What Are You Reading?

I recently utilized social media, Twitter specifically, to request answers to the question – What are you reading?  Knowing there are various lists of top books for educators or best books for transformational leadership, I wondered what texts (books, blogs, etc.) are educators and administrators reading now?  What is impacting our work now?

I didn’t want a laundry list of books ever read.  Rather, I was seeking the current titles on the desks and in the hands of educators and school leaders today.  The responses were specific and shared vary quickly.  Also, there were a few podcasts shared and though I chose to not include them in this post, there is a world of learning (audio-style) out there worth checking out!

For Educators and Instructional Coaches


  • Ditch that Textbook (#DitchBook), by Matt Miller (@jmattmiller)
  • The Courage to Teach, by Parker J. Palmer (@parkerjpalmer)
  • Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform our Schools, by Ron Ritchhart (@RonRitchhart)
  • Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites, by Marcia Tate (@drmarciatate)
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, by John Medina
  • Choice Words, by Peter Johnston
  • Matylda, Bright & Tender, by Holly M. McGhee
  • Ghost, by Jason Reynolds
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty (@andreabeaty)
  • Wonder, by Raquel J. Palacio
  • Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper
  • Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms, by Tracy Zager


For Campus Principals


  • George Couros:  http://georgecouros.ca/blog/ (@gcouros)
  • Katie Martin: https://katielmartin.com/ (@KatieMTLC)
  • Amber Teamann: http://www.amberteamann.com/ (@8Amber8)
  • Tara Martin: http://www.tarammartin.com/ (@TaraMartinEDU)
  • Alan November: http://novemberlearning.com/ (@globalearner)
  • Aaron Hogan: http://afhogan.com/
  • Mark McCord: http://practicaledleadership.blogspot.com/
  • Amanda Mann: http://amann4edu.weebly.com/
  • Eric Sheninger: http://esheninger.blogspot.com/
  • Matthew Arend: http://matthewarend.com/
  • Sanee Bell: https://saneebell.com/
  • LeadUp Now: http://leadupnow.com/blog/
  • Todd Nesloney: http://www.toddnesloney.com/class-blog


  • Lead Like a Pirate, by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf (@burgess_shelley @BethHouf)
  • Rising Strong: The Reckoning.  The Rumble.  The Revolution, by Brene Brown (@BreneBrown)
  • The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, by George Couros (@gcouros)
  • Who Own’s the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age, by Alan November (@globalearner)
  • 10 Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance, by Elaine K. McEwan
  • Switch, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (http://heathbrothers.com/books/switch/)
  • David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell (@Gladwell)
  • The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon (@JonGordon11)
  • Genius Matters, by Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers)
  • Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right, by Joseph Badaracco, Jr.
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek
  • Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning, by John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Linda Gojak, Sara Delano Moore, William Mellman
  • Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K-12: Implementing the Practices that Work Best to Accelerate Student Learning, by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie


Thank you to everyone who generously shared books and blogs they are turning to now or have recently read to contribute to this list.

I am inspired by the commitment of educators, campus administrators and district leaders who never stop learning.  Thank you for modeling for others!


What am I reading?  All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  Also, many of the blogs listed above.

Within Article I: The New Digital Learning Environment of the Visioning Document, we read:

I.h Children and youth need role models and adult guidance and connections even more than in the pre-digital era, but the role of adults is different, becoming one that is more about facilitating understanding, raising questions, and designing engaging tasks that produce learning than lecturing and instructing.

Our Leadership Practice Considerations related to this premise include:

  • How do I vary professional learning with staff?
  • What systems do I have in place to encourage staff members to build their own Personal Learning Network (PLN)?

The recent Innovator’s Mindset Massive Open Online Course, or #IMMOOC is an example of varied professional learning, encompassing the act of building a professional learning network.  Many of the respondents who contributed to the list above are participating in this virtual learning experience.

What are you reading?  Please share!



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