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May’s Top New Books for Educators

It’s mid-May, which means that not only should we be spending extra time appreciating teachers, but summer is on the horizon after another challenging year. That also means it’s time to share our picks for May’s top books for educators.

This month, we’re starting with a book about self-care, which is important for teachers and educators all the time, but especially now. We also highlight books about effective teaching practices, helping students with IEPs through remote learning, how we can incorporate both emotional and intellectual needs into education, and more.

Take a look at what we’ve picked for this month below. And happy reading!

For All You Do: Self-Care and Encouragement for Teachers
Peter Mishler

A must-read for the modern teacher. The perfect combination of positive affirmations, self-care suggestions, and relatable, honest reflections to empower teachers everywhere.

Today’s teachers face incredible challenges as they’re asked to do more with less. With above-and-beyond responsibilities that include advocacy, counseling, and crisis control, teachers are being recognized as some of the most indispensable workers in our society.

Award-winning educator and prize-winning poet Peter Mishler frames the most impactful experiences from his teaching life as straightforward, candid stories and reflections in his new book For All You Do: Self-Care and Encouragement for Teachers.

Deeply personal and strikingly emotional, For All You Do is much more than a gift book for a favorite teacher—it is self-care, affirmations, practical wisdom, and a reassuring tribute to society’s most important role models.

Lessons for Learning: 12 Building Blocks for Effective Teaching
Tim Surma, Kristel Vanhoyweghen, Dominique Sluijsmans, Gino Camp, Daniel Muijs, and Paul A. Kirschner

How do you create effective lessons? How do you develop and implement what solid empirical research tells us about what works in the classroom? How do we help learners to learn more effectively, efficiently, and enjoyably? These are the core questions of the book Lessons for Learning: 12 Building Blocks for Effective Teaching.

This book is positioned at the crossroads between scientific research on learning, teaching, and teacher effectiveness on the one hand and good teaching and classroom practice on the other. The authors present twelve evidence-informed didactical building blocks for good teaching and learning. They explain why those building blocks work and give concrete examples of how to apply them in the classroom. For each building block, the authors provide additional theoretical and practical resources.

The authors combined have more than 20,000 hours of practical teaching experience at different levels and represent broad expertise in carrying out high-quality empirical research on teaching and learning. They also solicited and received help in writing the book from scores of teachers who provided practical examples to illustrate how they got started with and use the building blocks in their daily practice.

Doable Differentiation: Twelve Strategies to Meet the Needs of All Learners
Jane A. G. Kise

Differentiating for students’ learning preferences can often seem too complex and complicated for too little gain. Learn a better way forward with the guidance of Doable Differentiation. Author Jane A. G. Kise provides a series of straightforward, high-reward strategies that K–12 educators like you successfully use in their daily practice to support, engage, and challenge students with diverse learning styles.

  • Understand the benefits of differentiation and how to implement differentiated instruction simply and effectively.
  • Learn students’ preferred cognitive processing styles to better tailor differentiated lesson plans for all learners’ needs.
  • Discover 12 categories of research-based differentiation strategies to implement immediately.
  • Provide students with a variety of accessible options for processing information, engaging in higher-level thinking, and demonstrating learning.
  • Engage learners and develop their proficiency and self-efficacy.

Remote Learning Strategies for Students with IEPs: An Educator’s Guidebook
Kathryn A. Welby

This succinct guidebook provides educators with the essentials they need to navigate remote learning for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Filled with practical tools and excerpts from teachers in the field, this book explores tips to share with parents, alongside synchronous and asynchronous strategies that can help make IEPs possible in a remote environment. Ideal for special educators, coaches, service providers, and leaders, this is the go-to resource for supporting IEPs outside the traditional classroom.

Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year
Christopher Bugaj, Karen Janowski, Mike Marotta, and Beth Poss

Designed to be read one day—and page—at a time, this book from four inclusive learning experts offers 365 strategies for implementing technology to design inclusive experiences.

Educators across the world are working to design individualized instruction that empowers every student to become experts at learning. Technology and instructional interventions designed to support students with disabilities often eventually become mainstream and used by the masses. These practices provide a pathway for designing inclusive, equitable, and accessible educational experiences that meet the needs of every individual learner.

This engaging book includes daily strategies accompanied by examples of tools that can be implemented immediately to design meaningful instruction. Topics covered include role-playing games for social-emotional learning, building literacy through captioned video, coding to teach early literacy, text-to-speech for math and reading, and much more!

Each daily strategy includes:

  • Explanation of how to use the strategy to design inclusive educational experiences.
  • Examples of tools that can be used to implement the strategy.
  • Alternative ways to use the strategy to extend student learning.
  • Images illustrating the strategy or tool.
  • Identification of relevant ISTE Standards for Educators and ISTE Standards for Students.
  • Related resources.

The heart of the book is the shift in mindset that occurs by exploring a different practical, inclusive strategy each day and infusing these strategies into everyday practice.

Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community
Liz Kleinrock

Start Here, Start Now addresses many of the questions and challenges educators have about getting started with antibias and antiracist work, using a framework for tackling perceived barriers from a proactive stance. Liz answers the questions with personal stories, sample lessons, anchor charts, resources, conversation starters, extensive teacher and activist accounts, and more.

Most educators want to cultivate an antibias and antiracist classroom and school community, but they often struggle with where and how to get started. Liz helps us set ourselves up for success and prepare for the mistakes we’ll make along the way.

Each chapter in Start Here, Start Now addresses many of the questions and challenges educators have about getting started, using a framework for tackling perceived barriers from a proactive stance. Liz answers the questions with personal stories, sample lessons, anchor charts, resources, conversation starters, extensive teacher and activist accounts, and more. We can break the habits that are holding us back from this work and be empowered to take the first step towards reimagining the possibilities of how antibias antiracist work can transform schools and the world at large.

We must remind ourselves that what is right is often not what is easy, and we must continue to dream. Amidst the chaos, our path ahead is clear. This is our chance to dream big and build something better.

Leading with Head and Heart: A Practical Guide to Elevating the School of Today―and Tomorrow
Anthony Colannino

Juggling today’s pressing concerns with the needs of tomorrow is a constant challenge for school leaders. In the face of competing priorities, how can we lead in a meaningful way that creates a supportive culture and results in improved learning outcomes for all students? To strike the necessary balance between competing demands, leaders must learn to integrate the heart and the head of leadership, mastering skills in a way that takes both the emotions and the intellect into mind.

In Leading with Head and Heart, elementary-school-principal-turned-leadership-consultant Anthony Colannino guides readers on a strategic journey toward more impactful, inspiring leadership. He offers a new perspective that incorporates a multifaceted leadership approach encompassing the emotions of love, vulnerability, empathy, and dignity, as well as the intellect, including culture, equity, clarity, and courage.

Colannino interweaves stories of hope and passion with practical strategies for real-world application, helping leaders find direction and empowering them to grow their personal leadership skills in a way that honors and protects the potential of the students in their care. Discover the tools necessary to create new pathways for equitable opportunity and implement technological advances that can improve learning in Leading with Head and Heart.

Did you miss last month’s recommendations? It’s not too late to see April’s top new books for educators.

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