Recommended Reading

Current and prospective parents often ask for books that support our educational philosophies or have influenced our school and staff. Below is a list of books for parents and educators that we recommend.

For Parents and Educators

Education Principles

  • The Basic School : A Community for Learning by Ernest L. Boyer
  • Raising Lifelong Learners by Lucy Calkins
  • The Schools Our Children Deserve by Alfie Kohn
  • Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business by Dennis Littkey, Samantha Grabelle
  • What Does It Mean to be Well Educated? by Alfie Kohn

Brain Research

  • Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain by Renate Nummela Caine, Geoffrey Caine
  • Teaching With The Brain In Mind by Eric Jensen
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  • Focus by Mike Schmoker

Reward Systems

  • Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
  • Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson 


  • Reading Magic by Mem Fox
  • The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trealease 


  • Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Colorosso
  • Kids, Parents and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  • The Hurried Child by David Elkind
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber, Eileen Maslich
  • This We Believe by the National Middle School Association
  • The Homework Myth by Kohn 

For Educators

  • How to Teach So Your Students Remember by Marilee Sprenger
  • Meet Me in the Middle by Rick Wormelli
  • Differentiation by Rick Wormelli
  • Summarization in Any Subject by Rick Wormelli
  • Differentiated Instruction and UBD – Connecting Content w/ Kids by Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Teamwork:  Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching by  Monique Wild, Amanda Mayeaux, Kathryn Edmonds
  • Comprehending Math by Arthur Hyde
  • Shades of Meaning: Comprehension and Interpretation in Middle School by Donna Santman
  • Inside the Writer's Notebook by Linda Rief
  • Quickwrites by Linda Rief
  • Less is More: Teaching Literature with Short Texts 6-12 by Katherine Hill Campbell
  • Read Aloud Anthology by Janet Allen and Patrick Daley
  • Getting it Right: Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness by Micheal Smith and Jeffrey D. Willhelm