July 2016 Bookshelf
Books 21 July 2016
Other People’s Children
Recognizing that every child has unique needs, interests, and passions, Lisa Delpit sees an education system that nurtures each child’s individuality. In Other People’s Children, she specifically speaks to what it means to develop a learning environment that recognizes and values the diversity of the cultural backgrounds that our learners bring. Offering guidance for those bridging cultural differences and seeking to infuse their work with cultural competency, she lays out the tools and skills that it will take for every learner to be truly seen and the potential inherent in each learner to be truly realized.
Poke the Box
“Instigation. Initiative. Go, go, go.” In Seth Godin’s book, Poke the Box, he takes on the question: what is the role of a provocative leader? In most of what we do, we treat the world as if it were static—all the while knowing that is simply not the case. How we see leadership is no different. Treating leadership as a static role stops us from tapping into the full potential of our surroundings. Dynamic, provocative leaders have the power to breathe life into their organizations and move them forward. Godin’s Poke the Box offers leaders the opportunity to seek transformation in whatever they do.
Freedom to Learn
What does it mean to have freedom to learn? What does it look like? How does it work? How do teachers fit in? As part of the Solutions to Modern Learning series, Will Richardson asks the reader to redefine “education”—to see it as an opportunity to leverage the new technologies available to give every learner the freedom to thrive. As Richardson shares, “the world that lies ahead” is full of potential if we have the tools and the mindset to create the room for change to occur.
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...And the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
As the cultural diversity in America’s learning environments continues to grow, practitioners must take the lead in making each learner’s education personalized, relevant, and contextualized. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Christopher Emdin addresses this need in his newest book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too. As you flip through these pages, explore the opportunities available in your unique learning environment and see avenues to connect with your learners on a new level.
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Every-one to Take Action
Why? A question straight out of every toddler’s play-book. And, one that Simon Sinek argues is the most important starting point in transforming an idea from an unoriginal, non-stimulating product to an emotion-grabbing life necessity. Sinek’s book Start With Why explores how great innovators, like Apple and Southwest, capture their audiences (and the market) with a simple, yet crucial, philosophy that translates to any work (or learning) environment.
The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
The Innovator’s Mindset, by George Couros invites educators to challenge the old saying, “hold your questions until the end.” Instead, he encourages all of us to start from a place of wonder, creativity, imagination, and curiosity. Because “if you want innovative students, you need innovative educators.” With Couros as a guide, walk through the pages of The Innovator’s Mindset to explore what it might take to revitalize learners’ imaginations and creativity through nothing more, and nothing less, than a complete mindset shift.
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