8 Must Read Education Books For The Summer

Tyler Witman
4 min readJun 21, 2018

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Snapshot in Education: 2017 by #EduMatch

This book is full of inspiring stories from seasoned educators from across the globe. With two volumes, one focused on the classroom and the second on professional practice, this series is a truly global anthology of what is happening in education today. It’s been a great read and has some great nuggets of wisdom strewn about.

The Hyperdoc Handbook by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, & Sarah Landis

This book is my go to digital lesson designs. It’s filled with great templates for creating hyper docs as well as tons of examples of how they can be used in ANY content area. It also comes with bonus exclusive online features that are only available to book owners!

Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess

This book is the first of a brilliant series from Dave Burgess Consulting, a publishing company focused on education. This book focuses on engagement and the power of creativity in the classroom. The book includes over 30 hooks and 170 brainstorming questions.

For White Folks Who Teach in The Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin

For years, there has been a perception that urban youth of color are unteachable. With nearly a decade of experience in teaching and researching urban education, Christopher Emdin uses this book to refocus our lens on urban education onto a new pedagogical vision. He focuses on using family structures and building a classroom community while also offering a plethora of culturally relevant strategies that are immediately implementable.

Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. by Jimmy Casas

For years, soft skills have been ignored in our classrooms. With this new book, Jimmy Casas looks to change that. Focusing on the benefits of explicitly teaching soft skills, the book explains how kindness, honesty and compassion can help our students not only grow emotionally but also academically.

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros

Filled with practical strategies that leaders can implement immediately, this book shows teachers and administrators alike how innovation can truly change the culture of not only a classroom but an entire school. Couros shows his audience that stagnant strategies that have been around for decades cannot keep up with our students’ needs. As you work through this book, it will become clearer and clearer that embracing change can and will be the most important choice you can make this school year.

Kid’s Deserve It: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome

Breaking the status quo, Todd and Adam advocate for creating schools where learning is exciting, students feel empowered, and teachers feel passionate about the change they are making in their students’ lives. Focusing on reminding teachers and administrators why they first got into the field of education, this book offers inspiring stories of success and passion abound.

Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell

Split into three main parts, this book explains why, what and how to being influencing change in your classroom. Kasey, a world-renowned educational technology integrationist, shows her readers how technology is not a magic answer to all problems but a means to “shake up learning.” Offering practical strategies and easy-to-use lesson and activity templates, this book is a must read!

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Tyler Witman

Instructional Design and Educational Technology Consultant; GEG Northern Virginia Co-Founder; EdCamp NoVA Planning Team (He/Him/His)