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. Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice (Hack Learning Series)

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

WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER Eliminate old-school punishments and create a community of responsible, productive learners Are you or your teachers frustrated with carrots and sticks, detention rooms, and suspension--antiquated school discipline practices that simply do not work with the students entering our classrooms today? Our kids have complex needs, and we must empower and embrace them with restorative practices that not only change behaviors but transform students into productive citizens, accountable for their own actions. Replace traditional school discipline with a proven  system, founded on restorative justice  In a book that should become your new blueprint for school discipline, teachers, presenters, and school leaders Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein demonstrate how to eliminate punishment and build a culture of responsible students and independent learners. In Hack Learning Series Book 22, you learn to: Reduce repeated negative behaviors Build student self-regulation and empathy Enhance communication and collaboration Identify the true cause of negative behaviors Use restorative circles to reflect on behaviors and discuss impactful change "Maynard and Weinstein provide practical tips and strategies in the context of real-world examples, guided by the imperatives of changing the behavior and preserving the relationship. An important read for teachers and administrators." -Danny Steele, award-winning principal and co-author of Essential Truths for Principals and Essential Truths for Teachers Before you suspend another student ... read Hacking School Discipline , and build a school environment that promotes responsible learners, who never need to be punished. Then watch learning soar, teachers smile, and your entire community rejoice.

  • Author: Nathan Maynard
  • Publisher: Times 10 Publications (March 11, 2019)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1948212137
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.44 x 9 inches


3. Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice

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

Your Guide to Creating Equitable Schools If we hope to interrupt educational inequities and create schools in which every child thrives, we must open our hearts to purposeful conversation and hone our skills to make those conversations effective. With characteristic honesty and wisdom, Elena Aguilar inspires us to commit to transforming our classrooms, lays bare the hidden obstacles to equity, and helps us see how to overcome these obstacles, one conversation at a time. Coaching for Equity is packed with the resources necessary to implement Transformational Coaching in any organization. In addition to an updated coaching framework and corresponding rubrics, a comprehensive set of coaching tools puts success in every coach’s hands. Extensive personal narratives demonstrate what coaching for equity looks like and help us see how we can make every conversation count towards building a more just and equitable world. Coaching for Equity covers critical topics in the larger conversation about racial equity, and helps readers develop the knowledge, dispositions and skills to be able to: Talk productively about race, Build trust to support vulnerability, Unpack mental models and change someone’s mind, Observe classrooms and collect data to support equitable outcomes, Inspire others and deepen commitment, Evaluate and celebrate growth. Perfect for teachers, teacher leaders, coaches and administrators, Coaching for Equity offers extensive strategies for talking about race, power, and systems of oppression. In framing the rationale for transformational conversations, Coaching for Equity gives us the context we need to enter into this work. In laying out the strategies, tools and models for critical conversations, it gives us the way forward. Comprehensive, concrete, and deeply human, Coaching for Equity is the guide for those who choose to accept responsibility for interrupting inequities in schools. It is for all educators who know there is a better way.

  • Author: Elena Aguilar
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (August 11, 2020)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1119592273
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches


4. Permission to Feel

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

The mental well-being of children and adults is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel , knows why. And he knows what we can do. "We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children." Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he’d endured. And that was the beginning of Marc’s awareness that what he was going through was temporary. He wasn’t alone, he wasn’t stuck on a timeline, and he wasn’t “wrong” to feel scared, isolated, and angry. Now, best of all, he could do something about it. In the decades since, Marc has led large research teams and raised tens of millions of dollars to investigate the roots of emotional well-being. His prescription for healthy children (and their parents, teachers, and schools) is a system called RULER, a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions that has already transformed the thousands of schools that have adopted it. RULER has been proven to reduce stress and burnout, improve school climate, and enhance academic achievement. This book is the culmination of Marc’s development of RULER and his way to share the strategies and skills with readers around the world. It is tested, and it works. This book combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.

  • Author: Marc Brackett
  • Publisher: Celadon Books (August 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1250212832
  • Dimensions: 5.63 x 0.81 x 8.26 inches


5. 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


6. Growth Mindset Activities for Kids: 55 Exercises to Embrace Learning and Overcome Challenges

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

Make them lifelong learners by cultivating a growth mindset for kids ages 6 to 9 A growth mindset for kids helps them develop their abilities to learn new things. Growth Mindset for Kids is a fun and engaging activity book that can help your child train their growing brain and develop problem-solving skills through practice and repetition. They'll discover how to nurture an awesome "can-do" attitude and celebrate mistakes as a path to success. Featuring dozens of everyday examples and simple exercises, this growth mindset for kids book is a great way to teach them that they can take on just about anything with a little effort and encouragement. The fun (and rewarding!) work of dreaming big, making missteps, and expanding their minds starts now. Let's get started! Growth Mindset for Kids includes: 55 Easy activities ―From "Color My Brain" to "I Can Empower Myself," these practical activities work for a single child as well as an entire classroom. Kid power ―Explore real-life stories about kids using a growth mindset to achieve their goals. Secrets revealed ―Get the fundamental basics and benefits of a growth mindset for kids. Creating a solid foundation is key to kids' learning development― Growth Mindset for Kids can help.

  • Author: Esther Pia Cordova
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (July 7, 2020)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1646117680
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches


7. Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

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

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020 From award-winning higher education journalist and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo comes a revealing look from inside the admissions office—one that identifies surprising strategies that will aid in the college search. Getting into a top-ranked college has never seemed more impossible, with acceptance rates at some elite universities dipping into the single digits. In Who Gets In and Why , journalist and higher education expert Jeffrey Selingo dispels entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, and reveals that teenagers and parents have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college.” Hint: it’s not all about the sticker on the car window. Selingo, who was embedded in three different admissions offices—a selective private university, a leading liberal arts college, and a flagship public campus—closely observed gatekeepers as they made their often agonizing and sometimes life-changing decisions. He also followed select students and their parents, and he traveled around the country meeting with high school counselors, marketers, behind-the-scenes consultants, and college rankers. While many have long believed that admissions is merit-based, rewarding the best students, Who Gets In and Why presents a more complicated truth, showing that “who gets in” is frequently more about the college’s agenda than the applicant. In a world where thousands of equally qualified students vie for a fixed number of spots at elite institutions, admissions officers often make split-second decisions based on a variety of factors—like diversity, money, and, ultimately, whether a student will enroll if accepted. One of the most insightful books ever about “getting in” and what higher education has become, Who Gets In and Why not only provides an usually intimate look at how admissions decisions get made, but guides prospective students on how to honestly assess their strengths and match with the schools that will best serve their interests.

  • Author: Jeffrey Selingo
  • Publisher: Scribner (September 15, 2020)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1982116293
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches


8. Hands Are Not for Hitting (Best Behavior)

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

4 years & up. Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi. This book teaches children learn that violence is never okay. Children can learn to manage their anger and other strong feelings. Hands are capable of positive, loving actions such as playing, making music, learning, counting, helping, and much more! Includes a special section for adults with activities and discussion starters. Paperback. 40 pages.

  • Author: Martine Agassi
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.; 1st edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-1575423081


9. 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


10. 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