15 ASCD Must-Reads by Influential Women


In honor of International Women’s Day (3/8), we put together a list of 15 ASCD books written by some incredible women.

Take a look at the selection below and pick up a new book to read!

Teacher’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges
by Jessica Sprick and Tricia Berg

Teachers can use the proven strategies and tools to implement a multitiered approach to improve the attendance of K-12 students.

Design Thinking for School Leaders: Five Roles and Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change
by Alyssa Gallagher and Kami Thordarson
The book explores the changing landscape of leadership and offers practical ways to incrementally reframe the role of school leader using Design Thinking.

Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom
by Monica Burns
Whether you are a novice or a veteran, teach kindergarten students or high school seniors, this book is an indispensable guide to furthering academic skills, social development, and digital aptitude in the classroom.

With the Whole Child in Mind: Insights from the Comer School Development Program
by Linda Darling-Hammond, Channa M. Cook-Harvey, Lisa Flook, Madelyn Gardner and Hanna Melnick

Linda Darling-Hammond, one of the country’s foremost experts on K–12 education, and colleagues argue persuasively for the continuing relevance of Comer’s School Development Program.

Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments
by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Hubley Alcock
Combining thought-provoking proposals and practical strategies for change, Bold Moves for Schools helps educators redefine their profession and create exciting new learning environments.

How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, 3rd Edition
by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Written as a practical guide for teachers, this expanded third edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson’s groundbreaking work covers the fundamentals of differentiation and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it.

Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, 2nd Edition
by Robyn R. Jackson
In this updated second edition of the best-selling Never Work Harder Than Your Students, Robyn R. Jackson reaffirms that every teacher can become a master teacher. 

Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success
by Regie Routman
Achieve dramatic academic improvement by entwining successful practices of literacy and leadership in your school.

Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empowering Students to Be the Experts
by Starr Sackstein
In Peer Feedback in the Classroom, National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein explores the powerful role peer feedback can play in learning and teaching.

Teaching Students to Communicate Mathematically
by Laney Sammons
This book covers the basics of effective mathematical communication and offers specific strategies for teaching students how to speak and write about math.

Aim High, Achieve More: How to Transform Urban Schools Through Fearless Leadership
by Yvette Jackson & Veronica McDermott
The authors of this guide to transformation in urban schools are convinced that the key ingredient for school renewal is fearless leadership

Leading In Sync: Teacher Leaders and Principals Working Together for Student Learning
by Jill Harrison Berg
This insightful book offers real-world examples, reflection questions, strategies, and downloadable tools and templates to help teacher leaders and principals learn to lead well together.

10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention: Getting Results with MTSS in Elementary Schools
by Susan L. Hall
Education consultant and literacy expert Susan Hall identifies 10 success factors instrumental to improving elementary school students’ literacy with Multitiered Systems of Support (MTSS).

Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits
by Bonnie D. Houck and Sandi Novak

Two literacy and leadership experts introduce their Literacy Classroom Visit Model to help administrators evaluate and improve literacy instruction in their school or district.

Engage the Brain: How to Design for Learning That Taps into the Power of Emotion
by Allison Posey
Engage the Brain is a practical, informative guide for understanding how to capture the brain’s incredible power and achieve better results with all students.

Have you read any of these books or think we missed your favorite? Let us know which book is your favorite on Twitter by tweeting us @ASCD. If you’d like to learn more about the books and resources ASCD offers, you can explore our books page. Happy International Women’s day!


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