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October’s Top Books on Education: See What’s Coming Out This Month!

Every month, hundreds of new books for educators are released, so finding the best ones can be difficult. To better help you, your students, and your coworkers, we’ve put together a list of October’s top books on education. Covering such topics as fostering students’ writing strategies, boosting engagement, and customizing the personalized learning process, these books are full of great information to help you better serve your students and do your job. Check out what we picked for you this month!

From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies That Jump-Start Writing
Stephanie Harvey, Sara Holbrook, and Michael Salinger

Renowned literacy expert Stephanie Harvey teams up with authors and writing consultants Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger to introduce short writing scaffolds to support student writing and help strivers approach writing with energy and action. Based on Harvey’s bestselling From Striving to Thriving approach, the 27 writing strategies presented in From Striving to Thriving Writers are designed to improve and integrate writing across the curriculum. With lessons targeting reading, writing, and speaking standards, this innovative writing tool encourages students to practice voluminous writing and build a culture of conversation throughout the writing process, which is especially beneficial for emerging bilingual students.

Every Student, Every Day: A No-Nonsense Nurturer® Approach to Reaching All Learners
Kristyn Klei Borrero

No-Nonsense behavior management strategies for the classroom

No-Nonsense Nurturers® are educators who build life-altering relationships with students, set high expectations for students, and hold themselves and their students accountable for achievement. Every Student, Every Day shares the lessons, mindsets, beliefs, strategies, and classroom expectations these high-performing teachers use daily to optimally support the needs of every student they serve.

Use this book to implement No-Nonsense Nurturer® classroom behavior management strategies:

  • Gain training and strategies for effective classroom management and positive classroom culture.
  • Access companion videos designed to deepen your learning of the book’s content.
  • Explore the No-Nonsense Nurturer® four-step model.
  • Understand how to use an empowered mindset to create a positive learning environment and increase student engagement.
  • Complete activities that will help you reflect on your current classroom management techniques and determine next steps.

Measuring Human Return: Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning
Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane 

Measure what matters for deeper learning

Getting at the heart of what matters for students is key to deeper learning that connects with their lives, but what good is knowing what matters without also understanding how to bring it to life? What does it really take to know who students are, what they are truly learning, and why?

Measuring Human Return solves this dilemma with a comprehensive, systematic process for measuring deeper learning outcomes. Educators will learn to assess students’ self-understanding, knowledge, competencies, and connections through vignettes, case studies, learning experiences, and tools. The book helps readers:

  • Develop key system capabilities to build the foundation for sustainable engagement, measurement, and change
  • Discover five comprehensive “frames” for measuring deeper learning
  • Engage in the process of collaborative inquiry
  • Commit to the central, active role of learners by engaging them as partners in every aspect of their learning
  • Discover how to take an authentic, formative, and inquiry-driven approach to measure the outcomes that drive deeper learning.

CLARITY: What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching, and Leading
Lyn Sharratt

Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools

Comprehensive in scope, CLARITY illustrates how system and school leaders must come together to boost student achievement and build teacher capacity to learn, teach, and lead. By emphasizing collaborative processes, Lyn Sharratt’s detailed design demonstrates how shared knowledge, equity, and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more empowered. Readers will uncover these “Big Ideas”:

  • 14 essential parameters to guide system and school leaders toward building powerful collaborative learning cultures
  • Case studies, vignettes, and firsthand accounts from gifted teachers and leaders bring important theories and practices to life
  • From all points in the organization, a “line-of-sight” directly to students’ FACES in every classroom to ensure continuous improvement
  • Data-driven tasks and tools to tackle solutions needed in all facets of education

With more than four decades of research, writing, and practical experience in system, school, and classroom improvement, Sharratt provides a “why-and-how-to guide” to assist educators across the globe as they solve 21st century–created problems and identify the much-needed learning critical to the success of our future citizens.

Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change
Shawn C. Rubin and Cathy Sanford

Pathways to Personalization offers an innovative five-step framework to help school leaders and teacher teams design and implement blended and personalized learning initiatives based on local needs and interests. The book draws on principles of improvement science and change management, as well as work in nearly five hundred classrooms, to help educators define their own rationale for personalized learning; it guides them as they establish small pilot initiatives, determine criteria for success, evaluate their efforts, and create a path for replication and scale. Filled with activities and templates for organizing information and student feedback, the book also includes many examples of how district leaders, school principals, and teachers have successfully navigated the change process to create more student-centered classrooms.

Shifting a school or district to offer more personalized learning requires a great deal of commitment, passion, and energy, but it also demands a strategic process. Pathways to Personalization meets this need by providing a field-tested roadmap for educators seeking ways to meet the academic and emotional needs of all students and to empower them to take charge of their own learning.

Did you miss last month’s recommendations? It’s not too late to see September’s top books on education!

About the Author


Sasha Wordlaw

Sasha joined Edgenuity in 2015 as a Success Coach where she helped teachers and students achieve success through mentorship and assistance with their education platforms. During her tenure, Sasha was thrilled to further expand her experience with the marketing team, helping to inform people about the latest in edtech and education. As the oldest child in her family and a mother to one, Sasha has been dedicated to enriching the minds of children for most of her life. Her love for education combined with studies in theatre and film led her to teach children’s theatre for 3 years before working in special education with Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona. Sasha continues her devotion to the arts within the Phoenix theatre community, working on stage and behind-the-scenes. A proud Nashville, TN native, Sasha and her son now call Arizona home.