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Summer Reading with a Purpose: School's Almost out, and This Is the Perfect Time to Get in Some Interesting Reading That Will Reinvigorate You for September.

Magazine article District Administration

Summer Reading with a Purpose: School's Almost out, and This Is the Perfect Time to Get in Some Interesting Reading That Will Reinvigorate You for September.

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One of the best ways to spend the summer is curled up with a good book. The following are nominees for books that will inspire, provoke or entertain educators. Professional development for you and your staff is only a bookstore away. Why not stay connected with your colleagues this summer by starting a book club? You can find all of these books and more at www.stager.org/books.

SUMMER READING

The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith This may well be the most beautiful, clear and pro-found book ever written about learning and overcoming the obstacles to learning created by schools. Smith paints a gorgeous picture of what real learning is and explains how it differs from what he calls the official theory of learning.

Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope by Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol's latest book about the lives and education of poor kids will touch your heart.

What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten ? by Susan Ohanian

I adore every book written by this master teacher, humorist and educational critic. Her most recent book explores the human cost of our current testing-mania, shares teaching anecdotes and discusses what parents are doing to make schools more playful places to learn.

American Psychology and Schools: A Critique by Seymour Sarason

Prolific author, educator and psychologist Samson candidly investigates the question, "Where has the American psychological community been during the heightened concern over standardized testing and school violence?" He offers hypotheses for this disinterest in schools and explores the damage to the public welfare caused by the collective silence of the psychological community.

LEADERSHIP

The Inner Principal by David Loader

Veteran principal David Loader courageously explores the joys, challenges and inner conflicts of being a school principal. …

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