In alphabetical order, listed below are the professional development books that are highly recommended and that teachers have reported most useful and enriching, together with a brief description of each book. Reading these books can help teachers meet professional development goals like:

  • Improving the quality of classroom instruction
  • Enabling teachers to grow professionally and learn best practices
  • Introducing practical applications of research-validated educational strategies
  • Helping teachers meet license and salary differentials and requirements

Quick List (scroll down for more detail):

About Teaching Mathematics: A K-8 Resource
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
The Language of Learning: Teaching Students Core Thinking, Listening, & Speaking Skills (Responsive Classroom)
The MindUP Curriculum: Grades PreK–2: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning—and Living
The MindUP Curriculum: Grades 3-5: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning—and Living
The MindUP Curriculum: Grades 6–8: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning—and Living
The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading: An Assess-Decide-Guide Framework for Supporting Every Reader
Number Talks: Whole Number Computation, Grades K-5
Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers
The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers
Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Letter Name – Alphabetic Spellers
Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers

About Teaching Mathematics: A K-8 Resource
by Marilyn Burns (Author)

  • Building meaning in math through interactive activities

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
by Donalyn Miller (Author)

  • Creating an authentic reading environment in your classroom

The Language of Learning: Teaching Students Core Thinking, Listening, & Speaking Skills (Responsive Classroom)
by Margaret Berry Wilson (Author)

  • Promotes strong listening and speaking skills

The MindUP Curriculum: Grades PreK–2: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning—and Living
by The Hawn Foundation (Author)

The MindUP Curriculum: Grades 3-5: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning—and Living
by The Hawn Foundation (Author)

The MindUP Curriculum: Grades 6–8: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning—and Living
by The Hawn Foundation (Author)

  • Mindfulness and brain-based learning

The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading: An Assess-Decide-Guide Framework for Supporting Every Reader
by Jan Richardson (Author)

  • Practical guide for teachers to follow as they implement guided reading

Number Talks: Whole Number Computation, Grades K-5
by Sherry Parrish (Author)

Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages 
by Sherry Parrish (Author),‎ Ann Dominick (Author)

  • Building mental math and computation strategies

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
by Donalyn Miller (Author),‎ Susan Kelley (Contributor)

  • How to instill lifelong reading habits in your students

The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers
by Jennifer Serravallo (Author)

  • Strategies to support differentiated reading instruction

The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers
by Jennifer Serravallo (Author)

  • Strategies to support differentiated writing instruction

Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
by Donald R. Bear (Author),‎ Marcia Invernizzi (Author),‎ Shane Templeton (Author),‎ Francine Johnston (Author)

Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers
by Marcia Invernizzi (Author),‎ Francine Johnston (Author),‎ Donald R. Bear (Author),‎ Shane Templeton (Author)

Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Letter Name – Alphabetic Spellers
by Francine Johnston (Author),‎ Marcia Invernizzi (Author),‎ Donald R. Bear (Author),‎ Shane Templeton (Author)

Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers
by Francine Johnston (Author),‎ Marcia Invernizzi (Author),‎ Donald R. Bear (Author),‎ Shane Templeton (Author)

  • Word work assessments, grouping strategies, and activities to boost literacy skills