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Books to Read for Summer 2017

Posted by Cheryl Adams on July 12, 2017

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Educators are life-long learners. It's what we do! So, before summer comes to an end, make sure you check out these awesome reads recommended by our very own Five-Star employees. 

Each recommendation includes a short description from a Five-Star team member and an Amazon link if you are interested in learning more about the book.

Enjoy and read on!  


Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

"Gladwell writes about not just success but what it takes to obtain it. It takes 10000 hours of developing skills before you are a super star."

- Aaron Bingham, Onsite technician



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Innovator's Mindset by George Couros

"Innovator's Mindset challenges the status quo and provides practical steps to drive big changes. This book is perfect to read by yourself, with a small group, or as an entire district."

- Kara Yates, Director of Innovative Learning




Visible Learning by John Hattie & Influence: Science and Practice by Robert Cialdini

"As a former middle school teacher, these two books changed the way I approached difficult or struggling students."  

- Lisa Cutshall, Director of School Engagement


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The Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey

"This was an excellent and fun read for me this year. I really enjoyed this dystopian novel and it has some great themes with applications for education. Even if there are some zombie-like characters involved! Education and a teacher that cares can change the world. That is all I can say without giving anything away."

- Lisa Cutshall, Director of School Engagement



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Out of Our Minds by Ken Robinson

"This book gives some compelling reasons and evidence about why it is critical that we stop devaluing creativity in our schools. It is damaging for individuals who learn differently and it is very much missed when developing critical thinking skills. He gives some examples of how it can be brought back to our curriculum."

- Adam Cole, Innovative Learning Strategist



Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink

"I would highly recommend Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. It provides a lot of psychology that can be used to help motivate students while planning lessons with students. Hint: you can't. Motivation must really be developed internally by providing opportunities for students to have autonomy, mastery, and purpose in their learning."

Adam Cole, Innovative Learning Strategist


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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

"One that always resonates with me and is classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It taught me many things.  This book never lets you down and provides simple anecdotes about human nature."

- Lucas Calhoun, Innovative Learning Specialist



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Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools Today by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray

"I'm stuck on the brand new one by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray: Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools Today. It's filled with great ideas as well as the "why didn't I think of that" ideas they're both so great at coming up with!"

- Sherry Gick, Director of Innovative Learning



Focus by Mike Schmoker

"Focus will challenge the thinking of every educator that finds themselves chasing the latest buzzword in education.  Schmoker makes a clear and compelling argument of the power of schools and educators focusing on just a few areas that will have huge impact in student learning. I continue to cite his research and examples of how authentic literacy directly impacts content knowledge and is a such a strong predictor of student academic success."

- Brad Fischer, Director of Innovative Learning

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Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov

"Teach Like a Champion is packed with practical advice and actional strategies and techniques. I think any teacher that reads this book will find at least a couple strategies that make a lasting impact on the way they manage their classroom and interact with students."

- Brad Fischer, Director of Innovative Learning



The Giver by Lois Lowry

"The importance of memory and being an individual are two themes that have always stuck with me. Those two themes are what make that a great book for educators because it relies on self-reflection. Also dystopian societies are always a personal favorite of mine when it comes to book settings."

- Andrew Richter, Analyst



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A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

"I love this book because it applies to education as well as life in general. The author provides examples and steps to help students and teachers ask better questions that can draw out personal passions, challenge traditional thinking, and really provide a way to solve “wicked” problems."

- Katie Bradford, Innovative Learning Specialist 


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The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius by Gail Saltz, M.D

"I liked the book because it has the potential to help educators understand that just because someone has a diagnosis, they may just need an alternative learning style to really shine.  Also, this book shows that people with certain types of 'disorders' or 'conditions' might actually excel far beyond the student's peers in particular areas.  The power of an educator to understand and pick up on these differences and empower the student to achieve far beyond what the doctors say the limits are.  Instead it focuses on the strengths of these individuals."

- Aaron Frost, Support Specialist


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