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Recommended Books by CUI Faculty & Staff

The books listed below are a compilation of recommendations from faculty and staff. Book titles have been arranged alphabetically by author in five different categories – though many could fit under a number of headings – to assist visitors in finding a book in their area of interest. The five broad categories are: Communication, Leadership, 21st Century Learning, Alternative Learners, and Teaching/Learning.


Communication

Self-Improvement / Emotional Intelligence / Motivation / Communication

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House, 2006.

    In this brilliant book, Dweck shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we approach our goals. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are far less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship.

  • Outliers

    Gladwell, M. (2008) Outliers. Little, Brown and Company: New York

    In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell takes the reader on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

    Gladwell proposes people pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to their roots ~ where they are from, their culture, their family stories, their generational experiences and their upbringing.

  • Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyber-bullying

    Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2015). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyber-bullying. Corwin/Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.

    Cyberbullying occurs when three components intersect: teens, technology, and trouble. This perfect storm of elements manifests as harassment, humiliation, and hate follow a child everywhere.

    Drawing on the authors’ extensive research, this groundbreaking eye-opening resource incorporates the personal voices of youth affected by or involved in cyberbullying, while helping readers understand the causes and consequences of online aggression.

  • Bullying and Harassment Solutions for Schools: How to Educate, Investigate, and Remediate

    McGrath, M.J. (2011). Bullying and Harassment Solutions for Schools: How to Educate, Investigate, and Remediate. VistaMar Publications: Santa Barbara, CA.

    In Bullying and Harassment Solutions for Schools, McGrath draws on over 30 years experience as a school law attorney, expert witness, and consultant in matters of peer harassment and student misconduct. She presents the subject of bullying and harassment from a legal perspective and shows school administrators exactly how to navigate through the murky waters surrounding these issues.

  • You haven’t taught Until They Have Learned

    Nater, S. & Gallimore R (2006) You haven’t taught Until They Have Learned Fitness Information Technology, Morgantown W.V.

    What Wooden has learned from others in the classroom and perfected on the practice court are fundamental principles of effective teaching, which are conveyed in Nater’s book. One of John Wooden's former basketball players at UCLA, Nater provides insightful first-hand accounts on the many life lessons he learned from Wooden that has applied to his life since becoming a teacher himself.

  • Compelling Conversations: Connecting Leadership to Student Achievement

    Piercy, Thomasina D. (2006) Compelling Conversations: Connecting Leadership to Student Achievement. Lead and Learn Press: Englewood Co.

    Piercy, using her own practical experiences as a principal and national staff developer, has written a well-researched book, which involves the principal and staff looking at individual student data on a quarterly basis to improve instruction. Piercy’s specific and step-by-step guidelines help schools get dramatic results and experience spiraling growth.

  • The Yes Factor: Get What You Want. Say What you Want

    Reiman, T. (2010). The Yes Factor: Get What You Want. Say What you Want. Penguin Group: New York.

    Communication expert Tonya Reiman, a master at reading people, shares her powerful secrets in The Yes Factor. All day, every day, we sell ourselves; our clothing, our speech, and our movements create a set of subtle clues that influence how others judge us. Reiman shows readers how to gain control of that process through step-by-step instructions to completely overhaul their verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.

  • Preventing Bullying and School Violence

    Twemlow, S.W. & Sacco, F. (2012). Preventing Bullying and School Violence. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.: Washington, DC.

    Preventing Bullying and School Violence is a practical handbook for designing and sustaining effective interventions to address problem behaviors in schools.

    The authors believe bullying behaviors can be effectively addressed only by targeting the broader social context—the coercive power and group dynamics that breed and maintain bullying and violent behavior in the school setting.

  • Motivating and Inspiring Teachers: The Educational Leader's Guide for Building Staff Morale

    Whittaker, T., Whittaker, B. & Lumpa, D. (2008). Motivating and Inspiring Teachers: The Educational Leader's Guide for Building Staff Morale. New York, NY: Routledge Eye on Education.

    This book is filled with strategies to motivate your staff and maintain a high level of energy at your school. This guide will help all educators approach work every day in an enthusiastic, focused, and positive state of mind. It will support teachers by giving them added focus and purpose in dealing with all the multiple daily interactions they encounter.

Leadership

Management / Coaching / PLCs / Administration / Ethics / School Culture

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic

    Covey, Stephen R. (1989) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic. New York: Simon and Schuster.

    A highly inspiring book filled with practical insights, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from Covey’s insightful and practical lessons.

  • Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn

    DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (2004). Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

    Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn examines the question, What happens when, despite our best efforts in the classroom, a student does not learn? A professional learning community creates a school-wide system of interventions that provides all students with additional time and support when they experience difficulty in their learning. The authors describe the systems of interventions, including Adlai E. Stevenson High School's Pyramid of Interventions, created by a high school, a middle school, and two elementary schools. The authors also discuss the logistical barriers these schools faced and their strategies for overcoming them.

