4 new education books that should be on your reading list

Some books cover inspirational and effective leadership (in and outside K12) while others are perfect titles to pass on to teachers and students.

Not that K12 leaders have lots of extra time, but most manage to read a few education books every now and then.

To save time on the whole “what book should I read next?” part of the equation, District Administration will be regularly scouring the latest releases to bring you our most well-informed recommendations. And we guarantee it’s a real person doing the scouring, not an algorithm-fueled AI.

Some books will cover inspirational and effective leadership (in and outside K12) while others are perfect titles to pass on to teachers and students.

Here are this week’s selections (the descriptions come from the publishers):

1. The Energy Bus for Schools: 7 Ways to Improve your School Culture, Remove Negativity, Energize Your Teachers, and Empower Your Students. This one is not about electric school buses. Rather, the well-versed authors offer guidance on designing collaborative schools where students, staff and leaders develop climate together.

2. An End to Inequality: Breaking Down the Walls of Apartheid Education in America. Racial isolation continues to plague urban schools, where expectations remain low and instruction is too often one-size-fits-all. National Book Award-winning education Jonathan Kozol examines how leaders can bring students together to learn, regardless of class and race so “every child is accorded a full and equal share of the riches in this wealthiest of nations.”

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3. Become a Super Leader: The 4 Essential Anchors for Mastering Influential Leadership. An Amazon bestseller in education, this is for leaders who aren’t satisfied with the status quo and want to advance and expand their influence. This book aims to deliver on the promise that influential leadership can be learned through weekly self-development applied to a daily routine.

4. Finding the Words: Empowering Struggling Students through Guided Conversations. A clinical psychologist specializing in children and adolescents advises educators on creating safe spaces where students can discuss grief, bullying, addiction and other issues. The book also counsels educators on the language to use for these delicate conversations.

Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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