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Title: Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today (Amazon; ASCD Study Guide; Handout)
Authors: Thomas C. Murray and Eric C. Sheninger
Released: June 2017

With all that we know about how students learn, the nature of the world they will face after graduation, and the educational inequities that have existed for centuries, maintaining a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is tantamount to instructional malpractice.

Authors Eric C. Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray outline eight keys—each a piece of a puzzle for transforming the K–12 education system of teaching and learning—to intentionally design tomorrow’s schools so today’s learners are prepared for success and stand ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.

The traditional model of schooling ultimately prepares students for the industrial model of the past. If we want our students to become successful citizens in a global society, we must dramatically shift to a more personal approach. Failure is not an option. We can no longer wait. Let Learning Transformed show you how you can be a part of the solution.


“Given how quickly and profoundly the world is changing, there are few more urgent challenges than the transformation of our schools and education systems. Some people are still unconvinced of the need for this transformation: others are unsure how to make it happen. Learning Transformed is addressed to all of them and to every other educator, administrator and policy maker with a serious concern for the future of our children and our communities. It draws on the best research about the need for change and on the strategies that work and those that don’t. More than that, it’s seasoned throughout with deep, real world experience of teaching and learning, policy and practice in innovative schools and pioneering districts across the nation. Learning Transformed is both a compelling manifesto for the schools our children need now and an inspirational blueprint for how to bring them about.”
Sir Ken Robinson

“In Learning Transformed, Sheninger and Murray provide an ambitious, yet achievable, research-based blueprint for school leaders to lead the needed change in today’s schools. Rarely has a book provided so many compelling evidence-rich strategies, as shared through the lenses of leading practitioners, to empower educators to redesign the learning experience so that every child, regardless of their socioeconomic status or zip code, is provided a world-class education.”
Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

“Sheninger and Murray combine some of today’s most compelling research, evidence-based practices, and innovative ideas to provide a dynamic blueprint for redefining student learning experiences. They demonstrate how students’ participation in authentic, real-world experiences can disrupt inequality and increase access to critical learning opportunities. Learning Transformed serves as a handbook to implement actionable, sustainable change in schools so today’s students can thrive in tomorrow’s world.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

“In Learning Transformed, Sheninger and Murray deftly combine the past and the future by offering eight keys to the schools of tomorrow, while lodging their insights into the history of the school reform movement. Read this book to be enlightened — and to put fun, excitement, and real learning back into your school or classroom.”
Daniel H. Pink, Author of Drive and To Sell is Human

“Theory and research provide the foundation for change, but it is the actions undertaken by school leaders that drive transformation. Sheninger and Murray move well beyond the buzzwords and latest hype by providing a well-grounded, scholarly book that links theory, research, practical strategies, and evidence to move schools forward. The credible argument articulated is made even more impressive with the practical solutions found throughout Learning Transformed.”
Robert J. Marzano, Cofounder and CAO, Marzano Research

“Our team has been immersed in deep learning for five years, and I can say without a doubt that Sheninger and Murray don’t miss a trick. Learning Transformed has it all: Eight Keys that are concise, clear, and comprehensive. Great insights across the whole book. The chapter on learning spaces and design is a gem—an innovative treasure trove of new ideas. The use of successful practitioners at the end of each chapter to bring home the points is especially powerful in consolidating the lessons learned. Put Learning Transformed on your short list to read and use!”
Michael Fullan, Author and Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

“Imagine schools and classrooms designed to develop students who are energized by learning, who are preparing for life in the world they inhabit, and who are taught by forward-thinking teachers supported in their own professional growth trajectories. In this design, equity is a non-negotiable, environments release creative energies, and communities are no longer outside the school. Learning Transformed points the way to actualizing our best understanding of teaching and learning as the central element in the critical work of school reform.”
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor & Chair, Educational Leadership, Foundations, & Policy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Title: 10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education (Amazon, Routledge)
Authors: Jimmy Casas, Todd Whitaker, Jeff Zoul, Dwight Carter, Kirk Humphreys, Katrina Keene, Shannon Miller, Thomas C. Murray, LaVonna Roth, Starr Sackstein
Released: December 2018

How do great educators bring about real change to make a difference in students’ lives? In this first volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, 10 of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders come together to share their top suggestions you need right now to innovate in your school or classroom. You will gain fresh insights and practical strategies on ten essential topics.

Filled with inspiring stories throughout, the book will leave you feeling motivated to take risks and try new things in your own school or classroom. As the authors say, if we want to make a real difference, it’s not enough to do the things we do better; we must also do new and better things!

Education Write Now

Title: Education Write Now (Amazon; Routledge)
Authors: Sanée Bell, Kayla Delzer, Bob Dillon, Joe Mazza, Thomas C. Murray, Starr Sackstein, Joe Sanfelippo, Tony Sinanis, Amber Teamann, Jeff Zoul
Released: December 2017

In this innovative new series Education Write Now, ten of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders meet for a three-day retreat to think and write collaboratively, and then bring you the top takeaways you need right now to improve your school or classroom. This first volume, edited by Jeff Zoul and Joe Mazza, focuses on the all-important but often uncomfortable concept of change. Each concise chapter addresses how teachers and leaders can do the hard work of enacting change so more students succeed—academically and emotionally.

You’ll gain practical insights and strategies for changing how we think about…

  • Embracing Change (Jeff Zoul)
  • Learning (Tony Sinanis)
  • Assessment (Starr Sackstein)
  • Relationships (Kayla Delzer)
  • Mental Health (Joe Mazza)
  • Educational Technology (Thomas C. Murray)
  • Teacher Engagement (Sanée Bell)
  • Leadership (Amber Teamann)
  • Partnerships (Bob Dillon)
  • Communication (Joe Sanfelippo)

The royalties generated from this book will support the Will to Live Foundation, a nonprofit foundation working to prevent teen suicide.

Leading Professional Learning

Title: Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Available Here; Bulk Order)
Authors: Thomas C. Murray and Jeff Zoul
Released: January 2015

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Confidently learn to build a values-driven school culture, personalized professional roadmaps, and a collaboration-minded staff. You’ll find concrete examples, leadership profiles, and a wealth of resources to help administrators and teachers:

  • Take ownership of their professional growth
  • Design meaningful learning opportunities
  • Collaborate using technology, blogs, and social media
  • Model and support professional learning for others


“Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers masterfully connects how and why professional learning for teachers can be transformed. It’s an accessible, practical resource that every educator should have in their toolkit.”
Cindy Johanson, Executive Director, Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation

“This is a brief, but powerful, book about making professional learning for teachers more meaningful and personal. Murray and Zoul have identified several important ways to improve how we support our teachers’ learning so that they are better equipped to support their students. The book offers practical tips that schools and districts can take and use immediately.”
Todd Whitaker, Professor of Department of Educational Leadership, Indiana State University

Murray and Zoul present a refreshingly practical guide for bringing professional learning into the 21st century. In addition to sharing a compelling vision for how technology can supercharge collaboration among educators, they also provide specific approaches and tools so anyone can make the transformation in their own school.”
Richard Culatta, Education Innovator

“Murray and Zoul remind us that all educators are, at their core, still learners. Leading Professional Learning is a call for all teachers and administrators to be models for their students: curious about new ideas, and armed with the skills to discover answers. This book prepares them well for all of this.”
Angela Maiers, Education Consultant




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