  • The Servant- A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership

    Hunter, J. C. 1998 The Servant- A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership; Crown Publishing, New York

    In this absorbing tale, you experience the timeless principles of servant leadership unfold through the story of John Daily, a businessman whose outwardly successful life is spiraling out of control. He is failing miserably in each of his leadership roles as boss, husband, father, and coach. To get his life back on track, he reluctantly attends a weeklong leadership retreat at a remote Benedictine monastery.

  • Who Moved My Cheese? – An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work Life

    Johnson, S. & Blanchard, K. H. (2010). Who Moved My Cheese? – An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work Life. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam.

    Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional, because they don't have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude.

  • Blue Ocean Strategy

    Kim, W. Chan and Mauborgne, Renee. (2009) Blue Ocean Strategy. New York HarperCollins

    Don’t compete with rivals – make them irrelevant. In today’s world you can’t survive in a red ocean. You need to place greater value on innovation and creating powerful leaps forward. You need to reconstruct the boundaries that are holding you in by looking at the big picture; looking beyond the current pressures; developing a flexible strategy to overcome the organizational hurdles and nurturing a community of learners.

    Though initially written as a book for business leaders, Blue Ocean Strategy has many applicable suggestions for educators to assist them in addressing the challenges of the digital age.

  • The Leadership Challenge

    Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2012). The Leadership Challenge, (5th Ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0-4706-5172-8

    Based on Kouzes and Posner's extensive research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for today's world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, that it can be learned.

  • How Toyota Became #1

    Magee, D. (2008). How Toyota Became #1. Penguin Group: New York

    Everyone knows Toyota has had an amazing thirty-five- year run, rising from a humble Japanese start-up to a thriving global giant. But how did it pass Ford and GM to become the world’s largest auto manufacturer? And how does it continue to thrive while so many competitors are struggling and failing?

  • Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division Leadership Strategies to Build a Professional Learning Community

    Muhammad, A. (2009). Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division Leadership Strategies to Build a Professional Learning Community. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

    Busy administrators will appreciate this quick read packed with immediate, accessible strategies. This book provides the framework for understanding dynamic relationships within a school culture and ensuring a positive environment that supports the changes necessary to improve learning for all students. The author explores many aspects of human behavior, social conditions, and history to reveal best practices for building healthy school cultures.

  • Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

    Pink, Daniel H. (2009) Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. New York, NY: Riverhead.

    Most people believe the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink, as he proposes in his provocative and persuasive book Drive. In it he asserts the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by our world and ourselves. True motivation arises from autonomy, mastery and purpose.

  • Qualities of an Effective Principal

    Stronge, J. H., Richard, H. and Catano, N. (2008) Qualities of an Effective Principal. Association for Supervision And Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA

    This researched-based book establishes definitive benchmarks for top-flight education administration, leadership academy, and professional development programs. It highlights seven categories of effective leadership critical to a principal’s job, a profile of what an effective principal should know and be able to do; quality indicators for determining effectiveness and red flags, which signal ineffective leadership.

    Also included is a useful skills checklist with detailed steps to help you implement this book's proven strategies. If you're a new or experienced principal, this is an indispensable self-help book for balancing the needs and priorities of your school as you refine your leadership skills.

21st Century Learning Strategies

Making sense of the shift to the digital age in the classroom

  • The Third Teacher 79 Ways you can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning

    A Collaborative Project (2010) The Third Teacher 79 Ways you can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning

    Created by an international team of architects and designers concerned about our failing education system, The Third Teacher explores the critical link between the school environment and how children learn. The Third Teacher offers 79 practical design ideas, both great and small, to guide readers’ efforts to improve our schools. Written for anyone who has school-age children in his or her life, from educators and education decision-makers to parents and community activists, this book is intended to ignite a blaze of discussion and initiative about environment as an essential element of learning. Including a wealth of interviews, facts, statistics, and stories from experts in a wide range of fields, this book is a how-to guide to be used to connect with the many organizations, individuals, and ideas dedicated to innovating and improving teaching and learning.

  • The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

    Couros, G. (2015) The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. Dave Burgess Consulting Inc. San Diego, CA.

    Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future.

    The traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum. But our job as educators is to provide new and better opportunities for our students. It’s time to recognize that compliance does not foster innovation, encourage critical thinking, or inspire creativity—and those are the skills our students need to succeed. In The Innovator’s Mindset, Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore—and to become forward-thinking leaders.

