Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Education Administration. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

"Joe Feldman shows us how we can use grading to help students become the leaders of their own learning and lift the veil on how to succeed. . . . This must-have book will help teachers learn to implement improved, equity-focused grading for impact." --Zaretta Hammond, Author of  Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain Crack open the grading conversation Here at last―and none too soon―is a resource that delivers the research base, tools, and courage to tackle one of the most challenging and emotionally charged conversations in today’s schools: our inconsistent grading practices and the ways they can inadvertently perpetuate the achievement and opportunity gaps among our students. With  Grading for Equity,  Joe Feldman cuts to the core of the conversation, revealing how grading practices that are accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational will improve learning, minimize grade inflation, reduce failure rates, and become a lever for creating stronger teacher-student relationships and more caring classrooms. Essential reading for schoolwide and individual book study or for student advocates,  Grading for Equity  provides A critical historical backdrop, describing how our inherited system of grading was originally set up as a sorting mechanism to provide or deny opportunity, control students, and endorse a "fixed mindset" about students’ academic potential―practices that are still in place a century later A summary of the research on motivation and equitable teaching and learning, establishing a rock-solid foundation and a "true north" orientation toward equitable grading practices Specific grading practices that are more equitable, along with teacher examples, strategies to solve common hiccups and concerns, and evidence of effectiveness Reflection tools for facilitating individual or group engagement and understanding As Joe writes, "Grading practices are a mirror not just for students, but for us as their teachers." Each one of us should start by asking, "What do my grading practices say about who I am and what I believe?" Then, let’s make the choice to do things differently . . . with  Grading for Equity  as a dog-eared reference.

  • Author: Joe Feldman
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1st edition (October 15, 2018)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1506391571
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.67 x 10 inches


2. Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

Radically reimagine our ways of being, learning, and doing Education can be transformed if we eradicate our fixation on big data like standardized test scores as the supreme measure of equity and learning. Instead of the focus being on "fixing" and "filling" academic gaps, we must envision and rebuild the system from the  student  up―with classrooms, schools and systems built around students’ brilliance, cultural wealth, and intellectual potential. Street data reminds us that what is measurable is not the same as what is valuable and that data can be humanizing, liberatory and healing.   By breaking down street data fundamentals: what it is, how to gather it, and how it can complement other forms of data to guide a school or district’s equity journey, Safir and Dugan offer an actionable framework for school transformation. Written for educators and policymakers, this book · Offers fresh ideas and innovative tools to apply immediately · Provides an asset-based model to help educators look for what’s  right  in our students and communities instead of seeking what’s  wrong · Explores a different application of data, from its capacity to help us diagnose root causes of inequity, to its potential to transform learning, and its power to reshape adult culture

  • Author: Shane Safir
  • Publisher: Corwin; First edition (March 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1071812716
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.64 x 10 inches


3. Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

A practical framework to avoid burnout and keep great teachers teaching Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. Stress is part of the job, but when 70 percent of teachers quit within their first five years because the stress is making them physically and mentally ill, things have gone too far. Unsurprisingly, these effects are highest in difficult-to-fill positions such as math, science, and foreign languages, and in urban areas and secondary classrooms―places where we need our teachers to be especially motivated and engaged. This book offers a path to resiliency to help teachers weather the storms and bounce back―and work toward banishing the rain for good. This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching. You’ll learn how a simple shift in mindset can affect your outlook, and how taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is one of the most important things you can do. The companion workbook helps you put the framework into action, streamlining your way toward renewal and strength. Cultivate resilience with a four-part framework based on 12 key habits Uncover your true self, understand emotions, and use your energy where it counts Adopt a mindful, story-telling approach to communication and community building Keep learning, playing, and creating to create an environment of collective celebration By cultivating resilience in schools, we help ensure that we are working in, teaching in, and leading organizations where every child thrives, and where the potential of every child is recognized and nurtured. Onward provides a step-by-step plan for reigniting that spark.

  • Author: Elena Aguilar
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (May 8, 2018)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1119364894
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 0.87 x 9.25 inches


4. Point-Less: An English Teacher's Guide to More Meaningful Grading

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

From the Foreword by Cris Tovani: "Sarah Zerwin has written the book I desperately needed to help my beliefs about learning match my assessment practices. In Point-Less, she nudges teachers to consider how traditional forms of grading get in the way of student growth. Her pioneering ways of marking, collecting, and sharing student work shows teachers how to assess with fidelity and in ways that serve student learning. Instead of assigning random points to student tasks, she demonstrates how teachers can provide students with concise, descriptive data that serves as meaningful and specific feedback. 'Inside this book, teachers will find: - online resources rife with tools and examples to manage feedback - ways to harness the electronic grade book as a useful instructional tool - frameworks that guide student and teacher feedback - checklists to simplify convoluted rubrics. 'Sarah addresses every grading obstacle one could think of. She provides ways to navigate objections that parents, athletic directors, administrators, colleagues, colleges, and even students might have with this innovative way of reporting grades. 'It's exciting to think how instruction could change if teachers weren't compelled to evaluate everything students did for the mere purpose of putting points in the grade book. Are you ready to find your path to a better way of grading? Are you ready to lead students on this journey to becoming better readers, writers, and thinkers? If so, you are going to love Point-Less!"--Cris Tovani

  • Author: Sarah M. Zerwin
  • Publisher: Heinemann (March 31, 2020)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-0325109510
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches


5. The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.

  • Author: Elena Aguilar
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1118206539
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches


