Further Reading

You can learn more about the central ideas that help shape student learning and academic success and about how these ideas are applied.

The books listed here are nontechnical introductions to the ideas outlined on this site. They can be used in book clubs or as professional development for educators. The books listed are just a mere sampling, but some of them have become best sellers.

  • Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers; Peter L. Benson
  • What Kids Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids; Peter L. Benson, Judy Galbraith, Pamela Espeland
  • The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.; Daniel Coyle
  • Fires in the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us About Motivation and Mastery; Kathleen Cushman
  • Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students; Kathleen Cushman
  • Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from Middle Schoolers; Kathleen Cushman
  • The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life; William Damon
  • Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation; Edward L. Deci and Richard Flaste
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; Carol Dweck
  • A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens; Kenneth R. Ginsburg
  • Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance, Edited by Barry J. Zimmerman and Dale H. Schunk