The summer months, with more daylight hours and the promise of rejuvenation for weary teachers, provide a perfect opportunity to read deeply. UVEI faculty members share their summer reading lists , pulling from the worlds of history, science, leadership, and national trends to inform their work with novice teachers, experienced educators, teacher leaders, and principals.
Our Undemocratic Constitution by Sanford Levinson
As I’ve been working with social studies teachers over the last several years, I’ve been influenced by the “historical thinking” framework from the Stanford History Education Group, and the Inquiry Design Model from the National Council on the Social Studies. While I’ve seen a move away from history as propaganda towards critical debate about history, I have not seen a similar critical orientation towards civics, which is still dominated by unquestioning reverence for the constitution and the US form of government. I’m interested in a continued exploration of the highest leverage and most provocative questions for argument and debate.
What Schools Could Be by Ted Dintersmith
Deep Learning by Fullan & Quinn
Together, these two books build on my longtime interest in the “deep learning” project, which provides the central rationale for project based learning, proficiency based learning, personalized learning, transferable skills, etc. that are central to the improvement work happening in many of the schools where I work.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Inspired by my colleague, Kristen Downey, to add this to my list)
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Because my daughter said I should.
Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools by Linda Skrla, Kathryn Bell McKenzie, James Joseph Scheurich
Equitable practice and access is a personal focus of mine. When I visit schools, many of the discussions that take place are through the lens of equity. At UVEI, equity is at the forefront our students’ analysis and reflection. They are asked to complete, analyze, and reflect on an equity audit at their placements to increase equity awareness at the school and district levels.
A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne
To assist the framing of the equity audit, I am choosing to reread Payne’s book. This time I will bring a new lens to look through when reading the book. My experiences as a teacher and a principal were in schools with poverty levels, as noted by federal free and reduced lunch guidelines, has been in schools with rates of 20% to 45%. Many of our candidate’s placement schools have significant levels of poverty, some as much as 85%. This requires me as an educator to deepen my understanding in order to better support the clinical work of our candidates. Payne’s work provides a framework for understanding poverty, behaviors, and barriers within social class as demonstrated by what Payne refers to as the hidden rules.
The Principal: Three keys to maximizing impact by Michael Fullan
Your First Year as Principal by Teena Green
Listening to Teach: Beyond Didactic Pedagogy by Leonard J Waks (Editor)
One of my passions is helping teachers figure out how to limit teacher talk, and design lessons so that students do the heavy lifting. Because this book aims to explore innovative teaching pedagogies designed to foster active listening skills in teachers and students, I’m hoping it will be a resource for teachers I work with who crave strategies to reduce teacher talk time.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
For fun. Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Essential Practices for Developing Academic Language and Disciplinary Literacy by Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, Robert Pritchard (I’m re-reading this book)
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
My teacher friend, Laura, said this is a must-read.
Ambitious Science Teaching by Windschitl, Thompson, & Braaten.
Mark, Jessica, and Melissa are former colleagues from the University of Washington who created the AST framework for educating novice science teachers. Now it’s a book! I’m considering using it with the science teaching candidates next year even before reading it.
Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions by Kazemi and Hintz.
Elham and Allison are also former colleagues whose work on elementary math instruction has been influential. Getting students’ mathematical thinking into discourse is hard!
Design Thinking for School Leaders by Gallagher & Thordarson
This book discusses the five roles and mindsets that ignite positive change in schools. This book appeals to me because it asks us to rethink the traditional paradigm of leadership, and consider modern education through the lens of a design-inspired leader. In my role working with principal interns next year, it is my hope that this book will help inform not only my practice but also my pedagogy, as UVEI continues to change the landscape of leadership in the Upper Valley and beyond.
Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School by Bryan Goodwin, Tonia Gibson, Dale Lewis, and Kris Rouleau
Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn Singleton