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

Welcome back to school! As you learn your new students’ names and personalities and get back into your daily routines, we’ve got some book recommendations that can help you out. With so many books publishing each month, it can be hard to choose which ones are worth reading, so we’re highlighting five of September’s top books on education.

New to co-teaching, or want to learn some tips and strategies to improve at it? Maybe you want to make sure your professional development is more impactful, or you’d like to make your classroom or school more equitable? We’ve got books covering all that and more. Check out our picks for September’s top books on education, all of which are full of great information to help you and your students.

The Co-Teacher’s Playbook: What It Takes to Make Co-Teaching Work for Everyone
Angela Peery

Expert guidance for creating a successful partnership!

In today’s inclusive classrooms, general-education teachers might be paired with special-education teachers, ELL specialists, interventionists, or paraprofessionals in a co-teaching partnership. No matter your exact situation—or which side of the equation you’re on—co-teachers share similar challenges, including struggles with communication, trouble with equitable grading, and lack of planning time.

Whether you’re new to co-teaching, new to your partner, or just see room for improvement in the way you connect, it’s time to make the partnership really benefit your students. So grab a cup of coffee and your co-teacher—this hands-on workbook is designed for the two of you to use together. Features include:

  • Stories from experienced co-teachers
  • Reflective activities to help each of you discover your collaboration style
  • Reproducible lists, checklists, templates, agreements, and more to complete together
  • A downloadable unit-planning tool

When co-teaching is done well, the benefits for students are immeasurable. Let this guide’s expert advice and eye-opening activities take your co-teaching to a new level of success.

#thestruggleisreal: How to Turn Stressed-Out Students into Stress-Free Scholars
H.R. Hollister III

Do you know a struggling student? Do you know a good student that has ‘no life’ because of all the time they spend studying? #thestruggleisreal is an in-depth, detailed guide showing you how to turn stressed-out students into stress-free scholars. Learn specific strategies and actions that will have an immediate positive impact on any student’s ability to learn effectively and improve their grades.

The eCoaching Continuum for Educators: Using Technology to Enrich Professional Development and Improve Student Outcomes
Marcia Rock

In this book, eCoaching pioneer Marcia Rock draws on best-practice research and decades of experience to offer a blueprint for professional development that maximizes teacher and student growth. The eCoaching Continuum for Educators provides teachers, administrators, and other school professionals a step-by-step guide to the four connected, coordinated components of technology-enabled professional development: (1) studying theory and practice to build knowledge of specific content and pedagogy; (2) observing theory and practice to aid in the transfer of new knowledge to classroom practice; (3) one-on-one coaching to give teachers the feedback they need to improve classroom practice; and (4) group coaching to build capacity for identifying and solving problems of professional practice.

Rock offers a practical approach for putting professional development where it can do the most good—in the classroom. You’ll learn:

  • Why technology is so well suited for authentic, job-embedded professional development
  • How to cultivate a culture in which the eCoaching continuum can have the greatest impact
  • Which technologies are the most useful for carrying out eCoaching in a variety of settings
  • How to capture and evaluate the impact of eCoaching on teachers and students

The eCoaching Continuum for Educators integrates best practices in coaching for professional development with a detailed account of how teachers and other school professionals can use today’s technologies to improve their practice and ensure their students are fully engaged and learning.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades: Science-Based Strategies to Boost Memory, Strengthen Focus, and Study Faster
Daniel Amen

A breakthrough approach to optimize your brain, change your habits, and succeed in school, from a renowned neuroscientist and bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Do you feel like you should be getting better grades? Are you spending more time studying than the A students in your class but not getting the same results? Are you heading back to school after a long break and need a refresher to get more done in less time?

With schools becoming more competitive and technology becoming increasingly distracting, today’s students face a minefield of obstacles to academic success. Doing well in school isn’t just a matter of smarts or more studying: It takes good habits, practical tools—and a healthy brain.

Brain health pioneer Dr. Daniel Amen knows what it takes to get the brain ready to succeed. Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades draws on Dr. Amen’s experience as a neuroscientist and psychiatrist as well as the latest brain science to help you study more effectively, learn faster, and stay focused so you can achieve your academic goals.

This practical guide will help you:

  • Discover your unique brain type and learning style
  • Kick bad habits and adopt smarter study practices
  • Get more out of your classes with less overall study time
  • Memorize faster and remember things longer
  • Increase your confidence and beat stress

For underachievers, stressed-out studiers, and students from middle school to college and beyond, Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades gives you the knowledge and tools you need to get the best out of yourself.

Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms
Lee Ann Jung, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Julie Kroener

Your Students, My Students, Our Students explores the hard truths of current special education practice and outlines five essential disruptions to the status quo. Authors Lee Ann Jung, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Julie Kroener show you how to

  • Establish a school culture that champions equity and inclusion.
  • Rethink the long-standing structure of least restrictive environment and the resulting service delivery.
  • Leverage the strengths of all educators to provide appropriate support and challenge.
  • Collaborate on the delivery of instruction and intervention.
  • Honor the aspirations of each student and plan accordingly.

To realize authentic and equitable inclusion, we must relentlessly and collectively pursue change. This book—written not for “special educators” or “general educators” but for all educators—addresses the challenges, maps out the solutions, and provides tools and inspiration for the work ahead. Real-life examples of empowerment and success illustrate just what’s possible when educators commit to the belief that every student belongs to all of us and all students deserve learning experiences that will equip them to live full and rewarding lives.

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

About the Author


Laura Almozara

As a child, Laura spent a lot of time reading and telling stories, at one point reading a new book every day. She took that interest with her to college, where she studied English and journalism. She then started working in publishing and eventually made her way to edtech. Laura is excited to be a part of the Where Learning Clicks team, helping to provide innovative education tools to some of the people who need them most.