Suggested Reading

If you’re a parent with a child in school, one of your top priorities is your child’s education, and you strive to make the best decisions for him or her as possible. With so many educational options in this modern era, it can be a bit overwhelming determining how to best meet your child’s individual needs.

Operating under the premise that we, as educational planners and architects, must be more well-read than our clients on subjects that are important to them, Phil Poinelli developed the following reading list on 21st century teaching and learning.

With an understanding of topics such as brain research, as related to education; differentiated and personalized learning; technology in education; educational delivery models; and many other subjects, we are able to "read between the lines" on how these educational ideas can manifest themselves in the built environment.


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Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

Jonathan Kozol, Crown Publishers, 1995

Becoming a “Wiz” at Brain-Based Teaching: How to Make Every Year Your Best Year

Marilee Sprenger, Corwin Press Inc., 2002

Boys and Girls Learn Differently

Michael Gurian, Wiley & Sons, 2002

Breaking the Mold of School Instruction and Organization: Innovative and Successful Practices for the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Andrea Honigsfeld and Audrey Cohan, Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2010

Brain Gym, Simple Activities for Whole Brain Learning

Paul & Gail Dennison, Edu-Kinesthetics, Inc., 1992

Differentiated Assessment: How to Assess the Learning Potential of Every Student (Grades 6-12)

Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2010

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, Michael B. Horn, McGraw-Hill, 2008

Evidence-Based Design of Elementary and Secondary Schools: A Responsive Approach to Creating Learning Environments

Peter C. Lippman, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2010

Exceeding Expectations: A Users Guide to Implementing Brain Research in the Classroom

Susan Kovalik & Karen D. Olsen, 2002

Experimental Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development

David Kolb, Prentice Hall, 1984

Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner, Basic Books, 1983

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need—And What We Can Do About It

Tony Wagner, Basic Books, 2008

Harnessing America’s Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning

Peter Smith, Jossey-Bass, 2010

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organization

Clay Shirky, The Penguin Press, 2008

Improving Schools through Action Research: A Comprehensive Guide for Educators

Cher C. Hendricks, Allyn & Bacon, 2008

Inside Urban Charter Schools: Promising Practices and Strategies in Five High Performing Schools

Katherine K. Merseth, Harvard Education Press, 2009

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Richard Louv, Algonquin Books, 2008

Leading 21st Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement

Lynne M. Schrum | Barbara B. Levin, Corwin, a Sage Company, 2009

Mind Set: The New Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck, Random House, 2006

Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons

Howard Gardner, Basic Books, 2006

Music and Emotion, Theory and Research

Patrik Justin & John Sloboda, Oxford U. Press, 2001

Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn

Larry Rosen, Ph.D., Palgrave MacMillan, 2010

The Shame of a Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

Jonathan Kozol, Three Rivers Press, 2005

Shift: How to Reinvent Your Business, Your Career, and Your Personal Brand

Peter Arnell, Broadway Books, 2010

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head

Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., Great River Books, 2005

Space and Learning: Lessons in Architecture 3

Herman Hertzberger 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2008

A Teacher’s Window into the Child’s Mind

Sally Goddard, Fern Ridge Press,

Teaching for Tomorrow: Teaching Content and Problem-Solving Skills

Ted McCain, Corwin Press, 2005

Teaching the Digital Generation: No More Cookie-Cutter High Schools

Frank Kelly, Ian Jukes, Ted McCain, Corwin Press, 2008

The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning

A collaborative project: OWP/P ARchitects + VS Furniture + Bruce Mau Design, Abrams, 2010

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

Bernie Trilling & Charles Fadel, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009

A Whole New Mind: Why Right- Brainers Will Rule the Future

Daniel Pink, Riverhead Trade, 2006

Window on the Future: Education in the Age of Technology

Ian Jukes, Corwin Press, 2000

The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future

S. Craig Watkins, Beacon Press, 2009

Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning

Marc R. Prensky, Corwin Press Inc, 2010,

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

Tony Wagner, Scribner, 2012

Strategy in Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching

Rachel E. Curtis, Elizabeth A. City, Harvard Education Press, 2009

Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative

Ken Robinson, Capstone Publishing Ltd., 2001, 2011

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know about the Internet

John Naughton, Quercus, 2012

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson, Riverhead, 2010

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don’t

Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, 2001

Innovation Nation: How America Is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back

John Kao, Free Press, 2007

The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

Frans Johansson, Harvard Business School Publishing, 2006

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Matthew B. Crawford, The Penguin Press, 2009

Normal Is Just a Setting on Your Dryer Paperback– August 10, 1998

Patsy Clairmont, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1998

Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools—Now and in the Future

Barnett Berry Teachers College Press, 2011

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change

Douglas Thomas & John Seely Brown, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011

Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World

Tom Vander Ark, Jossey-Bass, 2011

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Paperback

Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead Books, 2011

Learning Spaces

Diana G. Oblinger, Editor, EDUCAUSE e-Book, 2006. This is available as an e-book for free, go to: