7 Must Read Books for School Principals
1. Mindset by Carol Dweck
This book, written by renowned psychologist Carol Dweck, explains how students’ success at school is affected by the way we react to success and failure.
Some people attribute success and failure to effort or lack thereof. They hold what Dweck calls a growth mindset. Other people attribute success and failure to innate abilities (or lack thereof). They hold what Dweck calls a fixed mindset.
This book is an essential read for parents, teachers, coaches, and others who are instrumental in determining a child’s mind-set, and in turn, his or her future success.
Get it here: Mindset Carol Dweck
2. The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact
Principals are often called the second most crucial in–school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? One of the best–known leadership authors in education, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micro–managing instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism. He shows systematically how the principal′s role should change, demonstrating how it can be done in short order, at scale.
- Reveals the three key roles that administrators must play in today′s school
- Explains how to choose the right versus wrong drivers of school success
- Filled with "action items" to help implement Fullan′s program effectively
Get it here: The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact
3. Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up
Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. His talk, 'How Schools Kill Creativity', is the most viewed in the history of TED and has been seen by millions of people all over the world. In Creative Schools he sets out his practical vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish and succeed in the 21st century.
In this inspiring, empowering book, Robinson argues for an end to the outmoded, industrial systems of mass schooling and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today's unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students and develop their individual abilities and love of learning.
4. Educating Ruby: What Our Children Really Need to Learn
It is for everyone who cares about education in an uncertain world and explains how teachers, parents and grandparents can cultivate confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship in children, at the same time as helping them to do well in public examinations. Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn shows, unequivocally, that schools can get the right results in the right way, so that the Rubys of tomorrow will emerge from their time at school able to talk with honest pleasure and reflective optimism about their schooling. Featuring the views of schoolchildren, parents, educators and employers.
5. A School Counsellor'S Diary: 1
Loya Agarwala is a psychological counsellor working specifically in the arena of adolescent counselling in Indian schools for the last ten years.
Get it here: A School Counsellor'S Diary: 1
6. Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
"It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way andyou lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the otherway and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realizeour true creative potential in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities we need to think differently about ourselves and to actdifferently towards each other. We must learn to be creative."
Get it here: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
7. If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students!: Guide to Success for Administrators and Teachers
Packed with words of wisdom and inspiration, this is one book no administrator or teacher should be without. Dr. Neila Connors presents practical tips to improve school climate, communicate with parents and students, teach to the standards, and make a difference in students' lives. All this in an enjoyable, easy-to-read format, If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students will leave you laughing your way to a more successful school year.