Thursday, July 12, 2007

What's On your Booklist?

I put a request on my Twitter that I knew some administrators seeking change who wanted to start a book take a look at the wagon and get moving. Chris Lehman came right back with his top 2
  • Moral Leadership -- Thomas Sergiovanni &
  • The School and Society -- John Dewey
I remembered that Ian Jukes had mentioned some during his session at NECC so I went and looked at his site and he offered the following that seemed to deal with school change:
  • Results: The key to continuous school Improvement--Mike Schmoker
  • Teaching For Tomorrow: Teaching Content & Problem Solving Skills-- Ted McCain
  • A Whole New Mind: Moving From the Conceptual Age to the Information Age-Daniel Pink
  • Understanding By Design- Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
  • Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything --Donald Tapscott and Anthony Williams
What else should be added to our list? If we really want to begin a systemic change, what can we read to get everyone on the same page....


  1. Here are a few others that Dr. Daggett and other presenters mentioned at the Model Schools Conference in July:

    Good to Great - Jim Collins
    Good to Great and the Social Sectors - Jim Collins
    Schools that Learn (A Fifth Discipline Resources) - Peter Senge
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell
    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell

    This is a good idea - I'm going to blog about this and point people to this posting. Thanks for getting this list started.

  2. A friend of mine emailed me a list--SIGH so web 1.5 :) but wanted to share as he had a lot of great reads on it:

    A Whole New Mind- design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. I like the concept that the type of person means as much or more than what that person knows. This was a huge eye-opener for me.

    The World is Flat - I compare this book to "The Jungle". I think they both make the same impact and they both bore me to death after about chapter 5. Global Supply Chain and don't put the cut-off-fingers in the meatballs. I get it! They are both very right about global changes. =)

    The Tipping Point - I love how Gladwell breaks change up into Mavens, Connectors and Salespeople. If anything, this book makes you feel like even the smallest change can have a great impact if you work with the right people.

    Blink - This isn't really educational, but it does emphasize the power of first impressions and gut feelings. Stripping away bias is very difficult. When you've got to make hard decisions, you need to be able to take 10 steps back and see the big picture.

    Wikinomics - This is basically a business book and I'm only through the first two chapters, but it talks over and over about the power of the people. From Cancer research to naming elements in the Cosmos, this book points how 'We' are way more powerful than any one person.

    Savage Inequalities or anything from Kozol - Even though his writing isn't about technology, he addresses how unfairly education is distributed. Where you live means more than who you are. I think this gap is changing from socio-economics to technology access, but I think we all can't help but place ourselves on islands of what we know. His books make you want to make a difference.

    Thanks Mike Baker

  3. These are all great books. I've read most of them. I'd add It's Being Done by Karen Chenoweth, Harvard University Press & Results NOW, Mike Schmoker, ASCD.

  4. I wasn't all that happy with McCain's book. Chapter Three was great, I thought. But "Teaching for Tomorrow" did have some problems...