Noteworthy Books

Noteworthy Books

Recommended reading for district leaders.


Democratic Education in Practice

Teachers College Press
This book examines Boston’s Mission Hill School, a small public school founded in 1997 that has rethought almost everything about the process of teaching and learning. Author Matthew Knoester argues that democratic education is increasingly difficult in an era of testing and standardization and that schools like Mission Hill must be thoughtful, innovative, and courageous in counteracting systemic inequality. Readers will learn more about this teacher-governed school and its successful practices, including shared decision-making, intensive problem-solving, and looking at student work. For more information: www.amzn.to/11jY1ch 

Raising Global IQ
Beacon Press
Author Carl Hobert calls on the K12 community to transform the education system by giving students the tools they need to become responsible citizens in a shrinking, increasingly interdependent world. By advocating for teaching foreign languages early in life, honing students’ conflict-resolution skills, providing creative-service learning opportunities, and offering cultural-exchange possibilities, Hobert offers creative and understandable pedagogical ideas to help improve students’ GIQ, or Global Intelligence Quotient. For more information: www.amzn.to/12cmdxw 

The Power of Experience
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Based on wisdom from school leaders worldwide, this book acts as a guide for principals who hope to make a difference in the achievement of all students, and who strive to create a student-centered learning environment in their schools through positive leadership. Author Linda K. Wagner aims to reach out to new or aspiring school leaders as well as veterans in the field. For more information: www.amzn.to/YGAaTu 

Cage-Busting Leadership
Harvard Education Press
Author Rick Hess aims to empower today’s and tomorrow’s education leaders by challenging them to take on the laws, rules, and regulations that prevent the implementation of positive change in schools. While many leaders believe they are limited in pushing for transformational change, Hess wants them to realize they “have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed.” For more information: www.amzn.to/WAtXpj 

Understanding Student Rights in Schools
Teachers College Press
Students’ right to free speech, privacy, and religious expression and their effect on school policy, ethics, and law are examined in this book. Starting with the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines case, author Bryan Warnick develops an education criterion that school leaders can use when facing difficult questions of student rights and explains how student rights can be properly understood and protected. For more information: www.amzn.to/14zzBez


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