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Noteworthy Books: "Reading in the Wild" and other reading picks for district leaders

Recommended reading includes books on principals, student behavior and safety
In "Reading in the Wild," author and reading expert Donalyn Miller focuses on how to instill lifelong reading habits in students.
In "Reading in the Wild," author and reading expert Donalyn Miller focuses on how to instill lifelong reading habits in students.

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits


In this follow-up to her best-selling book “The Book Whisperer,” author and reading expert Donalyn Miller focuses on how to instill lifelong reading habits in students. Based in part on survey responses from adult and student readers, this book offers strategies on how to develop and encourage the key habits that lead to a lifelong love of reading. Also included are lesson plans and recommended book lists for students.

For more information: Reading in the Wild

The Hidden Principalship: A Practical Handbook for New and Experienced Principals

Rowman & Littlefield Education

This handbook offers principals practical approaches to working with other administrators, settling disagreements, and supervising teachers. With a touch of humor, author Anthony Barber—a former principal—also provides easy-to-read lists of “do” and “don’t” tips on these and other topics. To facilitate discussion, “The Hidden Principalship” also offers case studies and sample situations principals may face.

For more information: The Hidden Principalship 

Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems


Author Margaret Searle reveals new neurological research about the root causes of a variety of student behavioral and academic issues, such as memory problems, impulse control and short attention spans. Searle lays out a comprehensive, five-step protocol that includes setting goals and monitoring student progress. These guidelines will help educators determine students’ needs and deliver the appropriate academic support.

For more information: Causes & Cures in the Classroom

Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crises

Capstone Classroom

In a twist on handling school security threats, this book provides practical techniques for using insight and tactfulness—instead of force—to de-escalate student aggression. This includes identifying warning signs in problem students, using non-verbal cues to quiet student aggression and properly timing a parent/student intervention. Author Andra Medea offers research on how to manage the most serious incidents, such as shootings, as well as other mental health issues, fights and tantrums.

For more information: Safe Within These Walls

Individualized Learning With Technology: Meeting the Needs of High School Students

Rowman & Littlefield Education

This book acts as a starting point for K12 leaders and administrators considering implementing individualized instruction for high school students. Authors Chris Bernat and Richard J. Mueller say combining new technology—such as educational video games—with a standardized curriculum can help meet the needs of both individual learners and larger student groups. The authors present individualized learning as a way to drive student achievement and inspire lifelong learning.

For more information: Individualized Learning With Technology