Noteworthy Books: "Hire Better Teachers Now" and other reading picks for district leaders
Hire Better Teachers Now: Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School
Harvard Education Press
Authors and human resource experts Dale S. Rose, Andrew English and Treena Gillespie Finney believe that better teachers get better results with students, but that school leaders don’t always hire the best teachers available. The authors say that district leaders, principals and other human resource professionals can hire more effectively by focusing on the individual needs of schools and districts.
For more information: Hire Better Teachers Now.
Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School
Authors Tony Frontier and James Rickabaugh say the keys to improving learning are not for district leaders to do more work and make more changes, but to do the right work and make the right changes. Leaders should focus on five areas: structure, sample, standards, strategy and self.
For example, changes to school structure and sample—which the authors define as how schools are organized and how students are grouped— will not work without adjusting learning standards, instructional strategies, and “self” (the beliefs teachers and students have about their ability to achieve).
For more information: Five Levers to Improve Learning.
Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment
This book explains how teachers and school leaders can create a successful student-engaged assessment system in their school. By implementing the system, administrators can encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning, while meeting Common Core and state standards and reach higher levels of achievement.
Authors Ron Berger, Leah Rugen and Libby Wood share how data, goal-setting and other methods can improve achievement and involve families and communities in the life of the school.
For more information: Leaders of Their Own Learning.
Next Practices: An Executive Guide for Education Decision Makers
This advisory book for K12 district leaders and administrators looks at the shortcomings of top educational technology trends and initiatives of the last decade, such as interactive whiteboards, data centers and 1-to-1 computing. Authors Darryl Vidal and Michael Casey also highlight district case studies with successful technology implementation strategies.
They also provide readers with a guide and tips for school systems of all sizes that are working to advance their own technology initiatives that support 21st-century learning.
For more information: Next Practices.