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Dr. E's SUPER reads!

Dr. E's SUPER reads!

By Jay Eitner
Join Jay Eitner, a former National Superintendent of the year, discuss 1 book related to education in under 2 minutes with 3 takeaways that you can apply to your classroom, school, or district. Simple & quick! @Jay_Eitner | #EduSuperReads
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Episode 39: Impooded You-niverse by @S_Dallas_Dance
Hands down, this is my favorite education book of 2020. This book, written as a letter to his son, is as raw as it gets. Dr. Dallas Dance writes from the heart, sharing both positive and negative experiences about his career and life. The lessons learned combined with raw & meaningful advice is not oy essential to school leaders, but to all those ready for the next chapter in life.
November 17, 2020
Episode 38: What They Don’t Tell You in School Administration
This is, by far, one of my favorite books about educational administration. Why? Because the title speaks for itself! This book is LOADED with stories, tips, and how to live life in the big chair. Have a listen — and I’ll be you will be looking for the book afterwards.
October 27, 2020
Episode 37: the Super-Boss-Intendent
Nothing beats a fun picture book with a great message... and this is the epitome of it. Offering scads of scenarios on a bright note while laying out a series of scenarios, this is a great coffee table book for aspiring and first year Superintendents.
October 6, 2020
Episode 36: Out of Our Minds by Sir Ken Robinson
2020 will go down as one of the most disappointing and challenging years in a generation. A huge loss in the education field was Sir Ken Robinson, one of the most brilliant minds in education. I review Ken’s book and all that it has to offer...and that’s a lot. Onward!
September 22, 2020
Episode 35: The 4 O’clock Faculty by Rich Czyz
Professional Development (PD) has been loved or loathed since its’ inception in schools. If you’ve been on the loathing side of it, this book is for you. You can turn PD lemons into some great lemonade.
September 1, 2020
Episode 34: The Superintendents Planner
You’re thinking to yourself “who needs another planner?” If you’re an aspiring or current Superintendent— you’d be foolish to pass this book up. Penned by 7 Superintendents coming from 7 different walks of life, this is a treasure chest of checklists and insight.
August 18, 2020
SUPERReads Episode 33: Leading for Equity
The 7th edition of this book was published in 2017, and each edition gets better and better. This book covers the entire process of change ranging from diving deep to the problem to mistakes made during implementation. This is a book for those in leadership positions that are for “the long haul”, as change on this level does not happen overnight, within a month, or even a year. This is a book that leaves no stone unturned insofar as how to begin to wrapping things up.
August 4, 2020
Episode 32: Effective School Board Meetings
School Board meetings can be very laid back all the way to Jerry Springer-like. This book is perfect for novice or aspiring Superintendents as well as novice or aspiring Board members. I’ve lived through the serene (one meeting was 17 minutes) and the insane (another went for 7 hours laced with yelling and politics for TV). This is a great reference to have for all scenarios.
July 14, 2020
Episode 31: The Hack Learning Anthology
In 2017, Mark Barnes amassed a collection of chapters of books from the Hack Learning series. He put the best of the best into one book, allowing readers to “try before you buy” for the full book. Great for novice teachers or those who want to try something new or switch things up a bit.
June 30, 2020
Episode 30: The Emerging Work of Today’s Superintendent publishes by @AASAHQ
If you are in or thinking about sitting in the Superintendent chair, you’re going to face challenges that you can’t even make up if you tried to. This book (published in 2018) is a fantastic collection of scenarios and resources that will help you navigate the educational seas.
June 16, 2020
Episode 29: Chromebooks in the classroom
Chromebooks have become a staple in and out of the classroom today. The book reviewed covers everything you want to know about Chromebooks, from soup to nuts. It also has lesson plans and contributions from over 60 educators. Whether you are green or a pro in using chromebooks, this episode is for you.
June 2, 2020
Episode 28: The No A**hole Rule
Yes, you read the title of the book correctly. Published by Dr. Sutton in 2010, you would assume that the title is an easy way of getting you to pick it up. While it got my attention, it’s also a great read on how people interact in the workplace and how you can alleviate negative coworkers from your professional life. The logic & science presented applies to all workplace events, including schools.
