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Noteworthy Books

"The Power of Teacher Leaders" and other reading picks for district leaders

Recommended reading includes books on data, Common Core and collaboration
In The Power of Teacher Leaders, top educational researchers describe the many ways teachers are leading.
In The Power of Teacher Leaders, top educational researchers describe the many ways teachers are leading.

The Power of Teacher Leaders: Their Roles, Influence, and Impact

Routledge Education

In The Power of Teacher Leaders, top educational researchers describe the many ways teachers are leading.

In each chapter, the contributing experts present original research, case studies and programs in practice.

The topics covered include how teachers become leaders, and the effects their leadership has on school communities and student success.

Edited by Nathan Bond, this book demonstrates how teacher leaders play an increasingly active role in the improvement of student learning, teacher professional development and school climate. Amazon: The Power of Teacher Leaders.

The Data-Driven Classroom: How Do I Use Student Data to Improve My Instruction?

ASCD

Accountability is a reality for educators, but many don’t know how to use data to make well-informed decisions about instruction. Author Craig A. Mertler shows teachers how to systematically examine assessment results so they can effectively intervene when students are struggling.

Mertler also covers assessing the effectiveness of the interventions and developing action plans for future instruction. This book also has practical classroom examples and templates designed to guide teachers of all grade levels and subject areas through comprehensive decision-making. Amazon: The Data-Driven Classroom

Empowering Excellence: Creating Positive, Invigorating Classrooms in a Common Core Environment

Rowman & Littlefield

Author Jeff Halstead details 12 changes teachers can make to motivate students, build their confidence and measure what they know when the Common Core State Standards or equivalent standards have been implemented. These “shifts” include making grading meaningful, communicating progress clearly and celebrating success.

Teachers, administrators and education professors will find ideas that can transform classrooms into places where students have the confidence to strive for excellence. Amazon: Empowering Excellence

Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators

Harvard Education Press

Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth A. City hope to fundamentally change educators’ perceptions of staff meetings. This book contends that these gatherings may be the most important venue for professional and organizational development.

The authors have created a meeting-planning “checklist” to help educators develop a common language for improving the quality of meetings. In addition, they provide guidelines for effectively facilitating and participating in meetings, as well as include “top tips” and common dilemmas. Amazon: Meeting Wise