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sara-johnson-2006.jpgby Dr. Sara Johnson, Principal, McMinnville School District

COSA offers outstanding presenters for professional development opportunities.  Many of the guest speakers are authors of top selling books and enhance the information and trainings presented for COSA members.  Colin Cameron believes it would be a good idea to use the Book Blog to inform readers of the authored works of the COSA presenters.  Therefore, the blog will be dedicated to highlighting the books of the famous professional developers you will have access to at COSA events.  We will be switching the blog from highlighting best-sellers to highlighting COSA presenters’ books.  If you are interested in a book list of great reads, visit the principal link off of our school web site

Here is what you can expect on the COSA Book Blog February through June:

COSA Presenter/trainers –

  • Winter/January 2009 – Michael Fullan
  • Spring/March 2009 – To be determined
  • Spring/April 2009 – Carol Tomlinson
  • Spring/April 2009 - Marsha Tate
  • Spring/May 2009 – Todd Whitaker
  • Summer/June – Tony Wagner – Others to be determined


Michael FullanMichael Fullan ranks as a top researcher and expert in educational change.  He has made his life’s work the study of change and the impact it has on schools, achievement, and leadership. Fullan’s books are relevant, important resources for leaders.

Fullan’s books listed below have been top-sellers and favorites.  In this blog, I am providing the list of books that I have found helpful and worth buying.  For more information and interesting readers’ comments, follow the links and visit the Barnes and Noble web site.  Fullan’s books get consistently high reviews.

Michael Fullan’s Top Sellers at Barnes and Noble in Mid-January:

The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive by Michael Fullan (Sales Ranking – 6,901)

New Meaning of Educational Change by Michael Fullan  (Sales Ranking – 9,616)

Leading in a Culture of Change by Michael Fullan  (Sales Ranking - 10,870)

Jossey-Bass Reader on Educational Leadership by Jossey-Bass Publishers, Michael Fullan ( Introduction)  (Sales Ranking – 14,754)

Failure Is Not an Option: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools
by Alan M. Blankstein, Michael Fullan (Sales Ranking – 15,022)

What's Worth Fighting for in Principalship by Michael Fullan (Completely revised and updated) (Sales Ranking – 35,757)

Turnaround Leadership by Michael Fullan (Sales Ranking – 40,831)


Sara Johnson is a former Oregon Principal of the Year.  Share your comments, questions and recommendations with Sara and other Book Blog readers in the Comment Form below.

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