As the summer winds down, hopefully, there’s still some free time on your hands. Before you let the rest of the summer get away from you, there are some great reads you should try to fit into your schedule.
While the title here is quite humorous, the content covers some practical matters. Connors offers practical guidance on how to improve the school atmosphere and teaching to standards. The book also provides tips on how to make a positive impact on your students and teachers lives.
School Leadership that Works: From Research to Results by Robert J. Marzano, Timothy Waters, and Brian A. McNulty
These days, most everything is data driven. There’s data to help improve teaching and curriculum development and data to improve and personalize learning. This book applies a results-oriented approach to educational leadership, built around 21 leadership responsibilities and based on the analysis of 69 different research studies.
Being a Successful Principal: Riding the Wave of Change Without Drowning by David R. Schumaker and William A. Sommers
Change is inevitable. And whether we like it or not, the role technology plays in our lives only means that change will continue to be a constant. But change doesn’t only happen because of technology. There are various aspects of change that occur daily in your role as an administrator. This book covers topics with real stories that you can apply to your everyday situations.
Beginning the Principalship: A Practical Guide for New School Leaders by John C. Daresh
This book is for newer principals, but can also be useful for veteran school leaders who want to hit the refresh button. It’s filled with information specially designed to help new principals make it through your first year. Each topic calls for some self-reflection, which you can apply to the challenges you might have at your school.
Improving Schools from Within: Teachers, Parents, and Principals Can Make a Difference by Roland Sawyer Barth
It can be a challenge to bring all relevant parties together—parents, educators and administrators. But having a cohesive bond among all stakeholders is hugely important to student success. This book reinforces the notion that schools can make substantial changes when these three groups of people come together and work towards the same goal. The examples offered are both powerful and energizing as they reshape the role of the principal and call for a disruption to the silos between teachers and parents.
Do you have any recommended books that you’ve read? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.