Book Review

Other Duties as Assigned

Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Expert Teacher Leadership

by Jan Burgess and Donna Bates, ASCD, Alexandria, Va., 2009, 160 pp., $26.95 softcover

Anyone who has received a contract as a professional educator understands the import of “other duties as assigned.” Authors Jan Burgess and Donna Bates, with a combined 60 years of work as administrators and teachers, shed considerable light on this phrase in Other Duties as Assigned: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Expert Teacher Leadership.

Book: Other Duties as Assigned


When reading a book, many of us use a highlighter to indicate interesting points, good ideas or things we can use. The publishers could have printed this book on yellow paper. It is full of useful information that strengthens professional practices that focus on student learning. The dialogue, diagrams and question/answer format provide a baseline for analyzing what is and is not happening in schools.

Most of us are trained to work with student learners, yet many of our duties require us to work with adult learners. This book offers practical tools that can be downloaded to help us work with other professionals in professional learning communities. Communication with our peers must be mastered to maximize achievement for all students.

This book could be a useful reference tool for teachers new and experienced, administrators, department chairs and professors. Readers will appreciate the fact that other duties as assigned means greater learning opportunities for them.

Reviewed by Jim Hattabaugh, educational consultant, Fort Smith, Ark.