  • Millennials @ Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-something (and Their Manager) Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness

    Espinoza, Chip. (2014) Millennials @ Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-something (and Their Manager) Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness. FranklinCovey Salt Lake City, UT

    Work life is different from anything you have experienced up to this point. Not because it is work, but because authority figures at work may appear very different from those you have encountered in your life so far. It is not an overstatement to say that many young professionals experience a hefty dose of culture shock when they enter the workforce. The promise of this book is to help you understand the challenges that can stand in the way of success and teach you the skills necessary for achieving greatness at work.

  • Thank You for Being Late

    Friedman, T. (2016) Thank You for Being Late. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York.

    Friedman’s latest book challenges you to look at the world in a way never imagined before. You will have a different lens in how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate.

    Friedman postulates to understand the 21st century; you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces―Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)―are accelerating all at once, thus they are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. Friedman contends we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations―if we slow down, dare to be late and reimagine work, politics, and community.

  • Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World

    Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. (2010) Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA

    Work life is different from anything you have experienced up to this point. Not because it is work, but because authority figures at work may appear very different from those you have encountered in your life so far. It is not an overstatement to say that many young professionals experience a hefty dose of culture shock when they enter the workforce. The promise of this book is to help you understand the challenges that can stand in the way of success and teach you the skills necessary for achieving greatness at work.

  • Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning

    Prensky, M. R. (Ed.). (2010) Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

    Marc Prensky, who first coined the terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants," presents an innovative model that promotes student learning through the use of technology. Students today are growing up in a digital world. These "digital natives" learn in new and different ways, so educators need new approaches to make learning both real and relevant for today's students. Prensky has written a book with numerous strategies, how-to's, partnering tips, and examples, making Teaching Digital Natives a visionary yet practical book for preparing students to live and work in today's globalized and digitalized world.

  • Creating innovators: The Making of Young People Who will Change the World

    Wagner, T., & Compton, R. A. (2014). Creating innovators: The Making of Young People Who will Change the World. New York: Scribner.

    Tony Wagner’s groundbreaking bestseller—“a road map for parents who want to sculpt their children into innovative thinkers” (USA TODAY) and a guide for “an employer looking to have a pipeline of creative talent” (Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO).

Alternative Learners

Social-Cognitive Disorders (ADHD, Autism, Asperger, Tourette, etc.) / Mental Health / Child Development / Gifted / ELL

  • The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health

    Dikel, W. (2014). The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health. W.W. Norton & Company. New York

    Twenty percent of children and adolescents have a mental health disorder and in five percent, the disorder is severe. Chances are every classroom in America will have at least one student who has a mental health disorder. These students often have symptoms that interfere with their ability to learn. Schools, school districts and state Boards of Education are all recognizing the importance of comprehensive approaches to student mental health that include teacher education.

    By understanding mental health issues, general education and special education teachers have additional tools to provide the most successful educational environment for their students. But where can a teacher turn to get reliable information on what they need to know?

  • Teaching the Tiger: A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, or Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

    Dornbush, Marilyn Pierce, and Sheryl K. Pruitt. (2005) Teaching the Tiger: A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, or Obsessive-compulsive Disorder. Duarte, CA, U.S.A.

    This book gives practical and realistic ideas, which are highly beneficial for implementing in school and at home. It is a must have book for parents and schools wanting to learn more about exceptional learners.

  • Inside Out: What Makes the Person with Social-cognitive Deficits Tick?

    Winner, Michelle Garcia. (2002) Inside Out: What Makes the Person with Social-cognitive Deficits Tick? Thinking Social Press. London

    This is a linchpin to learn more about how social problems connect to academics, such as reading comprehension and written expression. Garcia’s ILAUGH model provides a way to pinpoint specific areas of challenges a student may face and how these affect school, work and social interaction. For ages K-adulthood, this book provides insight on what information we expect students to develop "naturally" to become strong learners.

    Inside Out is a valuable resource for all students to learn the subtle nuances of social interaction. Teaching students "social skills" first requires understanding the supporting social cognitive components and then working with students to increase their social thinking concepts.

  • How the Special Needs Brain Learns

    Sousa, D. (2007) How the Special Needs Brain Learns. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexander, VA.

    Sousa addresses the causes of common learning disabilities and provides alternative instructional strategies to ensure learning occurs. Sousa’s practical and positive suggestions are ready-made to be implemented to any classroom to not only assist children with special needs but all learners.

  • How the Gifted Brain Learns

    Sousa, D. (2009) How the Gifted Brain Learns. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.

    This updated edition of Sousa’s bestseller translates the latest neuroscientific findings into practical strategies for engaging gifted and talented learners. Individual chapters are dedicated to talents in language, math, and the arts, and offer instructional applications for both elementary and secondary classrooms. Hand and glove with Sousa’s How Special needs Brain Learns, the book is a must for all educators.

