NCSC speakers are some of the best education thought leaders and advocates for high-quality public education for all kids. But beyond their ability to inspire on the main stage at our conference each year, they are also best-selling authors. Through their words, they share insights and strategies that foster dialogue to motive change. From unlocking the power to social-emotional health to help kids thrive and teaching online to deeply personal and transformational stories of hope, these books will challenge us to think critically about the future of education. 

We hope you will take some time in the coming weeks to delve into these books and involve your school or office as a professional development opportunity or book club.

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Doug Lemov

Teaching in the Online Classroom: Surviving and Thriving in the New Normal 

Although the transition to online education is happening more abruptly than anyone anticipated, technology-supported teaching may be here to stay. Teaching expert Doug Lemov and his colleagues spent weeks studying videos of online teaching and they now provide educators in the midst of this transition with a clear guide to engaging and educating their students online. 

This guide explores the challenges involved in online teaching and guides educators and administrators to identify and understand best practices.  It is a valuable tool to help you and your students succeed in synchronous and asynchronous settings  this school year and beyond. 


Marc Brackett 

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive 

In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, Marc Brackett has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. This book combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.


diane tavenner

Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life 

An educator and mother, Diane Tavenner cofounded the first Summit school in 2003. Summit Public Schools has won national recognition because 99 percent of Summit students get into a four-year college, and Summit students finish college at twice the national average. But in a radical departure from the environments created by the college admissions arms race, Summit students aren’t focused on competing with their classmates for rankings or test scores. 

Today, thousands of educators, tens of thousands of students, and hundreds of schools across thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have embraced the Summit model. Through personal stories and the hard-earned lessons of Summit’s exceptional team of educators and diverse students, Diane Tavenner shares the underlying learning philosophies and unconventional wisdom that lead to all children being prepared for school and life.


DeRay Mckesson

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope 

In August 2014, twenty-nine-year-old activist DeRay Mckesson stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them in cities across the country, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays down the intellectual, pragmatic, and political framework for a new liberation movement.

Honest, courageous, and imaginative, On the Other Side of Freedom is a work brimming with hope. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible.

Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.