Ken Robinson's "Creative Schools" tops reading list for education leaders

By: | September 10, 2015

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

Viking

Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential, proposes a transformation of the nation’s schools from an outmoded industrial system to a highly personalized, organic model.

Robinson’s approach draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the 21st century.

The book is filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education.

And its case histories and groundbreaking research aim to inspire teachers, parents and policymakers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education. 

Creative Schools

School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It

ASCD

A school is a lot more than a center of student learning—it also represents a self-contained culture, with traditions and expectations that reflect its unique mission. In this book, education experts Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker offer tools and advice for defining, assessing and ultimately transforming a school’s culture into one that is positive, forward-looking and enriching.

The book’s “culture-busting” strategies will help teachers adopt positive attitudes, outlooks and behaviors. The authors also discuss how to hire, train and retain teachers who will work to improve a school’s culture. 

School Culture Rewired

Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K12 Classrooms

Learning Sciences International

Effective formative assessments help educators make minute-by-minute, day-by-day instructional decisions. This teaching guide, written by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy, centers on key instructional strategies and practical formative assessment techniques for K12 classrooms, including clarifying, sharing and understanding learning success criteria.

It also focuses on providing feedback that moves learners forward and activating students as owners of their own learning. 

Embedding Formative Assessment

NGSS for All Students

NSTA Press

It’s challenging to teach science well to all students while connecting lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This book portrays real teaching scenarios written by teachers on the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team.

Authors Okhee Lee, Emily Miller and Rita Januszyk provide authentic case studies that illustrate research- and standards-based classroom strategies for engaging diverse demographic groups—such as economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and English-language learners. These chapters show teachers how to design lessons with the NGSS and diversity in mind, and how to continually improve their practice. 

NGSS for All Students