5 Summer Reading Recs for Engaged Educators
5 Summer Reading Recs for Engaged Educators
PUBLISHED: Monday, June 15, 2020 by Katy McDowall

Looking for books to add to your summer reading list? Look no further than these must-have reads for engaged educators. Learn how to build a student-driven classroom, address underrepresentation in gifted education, teach critical thinking to all students, and more. 

  • Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students. This practical and mind-opening book from Colin Seale, founder of thinkLaw, introduces a framework for closing the critical thinking gap. Gain the tools to teach critical thinking to all students, ensuring that students are empowered to tackle 21st-century problems. Chapters address equitable education, underachievement, social-emotional learning, and more.

  • Collaboration, Coteaching, and Coaching in Gifted Education: Sharing Strategies to Support Gifted Learners. Dive into a wealth of collaboration strategies and ready-to-use templates in this must-have resource by Emily Mofield, Ed.D., and Vicki Phelps, Ed.D. Gifted educators can learn how best to work with classroom teachers, specialists, counselors, parents, and other stakeholders in order to challenge and support gifted students all day, every day.

  • Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming: Dismantling Barriers and Tapping Potential. Explore one district's story and journey toward equitable identification and programming, as well as April Wells’s practical strategies for addressing underrepresentation and focusing on culturally responsive teaching. Each chapter tasks educators with building their understanding of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners, and features reflection questions so that important conversations can continue beyond the page.

  • A Meaningful Mess: A Teacher's Guide to Student-Driven Classrooms, Authentic Learning, Student Empowerment, and More. Andi McNair offers suggestions and specific tools to engage this generation of students in meaningful, relevant, and student-driven learning experiences—even if things in the classroom may get messy, both literally and figuratively. Packed with evidence-based strategies, implementable ideas, and discussion questions, this book is perfect for professional learning and group book studies.

  • Healing the Heart: Helping Your Child Thrive After Trauma. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to reestablish safety, increase resilience, and help heal the long-term impact of trauma. Parents, counselors, and teachers will benefit from Christine Fonseca's insights and tools to heal the negative impact of traumatic events, manage toxic stress, build safety, and help children thrive at home, at school, and in the world.