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As the 9th largest school district in the state of Ohio, the Hilliard City School District serves more than 15,500 students in grades K-12, through three high schools, three middle schools, two sixth-grade schools and 14 elementary schools.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Reading Suggestions

Jennifer Adams suggests To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink

To Sell Is Human is another great read by Daniel Pink. In this book, Pink uses several examples from the play, "Death of a Salesman." I found this book to be an easy read and enjoyed it, because Pink provides clear examples and situations to explain his points of emphasis. He claims that the art of selling has changed due to the information consumers have at their fingertips. He states that the ABC's of selling have changed from "Always Be Closing," to "Attunement, Buoyancy, and Clarity." After Pink explains how to be, he explains what to do: pitch, improvise, and serve.  As leaders we recognize the importance of conversation and value collaboration. Thus, it was beneficial to see these leadership traits validated in Pink's book.

Vicky Clark suggests A Principal's Guide to Special Education by David Bateman

This is an invaluable resource for new and experienced principals.  It contains everything you need to know about special education, from special education law to selecting and evaluating special education staff. Topics include discipline, IDEA 2004, NCLB, evaluation of students with disabilities, inclusion, adaptations, and due process.

Kim Halley suggests Brain Rules by John Medina

The title captured my attention; the professional readings that attract me and many busy educators are those in which the information applies to all areas of life- not limited only to the career path.  In Brain Rules, the author studies the impact of exercise, sleep and stress on our brain function, including cognitive connections, attention span, and creativity. As readers apply the recent brain research, we enhance our role as employee, spouse or parent.  

Tim Hart suggests The Connected Educator by Sheryl Nussbaum Beach

I recommend The Connected Educator, by Sheryl-Nussbaum Beach.  Sheryl shares a whole new way to look at our professional learning through connected learning communities.  In this book, she talks about her three-pronged approach to effective professional development:  local (professional learning community), contextual (personal learning network), and global (community of practice).  We’ll get to hear Sheryl at our evening event with administrators, and all administrators will receive a copy of the book.

Susanne Lintz suggests Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter

This is a quick, enjoyable, and inspirational read. It is a fable about a penguin colony (which represents an organization) that is faced with challenges and how they overcome them. It is based on the Eight Step Process of Successful Change. If you are looking for ways to move and change your building, this is a great resource that is fun and engaging.

Mike McDonough suggests inGenius by Tina Seelig

Can we teach creativity?  If we are truly continuing with our ongoing pursuit of building environments that foster innovation, then it’s imperative that we embed creativity in all facets of teaching and learning…but, how?  That’s where Tina Seelig, Stanford professor and author of inGenious: A Crash Course on Creativity, and her “Innovation Engine” model come in to play.  This model captures the relationship between the factors (culture, attitude, imagination, resources, knowledge, habitat) that stimulate creativity.

Brent Wise suggests The One World School House by Salman Khan

The man who created Khan Academy writes an easy to read book about his viewpoint of education. The reason I like this book so much is that it isn't a book written "at you" but rather a book written for us. It provides solid examples of where education was and where Sal believes it needs to go. Sure you'll disagree with some parts but I found myself agreeing and taking notes in the margins far more than being upset or feeling threatened. It challenges your thinking and I believe we always need a little of that. 

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