For many teachers and administrators, one of the best things about summer is having more time (even just a little more time) to catch up on reading. If you’ve got a running list of books already – probably some fiction, some non-fiction, and hopefully some “just for fun” reads, too – here are some worthwhile additions that we recommend from a school communications standpoint.
Note that we’re not affiliated with any of the books or authors below – we just think they’re solid reads. Links included for your convenience only.
How To Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Despite this book’s infomercial-worthy title, it’s actually an interpersonal communications classic. Originally released back in 1937, it remains a benchmark for how to communicate effectively with all kinds of people in all kinds of contexts.
Building Parent Engagement in Schools, Larry Ferlazzo & Lorie Hammond
Larry Ferlazzo has been a champion of parent engagement long before it became the catchphrase it is today. He’s a California-based teacher and popular education blogger who really knows his stuff.
Why School Communication Matters: Strategies from PR Professionals, Kitty Porterfield & Meg Carnes
We like this one because it focuses on a practical, step-by-step approach to improving your school communications strategy.
You probably got into teaching because of the kids, but communicating effectively with parents is an essential part of your job. This book is specifically targeted to K-12 teachers and written by three professional educators.
The title pretty much says it all. Perfect if you’re looking to get a school communications strategy up and running at your school but just have no idea where to start.
In It Together: How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms, Debbie Zacarian & Michael Silverstone
Effective school communications are particularly challenging in diverse communities. This book, co-written by a classroom teacher and an experienced education consultant, uses real-life examples that show how you can bridge the gaps.
New to the profession? This one’s for you. It covers all kinds of challenges, from communicating effectively with parents to learning your school’s culture and setting up positive day-to-day routines.
Is there another worthy summer read you’d recommend to fellow MemberHub blog readers? We’d love to get your thoughts in the comments!