Books Approved for Board Member Certification

You  may browse the list of books, approved for fulfilling the reading requirement for board member certification, by title. The link for ordering a book from the source is provided for your convenience.

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50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools Berliner, D. & Glass, G. book cover
Accountability in Action, 2nd. Edition Reeves, D. book cover
Aligning School Districts as PLCs Van Clay, M. & Soldwedel, P. book cover
Answers to Essential Questions About Standards, Assessments, Grading & Reporting Guskey,T. & Jung, L. book cover
Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning Goodwin, B. et al book cover
Becoming a Better Board Member: A Guide to Effective School Board Service, 4th Ed. NSBA book cover
Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity Cobb, F. & Krownapple, J.
A Better Way to Budget: Building Support for Bold, Student-Centered Change in Public Schools Levenson, N. book cover
Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships Henderson, A. et al book cover
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People Banaji, M. Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People Book Cover
Boards that Matter: Building Blocks for Implementing Coherent Governance and Policy Governance Quinn, R. & Dawson, L. book cover
Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School Medina, J. book cover
Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership Eadie, D.
Building Equity: Policies and Practices to Empower All Learners Smith, D. et al
Building Great School Board-Superintendent Teams Balch, B. & Adamson, M.
Building Relationships, Yielding Results: How Superintendents Can Work with School Boards to Create Productive Teams Hackett, J. book cover
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, 3rd Ed. Collins, J. & Porras, J. book cover
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Closing the Achievement Gap: No Excuses Davenport, P. & Anderson, G. book cover
Columbine Cullen, D. book cover
Columbine: A True Crime Story, 2nd Ed. Kass, J. book cover
Compelling Conversations: Connecting Leadership to Student Achievement Piercy, T. book cover
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track Slaughter, J. book cover
Complex People: Insights at the Intersection of Black Culture and American Social Life Howard, D.
Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools (2nd Edition) Singleton, G. book cover
The Culturally Proficient School: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders, 2nd Ed. Lindsey, R. & Roberts, L. book cover
Cybertraps for Educators 2.0 Lane, F.
Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education (3rd Edition) Ravitch, D. book cover
Effective School Boards: Strategies for Improving Board Performance Smoley, E book cover
Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices: Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Good Relationship with Your Board Townsend, R. book cover
Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles, 2nd. Ed. Constantino, S. book cover
Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Improving Achievement Jensen, E. book cover
Equity, From the Board Room to the Classroom: Transforming Districts into Professional Learning Organizations Rice, P. book cover
The Essential School Board Book: Better Governance in the Age of Accountability Walser, N. & Elmore, R book cover
Every Child, Every Day: A Digital Conversion Model for Student Achievement Edwards, M. book cover
Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student Blankstein, A. & Noguera, P. book cover
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Failure Is Not an Option: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in Highly Effective Schools, 3rd Ed. Blankstein, A. book cover
Five Habits of High-Impact School Boards Eadie, D. book cover
The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Multicultural Education) Darling-Hammond, L. book cover
A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A Cognitive Approach, 6th Ed. Payne, R. A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A Cognitive Approach, 6th Ed. Book Cover
Good Governance Is A Choice: A Way to Re-create Your Board – the Right Way, 2nd Ed. Quinn, R. & Dawson, L. Good Governance Is A Choice: A Way to Re-create Your Board – the Right Way, 2nd Ed. Book Cover
Good to Great – Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t Collins, J. book cover
The Governance Core: School boards, Superintendents and Schools Working Together Campbell, D. & Fullan M. The Governance Core: School boards, Superintendents and Schools Working Together Book Cover
Governing at the Top: Building a Board-Superintendent Strategic Governing Team Eadie, D. book cover
Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence, 2nd Ed. Int’l. Assoc. of Chiefs of Police (IACP) book cover
How NOT to Be a Terrible School Board Member Mayer, R. book cover
Improving School Board Effectiveness: A Balanced Governance Approach Alsbury, T. & Gore, P. book cover
Improving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight Odden, A. book cover
Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning: Learning in the Age of Empowerment (New Edition) Schwahn, C. & McGarvey, B. book cover
Inevitable Too! The Total Leader Embraces Mass Customized Learning Schwahn, C. & McGarvey, B. book cover
The Innovator’s Mindset Couros, G.
The Key Work of School Boards Guidebook, 3rd Ed. Gemberling, K. et al book cover
The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time, 2nd Ed. Covey, S. book cover
Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement DuFour, R. & Marzano, R. book cover
Leadership and School Boards: Guarding the Trust in an Era of Community Engagement Reimer, L. & Wiens, J. book cover
Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County Public Schools Childress, S. & Doyle, D. book cover
Leading for Learning: How to Transform Schools into Learning Organizations Schlechty, P. book cover

