FutureSchool: How Schools Around the World are Applying Learning Design Principles For a New Era
Valerie Hannon, Julie Temperley
In FutureSchool, Valerie Hannon and Julie Temperley examine what schools of the future might look like, what will guide their design, and what’s currently happening to create them. “Shaped by an awareness of changing economies, technology, and the climate emergency, it suggests specific ways that leaders can address the challenges of moving forward, grasping the opportunities presented by the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.” This book inspires and guides leaders, educators, and parents who want to see widespread learner-centered education become a reality.
The Seventh Level: Transform Your Business Through Meaningful Engagement with Your Customers and Employees
Whether you are watching TV or scrolling the web, it is nearly impossible to escape some sort of advertisement. Even if you might be interested in a product or idea being advertised, it can be all too easy to simply scroll by or turn down the volume; it gets lost in the noise. So, what are companies (or leaders with a new vision for education) to do? Amanda Slavin, founder and CEO of CatalystCreativ, set out to address that question in The Seventh Level. Pick up this book if you’re interested in taking a page from the business world when it comes to engaging new families and community members in your transformational work.
These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home
After leaving a teaching position as a professor and clinical psychologist in Nigeria, Bayo Akomolafe sought out “a small and intense life.” In These Wilds Beyond Our Fences, Akomolafe pens letters to his three-year-old daughter, exploring his journey as a father and just how disconnected so many of us are from our world and each other. He asks questions about food and justice and evaluates what we can do about climate change, striving for a brighter future for his daughter. Pick up this book if you’re looking for a heartfelt and philosophical reflection on the world we’re shaping for our children.
Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth
Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), Darcia Narvaez
As learner-centered leaders, we are striving to cultivate a culture of belonging, safety, and community for our young people and their families. Yet, in today’s world, it can be challenging to find examples of such an environment from which to learn and seek inspiration. One possibility is the teachings of Indigenous leaders and communities. A collection of 28 speeches and passages from Indigenous leaders around the world, Restoring the Kinship Worldview “is rooted in an Indigenous vision and strong social purpose that sees all life forms as sacred and sentient — that honors the wisdom of the heart, and grants equal standing to rights and responsibilities.”
The Child Is the Teacher: A Life of Maria Montessori
Cristina De Stefano, Gregory Conti
In The Child Is the Teacher: A Life of Maria Montessori, Cristina De Stefano compiles a comprehensive biography of education leader Maria Montessori. “Born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy, Maria Montessori would grow up to embody almost every trait men of her era detested in the fairer sex. She was self-confident, strong-willed, and had a fiery temper at a time when women were supposed to be soft and pliable.” Through original letters, diary entries, notes, and texts, De Stefano shares the trailblazing history of the founder of the Montessori model of education.