May 19, 2020
Episode 27: School Budgeting in Difficult Times
School budgeting is one of the most challenging and rewarding components of public education. Often a 10-month process with scads of stakeholders in the process, a budget need to be built methodically and with optimism. This book walks you through the process and in simple language. This podcast is great for business officials, novice board members, and novice or seasoned Superintendents.
May 5, 2020
Episode 26: Escaping the School Leaders Dunktank
Warning: I’m a bit biased about this book because it’s beyond real and helped me when I was in a bad place. The dunk tank refers to those who don’t like you and will do anything to make sure you fail. This book covers everything from dunk tank scenarios to how people who were dunked prevailed. The book was published in 2016 by Dave Burgess Consulting and was written by Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter.
April 21, 2020
Episode 25: The 5 Second Rule
No - this is. Or the 5 second rule when it comes to food hitting the floor, but the 5 second rule that you can you both professionally and personally. Author Mel Robbins lays out the science, reasoning, and why using such a simplistic rule can change how you do things in the classroom or outside of it.
March 31, 2020
Episode 24: Rethinking Grading
In 2015, Cathy Vatterott published an easy, thoughtful 119 page read on how to change the stigma and pitfalls of grading. A great read for someone looking to redesign the process with ease while getting the buy-in needed in order to complete the process.
March 17, 2020
Episode 23: A Fork in the Road
Thinking about jumping into the big chair (AKA superintendent chair) or educational administration? This is a fantastic read, with 12 scenarios that will leave you laughing, aggravated, or speechless. Written by Mike Wilhelm and published in 2018.
March 3, 2020
Episode 22: Shift THIS
Joy Kirr (@joykirr) penned a book dedicated to gradual shifts in the classroom/ school/ district that brings schools up to today’s needs. It’s not overnight, bomb dropping change. Shifting box the key. A great book for those who want to take things low and slow.
February 22, 2020
Episode 21: Game Changers
In 2014, Julie Adams (@adamsteaching) wrote about how 7 areas that can catapault student achievement. This 84 page book gets right to the point and shares information that is immediately transferable to instructional practice without the fluff.
February 11, 2020
Episode 20: Gamify Literacy
You’ve probably heard the phrase “gamification” in the education space as of late. Most think this is just another fad, however, being a multimillion business now in the realm of ESports on colleges, where players are being drafted like D-1 athletes is far from a fad. The book was published in 2017 by ISTE and was edited by ani belle Haiken.
January 28, 2020
Episode 19: Burning In
We have all been given the proverbial pep talk during the school year, being assured from your Mentor or Administratorbthst everything is going to be alright...but you can only believe so much. Burned In is an essay collection from some of the best teachers in the country, giving you real advice on real topics. It was published in 2011 by Teachers College. Find it on their website, BN, or Amazon.
January 22, 2020
Episode 18: Against Empathy
Empathy is the latest and greatest phrase that’s being thrown around In the education space today. Paul Bloom wrote a book entitled “Against Empathy” — but it’s not what you think. Have a listen!
January 14, 2020
Episode 17: Anatomy of a School Lawsuit
In this episode, I review the 2006 Corwin book “Anatomy of a School Lawsuit” - which covers the entire legal process for a school from soup to nuts. This episode is geared toward new Superintendents and novice Board of Education members.
January 7, 2020
Episode 16: Now THAT'S a good question!
Erik Francis penned a book in 2016 (published by ASCD) about questioning in the educational environment. This book goes way beyond "guided practice" and asking questions out of the teachers manual. Find Erik on Twitter at @maverickedu and purchase the book from @ascd.
December 31, 2019
Episode 15: Columbine... They Call me Mr De
On April 20, 1999, schools in America and the world changed forever. The shooting at Columbine High School was one of the most horrific incidents in American History. The Principal, Frank DeAngelis, wrote a book about his life ranging from his upbringing to how he has moved onward. This was a hard podcast to record, but hopefully you’ll take away a thing or two. This was published by Dave Burgess Consulting in March of 2019.
December 24, 2019
Episode 14: Schools Without Failure (1969)
Another “oldie but goldie”, Dr. William Glasser (MD) lays out a controversial and way out of the box approach to reforming education all over the country , starting with poor, urban & rural schools. It’s not for the faint at heart, and the book itself is somewhat hard to find. It’s worth the extended recording today.
