Top 9 Ed Reads in 2014

2014 has been a bountiful year for personal professional development. Here are 9 of my best educational reads in 2014 (I could list dozens more):


In this insightful book, Sheninger discusses a set of behaviors that leverages digital resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture.








 Peter DeWitt shares wonderful suggestions concerning:

  • Making the school community visible to parents.
  • Creating more authentic staff meetings.
  • Maximizing communication between parents and school.
  • Modeling effective use of technology.










The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book provides a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change.  








 Todd Whitaker shares countless ideas and strategies in this book THAT WORK in schools to bring positive climate change and growth in student achievement.








Wiliam explores in-depth the use of classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning to engineer effective learning environments for students. A MUST for every educator.








 Professor Yong Zhao makes a great case for encouraging the development of additional strategies to develop creativity and innovation in the classroom. In the our global economy, the jobs that exist now might not exist by the time today’s students enter the workplace. To succeed, students need to be able to think like entrepreneurs: resourceful, flexible, creative, and global.








Dweck argues that……”In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it”






Visible  Learning  is the story of the factors that have the greatest impact on learning. This is a book of ideas that help practitioners understand the subtleties of research. It will take time to wrestle with some of the nuanced ideas – you can’t just say, “Oh, we need more feedback” and run with it, because you may end up lowering student achievement. You need to do a close reading of these ideas.









 In this book, Mark Barnes introduces and outlines the Results Only Learning Environment—a place that embraces the final result of learning rather than the traditional methods for arriving at that result. A results-only classroom is rich with individual and cooperative learning activities that help students demonstrate mastery learning on their own terms, without being constrained by standards and pedagogy.









Please share your top 2014 educational reads! 


2 thoughts on “Top 9 Ed Reads in 2014

  1. Great listr, Larry. I would add “Leader of Leaders: The Handbook for Principals on the Cultivation, Support, and Impact of Teacher-Leaders” by Hal Portner & William E. Collins)
    The authors have provided a wealth of ready-to-use information and suggestions on the roles of principals as leaders of leaders; the roles of teacher-leaders as they lead; the culture in which teacher-leaders emerge, develop, and are supported; and the function of building principals as catalysts for and champions of this supportive, constructive environment.


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