AITSL staff picks
AITSL Staff Picks
  • The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Learn how to create extraordinary moments that can surprise and change us in our life and work.

  • The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

Take a look at human reasoning and how to improve your decision-making skills.




Chris Wardlaw
Chris Wardlaw, Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • Driving School Improvement: a Practical Guide by‚Äč Pamela Macklin and Vic Zbar

Find out about tools and activities that could help meeting your school improvement challenge.

  • Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for F-12 Classrooms by Siobhan Leahy and Dylan Wiliam

Learn about five strategies for improving student achievement in this practical guide.

Hear about the role that time and iteration play in the production of genius in this podcast.

Find out why country music makes you cry listening to this podcast.




Mary Pickett
Mary Pickett, Senior Educational Consultant at the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Discover how autonomy, mastery and purpose are the driving forces behind human motivation.

  • Collective Efficacy: How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning by Jenni Donohoo

Read about how teachers can improve student outcomes through collective actions.

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Discover the power of mindset, the way we think about our talents and abilities.




Rob Nairn
Rob Nairn, Executive Director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association
  • The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals by Pete Hall, Deborah Childs-Bowen, Ann Cunningham-Morris, Phyllis Pajardo and Alisa Simeral

Learn how principals can capitalize on their challenging leadership roles.

  • Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Great Speeches by Winston Churchill (Author), David Cannadine (Editor)

Browse the anthology of 33 speeches of one of the great orators in history.




John Hattie
Laureate Professor John Hattie, Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute
  • 4321: A Novel by Paul Auster

Get to know four versions of the life of a young man told from birth to early adulthood.

  • The Baltimore Boys by Joël Dicker

Uncover the deep dark secrets of the Goldman family.

  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Join Mr Stevens, an English butler, as he recounts and questions his life in this historical novel.




Peter Glendenning
Peter Glendenning, Director, Institute for Professional Learning of the Department of Education, WA
  • The Courage to be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

Liberate your real self and unlock your potential with this international bestseller.




Jennifer Buckingham
Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies
  • Language at the Speed of Sight – How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg

Read the in-depth review of the research on how people learn to read




Patrick Barrett
Patrick Barrett, Manager of Programs (Special Purpose), Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, NSW
  • Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism by Larry Siedentop

Discover a different perspective on the emergence of Western liberalism.

  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Follow a penniless British writer as he experiences poverty in the two great cities.

  • A Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

Read about how to overcome unhappiness presented in this classic first published in 1930.