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Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Helping Teachers Develop as Leaders
By Marilyn Katzenmeyer & Gayle Moller
(Corwin Press,, 2001, Second Edition, $32.95)

Seeks to provide new information and inspiration to meet the growing interest in teacher leadership, combining research, practical advice, and the insights of over 5,000 teacher-leaders. Includes practical tips for educators at all levels, and tools for self-assessment.

Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching
By Charlotte Danielson
(Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, htp:// 2007, Second Edition, $27.95)

Provides 22 components of successful teaching practices designed for all experience levels, with new applications for state standards, formative assessments, and school specialists. Intended to serve as a foundation for professional conversations among practitioners.

The Call to Teacher Leadership
By Sally J. Zepeda, R. Stewart Mayers, & Brad N. Benson
(Eye on Education,, 2003, $29.95)

Discusses ways teachers can become leaders without having to leave the classroom. Examines both formal and informal leadership roles and includes practical examples and case studies.

9 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers: A Practical Guide to Empowerment
By Jacquie Turnbull
(Continuum International Publishing Group,, 2007, $24.95)

Seeks to show teachers how they can become personally and professionally empowered by adapting to change and becoming leaders of learning beyond the classroom. Includes reflective exercises and case studies.

Induction: Fostering Career Development at All Stages By Janet Draper & Jim O’Brien
(Dunedin Academic Press, 2006, $26.00)

Examines teacher induction as a broad concept applicable to educators at several career stages. Provides a framework for viewing induction within the context of changing teacher work and career patterns and evolving conceptions of professional development.

The Teacher’s Guide to Successful Job Transfers and Promotions
By Joanne C. Strohmer Wachter & Clare Carhart
(Corwin Press,, 2005, $49.95, paperback $21.95)

Provides advice to help teachers promote their skills and advance their careers. Topics include setting goals, “working the process,” and making contacts.

The Educator’s Professional Growth Plan: A Process for Developing Staff and Improving Instruction
By Jodi Peine
(Corwin Press,, 2007, Second Edition, $37.95)

Offers step-by-step guidance for designing, implementing, and sustaining a professional growth plan, including strategies and templates to help teachers take ownership of their development.

Leading in a Culture of Change
By Michael Fullan
(Jossey-Bass,, 2007, Revised Edition, $17.95)

Explores the five core competencies—attending to a broader moral purpose, keeping on top of the change process, cultivating relationships, sharing knowledge, and setting a vision and context for creating coherence in organizations—that leaders need to be empowered to deal with complex change. Draws on current ideas and theories on effective leadership and incorporates case examples of large-scale transformation.


Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation
By Fredric H. Jones & Brian Jones
(Fredric H. Jones & Associates,, 2007, Second Edition, $24.95)

Describes the skills exceptional teachers use to make the classroom a place of success and enjoyment for both themselves and their students, providing an integrated system for managing discipline, instruction and motivation. Includes an overview DVD.

The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills By Robert Gower, Jon Saphier & Mary Ann Haley-Speca
(Research for Better Teaching,, 2008, Sixth Edition, $62.95)

Offers a blend of research and practitioner-developed approaches for improving instruction, with a focus on 18 critical areas of classroom performance. Includes strategies for matching teaching tactics to student needs.

Seven Simple Secrets: What the BEST Teachers Know and Do!
By Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker
(Eye on Education,, 2006, $29.95)

Includes insider tips on classroom management, attitude, professionalism, effective discipline, and motivation.

What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things That Matter Most By Todd Whitaker
(Eye on Education,, 2004, $29.95)

Describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that characterize high-performing classrooms, focusing on the specific things that standout teachers do to create success.

What Successful Teachers Do: 91 Research-Based Classroom Strategies for New and Veteran Teachers By Neal A. Glasgow & Cathy D. Hicks
(Corwin Press,, 2002, $32.95)

Provides key strategies for improving and re-energizing classroom practice. Covers curriculum and pedagogy, discipline and classroom management, assessment, relating to students, and working with students with special needs, among other topics.

Teacher Leadership: Improving Teaching and Learning From Inside the Classroom By Elaine L. Wilmore
(Corwin Press,

Offers a global perspective on classroom teachers’ participation as leaders of students, and focuses on increasing classroom leadership capacity. Provides tips on the leadership skills necessary to maximize teachers’ capabilities while remaining in the classroom.


Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change By Jane A.G. Kise (Corwin Press,, 2006, $35.95)

Applies research and theory of personality type, multiple intelligences, and learning styles to create a differentiated approach for staff development. Designed to help teachers understand their own strengths and beliefs, and begin to accept fresh possibilities and stay open to new avenues of professional growth.

Mentoring Teachers Toward Excellence: Supporting And Developing Highly Qualified Teachers By Judith H. Shulman & Mistilina Sato
(Jossey-Bass,, 2006, $32.00)

Documents the common challenges facing these teacher “support providers” (especially those working with National Board candidates), presenting a variety of brief cases of typical mentoring dilemmas in both one-on-one and group settings.

The Reflective Educator’s Guide To Mentoring: Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor by Diane Yendol-Hoppey & Nancy Fichtman Dana
(Corwin Press,, 2006, $27.95)

Presents eight models or “metaphors” that teacher-mentors can customize based on self-reflection to meet the individual needs of their mentees, including proven strategies and real-life stories.

A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 2008 edition of Teacher PD Sourcebook as Bookshelf


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