Professional Development

The 60 Best Professional Development Books for Teachers to Transform Practice

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Teachers love reading, as any great leader and innovator does. If you’re looking for some professional development books for teachers covering a range of different education subjects, these are the best 60 out there right now. We’ve compiled this giant list by searching for other topic-specific collections compiled across the Web. They’re now in one big package (original sources included) for you to add to your own extensive reading list.

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Over 60 Terrific Professional Development Books for Teachers

Books by the Global Digital Citizen Foundation

These are the popular professional development books for teachers we have written for the global learning community over the last few years. Shift your focus to the future, challenge your beliefs about assessments, and grow Global Digital Citizens in all your teaching endeavours.

  1. Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice by Lee Watanabe-Crockett
  2. Mindful Assessment: The 6 Essential Fluencies of Innovative Learning by Lee Watanabe-Crockett and Andrew Churches
  3. Growing Global Digital Citizens: Building Better Practices That Build Better Learners by Lee Watanabe-Crockett and Andrew Churches

Books for Teachers on Education in General

Debbie Morrison included this list in her article “7 Must-Read Books About Education” featured on Online Learning Insights. Her research included consulting book reviews, best seller charts, education books lists, and education organizations around the world. The top 7 contenders listed here are the results of her efforts.

  1. What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul and Jimmy Casas
  2. How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
  3. The MOOC Case Book: Case Studies in MOOC Design, Development & Implementation by Dr. Joseph Rene Corbeil, Dr. Maria Elena Corbeil, and Dr. Badrul H. Khan
  4. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  5. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos
  6. The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey
  7. The smartest kids in the world: And how they got that way by Amanda Ripley

Books for Teachers on Transforming the Classroom

No matter if you’re looking to increase engagement, shift your practice, or just get to know your students better, these books are great companions to have around. This list is from the article “12 Must Read Books for Teachers to Hack Learning” by Elizabeth Mulvahill.

  1. Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5 by Debbie Miller
  2. Teaching With Your Mouth Shut by Donald Finkel
  3. Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess
  4. Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov
  5. Teaching Smarter: An Unconventional Guide to Boosting Student Success by Patrick Kelley
  6. Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform our Schools by Ron Ritchhart
  7. Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why by Paul Tough 
  8. Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith
  9. Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen
  10. Smart but Scattered by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
  11. Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids: (and the rest of your class, too!) by Chris Biffle
  12. Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross Greene

Books for Teachers on Professional Development

Professional development is an ongoing journey for every modern educator. This list of professional development books for teachers by Stephen Merrill from the article “6 PD Reads You Shouldn’t Miss” gives us a few of the most outstanding titles to consider for this purpose.

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  2. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros
  3. Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler
  4. Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess
  5. Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
  6. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison

Books for Teachers on Leadership

In his article “25 Books That Will Teach The Most Powerful Leadership Lessons”, Dean Bokhari reminds us that great leaders are also readers. Here’s his list of 25 books with leadership lessons for us all.

  1. Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman
  2. The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn
  3. The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma
  4. Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
  5. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
  6. Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath
  7. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  8. Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet
  9. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  11. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
  12. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  13. Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
  14. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
  15. Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz
  16. Leadership from the Inside Out by Kevin Cashman
  17. The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
  18. Give and Take by Adam Grant
  19. A Path Appears by Nicholas D. Kristof
  20. The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
  21. The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr
  22. The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
  23. Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
  24. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  25. How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Books for Teachers on Education Technology

Education technology, a presence in most modern classrooms today, still takes plenty of understanding and patience to manage efficiently. This helpful list of edtech books comes from the article “8 Education Technology Books Every Leader Should Read” featured on Fractus Learning.

  1. Out of Our Minds by Sir Ken Robinson
  2. Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education by Will Richardson & Rob Mancabelli
  3. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas & John Seely Brown
  4. Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America by Allan Collins & Richard Halverson
  5. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky
  6. Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
  7. 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn by James Bellanca & Ron Brandt
  8. Drive by Daniel H. Pink