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Recommended reading for district leaders.

Technology Together: Whole-Schools Professional Development for Capability and Confidence
To address the challenges of rapidly changing technologies and the various levels of information and communications technology (ICT) proficiency within a school, authors Renata Phelps and Anne Graham developed an ICT professional learning program, Technology Together. The program fosters a schoolwide culture of collaboration and support while helping individual teachers develop positive attitudes toward ICT and the confidence they need to try new technologies.
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Key Legal Issues for Schools, Second Edition

R&L Education
To help keep school business officials up-to-date on ever-changing legal issues, this book is divided into two parts; the first section deals with issues that impact managing schools, while the second deals with the rights of students and teachers. The authors include former educational leaders and/or experts in school law. Each chapter is designed to examine a specific area, such as contracts and state policy, which school officials need to learn.
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Intentional Leadership: 12 Lenses for Focusing Strengths, Managing Weaknesses, and Achieving Your Purpose
Triple Nickel Press
In this book, author Jane A.G. Kise introduces the 12 Lenses for Leadership, which include a framework that grew out of extensive research based on Myers-Briggs personality types, which is a nearly century-old measure of psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The book also includes emotional intelligence, and a meta-analysis of the tasks and attitudes of successful leaders. Readers will find their own professional strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to use them for leadership positions.
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Tilting at Windmills: School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education
Harvard Education Press
This book is an account of Alan Bersin’s superintendency of the San Diego City Schools between 1998 and 2005, during which he undertook a sustained and notably ambitious effort to push for centralized reform for the district. Author Richard Lee Colvin’s researches consist of years of interviews with Bersin, who granted Colvin unprecedented insight into his experiences and thoughts about the reforms he initiated. The book details the relationship to comparable school reform efforts throughout the country.
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Education 3.0: Seven Steps to Better Schools
Teachers College Press
Author James G. Lengel provides a hopeful picture of what schools should look like in terms of technology, as well as a seven-step process for envisioning and building new technology programs. He describes the process through the eyes of a student, a teacher, and a school administrator. The book also includes stories of districts that have followed the seven steps, and guidance for integrating the latest technologies into school planning and improvement.
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