Resources for an Active Educator!

Recommended Books for Improving Teaching, Learning and Leading. Downloadable resources may be accessed from the sidebar.

  • Abrams, J. (2009). Having hard conversations. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

  • Ainsworth, L. & Viegut, D. (2006). Common formative assessments. How to connect standards-based
    instruction and assessment.  Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

  • Ainsworth, L. (2015). Common formative assessments 2.0. How teacher teams intentionally align 
    standards, instruction and assessment. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

  • Bambrick-Santoyo, P. (2010). Driven by data. A practical guide to improve instruction.  San Francisco:Jossey-Bass

  • Bambrick-Santoyo, P. (2012). Leverage leadership. A practical guide to building exceptional schools.
    San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

  • Barth, R. (1990). Improving schools from within. Teachers, parents, and principals can make the\
    difference. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

  • Barth, R. (2001). Learning by heart. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

  • Berger, W. (2014). A more beautiful question. The power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. New
    York: Bloomsbury

  • Blankstein, A.M. (2010). Failure is not an option. Six principles for making student success the only
    option.  Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press

  • Bernhardt, V.L. (1998). Data analysis for school-wide improvement. Larchmont: Eye on Education.

  • Boykin, A.W. & Noguera, P. (2011). Creating the opportunity to learn. Moving from research to practice
    to close the achievement gap.  Alexandria: ASCD.

  •  Brookhart, S.M. (2008). How to give effective feedback to your students.  Alexandria: ASCD.

  • Calkins, L., Ehrenworth, M., & Lehman, C. (2012). Pathways to the Common Core.  Accelerating
    achievement. Portsmouth: Heinemann.

  •  Chenoweth, K. (2009). How it’s being done. Urgent lessons from unexpected schools.  Cambridge:
    Harvard Education Press. 

  • Costa, A.L., Garmston, R.J. & Zimmerman, D.P. (2014). Cognitive Capital. Investing in teacher quality.
    New York: Teachers College Press.

  • DuFour, R. Eeaker, R (1998). Professional Learning Communities at Work. Best practices for enhancing
    student achievement. Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eeaker, R., & Karhanek, G. (2004).  Whatever it takes.  How professional
    learning communities respond when kids don’t learn.  Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eeaker, R., & Many, T. (2006).  Learning by doing. A handbook for professional
    learning communities at work.  Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  • DuFour, R. & Marzano, R.J. (2011). Leaders of learning.  How district, school and classroom leaders
    improve student achievement. Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  • Fisher, D., Frey, N. & Uline, C.L. (2013). Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work.
    Leader’s Guide. Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  • Fullan, M. (2014). The principal. Three keys to maximizing impact. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Guskey, T. (2009). The principal as assessment leader.  Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  • Guskey, T. (2009). The teacher as assessment leader.  Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  • Hargreaves, A. & Fullan, M. (2012). Professional capital. Transforming teaching in every school. New
    York: Teachers College Press.

  • Hattie, J. (2009). Visible learning. A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement.  New
    York: Routledge.

  • Hattie, J. (2012).  Visible learning for teachers. Maximizing impact on learning.  New York: Routledge.

  • Hattie. J & Yates, G. (2014). Visible learning and the science of how we learn. Thousand Oaks: Corwin

  • Kanold, T.D. & Larson, M.R. (2012). Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work. Leader’s Guide.    
    Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.

  •  Knight, J. (2014). Focus on teaching. Using video for high-impact instruction. Thousand Oaks: Corwin

  • McChesney, C., Covey, S. & Huling, J. ((2012). The 4 disciplines of execution. New York: Free Press.

  • Reeves, D.B. (2011). Finding your leadership focus. What matters most for student results.  New York:
    Teachers College Press. 

  • Ripley, A. (2013). The smartest kids in the world and how they got that way. New York: Simon and

  • Ritchhart, R. (2015). Creating cultures of thinking. The 8 forces we must master to truly transform
    schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Ritchhart, R., Church, M. & Morrison, K. (2011). Making thinking visible. How to promote engagement,
    understanding, and independence for all learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Roberts, S.M. & Pruitt, E.Z. (2009). Schools as professional learning communities. Collaborative
    activities and strategies for professional development. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

  • Rothstein, D. & Santana, L. (2014).  Make just one change. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press. 

  • Schmoker, M. (2011).  Focus.  Elevating the essentials to radically improve student learning.  Alexandria:

  • Scott, S. (2002). Fierce conversations. Achieving success at work & in life one conversation at a time.
    New York: Berkley Books.      

  • Smith, J.R. & Smith, R. L. (2015). Evaluating instructional leadership. Recognized practices for success.
    Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

  • Thompson, C. (1993).  “Yes, but…” The top 40 killer phrases and how you can fight them. New York.
    Harper Business.

  • Tough, P. (2012). How children succeed.  Grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character.  New York:
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  • Tovani, C. (2004). Do I really have to teach reading? Content comprehension, grades 6-12.  Portland:
    Stenhouse Publishers.

  • Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why don’t students like school? A cognitive scientist answers questions about
    how the mind works and what it means for the classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass