National Center for Education Statistics - U.S. Department of Education entity that collects and analyzes data related to education. Find out what's happening in education within your own state and/or across the United States.
Sir Ken Robinson - Any videos by him. This one is titled, "The Ideal Education" (a conversation between Sir Ken Robinson and Sadhguru where they're REALLY speaking about innovating education, that is, "reframe the conception of ability" - "the education system itself should be an evolving thing" - "motivate / educate students in what they're interested in").
Dr. Darling-Hammond's book, The Flat World and Education, provides the argument and vision to a better educational system (than the United States currently has as of 2010): one that is a "capacity-building enterprise ... [that] creates a 21st-century curriculum for all students and supports it with thoughtful assessment, access to knowledgeable well-supported teachers, and equal access to school resources." I strongly agree with her statement about equity in education: "No society can thrive in a technological, knowledge-based economy by depriving large segments of its population of learning."
"Change is an opportunity to do something amazing" is the mantra in George Couros' book, The Innovator's Mindset, in which he encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore, and become forward-thinking leaders. We teachers need to foster innovation, critical thinking, and creativity--skills for success in the 21st-century.
Dr. Medina, a molecular biologist, explains in plain English how the brain works and functions best for learning. His book, Brain Rules, shares how: Every brain is wired differently; Exercise improves cognition; We are designed to never stop learning and exploring; Memories are volatile; Sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn; Vision trumps all of the other senses; Stress changes the way we learn. It is a "must read!"
When you click on the book, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, it will take you to the Visible Learning website that includes Dr. Hattie's world reknown meta-research rankings for what actually works in improving children's learning in school. This book discusses the science of how people learn and the impact of teacher personality, teacher-student relationships, how knowledge is stored, cognitive load, thinking fast and thinking slow, self-control, the role of conversation at school and at home, digital native theory, and more. It is meant to inform our teaching.
Dr. Baggio wrote The Visual Connectionto help teachers use visuals effectively to help students learn. She stated "To understand learning, you have to understand learners: How they feel; how they think; what they do." It is a student-centered approach to teaching, visually and by designing good learning experiences.
Drs. Falk and Blumenreich's The Power of Questions helps students formulate a research question, design a study, compile information for literature review, analyze and apply the findings, and share what was learned so research and/or thinking like a researcher becomes a part of one's critical thinking and practice. It was used during my action research and could be useful for my students' inquiry-based learning opportunities.
This book, Making Thinking Visible, with accompanying DVD shows how to teach thinking. From Harvard's Project Zero, it is a research-based approach that helps teachers practice various teaching routines such as small sets of questions and the use of documenting student thoughts to visibly show how students' different points of views are expressed, documented, discussed, and reflected upon. It has helped my students and me see trends in our classroom; and, it has helped direct/focus our learning based on student-centered needs and interests.