Reading List


    The following are some of Superintendent Almendarez' favorite books for inspiration and discussion about leadership, education and the challenge of building a more prosperous future for our students and communities.

  • The Innovator's Mindset
    The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

    by George Couros


  • The Color of Water

    The Color of Water

    By James McBride


    Learning to Improve

    Learning to Improve: HOw America's Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better

    by Anthony Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, Paul G. LeMahieu


    I am Malala

    I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

  • 7 habits of highly effective teens

    7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

    by Sean Covey

  • Wonder


    by J. Palacio



  • Leadership and Self-Deception

    Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    by The Arbinger Institute

  •  Incredible Leadership

    Indelible Leadership: Always Leave them Learning

    by Michael Fullan



    The Coming Jobs War

    The Coming Jobs War

    by Jim Clifton


    A More Beautiful Question

    A More Beautiful Question

    by Warren Berger 


    Esperanza Rising

    Esperanza Rising

    by Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • Switch

    Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    by Chip Heath and Dan Heath


    The Art of Coaching

    The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

    by Elena Aguilar


    Death by Meeting

    Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable ... About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

    by Patrick M. Lencioni


  • Eat Move Sleep

    Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Bing Changes

    by Tom Rath


    Chase the Lion

    Chase the Lion Study Book: Stepping Confidently into the Unknown

    by Mark Batterson