April 24, 2018

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Superintendent of the Year Mark Edwards’s Top Leadership Book Picks | SLJ Summit 2014

EdwardsBookList1 (2)In a keynote delivered by Dr. Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville (NC) Graded School District, at the 10th annual School Library Journal Leadership Summit (October 25-26) in St. Paul, MN, Edwards, the 2013 Superintendent of the Year, highlighted works that have inspired him during his groundbreaking tenure at Mooresville.

Many of these titles resonated with the audience that included dynamic teacher librarians, administrators, and other school library stakeholders. Edwards professed that these books were especially influential during the monumental evolution of the Mooresville school system, a process that was chronicled in the New York Times and other publications.

SLJ presents Edwards’ selections—books that can serve as part of professional development sessions for schools and libraries—and go toward personal development and education. Plus, check out the full presentation led by Edwards and his district’s team of school media specialists at the 2014 SLJ Leadership Summit.

DEPREE, Max. Leadership Is an Art. Crown. 2004. pap. $15.95. ISBN 9780385512466.

FULLAN, Michael. All Systems Go: The Change Imperative for Whole System Reform. Corwin. 2010. pap. $26.95. ISBN 9781412978736.

GLADWELL, Malcolm. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Little, Brown. 2013. Tr $29. ISBN 9780316204361.

GLADWELL, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. Little, Brown. 2008. Tr $27.99. ISBN 9780316017923; pap. $16.99. ISBN 9780316017930.

LAMBERT, Linda. Building Leadership Capacity in Schools. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Dev. 1998. pap. $1395. ISBN 9780871203076.

MEDINA, John. Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Pear Press. 2014. pap. $15.95. ISBN 9780983263371.

PINK, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Riverhead. 2009. Tr $26.95. ISBN 9781594488849; pap. $16. ISBN 9781594484803.

THOMAS, Douglas & John Seely Brown. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. CreateSpace. 2011. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781456458881.

Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.