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Making Sense of School Finance: A Practical State-by-State Approach Born, C. Making Sense of School Finance: A Practical State-by-State Approach Book Cover
Malcolm and Me: How to Use the Baldridge Process to Improve Your School Maurer, R. & Pedersen, S. book cover
The Mental and Emotional State of School-Aged Students Brooks, S.
More Courageous Conversations About Race Singleton, G. book cover
On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities Barth, R. & DuFour, R. book cover
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Putnam, R. book cover
Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics Henig, J. et al Making Sense of School Finance: A Practical State-by-State Approach Book Cover
Performance is Key: Connecting the Links to Leadership and Excellence Cotter, V. & Hassler, R.
Poverty is NOT a Learning Disability: Equalizing Opportunities for Low SES Students Howard, T. & Dresser, S. book cover
The Power of Smart Goals: Using Goals to Improve Student Learning O’Neill, J. book cover
Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Trump, K. book cover
Promoting Your School: Going Beyond PR, 3rd Edition Warner, C. book cover
The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools Lubeinski, C. & Lubeinski, S. book cover
Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn Buffum, A. & Mattos, M. book cover
Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms Milner, H. book cover
Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap, 2nd Edition* Gorski, P. book cover
Reducing School Expenses: Containing Insurance Costs, Funding Capital, and Tackling the Challenges Born, C. Reducing School Expenses: Containing Insurance Costs, Funding Capital, and Tackling the Challenges Book Cover
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools Ravitch, D. book cover
The Relentless Search for Better Ways Bearden, J. book cover
Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work: Proven Insights for Sustained, Substantive School Improvement, 2nd Ed. DuFour, R. & DuFour, R. book cover
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The School Board Fieldbook: Leading with Vision Van Clay, M. & Soldwedel, P. book cover
A School Board Guide to Leading Successful Schools: Focusing on Learning Hirsch, S. & Foster, A. book cover
School Budgeting for Hard Times: Confronting Cutbacks and Critics Poston, W. book cover
School Communication That Works DeSieghardt, K. book cover
School Finance Elections: A Comprehensive Planning Model for Success, 2nd Edition Lifto, D. book cover
The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective O’Toole, M. book cover
Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools Voller, J. book cover
Schools That Succeed: How Educators Marshal the Power of Systems for Improvement Chenoweth, K. book cover
The Secrets of School Board Success: Practical Tips for Board Members Hamilton, L. book cover
Shattering Inequities LaSalle, R. & Johnson, R.
Slaying Goliath Ravitch, D.
Smart Money: Using Educational Resources to Accomplish Ambitious Learning Goals Adams, J. book cover
The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way Ripley, A. book cover
Spending Money Wisely: Getting the Most From School District Budgets Levenson, N. et al book cover
Stronger Together: Answering the Questions of Collaborative Leadership Martin, T. & Rains, C.
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Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It Jensen, E. book cover
Threat Assessment In Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates Fein, R. book cover
Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division, 2nd edition Muhammad, A. book cover
Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools, 2nd Ed. Parrett, W. & Budge, K. Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools, 2nd Ed. Book Cover
Vanishing School Boards: Where School Boards Have Gone, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Bring Them Back Rice, P. book cover
Violence Among Students and School Staff Brooks, S.
The Violence Continuum: Creating a Safe School Climate Manvell, E.
We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools, 3rd Ed. Howard, G. book cover
Weakfish: Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child Dorn, M. & Dorn, C.
What School Boards Can Do: Reform Governance for Urban Schools McAdams, D. book cover
Where the Finger Points Brooks, S.
Why Rural Schools Matter Tieken, M.
The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level Muhummad, A. et al