The following are readings that we believe are essential for anyone with an interest in education. We each have many favorite books (I mean many), and it was not easy to select no more than two items that we believed everyone should read. We did it as an exercise for ourselves and to make it a usable list.
We will offer new titles every six months or so, just enough time for you to read all these titles, right? Feel free to add your one or two titles that you believe everyone with an interest in education should read or your reflections on these readings in the comment section.
All the best,
The Cooperative Catalyst Crew
Martin, R. L. (2009). Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative Thinking.
Medina, J. J. (2009). Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.
Confucius. (1971). Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean (New Ed ed.). New York: Dover Publications.
The Earth Charter
Reynolds, A. (2010). House of Suns. New York: Ace.
Sergiovanni, T. J. (1996). Moral Leadership: Getting to the Heart of School Improvement (The Jossey-Bass Education Series). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Berger, R. (2003). An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship in Schools. Chicago: Heinemann.
Dennison, G. (1999). The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School (Innovators in Education). Chicago: Boynton/Cook.
Dweck, C. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Chicago: Ballantine Books.
Kohn, A. (2000). The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards”. New York: Mariner Books.
Llewellyn, G., & Silver, A. (2001). Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School (1 ed.). New York, NY: Wiley.
Pope, D. C. (2003). Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (New Ed ed.). New Haven: Yale University Press.
Ruf, D. L. (2005). Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind. Scottsdale: Great Potential Press.
Schlechty, Phillip C. (2002) Working on the Work: An Action Plan for Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents. (The Jossey-Bass Education Series). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Linchpin, Seth Godin
Rework, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson