As a principal I feel it is my responsibility to continue to learn. Despite my ongoing reliance on “the web” to be my main source, I also find time for good ‘ol books. Here are a couple I have read recently:
Columbine by Dave Cullen is an important, yet difficult book to read. It is the most thorough look at what transpired at the Colorado high school over 10 years ago. What really happened? Could it have been stopped? Were the shooters really victims of bullying? Schools across the country are practicing lockdowns, in part, because of this tragic event.
Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner is a great look at today’s issues for educators and parents as we look to the future for our schools. What should schools be focusing on? What role does technology play? (Hint: a lot) With “21st skills” and “global awareness” being the big buzz words in education right now, this book is a great place to start for those interested in finding out what all the fuss is about.