"Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind."
A Moment to Build our Capacity
In these challenging times, what are you reading?
Amidst the past two tumultuous years, powerful ideas from a wide array of brilliant voices have offered us light in darkness, encouragement amidst heaviness, and alternative paths when we were stuck.
At the Big Questions Institute, we are constantly trying to understand the many shifts that are happening in this fraught moment. Those of you who are members of the BQI Community know that we read, listen, and watch widely across many topics and sources from around the world. We aspire to be reliable sense-makers, to find those ideas and practices that help educators make the best decisions they can for the students they serve.
As professionals, we believe that school leaders (and educators in general) have a responsibility to stay informed about how the world is and will continue to change. In fact, we think the answer to the question “What are you reading?” speaks volumes about an individual leader’s preparedness to lead in this moment. We know there are more books, more blog posts, more podcasts, and more videos than any one person or even community of people can consume and make sense of. Yet we also know that having skilled curators at our side can help.
With that in mind, we’d like to offer up this list of ten books (plus a bonus list) as a starting point for engaging in leadership with more relevance, justice, wellness, and sustainability for the road ahead. We hope they will make you think deeply about the path forward, and give you starting points to develop meaningful conversations in your communities about the future of your school and schools in general.
Homa and Will