6. Leadership: Theory and Practice

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

The market-leading Leadership: Theory and Practice presents an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with a focus on how theory can inform practice. Author Peter G. Northouse uses a consistent structure for each chapter that allows readers to easily compare and contrast different theories. Case studies and questionnaires provide students with practical examples and opportunities to deepen their understanding of their own leadership style. The fully updated Ninth Edition features a new chapter on inclusive leadership, 17 new real-world cases that profile leaders from across the globe, a new discussion on leadership and morality, and examples of timely issues such as leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Author: Peter G. Northouse
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Ninth edition (February 8, 2021)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1544397566
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.36 x 9 inches


7. Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

“Make sure your students follow your instructions.” That sounds like a straightforward instruction, but in fact, it’s fairly abstract. What does a teacher actually have to do to make sure students are following? Even the leader delivering this direction may not know, and the first-year teacher almost certainly doesn’t. The vast majority of teachers are only observed one or two times per year on average―and even among those who are observed, scarcely any are given feedback as to how they could improve. The bottom line is clear: teachers do not need to be evaluated so much as they need to be developed and coached. In Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers , Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of the book, we break down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must enact to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, Get Better Faster is an integral coaching tool for any school leader eager to help their teachers succeed. It’s the book’s focus on the actionable― the practice-able ―that drives effective coaching. By practicing the concrete actions and micro-skills listed here, teachers will markedly improve their ability to lead a class, producing a steady chain reaction of future teaching success. Though focused heavily on the first 90 days of teacher development, it’s possible to implement this work at any time. New and old teachers alike can benefit from the guidance of Get Better Faster and close their existing instructional gaps. Packed with practical training tools, including agendas, presentation slides, a coach’s guide, handouts, planning templates, and 35 video clips of real teachers at work, Get Better Faster will teach you: The core principles of coaching: Go Granular, Make Feedback More Frequent,  Top action steps to launch a teacher’s development in an easy-to-read scope and sequence guide The four phases of skill building: Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching): Dress Rehearsal Phase 2: Instant Immersion Phase 3: Getting into Gear Phase 4: The Power of Discourse

  • Author: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (July 25, 2016)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1119278719
  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 2 x 9.1 inches


8. An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

Drawing from his own remarkable experience as a veteran classroom teacher (still in the classroom), Ron Berger gives us a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift - a schoolwide embrace of an "ethic of excellence." A master carpenter as well as a gifted teacher, Berger is guided by a craftsman's passion for quality, describing what's possible when teachers, students, and parents commit to nothing less than the best. But Berger's not just idealistic, he's realistic - he tells exactly how this can be done, from the blackboard to the blacktop to the school boardroom.

  • Author: Ron Berger
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1st edition (July 30, 2003)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-0325005966
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.32 x 9 inches


9. Take Control of the Noisy Class: Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds (Super-effective classroom management strategies for teachers in today's toughest classrooms)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

Fed up with students who talk over you and ignore instructions? Drained and worn out by disruption, disobedience, and defiance? Does the thought of facing some groups fill you with utter dread? Drawing on 20+ years experience in special education and mainstream settings, teacher-trainer Rob Plevin explains a proven, step-by-step plan for successfully managing the most challenging individuals and groups in today’s toughest classrooms. Packed with powerful, fast-acting techniques – including a novel routine to get any class quiet in 15 seconds or less – this book helps teachers across all age groups connect and succeed with hard-to-reach, reluctant learners.  You’ll d iscover: The simple six-step plan to minimise & deal with classroom behaviour problems How to gain trust & respect from tough, hard-to-reach students How to put an end to power struggles & confrontation How to have students follow your instructions… with no need to repeat yourself The crucial importance of consistency (and how to achieve it) Quick and easy ways to raise engagement and enjoyment in your lessons The ‘Clean Slate’ – a step by step method you can use to ‘start over’ with that particularly difficult group of students who won’t do anything you say. Take Control of the Noisy Class provides hundreds of practical ideas and interventions to end your classroom management struggles & create a thoroughly enjoyable lesson climate for all concerned.

  • Author: Rob Plevin
  • Publisher: Life Raft Media Ltd; Illustrated edition (January 25, 2019)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1999345105
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches


10. School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Education Administration - August 2021

Produced in cooperation with the National Association of School Nurses, this text includes comprehensive coverage of the multiple facets of school nursing―from the foundations of practice and the roles and functions of a school nurse through episodic and chronic illness and behavioral issues, to legal issues and leading and managing within school settings. Written and edited by school nurses and pediatric experts, it features real-world-tested, best practices based on evidence and experience. There’s content here that you won’t find in other books, such as health assessments, individualized health plan development, mental health conditions including adolescent depression, contemporary legal issues, and current policy statements essential to school nursing. “I recently started working as a school nurse and find this text invaluable. I have used this as a reference for many situations that I have dealt with. I would highly recommend to anyone new to the school nursing field.” ―Amazon Reviewer “Thorough and comprehensive text covering everything I need to know about school nursing. Great resource and I highly recommend it for any school nurse!” ―Amazon Reviewer “The first edition of this text…was included in the 2006 American Journal of Nursing Books of the Year. This 2019 edition surely meets and surpasses that and is highly recommended to all nurses in the fields of pediatric and adolescent health.” ―Anita Caitlin, Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing

  • Author: Janice Selekman DNSc RN NCSN FNASN
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Third edition (July 1, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0803669017
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.16 x 10.88 inches