More Less New

More Less New Whilst working with our staff on our school’s strategic plan evaluation about three years ago, I became stuck on how we would move ahead. Our staff had spent a lot of time across the previous six months, pulling apart our data in every conceivable way trying to effectively evaluate our impact. They…

If you only read one educational leadership book in 2017 make it this one

Leading Teaching and Learning Stephen Dinham If you are only going to read one educational leadership book in 2017, then make it Leading Teaching and Learning by Stephen Dinham (and then get your priorities in order and read more books!). This book is an excellent summary of the broad range of educational research and evidence,…

You should read this if you want to be a Superboss

Superbosses – Sydney Finkelstein Superbosses is an amazing piece of research, summarised into outstanding lessons for leaders of organisations and schools, that ultimately works better as a short article than a book. I came across this book in an HBR article (HBR – January-February 2016), which summarised the main findings of author Sydney Finkelstein’s research….

Give and Take

              Give and Take Adam Grant I’ve been circling this book for a while, waiting for the right time to jump in and absorb it. Finally I’ve pushed the rest of my reading list to the side to tackle it and it hasn’t disappointed. Adam Grant’s Give and Take…

Leadership Transitions

Earlier this week I co presented a workshop for aspiring leaders within my school and local school network. The workshop was the first of three for the year, and was designed to get participants to actively and honestly engage in self-reflection, as a foundation for leadership development. The workshops are designed to assist leaders at…

Leadership books you may have missed in 2014

Leadership books you might have missed in 2014 Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a sucker for a good list, and the New Year’s period always provides some worthy list fodder such as Top 5 Movies of 2014, Top social media fails of 2014 and other such nonsense. So I thought…

Collaboration for improved student learning

Collaboration for improved student learning Recently my school welcomed Dr. Ben Jensen from the Grattan Institute. Dr. Jensen presented a summary of his findings into top tier Asian schools, based on his 2012 report. One of the more revealing aspects of Dr. Jensen’s report (and a little reported on aspect) are the collaboration strategies employed…

You should read this if you are leading change

Switch – Chip and Dan Heath Chip and Dan Heaths excellent ‘Made to Stick’ has already been reviewed here, now their next major book, ‘Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard’ is a standout read in the ever growing canon of change management books. Drawing from a wide array of research in psychology…

On the humanity of leadership and legacies

On the humanity of leadership and legacies Recently the foundation Principal of my school Mill Park Secondary College, Adrian Bennetto passed away at the age of 74. I was tasked with writing the notice for our College newsletter. Opening in 1992, I count myself lucky to have been one of the original cohort of students…

You should read this if you want double the capacity of your team

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter – Liz Wiseman with Greg McKeown Across your career in teaching, there have probably been school leaders that you have loved working with and others that you have loathed working for. With some leaders you will have felt smarter, valued, supported, challenged and loved your work while…

You should read this if you want to make better decisions

Decisive – How to make better choices in life and work Chip and Dan Heath Leading a school is complex, and the multiple decision making choices we are faced with are no less so. In the same day we may have to make a strategic decision like which teacher to hire on an ongoing basis,…

The Bookshelf

Our You Should Read This bookshelf to get you started on some reading. Click image to enlarge. Click here to view the bookshelf as a PDF  the bookshelf youshouldreadthis Further reading: For more on the Bookshelf, read these reviews → ‘Think’ Edward De Bono, ‘Tribes’ Seth Godin, ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You’ Cal Newport, ‘Made…

You should read this is you want to sharpen your skills as a classroom teacher

Teach Like a Champion – 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College Doug Lemov Doug Lemov has fast become a leading name in educational practice. His instant classic ‘Teach Like a champion’ provides teachers and school leaders with over 40 simple, yet highly effective strategies that can be incorporated into any classroom,…

Rules for analysing your student learning data @ysreadthis

Rules for analysing your student learning data From youshouldreadthisblog.wordpress.com    Data causes teachers to react in many strange ways. Many teachers gleefully dive into reams of data, poring through pages intent on finding every nuance, detail and wrong answer. Some put their head in the sand, hiding their data in the dark recesses of a…

Top 5 Short Reads for Educational Leaders

You Should Read This Top 5 Short Reads for Educational Leaders We all know that teachers and principals are constantly pressed for time. We also know that a 300 or 400 page tome on leadership such as Jim Collins ‘Good to Great’ may not make everyone’s nightstand. The allocation of teacher work time is one…

You should read this if you want to see how Obama built an election winning team

Game Change* John Heilemann and Mark Halperin Halperin and Heileman’s definitive account charting the course of the historical 2008 US Presidential election campaign may seem like an odd choice to include on an educational leaders reading list. However, the lessons from the candidates, their teams and their strategies are highly relevant to educational leaders. Many…

You should read this if you want to make a lasting impression

Made to Stick Chip and Dan Heath Have you ever struggled to make your ideas stick? Have you ever taught your students concepts which they have promptly forgotten? Watched your staff nod in agreement during a meeting, only to watch them continue to act and behave the same old way? Well, help is at hand…