A Superintendent’s Reading List 2018
Summer has arrived! The hundreds (maybe even thousands) of students in your district are gathering their books to complete their summer reading requirements and prepare for the next school year. Although summer is not as relaxing a time for superintendents as it is for students, you can take advantage of the slower season to catch up on summer reading. Here are our top picks for Superintendents and school administrators:
Possibly the all-time best-selling book on school administration. It has been reprinted many times, and has sold tens of thousands of copies. Highly praised in reviews, it is an assigned text in many graduate education courses on school administration.
Like no other book on this subject written before, it is about swimming with the sharks and surviving.
In “The Results ,” Schmoker focuses on real schools where teachers are actively collaborating to improve students’ learning. A truly inspiring piece of work, this book should be read by anyone ready to improve their school. –James Stigler
Readers should beware: This is a potentially dangerous book. Anyone who reads it no longer has an excuse for low student achievement. Schmoker provides practical, insightful, and specific suggestions for school leaders to develop and apply the collective intelligence of teachers. –Douglas Reeves
By Max De Pree
“Leadership Is an Art” has long been a must-read not only within the business community but also in professions ranging from academia to medical practices, to the political arena. First published in 1989, the book has sold more than 800,000 copies in hardcover and paperback. This revised edition brings Max De Pree’s timeless words and practical philosophy to a new generation of readers.
De Pree looks at leadership as a kind of stewardship, stressing the importance of building relationships, initiating ideas, and creating a lasting value system within an organization. Rather than focusing on the “hows” of corporate life, he explains the “whys.” He shows that the first responsibility of a leader is to define reality and the last is to say thank you.
By Linda Lambert
Looks at leadership in schools and offers stories of three schools—an elementary school with low leadership capacity, a middle school with moderate leadership capacity, and a high school with high leadership capacity—revealing how educators can lead their communities to improve student learning.
Book descriptions from Amazon.com
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