What’s New In OverDrive: Professional Development Resources

Did you know that Granite School District has professional resources available for teachers to check-out in OverDrive? Here is a quick video tutorial on how to access our Teacher’s Lounge in OverDrive:

Below we feature a few of the professional titles that are currently available to check out in our Teacher’s Lounge: 

Books About Education


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

The book illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it’s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall.
The New York Times Book Review, August 26, 2012

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner

Creating Innovators is a powerful text that not only articulates the need to foster innovation through education but embodies the spirit of innovation through a range of case studies and clarion calls for change. If only half of Wagner’s suggestions for the future of innovation in education materialize, American students will be far better off tomorrow than they are today.
–Harvard Educational Review

Books About Leadership


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

The author presents an integral addition to a growing body of literature that argues for a radical shift in how businesses operate in a world dominated by technology, and soon to be led by a generation that doesn’t necessarily equate money with happiness. Important reading for frustrated but open-minded business leaders struggling to connect with stressed-out workers.
-Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2009

Books About Reading


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

Miller, a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher and blogger, has enabled students of many different backgrounds to enjoy reading and to be good at it; her students regularly score high on the Texas standardized tests. Her approach is simple yet provocative: affirm the reader in every student, allow students to choose their own books, carve out extra reading time, model authentic reading behaviors, discard timeworn reading assignments such as book reports and comprehension worksheets, and develop a classroom library filled with high-interest books. Her students regularly read more than 40 books in a school year and leave her classroom with an appreciation and love of books and reading. Miller provides many tips for teachers and parents and includes a useful list of ultimate reading suggestions picked by her students. This outstanding contribution to the literature is highly recommended for teachers, parents, and others serving young students.
-Library Journal, March 15, 2009

This article was also posted on our sister site, the Granite Educational Technology blog.

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