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Fuel Your Summer with Inspiring Reads: Summer Reading Suggestions for Educators

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 Summer is the perfect time for educators to unwind, recharge, and delve into books that inspire personal and professional growth. 

As an educator myself, I understand the power of a good book to spark new ideas, provide fresh perspectives, and invigorate our passion for teaching. I am delighted to share a curated list of summer reading suggestions for teachers and administrators. Whether you seek professional development, thought-provoking insights, or inspiring stories, these books will surely enhance your knowledge and rejuvenate your spirit.

“Be Great” by Dwight Carter:

“Be Great” is a must-read for educators, leaders, and anyone seeking personal and professional growth. It offers valuable insights, practical strategies, and inspiring stories that empower readers to cultivate a growth mindset, lead with authenticity, and positively impact students' lives. By reading this book, individuals can gain the motivation, tools, and perspectives needed to unlock their full potential and become great educators and leaders.

"Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes." by Jimmy Casas:

Casas explores the importance of creating a positive school culture that values relationships, trust, and respect. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, he provides strategies for building a culture where students thrive, and educators feel empowered.

"Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts." by Brené Brown:

In this powerful book, Brené Brown explores the qualities of courageous leadership. Drawing on her extensive research, she encourages leaders to embrace vulnerability, foster trust, and cultivate empathy, creating a culture of courage and resilience.

"The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath:

The Heath brothers explore the profound impact of moments and how educators can create memorable experiences that inspire and transform students' lives. This book offers insights and practical strategies for designing powerful moments in the classroom and beyond.

"Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover:

This captivating memoir by Tara Westover tells the story of her journey from growing up in a strict and isolated environment to pursuing education against all odds. It serves as a reminder of the transformative power of education and the resilience of the human spirit.

"The Wild Card: 7 Steps to an Educator's Creative Breakthrough" by Wade King and Hope King:

Wade and Hope King, known for their dynamic teaching style, share practical tips and strategies for bringing creativity and passion into the classroom. This book empowers educators to unleash their creativity, engage students, and create a vibrant learning environment.

"The End of Average: Unlocking Our Potential by Embracing What Makes Us Different" by Todd Rose:

Todd Rose challenges the notion of average and explores the importance of embracing individuality and personalization in education. This thought-provoking book encourages educators to shift from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that celebrates and nurtures every student's unique strengths.


Here’s the deal.  As school leaders, we are continually looking for new, fresh, and original ideas to improve our schools.  I would love for you to benefit from the ideas and leadership strategies in my published books! This is the perfect time to check out “Stand Tall Leadership” since it is bite-sized leadership and professional development topics.  If you are looking for new ways to engage with students and staff for next year, “IDEAS, IDEAS, IDEAS” is a must-read for quick, practical, and inexpensive ideas. 


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As you embark on your summer break, take the opportunity to explore these enriching reads that can inspire, empower, and ignite your passion for education. These books offer valuable insights and strategies for personal and professional growth, from fostering innovation and building positive cultures to embracing vulnerability and celebrating individuality. So grab a book, find a cozy spot, and allow the pages to transport you on a journey of inspiration and reflection. Happy reading, and may your summer be filled with learning, rejuvenation, and joy!


In the comments, how many books will you read this summer? Tell me, are you an audiobook or a paper book person?

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