We Want To Hear From You: Summer Reading Recommendations

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Which education-related books are on your bedside table (or in your beach bag) this summer? Which books would you recommend to other Education Next readers?

Educators –are there any books that you think policy wonks really need to read?

What books would educators really benefit from reading?

Please leave your recommendations in the comments sections below.

To get you started, here are some 2012 books that have been reviewed in the magazine or on the blog this year:

Getting Smart: How Digital Learning Is Changing the World, by Tom Vander Ark

Shortchanging Student Achievement: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation, by Mitch Pearlstein

Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture, by Diana Senechal

You can also check out the list of books that took the top spots in our “Top Books of the Decade” poll (for books published between 2000 and 2010). Over 4000 votes were cast in that competition.

Or look over the list of books whose authors have been interviewed by Mike Petrilli for the Ed Next book club podcast.

Help us help you avoid summer learning loss!

-Education Next

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  • AI says:

    I’d recommend Hess’s “The Same Thing Over and Over.” I think both educators and policy wonks would enjoy it because it talks about the history of US education and how the system isn’t set up correctly for the 21st century — Especially with regard to how the teaching profession is viewed – educators will enjoy that!

  • jeffreymiller says:

    It won’t be available for another month but…what I’m waiting for is Dan Willingham’s, “When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education” http://www.amazon.com/When-Can-You-Trust-Experts/dp/1118130278

    There is also John Hattie’s http://www.amazon.com/Visible-Learning-Teachers-Maximizing-Impact/dp/0415690153/ref=pd_sim_b_1 I have consulted his previous work many times when considering curricular changes. Thing is, he’s from New Zealand and few North Americans are familiar with his work. So, I’m curious as to the estimation of Hattie’s efforts at EducationNext.

  • kevin m talbert says:

    1. Pedagogy of the oppressed by paulo friere
    2. to toach: the journet in comics by bill ayers
    3. The arts and the creation of the mind by eliot eisner
    4. Why teach by mike rose
    5. Other people’s children by lisa delpit

  • Thomas Rugby says:

    I’d recommend a two-pack from Samuel Casey Carter – the classic “No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools” and his latest, “On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character”… (You can grab a free digital copy of “No Excuses” for your tablet or reader at http://samuelcaseycarter.com/books/)

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  • Jennifer says:

    Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
    -good for everyone to think about

    Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading: With More Than 75 Articles from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Car and Driver, Chicago Tribune, and Many Others by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke
    -really useful to engage the students in instruction and discussion because the text is generally of interest to a minimum of half the class so the other half will participate

    Practical Poetry: A Guide for Teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8 by Mary Pat Mahoney
    -some people hate this book because they don’t think about what a range of things it gives the students. Perhaps if your classes consist of on grade level, permament residents of the US, who speak English as their first language, and have literate parents who have finished college or gone further, then this book might seem ‘boring’ but I work with students who have spent very little time in the US and they have minumal background in reading poetry, understanding the historical contexts, knowing who authors are, etc. This book does all of that and shows them how to scan text, allows them to use basic research skills, and has them reading non-fiction text along with the poems.

    I am currently in the middle of, Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison
    -so far it is a good way of examining how to put the focus
    on thinking, planning and engaging in the process of learning as opposed to scoring high on a test. It is making the point that ‘thinking routines’, like anything else can be taught and that the end goal is to have what someone thinks be something they, and their peers can discuss, question, evaluate and the process is reflective as opposed to a race for the ‘right answer’.

  • Mike says:

    Diploma Matters by Linda Murray, the story of a superintendent who lead a charge to prepare all students for college.

  • Jere says:

    Old school!
    * Teaching As A Subversive Activity (Postman and Weingartner) And if we ever needed crap detecting, it’s today

    * Myth of Educational Reform (Popkewitz et al) Not a great read but a great revelation

    * Cardinal Principles 1918 – I’m serious – read them and they could be / should be a guide for 2018

    * Leadership and the New Science (Wheatley) – If only factory schools would get this

    * Meaningful Differences (Risley, Hart, and Bloom) If only we got this, too

    * The Water is Wide (Conroy) – Just because

    & just getting started

  • David Stegall says:

    Linchpin by Seth Godin. Great read and very thought provoking.

  • susan says:

    Student Centered Coaching – A Guide for k-8 coaches and principals…. by Diane Sweeney … the next generation of coaching… coaching student learning….

  • Patrice says:

    Text Complexity, and Checking for Understanding by Fisher and Frey. Anything by Frank Serafini.

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