An itemized list of books and periodicals read in the past year or two which have most influenced the thinking of the 21k12 blog.  (* indicates highly recommended, but all these titles have influenced me positively).

*Wiggins, Grant, and McTighe: Understanding by Design and Schooling by Design.

*Marzano, et. al.  Classroom Instruction that Works and School Leadership that Works.

*Wagner, Tony. The Global Achievement Gap.

*Thompson, Michael.  The Pressured Child

*Pink, Dan. A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age and the Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need.

Friedman, Thomas.  The World is Flat, Hot Flat and Crowded, and other writings and interviews.

Sternberg, Robert.  Wisdom, Intelligence and Creativity Synthesized and Optimizing Student Success n School with The New Three R’s: Reasoning, Resilience, and Responsibility.

*Berger, Ron. An Ethic of Excellence.

*Lawrence Lightfoot, Sarah.  The Good High School.

*Gee, James Paul.   What Video Games Have to Teach us About Learning and Literacy.

Bransford, et. al.  How People Learn.

Daniels, et. al.  Rethinking High School: Best Practices in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.

*Tschannen-Moran.  Trust Matters.

*Dweck, Carol. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

*Jensen, Eric. Teaching with the Brain in Mind.

Pope, Denise Clark.  Doing School: How We are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students.

Matthew, Jay and Ian Hill.  Supertest: How the IB can strengthen our schools.

* Graff, Gerald.  Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.

Robinson, Ken.  Out of Minds: Learning to be Creative.

Fried, Robert. The Game of School: Why We All Play it, How it Hurts Kids, and What it will Take to Change it

Kao, John: Innovation Nation

Peterson, A.D.C.  Schools Across Frontiers.

Botstein, Leon.  Jefferson’s Children.

Gordon, Gary. Building Engaged Schools: Getting the Most out of America’s Classrooms.

Tyre, Peg.  The Trouble with Boys

* McCain, Ted.  Teaching for Tomorrow: Teaching Content and Problem Solving.

Gardener, Howard.  Five Minds for the Future.

Gagnon and Collay.  Designing for Learning: Six Elements in Constructivist Classrooms.

* Temes, Peter.  Against School Reform (And in Praise of Great Teaching.)

Tough Choices or Tough Times: The REport of the New Commission on the Skills of teh AMerican Workforce

Claxton, Guy. What’s The Point of School?

Estrin, Judy.  Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy,

Noddings, Nel. Critical Lessons: What our Schools Should Teach.

* Christensen, Clayton and Horn and Johnson. Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation will Change the Way the World Learns.

Wolfe, Patricia.  Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice.

Lemann, Nicholas. The Big Test.

Lacey, Paul.  Growing into Goodness: Essays on Quaker Education.

Willis, Judy. Research Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning.

Bryk and Schneider.  Trust in Schools.

Palfrey and Gasser.  Born Digital.

* Postman, Neil.  Building a Bridge to the 18th century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future.

Small, Gary and Gigi Vorgan. iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.

* Gopnik, Alison, et. al.  The Scientist in the Crib: What Early learning tells us about the mind.

Smith, Robert Lawrence.  A Quaker Book of Wisdom.

Godin, Seth. ed.  The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable.

Ariely, Dan.  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions.

Autry, James.  The Servant Leader.

Brafman and Brafman. Sway: The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior.

* Seligman, Martin.  The Optimistic Child & Learned Optimism.

* Gladwell, Malcolm.  Outliers.

Zakaria, Fareed.  The Post-American World.

* Conley, David.  College Knowledge.

* Louv, Richard.  Last Child in the Woods.

Koretz, Daniel.  Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us.

Fox, Jenifer.  Your Child’s Strengths.


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