The list author says: "As a lifelong learner, I always seek to explore the many chapters of books that challenge and energize my thinking. The Superintendent's Bookshelf is a compilation of some of the readings that are shaping my current thinking as an educational leader."
"The authors explore how Pixar Studios set a standard for creativity and innovation and also how integrating art and music programs into the curriculum in school districts can lead to higher order thinking skills. Specific activities, examples and tips are offered to instill a sense of joy and playfulness into creative thinking to achieve higher success. It is essential reading for every educator!"
"Sir Ken Robinson is one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity and innovation and in this book he links talent, passion, and achievement. The Â“elementÂ” is considered to be the point at which one's natural talent meets personal passion and where a person is most inspired and able to achieve at their highest levels. It is a book that clearly challenges 20th century public education."
"This book shares how our smallest actions and gestures often have an outsized impact on our biggest goals. It emphasizes that it's not always the grand gestures that often make a difference but the small, thoughtful Â“little thingsÂ” that can broaden our horizons and reorient our perspectives. Small things that people do for us often make the difference...lessons to remember in tough times."
"This book focuses on the interplay between a symphony orchestra and its conductor and how leaders can enable people to feel ownership of the entire Â“pieceÂ” of music, not just their section of the orchestra. The metaphor is provocative and provides wonderfully reflective insight into leadership and how we can better develop our leadership skills, teamwork, communication, and collaboration."
"The author discusses how leaders can help others to unleash their gifts and passion that are sometimes hidden beneath the surface. The basic premise is to focus on people, not the bottom line, in order to cultivate engaged relationships that can nurture the greatness in others in order to become a great team."
"This is an inspiring collection of Fred Rogers' thoughts on friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty. Mister Rogers has been a positive role model to so many people and this is a reminder of important things to remember from his legacy as we remember that we are all Â“neighbors.Â”"
"This book describes the ups and downs that education reform has taken over the last 40 years. The author is an education historian and former US Assistant Secretary of Education who has come full circle in her thinking about the No Child Left Behind mandate. She explores how NCLB could result in the dismantling of public schools across the nation."
"The authors address the latest thinking on organizational culture and change and offer ideas and strategies on how stories, rituals, traditions, and other cultural practices can be used to create positive, caring, and purposeful schools. It expands upon the balance between cultural goals and values against accountability demands."
"The author is the founding director of the Wharton School's Leadership Program and the former head of Ford Motor's Leadership Development Center. Adapted from the Wharton School course taught by the author, this book focuses on leadership that is authentic, inspired by integrity, and reflective on new ways to promote creativity and innovation."
"Having been trained by Dr. Comer at Yale University and having worked personally with him for many years with his Yale Child Development Program, his book makes a strong case for a balanced education in which the social, emotional, and academic factors all have to be in balance with strong collaboration between parents, educators, and the broader community."