We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of summer reading for kids, but as teachers and professional learners, summer is also a great time to catch up on our own reading. During the school year, there isn’t always time to stay up to date with the latest research or dive deep into specific topics. Summer, although often still busy, gives us a chance to step back and be learners. To help get your own summer reading started, we asked our consultants to share their professional development summer reading recommendations.
LitLife West Hudson Executive Director, Patty Vitale-Reilly recommends a mix of books, periodicals and digital resources this summer. Her summer reading list includes Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen, the Harvard Education Letter, EL (Educational Leadership, ASCD), Edutopia, Education Week, Teachers College Journal and the IRA Magazines-Reading Today and Reading Research Quarterly.
We also recommend LitLife consultant Jennifer Scoggin’s new book “Be Fabulous: The Reading Teacher’s Guide to Reclaiming Your Happiness in the Classroom,” which comes out in August–just in time to help you prepare mentally for your return to the classroom. Jen will help you reconnect to your “inner fabulous” in order provide the best possible literacy instruction.
Professional learning is even better when you have a partner to share ideas with and talk to about your reading. Our consultants often pair up in their work and learning lives. This summer, Jaime Margolies and Georgie Marley are both reading Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts by Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher. Georgie says, “It’s a more complicated read than Falling in Love with Close Reading,” which they both read during the school year, “so I thought the summer would be a good time [to read it].”
And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Be Core Ready, the foundational book of the Core Ready series. Pam Allyn’s “4 Doors to the Core” provide practical steps for aligning your teaching with the Common Core standards in ways that meet the needs of all of your students.
Do you have a great recommendation for professional summer reading? Let us know in the comments below!