Books

Delivering Happiness
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
High Schools on a Human Scale: How Small Schools Can Transform American Education
Real Teachers
A Simple Justice: The Challenge of Small Schools
Small Schools & Strong Communities
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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Delivering Happiness – A Path To Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (2010)

In Delivering HappinessA Path To Profits, Passion, and Purpose, Tony reveals the secret to his success at such a young age: leadership in culture and happiness.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink (2009)

From the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Daniel H. Pink, the author of the bestselling A Whole New Mind, comes a paradigm-shattering look at what truly motivates us and how we can use that knowledge to work smarter and live better.

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High Schools on a Human Scale: How Small Schools Can Transform American Education

Summary from Amazon.com: The basic blueprint of American high schools hasn’t changed in a century, and we are paying a heavy price. Anonymous, enormous, and resistant to change, huge American high schools are incapable of educating all children to high levels today, as dropout rates and remedial courses in college make increasingly clear. […] High Schools on a Human Scale shows the huge power of small schools, perhaps the nation’s fastest- growing reform idea. Tom Toch takes us inside four very different small schools around the country-from an entrepreneur’s high-tech charter school in San Diego to a school formed out the of the breakup of a huge public high school in Manhattan. All are small enough so that every student is known well by adults, and the results are remarkable. Together they show the proven virtues of small schools-safety, community, and high achievement.
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Real Teachers: True Stories of Renegade Educators by Stuart Grauer (2013)

Real Teachers is an album of ten stories for revitilization, and for a return to the roots of education and the art of teaching. Grauer’s beautiful and compelling narratives bring to life lessons of incredible relevance, lessons embraced by all who aspire to be better teachers, locally and globally. In Real Teachers Grauer trades in institutionalization, fear, and formulaic approaches for individuality, perseverance, and the process of discovery. Real Teachers is a call to action based upon a larger vision of what teachers can do and where they can find enduring inspiration. Through this collection of true short stories, Grauer invites us into the history of his life, his discoveries—his road to growth that made him a real teacher. Sometimes with deep reverence, other times outrageously, Real Teachers shows how, around the world, real teachers are learning to love education again.

Please view the Real Teachers website for more details: www.realteachersbook.com

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A Simple Justice: The Challenge of Small Schools by William Ayers, Michael Klonsky, and Gabrielle Lyon (2000)

Abstract: This collection of essays identifies the ways in which school restructuring strategies connect to the ongoing pursuit of social justice. The contributors are educators and advocates for youth, who think that changing schools can change the world.


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Fearless Teaching: Collected Stories by Stuart Grauer (2016)

Fearless Teaching is a stirring and audacious jaunt around the world that peeks-with the eyes of one of America’s most seasoned educators-into places you will surely never see on your own. Some are disappearing. It is a bit like playing hooky from school. You will travel to the Swiss Alps, Korea, Navajo, an abandoned factory in Missouri, the Holy Land, the Great Rift Valley, the schools of Cuba, the ocean waves, and the human subconscious-oh, and Disneyland. There you will find colorful stories for the encouragement, inspiration, and courage needed by educators and parents. Fearless Teaching is not a fix-it book-it is more a way of seeing the world and the school so that you can stay in your work and focus on what matters most to you.

Please view the Fearless Teaching website for more details: www.fearlessteaching.com

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Small Schools & Strong Communities by Kenneth A. Strike

Amazon.com Review: In this insightful book, Kenneth Strike develops a new vision of school reform. Arguing that good schools are first and foremost strong communities, Strike maintains that the small schools movement is the best hope to create such schools. He shows how the core assumptions that characterize the ”community paradigm” are preferable to those of standards-based reform and choice.


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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (2000)

From gladwell.com they explain…”It’s a book about change. In particular, it’s a book that presents a new way of understanding why change so often happens as quickly and as unexpectedly as it does. For example, why did crime drop so dramatically in New York City in the mid-1990’s? How does a novel written by an unknown author end up as national bestseller? Why do teens smoke in greater and greater numbers, when every single person in the country knows that cigarettes kill? Why is word-of-mouth so powerful? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? I think the answer to all those questions is the same. It’s that ideas and behavior and messages and products sometimes behave just like outbreaks of infectious disease. They are social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an examination of the social epidemics that surround us.”