Recommended Reading for District Leaders
Flip Your Classroom: Reaching Every Student in Every Class Every Day
The flipped classroom started with the realization that students need their teacher’s help when they are working on an assignment, but a teacher does not need to be present to lecture or review content. Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams pioneered the flipped classroom in 2007: Students watch recorded lectures for homework and complete their assignments, labs and tests in class with their teacher available to answer questions and facilitate classroom discussion. Readers will learn the logistics of conducting a flipped classroom and why it works.
Effective Early Childhood Professional Development: Improving Teacher Practice and Child Outcomes
Brookes Publishing, $36.95
School administrators and policy makers will learn the latest findings on best practices for the professional development of early childhood educators in this new research text. Case studies investigating specific, field-tested PD are included in the book, along with strategies for scaling PD efforts through existing frameworks.
From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom
In a collection of essays based on interviews with students, Marc Prensky, an international speaker, writer, video game and digital curriculum creator in the field of education, takes a bottom-up approach to reform schools and prepare students for 21st-century jobs. Divided into two parts, the book addresses digital learning and technology, such as YouTube and games, and rethinking education.
Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School
Teachers College Press, $29.95
Andy Hargreaves, a professor at Boston College, and Michael Fullen, a professor at the University of Toronto, have set a new agenda to transform teaching and public education. They argue that the only way to reform education is to improve the integrity of the teaching profession. To them, the biggest flaws in the U.S. education system are rewarding the individual, relying on standardized measurements, and teachers working in isolation rather than as a team.
The Daily Practices of Successful Principals
Busy principals can squeeze in some professional development each day with this new guide from co-authors and past administrators Barbara L. Brock, professor of education at Creighton University, and Marilyn L. Grady, professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This guide can help principals be more adept at identifying and leading school change, managing staff and student relationships effectively, and developing teacher leaders.