Summer Reading for 2022

Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
Jun 16, 2022

open book on a beach with a rock holding open the pages

We hope you find time to read (or listen!) for fun this summer, whether that be gushy romances or murder mysteries, historical fiction, tabloid magazines, podcasts, or maybe a really cool new non-fiction book.

When you’re ready to jump into some professional reading, check out this list of books that our staff created based on some of the books that we are reading or that we hear others mention. We also provide some tips for engaging your staff in a book study, if that is something that you are considering.

If you have any great book study ideas that we can share with others, let us know! And speaking of books and book studies, don’t forget your AWSP membership includes The Main Idea, educational book studies by Jenn David-Lang. Learn more about The Main Idea on this page.

Tips for Engaging Staff in a Book Study

  • Include teacher leaders in making decisions and leading this work

  • Define your goals for the book study

  • Think about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) when working with your staff

  • Provide options for your staff members

  • Start with a small excerpt from the book or a short video or podcast about the topic or author

  • Include a variety of ways to engage with the content and discussions including online platforms

  • Make it fun and engaging

  • Set a schedule and develop agendas

  • Follow up throughout the year with discussions and reflection about the impact of this new learning

The Reading List 

The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar
The Art of Coaching Workbook: Tools to Make Every Conversation Count by Elena Aguilar
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
Data Strategies to Uncover and Eliminate Hidden Inequities: The Wallpaper Effect by Ruth S. Johnson and Robin Avelar La Salle
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
How to Be A Transformative Principal by Jethro Jones
The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity by Artika Tyner
Just Schools, Building Equitable Collaborations with Families and Communities by Ann M. Ishimaru
Lead From Where You Are: Building Intention, Connection, and Direction in Our Schools by Joe Sanfelippo
The Lighthouse Effect: How Ordinary People Can Have an Extraordinary Impact in the World by Steve Pemberton

Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success
by Mark Brackett

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

Principal Labs: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Through Shared Learning by Megan Kortlandt, Carly Stone, and Samantha Keesling
She Leads: The Women's Guide to a Career in Educational Leadership by Dr. Rachael George and Majalise W. Tolan

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