10 books you need to breakthrough

There are so many books about education and leadership. I myself have a bookshelf filled with tons of “must read” texts. My nightstand and the backseat of my car are filled with more.

Where do you start to get a foundation and learn shortcuts to success?

Summer break, a long weekend, and vacations are great times for. A little light or in this case heavy reading. It’s my favorite way to push my thinking and feel like a professional.

But what do you read and where do you start?

  1. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  2. Courageous Conversations by Glenn Singleton
  3. Critical Pedagogy by Jeff Duncan Andrade
  4. Switch and Made to Stick by the Heath Brothers
  5. Start with the Why by Simon Sinek
  6. Little Bets by Peter Sims
  7. Shaping School Culture by Terrace Deal
  8. Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
  9. Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching by Sharroky Hollie
  10. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Chris Emdin

Here are 2 fresh additions since this was first published:


What’s on your bookshelf or nightstand?

8 thoughts on “10 books you need to breakthrough”

  1. I’m a person of color and I found “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood” to be really helpful. It made me reflect on the ways that I was perpetuating some of the same structures that are road blocks to students of color.

    1. Tell me about it. As a person of color, I need reminders myself. We have been conditioned by our system that is unfortunately very racist and oppressive. Thanks for sharing! Where you coming from?

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