. . .). It is a rare
chance to see yourself through the eyes of our most important customers.
Although many have
tackled this issue and claim to have all the answers, Sax uses data,
experience, and common sense to help us deal with these differences in a
meaningful way. Easy to read and fun to experience, this book will
aid teachers and parents alike.
Education Is Not a
Willard R. Daggett
of the International Center for Leadership in Education is one of the
most influential speakers I have ever heard. He will challenge
your philosophy of education on all fronts. In this book, he and
Kruse will do just that and more.
How many times have you seen
great professional development go down the tubes as soon as the day
ends. This book will explain and give examples of how you can make
all your ideas better as well as stick better. The techniques in
this book are useful in teaching students, presenting to faculty,
parents, and the community.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
This fiction by Lubar goes
through a year of high school through a freshman's eyes. It is
honest, shocking, and above all revealing of what it is like to be a
high school student in today's world.
Time Bombs: Defusing the Most Explosive Pressures Teenagers Face
Want to know what is really
on a teen's mind? Would you like to know what most of your
students are going through? In this book, Hutchcraft shares the
what these challenges are as well as effective techniques for tackling
Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
Brain research is not what
it used to be. In recent years there continue to be discoveries
and strategies which are more effective than those of the past.
This book brings many of the old beliefs under scrutiny and shares the
most recent theories and practice.
and Girls Learn Differently: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Another good read on gender.
Founded on more recent research than more commonly noted beliefs about
boys and girls, this book relates much of the newest findings and
strategies to the classroom and everyday life.
Other Recommended Readings & SOS Related
Search: How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business &
Transformed Our Culture
The internet continues to
change the way we think, learn, and live. No other aspect of the
internet has changed how we and students relate to the world. With
such a wealth of information at our finger tips, why should we continue
to teach and learn as we did in the past. This book goes through
the history and development of the power of search engines.
Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness
It is one of the most common
sites in today's schools and society. Where ever there are teens
there are ipods. Read about the development of this device and why
it has such a hold on so many people.
Frank McCourt, an immigrant
English teacher from Ireland, tells his stories of teaching and his on
going struggle between what is right, required, and best for his
students. Although this biography is set in the past, many
parallels exist and many tasks are the same. How do we influence
students? What is most important? Dealing with minutia,
parents, and others.
Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That
I. Sutton, Ph.D.
Ever wonder why no one says
anything to the person causing all the trouble? Ever wonder why
people are allowed to act inappropriately? This book discusses how
to recognize and deal with difficult people, as well as the
repercussions of not dealing with them.
Standards Work: How to Implement Standards-Based Assessments in the
Classroom, School, and District
B. Reeves, Ph.D.
In a world where standards
have become a part of everyday life, we can ill afford to ignore them.
However, the same standards are difficult to communicate to staff,, ever
changing, and sometimes seem secondary to every day responsibilities.
In this book Reeves discusses the importance of standards and strategies
to use them consistently in order to get the desired results.