May 19, 2018

The “Top 10” Professional Reading List for Educators - 2018

Resources available from the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Joe Crozier's "Top 10" Professional Reading List for Educators - 2018For the past 16 years, GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier has published a “Top 10” professional reading list for educators. The “Top 10” list provides thought-provoking and motivating learning for administrators, teachers, coaches, and building leadership teams. The list provides resources for your personal and professional growth.

These resources are available from the GWAEA Media Center.

  1. "The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath - Brothers Chip and Dan Heath explore why certain experiences jolt us into change, and how we can learn to create these moments in our life and work.
  2. "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" by Daniel Pink - In this book, the author reveals how to use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule, and the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers or get married. He continues by giving insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
  3. "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe Your World" by William H. McRaven - Told with great humility and optimism, this book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.
  4. "The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World" by John Gordon - Offers advice for business leaders on how to use positivity to motivate employees.
  5. "Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages" by Davis Ross - In 2016, the Cubs ended a 108-year curse, winning the World Series in a history-making, seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians. One of the many storylines to Chicago's fairytale season was the late-career renaissance of David Ross, the 39-year-old catcher who had played backup for 13 of his 15 pro seasons. Beyond Ross's remarkably strong play, he became the ultimate positive force in the Cubs locker room, mentoring and motivating his fellow players, some of them nearly twenty years his junior. Thanks to Cubs Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, "Grandpa Rossy" became a social media sensation. No one, however, could have predicted that Ross's home run in his final career at-bat would help seal the Cubs championship. Now Ross shares the story of his life in baseball, framed by the events of that unforgettable November night.
  6. "Wait, What? And Life's Other Essential Questions" by James E. Ryan - Explores the art of asking (and answering) based on the wildly popular commencement address by the dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
  7. "The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How" by Daniel Coyle - This book demonstrates how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism. Drawing on neurology and research gathered on journeys to nine of the world's talent hotbeds, the author identifies the three key elements that allow the development of gifts in order to optimize performance in sports, art, music, math and more.
  8. "Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems" by Michael Fullan - Complex times call for streamlined solutions, and leaders to pull them together. If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it's time to lead with coherence.
  9. "Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation Is Transforming the Workplace" by David Stillman - Describes Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, their perspective on careers, and how they define success in the workforce; and discusses how best to recruit, retain, motivate, and manage Gen Zers.
  10. "Believe It to Achieve It: Overcome Your Doubts. Let Go of the Past, and Unlock Your Full Potential" by Brian Tracy - Letting go of negative thoughts is one of the most important steps to living a successful, fulfilling life, but it's also often the most difficult. In this practical, research-based guide, the authors present their Psychology of Achievement program to help readers identify and overcome harmful patterns and ideas preventing them from achieving their goals or feeling happy and satisfied in their life.