10 Book Recommendations for Educators

In 2020, our founder, Suzy Koontz, read a lot of books. Here's a roundup of a few of her favorites to kickstart the year.

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In 2020, our founder, Suzy Koontz, read a lot of books. She gave some great reviews in our monthly newsletters and discussed many in her webinars. We wanted to do a roundup of a few of her favorites to kickstart the year and encourage you to add a few to your own list!

1) Brain Rules by John Medina

“In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.”

2) Bridging the Relationship Gap by Sara Langworthy, PhD

“Bridging the Relationship Gap gives care providers tools and encouragement to be the strong, positive, and nurturing adult these young children need in order to thrive.”

3) Equipped for Reading Success by David Kilpatrick, PhD

“A comprehensive, step-by-step program for developing phonemic awareness and fluent word recognition.”

4) Help for Billy by Heather Forbes, LCSW

“Help for Billy is a pragmatic manual to help guide educators and parents who are struggling with children impacted by trauma. Based on the concept of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, Heather T. Forbes, LCSW provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for teachers and parents.”

5) Limitless Mind by Jo Boaler

“In this revolutionary book, a professor of education at Stanford University and acclaimed math educator who has spent decades studying the impact of beliefs and bias on education, reveals the six keys to unlocking learning potential, based on the latest scientific findings.”

6) Poor Students, Rich Teaching by Eric Jensen

“Dr. Eric Jensen clearly defines seven mindsets essential for reaching economically disadvantaged students and shares corresponding strategies for overcoming adversity and ensuring college and career readiness for all learners, regardless of socioeconomic status.”

7) Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head by Carla Hannaford, PhD

Smart Moves explores the many factors that contribute to the growing plague of learning disabilities: TV viewing, different foods, environmental factors, as well as the devastating effects of stress, and its consequent production of neurochemicals like cortisol that inhibit learning.”

8) Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

“A breathtaking series of parables distilled from the past two decades of Gregory Boyle’s life working with gang members in Los Angeles.”

9) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

“The Body Keeps the Score is the inspiring story of how a group of therapists and scientists— together with their courageous and memorable patients—has struggled to integrate recent advances in brain science, attachment research, and body awareness into treatments that can free trauma survivors from the tyranny of the past.”

10) The Trauma-Informed School by Jim Sporleder and Heather Forbes

“The Trauma-Informed School is an all-inclusive guide designed to give school administrators of any school (elementary, middle or high school), step-by-step instructions on how to turn a school of any size into a trauma-informed school. With over 250 pages of content, this guide gives you the protocols you need along with a link to download all the documents needed for a successful implementation.”

What are your favorite educational books? Comment below!

Book descriptions were pulled from the linked sources. Click each book to learn more.

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