Category: Book Reviews

Ideas to Bring Out the Best in Every Teacher

Education leaders feeling stressed and wondering how to address this autumn’s many challenges can find the help they need in the new edition of Carl Glickman and Rebecca West Burns’ Leadership for Learning. Consultant Cathy Gassenheimer found it full of actionable ideas.

Plan Now to Respond to Trauma in Schools

Stephanie Filio’s Responding to Student Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools in Times of Crisis provides a well-developed framework for school personnel to handle four sources of trauma. AP Virginia Hornberger notes it is a good starting point to develop a crisis plan of action.

A Fresh Way to Engage Students in Research

The Multigenre Research Project approach lets students truly show their learning and mastery on any topic they choose to explore. Melinda Putz provides teachers across subject areas everything they need to help students go deeper than PBL, says MGRP user Erin Corrigan-Smith.

Explore Story’s Power to Bring Us Together

In The Gift of Story John Schu shows how to use the roles of story as clarifier, healer, inspiration, compassion, and connector to bring reading alive. Literacy leader Sarah Valter loves how ‘Mr. Schu’ emphasizes the many ways stories can weave us all closer together.

A Deep Dive into How Learning Works

In How Learning Works: A Playbook education researchers John Almarode, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey offer teaching and learning strategies that can help students grow into independent learners. Education consultant Anne Anderson shares some highlights from her deep dive.

Aligning How You Lead with Who You Are

Engaging with What’s Your Leadership Story? by Gretchen Oltman and Vicki Bautista will help leaders – especially newer ones – articulate their purpose and bring their whole selves to school each day. School leader Sarah Cooper appreciates the book’s practical honesty.

Reflective Thinking for Leaders at All Stages

Educators considering entering administration and those already there will find Kara Knight’s The Confident School Leader a useful guide to key elements of leadership. Reviewer Beth Hassinger found Knight’s discussion of social and emotional aspects particularly helpful.

Answers to Questions Reading Teachers Ask

Christina Nosek, a teacher and literacy staff developer, engages readers with a collection of important concepts with answered questions on the foundation of the reading classroom. Literacy coach Pam Hamilton says the easy read is great for a summer professional reading stack.