So being a reading consultant, I’m sure it comes as no shock that I read a lot. It’s not often that I get really excited to receive a professional book – like REALLY excited.

When I get home from Indianapolis this week I will have the latest missive from Richard Elmore and others of his caliber in my hot little hands: I Used to Think..and Now I Think..: Twenty Leading Educators Reflect on the Work of School Reform.

Here’s the abstract: This book’s title is borrowed from an exercise often used at the end of teacher professional development sessions, in which participants write down how what they’ve learned has changed their thinking. The resulting essays model the ongoing process of reflection and growth among those deeply committed to this work. In this volume, Richard F. Elmore invites leading educators at every level of school reform–teachers, administrators, policymakers, school founders, community organizers, union leaders, teacher educators–to share their intimate reflections on the personal experiences and intellectual journeys that have shaped their practice. Contributors include Jean Anyon, Ernesto J. Cortes Jr., Rudy Crew, Larry Cuban, Howard Gardner, Beverly L. Hall, Thomas Hehir, Jeffrey R. Henig, Frederick M. Hess, Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Brad Jupp, Dennis Littky, Deborah Meier, Ron Miller, Sonia Nieto, Charles M. Payne, Larry Rosenstock, Mark Simon, and Marshall S. Smith.

OOOOH! I can’t wait and I’ll keep you posted.