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Book Reviews
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Book Review of “Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes” by Jimmy Casas »
Reviewed by Ben Murphy, Upper School Director, University School of Jackson, Jackson, TN If one were to construct a pe...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Book Review of “Engaging Teens with Story” by Janice M. Del Negro and Melanie A. Kimball »
Reviewed by Nicole Collins, Head Librarian, Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC There is something special about sto...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Book Review of "Leading Change Together" by Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano »
Reviewed by Dr. Mary McPherson, Elementary School Principal, St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA   Sch...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Book Review of "Born to Be Wild" by Dr. Jess P. Shatkin »
Reviewed by Julie Reynolds, Language Arts Teacher, Christ Methodist Day School, Memphis, TN At age 18, we can vote, j...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Recommendations for Summer Family Listens and Reads »
By Sarah Barton Thomas, Middle School Director at Montgomery Academy, Montgomery, AL   A wonderful parent just a...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Looking for a Good Book to Read this Summer? »
Throughout the school year, SAIS contributors read and review books of interest to educators and leaders. Often the books...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Book Review of "The Flexible SEL Classroom" by Amber Chandler »
Reviewed by Julie Reynolds, 5th and 6th grade language arts teacher, Christ Methodist Day School, Memphis, TN...
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Book Review of "You’re More Powerful Than You Think" by Eric Liu »
Book Review of You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen by Eric Liu Revie...
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Book Review of "School Culture Recharged" by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker »
Reviewed by JP Hemingway, Head of the Upper School at Altamont School, Birmingham, AL There is little that gets my...
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Book Review of "Messaging Matters" by William D. Parker »
Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students, and Reach Communities Reviewed by&nb...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Book Review of "The New Art and Science of Teaching" by Robert J. Marzano »
Reviewed by Lee J. Hark, Associate Head of School, Durham Academy, Durham, NC When I read educational literature, I p...
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Book Review of "Social Media Wellness" by Ana Homayoun »
Reviewed by Jonathan Davis, Middle School Head at Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, FL As educators and...
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Book Review of "Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future" by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe »
Reviewed by Dr. Rick West, Head of Lower School, Franklin Road Academy, Nashville, TN As with most independent schoo...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Book Review of "Unmapped Potential" by Julie Hasson and Missy Lennard »
Reviewed by Dr. Mary McPherson, Elementary School Principal, St. Martin's Episcopal School, Atlanta With 20 years i...
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Start. Right. Now. Teach and Lead for Excellence by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas »
Reviewed by Sarah Barton Thomas, Middle School Director at The Montgomery Academy, Montgomery, AL There is so much wi...
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Book Review of "Unselfie" by Michele Borba »
Reviewed by Arvi Balseiro, Head of The Cushman School, Miami, FL Each of us represents independent schools with var...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Book Review of "5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time" »
By Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram Reviewed by Adam Housley, Chief Operations Officer, Legacy Christian Academ...
Monday, August 7, 2017
Looking for a Good Book? »
  Throughout the school year, SAIS contributors read and review books of interest to educators and leaders. Often...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Book Review of "A More Beautiful Question" by Warren Berger »
Reviewed by Dr. Rhonda Bennett, head of lower school at Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN This book is...
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Book Review of "An Everyone Culture" »
Reviewed by Lee Hark, associate head of school, Durham Academy, Durham, NC I am embarrassed to admit that for months...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Book Review of "Screenwise" by Devorah Heitner »
Reviewed by Philip Cummings, 6th Grade Reading Teacher, Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, TN Let’s face it. Screens...
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Book Review of "Leadership for Green Schools" »
Reviewed by Matthew Bruner, principal of lower school at Lee-Scott Academy, Auburn, AL Forget what you thought about...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Book Review of "Grit" by Angela Duckworth »
Reviewed by Ellen Smalley, K-6 athletic director and teacher at The Randolph School, Huntsville, AL In 2009, I was...
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Book Review of "The End of Average" by Todd Rose »
Reviewed by Tiffany L. Bridgewater, Head of Lower School, Louisville Collegiate School   Todd Rose’s T...
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Book Review of "Smart but Stuck" by Dr. Thomas Brown »
Reviewed by Dr. Brent Betit, Head of The Fletcher School, Charlotte, NC We’ve all had at least one of those student...
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Book Review of "It's OK To Go Up The Slide" by Heather Shumaker »
Reviewed by Payton Hobbs, Head of Lower School, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC When I finish reading a book, one of...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Book Review of "Millennials with Kids" »
Reviewed by Dr. Mary McPherson, Elementary School Principal, St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA With one in f...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
2016 Reading Roundup »
Understanding Schooling Through the Eyes of Students by Joseph F. Murphy When we act on...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Book Review of "Creating Cultures of Learning" by Ron Ritchhart »
Reviewed by Lee Hark, Associate Head of School, Durham Academy, Durham, NC Among the more vexing trends in educat...
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Book Review of "Good Thinking" by Erik Palmer »
Reviewed by JP Hemingway, Head of Upper School, Altamont School, Birmingham, AL  Before school opened this Augu...
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Book Review of "Helping Children Succeed" by Paul Tough »
Reviewed by Sarah Barton Thomas, Middle School Director, The Montgomery Academy, Montgomery, AL “It is a responsibili...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Book Review of "Move Your Bus" by Ron Clark »
Reviewed by James Hutchins, Head of The Donoho School, Anniston, AL We all remember the Flintstones … right? F...
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Book Review of "Dignity" by Dr. Donna Hicks »
Reviewed by Lee Hark,  Associate Head of School at Durham Academy, Durham, NC When I was in college and for ma...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Book Review of "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence" by Daniel Goleman »
Reviewed by Dr. Mary McPherson, Elementary School Principal, St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Atlanta In his latest b...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Book Review of "An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education" by Tony Little »
Reviewed by Damian Kavanagh, SAIS Of the many charms of this book, principal among them, to me, is that it is written...

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SAIS@NAIS PoCC
November 28, 2018 | Nashville, TN
Join SAIS and Vanderbilt for a PoCC reception on Wednesday, November 28.

Winter Conference
January 27-29 | Franklin, TN
SAIS Academic Support Conference, SAIS Athletic Directors Conference, MISBO-SAIS Auxiliary Programs Conference & MISBO-SAIS Finance Institute.



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