Teaching / Learning

Staying current with educational pedagogy and trends.

  • Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation

    Abeles, V. (2016) Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation. Simon & Schuster: New York

    Beyond Measure is a groundbreaking book for parents, students, and educators on how to revolutionize learning, prioritize children’s health, and re-envision success for a lifetime.

    From kindergarteners to high-schoolers, millions of American students are being pressured to perform in ways that make them less intellectually flexible, creative, and responsive to today’s world. Granted our education system needs to be revamped and Beyond Measure inspires parents, educators, and students to take practical steps to make a change by empowering all of us to redefine learning and success, and to discover the true, untapped potential awaiting our children, not just in college, but in life.

  • What the Best College Teachers Do

    Bain, Ken. (2004) What the Best College Teachers Do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.

    What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.

  • The Pedagogy of Faith: Essays on Lutheran Education

    Bull, B. (Ed.). (2016) The Pedagogy of Faith: Essays on Lutheran Education. United States: Concordia Publishing House

    That’s why The Pedagogy of Faith: Essays on Lutheran Education offers a one-of-a-kind gift to our teaching community in the twenty-first century. Never before has there been a more diverse collection of authors and topics distilled into a single text on Lutheran education. The authors—theologians, professors, DCEs, school staff, missionaries, parents, and more—collectively represent hundreds of years in the educational arena.

  • Habits of Mind across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers

    Costa, A. and Kallick, B. Habits of Mind across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2009.

    The Habits of Mind are an identified set of 16 problem solving, life related skills, necessary to effectively operate in society and promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity and craftsmanship. The understanding and application of the 16 Habits of Mind serve as a model for the reader to work through real situations using a set of practical skills and intentional strategies to respond to unexpected challenges.

    The 16 Habits of Mind will serve as a rock solid foundation for any student pursuing his/her life path.

  • Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire – The Method and Madness Inside Room 56

    Esquith, R. (2007) Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire – The Method and Madness Inside Room 56. Penguin Books, New York.

    In his Los Angeles public school classroom, Rafe Esquith helps impoverished immigrant children understand Shakespeare, play Vivaldi, and become happy, self-confident people. This bestseller gives any teacher or parent all the techniques, exercises, and innovations that have made its author an educational icon, from personal codes of behavior to tips on tackling literature and algebra, which motivate inner-city urban learners.

  • Positive Classroom Discipline

    Jones, F. (1987) Positive Classroom Discipline. McGraw-Hill: New York

    Used in many college courses, Positive Classroom Discipline describes a non-adversarial approach to managing student disruptions that combines high behavioral standards with personal responsibility.

  • The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way

    Ripley, A. (2013) The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way, Simon & Schuster, New York.

    In The Smartest Kids in the World, Ripley’s astonishing new insights reveal that top-performing countries have achieved greatness only in the past several decades; that the kids who live there are learning to think for themselves, partly through failing early and often; and that persistence, hard work, and resilience matter more to our children’s life chances than self-esteem or sports.

    Ripley’s investigative work seamlessly weaves narrative and research, providing in-depth analysis and gripping details that will keep you turning the pages. Written in a clear and engaging style, The Smartest Kids in the World will enliven public as well as dinner table debates over what makes for brighter and better students.

  • Creative Schools The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education

    Robinson, K. & Aronica, R. (2015) Creative Schools The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education. Penguin, New York

    Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system. He proposes a highly personalized, organic approach drawing on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the 21st century. Filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education.

  • Teaching Life: Letters from a Life in Literature

    Salwak, D. Teaching Life: Letters from a Life in Literature. Iowa City, IA: U of Iowa, 2008

    Teaching Life reflects on Salwak’s more than three decades of teaching literature and touching the lives of students. Its powerful message will stay with you for a lifetime, as Salwak’s poignant and personal memoir has something for everyone to gnaw on, reflect about and ponder.

  • Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach

    Tompkins, Gail E. (2006) Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach. Pearson Education/ Merrill/ Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, NJ

    Literacy for the 21st Century is a thoroughly applied text written to ensure readers understand current theories behind and the critical components of instruction for teaching reading and writing as complementary in the development of literacy. Readers are treated to a philosophical approach that not only balances the why, what, and how of teaching literacy but also offers practical pedagogy—teaching strategies and instructional procedures—that foster thoughtful teacher preparation and ensures alignment to the literacy goals teachers are responsible to teach.

  • God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in all of Life

    Veith, G. (2002). God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in all of Life. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books

    Work can be a daily grind—a hard, monotonous set of thankless tasks. In the midst of the ongoing toil, many are plagued by a lack of purpose, confused as to what to do and who to become. And while some of our vocations may seem more overtly meaningful than others’, the truth is that most of us work because we have to. It is a means to an end—survival.

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