Education Turning Learning Right Side Up. Russell Ackoff. A fantastic read that ties the components of social systems theory to the problems of education. Like all Ackoff books, very entertaining and in-your-face.
Disrupting Class. Clayton Christensen. A leader in the field of innovation and especially disruptive innovation, Christensen's book is a clear "early warning" shot across the bow that education is facing disruptive innovation that will overtake the current system in a few short years. A must read for any educational leader and thinker!
2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning. By KnowledgeWorks and Institute for the Future. www.knowledgeworks.org. A fascinating and thought-provoking fold-out document that identifies the "new" roles for education professionals like: "Edu-vator," "Learning Fitness Instructor," and "Social Capital Platform Developer." Brochures can be ordered for free.
The Flat World and Education. By Linda Darling Hammond. A great book on the state of education and the realities we must face if we are going to transform. Not always an easy read - very research oriented.
Making Learning Whole- How 7 Principles of Teaching can Transform Education. By David Perkins. Haven't read this one yet but was recommended by someone in my Personal Learning Network.
Crash Course. A Radical Plan for Improving Public Education. By Chris Whittle. An interesting read about a potential school design. Not as provocative and important as Distrupting Class but interesting nonetheless.
The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform. By Seymour B. Sarason. Written in 1990, Sarason reads as if he wrote this last week. Basically argues for systemic change that it appears our industry if finally embracing.