8 “Read A Book Day” Recommendations

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Today is National Read A Book Day, so to celebrate we’ve rounded up book recommendations from our team and friends to help you find something new to dive into and enjoy.

So grab some coffee, sink into your favorite chair and check out these suggestions for education books to help you continue your lifelong learning.

1) Blending Leadership

Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark): Blending Leadership by Stephen Valentine and Reshan Richards is a great quick, story-filled, illustrated set of six suggestions for school leaders.

2) Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

Eric Nentrup (@ericnentrup): Authors Tom Murray and Eric Sheninger’s are sounding the alert for the specific types of change that needs to occur, and backing it up with research, numbers and influence. A definite must read!

3) Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work and Life

Erik Day (@ErkDay): If you’re looking to expand the horizons of your approach to post-secondary readiness with a research-based 30,000 feet approach to the “why” and “how,” Rethinking Readiness from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation can serve as a fount of ideas.

4) Split Screen Strategy

Mary Ryerse (@maryryerse): Improvement is good, but it’s only a partial strategy. Ted Kolderie describes a design framework that can make K-12 a self-improving system–one that spurs innovation.

5) The Global Education Guidebook

Janice Walton (@JaniceWard09): Educators who are striving to be globally connected can look to Jennifer Klein’s the Global Education Guidebook for strategies to develop equitable global partnerships that mutually benefit students of all ages.

6) The Power of Unstoppable Momentum

Adam Kulaas (@AdamKulaas): Michael Fullan’s latest is a text for educators who desire an expanded understanding of district reform and have aspirations, large or small, to be a part of change movements within their school sites or districts.

7) The Teacher Liberation Handbook

Alesha Bishop (@aleshabishop): The Teacher Liberation Handbook shares author Joel Hammon’s journey from a public school teacher to co-founder of the Princeton Learning Cooperative, and provides advice for anyone interested in starting an alternative education organization.

8) What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn)

Emily Liebtag (@EmilyLiebtag): Seth Godin’s latest book does not disappoint. Looking to try a new idea, build a product or lead a movement? This book empowers readers to not wait and to ship out their ideas, embrace tension and find ways to make a difference.

Do you have other books you’d recommend? Please leave them in the comments below for others to enjoy!

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