December 16, 2019
Episode 13: Blended learning for grades 4-12
Yes, the term “blended learning” has been around for almost a decade, but are most educators really doing it? My review from this 2012 book published by Corwin may indeed check to see if you’re in the fast line or still at the pit stop.
December 6, 2019
Episode 12: Standards-based report cards
When one hears “standards-based report card” people either cheer or cringe. I came across a book from 2010 written by Thomas Guskey & Jane Bailey that was written to walk those looking to make a shift throughout the entire process. If you’re thinking about making the switch or are in the process, this episode is for you. Available on the Corwin website or on Amazon.
November 29, 2019
Episode 11: 50 Tech Tools for a school Counsleors
While the book title speaks for itself, 50 tech tools for counselors has, yes, 50 different tools & apps for grades k-12 that cater to the counselor or those teaching character education or digital citizenship. Follow the authors on twitter: Angela Cleveland (@angcleveland) and Stephen Sharp (@stvsharp). Follow me on IG/twitch/twitter/tiktok: @eitneredu or @Jay_Eitner (if you dare...)
November 24, 2019
Episode 10: My Bad!
Jon Harper (@jonharper70bd) hosts a podcast o the BAM radio network that focuses on educators from all walks of life around the country that focuses on how major mistake was made, what lessons were learned, and how they have moved onward. Jon took 24 of the most powerful stories and expanded on them in his book. Awkward and uncomfortable to read at some points, refreshing at others.
November 15, 2019
Episode 9: Google Apps for Littles
Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) and Christine Pinto (@pintobeanz11) collaborated to share amazing information on how to utilize google apps for primary learners... and in a fashion that is NOT google 24/7/365.
November 10, 2019
Episode 8: The Space Guide for Educators
No, this isn’t about some HGTV makeover or a Lowe’s Catalog. This is about designing an educational learning space that is both student friendly and conducive to learning. Follow the author, Dr. Robert Dillon (yes, Bob Dylan) at @ideaguy42 — I think you know how to follow me🤘.
November 1, 2019
Making Observations Meaningful by PJ Caposey
Giving and getting classroom observations can be a daunting task...or it could be a great way to grow. Instead of a dog-n-pony show, the observation tool could be one of reflection and praise. Dr. PJ Caposey can be followed on twitter: @MCUSDSupe
October 27, 2019
Episode 6: The HyperDocs Handbook by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, & Sarah Landis.
Haven’t heard of HyperDocs? Have but have no idea? Take a quick listen on how digital lesson design and activities can make your life easier and challenge your students while customizing at the same time. Authors: @lhighfull @kellyhilton @sarahlandis | book available on Amazon.
October 18, 2019
Episode 5: Different Schools for a Different World
This is one of my favorite books in education today and should be in every educators hands. You can follow Scott McLeod at @mcleod and Dean Shareski At @shareski . The book is available on Amazon.
October 14, 2019
Episode 4: Teaching as a Subversive Activity
This book, a lightening rod of controversy, was published in 1969. Authors Neil Postman and a Charles Weingarten leave no stone unturned and don’t sugarcoat when it comes to learning for today’s times. All of what was written in 1969 applies to 2019.
October 4, 2019
Episode 3: How to Deal with Parents who are Angry, Troubled, Afraid, or just seem Crazy”
This episode focuses on one of the most important pieces of the education puzzle — parents. The book (published by Corwin and available on Amazon) delves into the types of parents a teacher may come across and strategies do continue to move onward in the school year.
September 27, 2019
Episode 2: Timeless Learning by Pam Moran, Chad Ratcliff, & Ira Socol
Buy the book at: | Follow the authors: @PamMoran @IraSocol @csratliff | Reach out to me @Jay_Eitner or on Telegran & Voxer: @Eitner
September 19, 2019
Episode 1: Fact Vs. Fiction by Jennifer Lagarde & Darren Hudgins
Since the goal of this podcast is to be brief: Tweet and follow the authors at: @jenniferlagarde and @dhudgins Buy the book here. Tweet me @Jay_Eitner or under #EduSuperReads | Speak to me on Voxer & Telegram  
September 12, 2019