"Vision" and other reading picks for district leaders

By: | February 13, 2015

Vision: The First Critical Step in Developing a Strategy for Educational Technology

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Authors Darryl Vidal and Michael Casey provide administrators with a structured methodology for developing an educational technology vision that benefits all stakeholders and supports school and district strategic plans.

This book discusses technology in a non-technical manner, and addresses ideas and concerns about 1-to-1 computing and BYOD, among other topics. It also explains how today’s infrastructure requirements, instructional applications and equipment may impact a technology vision. Vision

Rewards: How to Use Rewards to Help Children Learn—and Why Teachers Don’t Use Them Well

The Heartland Institute

Authors Herbert J. Walberg and Joseph L. Bast say years of fad education strategies have left educators with a system that largely rejects spurring student achievement with rewards. This book shows how rewards can motivate students and educators, and accelerate learning.

The authors say “incentives matter” because children seek praise from adults and strive to win competitions with their peers, while teachers and other educators work harder when they are offered recognition, raises, promotions and other prizes. Rewards. 

Teach Like a Champion 2.0


This teaching guide offers ideas—for everything from classroom management to engaging students—that can be adapted for any K12 grade level or subject area. A follow-up to the first edition of Teach Like a Champion, author Doug Lemov provides updated techniques and tools to more effectively put students on the path to college and career readiness.

This book also provides educators with sample lesson plans and videos. Additionally, readers have access to the online community and forum at teachlikeachampion.com, where they can discuss these teaching tactics with peers. Teach Like a Champion 2.0. 

School Leadership for Results: Shifting the Focus of Leader Evaluation

Learning Sciences International

Without the right kind of support, training, vision or tools, school and district leaders are often unable to perform at the highest levels of effectiveness. This book uses historical and contemporary research to explore the importance of evaluating K12 school leaders based on growth.

Authors Beverly G. Carbaugh, Robert J. Marzano and Michael D. Toth describe models of fair, unbiased school leader evaluations that connect goals with practices and promote a shared focus on improvement. School Leadership for Results. 

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