Kelli Campbell, T&L Director Kent ISD- As summer approaches, I am preparing my summer reading list. One thing we know as educators, is that reading is very important to professional growth. Reading can remind you, challenge you, and give you an opportunity to interact with others. (Why Leaders Must Be Readers, Forbes.com)

What’s on your summer reading list?

As you put together your summer reading list, here are a few newly published books that may be of interest to every building administrator!

  1. The Coach Approach To School Leadership:  Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness  (Johnson, Leibowitz, and Perret) – Published May 26, 2017 In The Coach Approach to School Leadership, Jessica Johnson, Shira Leibowitz, and Kathy Perret address a dilemma faced by many principals: how to function as learning leaders while fulfilling their evaluative and management duties. The answer? Incorporating instructional coaching techniques as an integral part of serious school improvement.
  2. Lead Like A PIRATE:  Make School Amazing For Your Students and Staff (Burgess) – Published March 16, 2017 Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but PIRATE leaders seek even greater rewards: amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference. In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools–and how to bring out the very best in your educators.
  3. School Culture Recharged:  Strategies to Energize Your Staff and Culture (Gruenert and Whitaker) – Published February 21, 2017 Why do some schools succeed while others struggle? Why do policies and programs often fail to deliver what they promise? In this follow-up to their insightful School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It, authors Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker offer practical advice and strategies that help you build positive energy to reinvigorate your school’s culture and staff.
  4. Bold Moves For Schools:  How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments (Jacobs and Alcock) – Published February 17, 2017  How can educators transform old schools into remarkable learning environments? Packed with fresh ideas and action strategies for teachers, leaders, and policy makers, this courageous book offers a compelling vision from the research and hands-on work of two internationally recognized educators, authors, and thought leaders.
  5. COMING SOON!!  Pre-order Available Transforming School Culture:  How To Overcome Staff Division (Leading The Four Types Of Teachers) 2nd Edition (Muhammad) – Published July 28, 2017 Transforming School Culture provides a school improvement plan for leaders to overcome staff division, improve relationships, and transform toxic cultures into healthy ones. The second edition of this best-selling resource delivers powerful new insight into the four types of educators; Believers, Fundamentalists, Tweeners, and Survivors, and how to work with each group to create positive school culture. The book also includes Dr. Anthony Muhammad’s latest research as well as a new chapter dedicated to answering frequently asked questions on school leadership, culture, and more.

Other Great Reads

If you want to consider older texts, check out this recommended reading list created by principals.  The list includes their answers to the question, “If you could have one book on your professional bookshelf, which would you choose?”

Click here to see the list!

Share Your Book Recommendations

Do you have any books you would like to recommend? Share in the comments below!

This blog post was written by Kelli Campbell, T&L Director for Kent ISD  and edited by Amanda Walma, Professional Learning Coordinator at Kent ISD.

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