What books should Dept of Education officials be reading in order to keep current and to learn more about educational change? Let's create a reading list for the new administration.

My recommendation and current favorite is The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner.

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I'll add a second vote for The Global Achievement Gap by Wagner... plus...

Wikinomics - Tapscott and Williams
Disrupting Class - Clayton Christiansen
Rise of the Creative Class and Flight of the Creative Class - Richard Florida
Whole New Mind - Dan Pink
Definitely, Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen. Many, many others are on my list but an oldie but goodie is Andy Grove's Only the Paranoid Survive to recognize the parallels between business and education.
Disrupting Class would top my list. I would also throw in Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind.
Didn't a lot of this also begin with Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat. I concur on A Whole New Mind as well
My favorite is Born Digital-John Palfrey & Urs Gasser.

Also, Failure is Not an Option- Alan M. Blankstein
Understanding by Design- Grant P. Wiggins, Jay McTighe

I can't wait to read some of these other suggestions!
I'm curious as to why you think the World is Flat is a poor choice for educators. Can you elaborate?
This is good food for thought, thank you! I think your observation that educators are jumping on the bandwagon without critically looking at the big picture is really important.
All wonderful suggestions--is it outrageous to suggest that there might be some blogs out there just as important/engaging/relevant?
The first that comes to mind for me is Howard Rheingold's Vlog http://vlog.rheingold.com/
but that's probably just because I'm one of his disciples!
Yes, I echo your endorsement of that book. I've read Global Achievement Gap three times, and still get more out of it. How about Hot, Flat, and Crowded for a big world picture, which gets us out there looking at the interwoven world economy and environmental conditions, then back again to the educational focus provided by Wagner?
I'm currently reading Remix by Lawrence Lessig. How about that one, too?
Have to add in Here Comes Everybody, a mindchanging, lifechanging book.
I've been maintaining a library of articles on poverty, education, drop out, etc. which is available on the Tutor/Mentor Connection site. I also create maps of Chicago showing where poverty is highest and where poorly performing schools are located. These maps also show locations of faith groups, businesses, colleges and hospitals who could be providing volunteer, technology and financial support to help kids in poor neighborhoods come to school better prepared to learn, and leave school better prepared for jobs and careers.

In my blog I point to new articles, and to other writers, who have been writing about these issues for many years. Maybe with a new administration our leaders will finally read these. However, my hope for a change in education is that leaders in the private sector read and develop their own strategies for helping kids through school and in to jobs.
Here are my favs. Combine games, how people learn and learning organizations.

Digital game-based learning. Prensky
How People Learn Bransford, Brown, Cocking
Knowing What Students Know Pellegrino, J., Chudowsky, N., & Glaser
The fifth discipline fieldbook: Strategies and tools for building a learning organizationSenge, P., Kleiner, A., Roberts, C., Ross, R., & Smith, B.

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