Category: Book Reviews

The Power of Teacher Teams

Jill Spencer’s conversational, resource filled book,Teaming Rocks! Collaborate in Powerful Ways to Ensure Student Success, makes a compelling case for high functioning teacher teams says reviewer Susan Shaver.

Leading Teachers to Improve

Reviewer Anne Anderson finds You Don’t Have to Be Bad to Get Better: A Leader’s Guide to Improving Teacher Quality by Candi McKay a practical, easy-to-read handbook for school leaders who want to bolster student learning by helping teachers grow professionally.

A Coach of My Own

“Having this book in my bag is like having my own coach nearby,” says reviewer & elementary coach Katie Gordon. Elena Aguilar has “laid it out from beginning to end” in The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation.

CCSS Literacy Explained

In Big Skills for the Common Core: Literacy Strategies for the 6 -12 Classroom, Amy Benjamin & Michael Hugelmeyer provide Common Core literacy strategies with easy-to-use charts & guides for 6-12 students, say a pair of MiddleWeb reviewers.

Mentoring Across the Hall

In Mentoring and Coaching Tips: How Educators Can Help Each Other, reviewer Jenni Miller reports that Sheryn Waterman writes in helpful ways about how educators can support new teachers and others through effective mentoring and coaching.

Reinvent Vocabulary Instruction

In addition to its comprehensive, CCSS-friendly approach to integrating vocabulary lessons into literacy curriculum, Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary is also fun for students, says reviewer Linda Biondi.

Insights into School Culture

Any leader who believes that school culture is an important topic to pursue will find Building a Culture of Support: Strategies for School Leaders to be a crucial tool, says reviewer Geralyn Schmidt.