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Staff Book Recommendations: Earnest Offley

My first recommendation is a book: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which talks about mass incarceration and the school to prison pipeline. My other recommendation is a documentary, actually: Ava Duvernay’s 13th is a must-see. I honestly had no idea how in-depth the prison system was from an education standpoint in minority communities.… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Michelle Nutter

Michelle Nutter

I have two books that I would like to share with you. I’m still reading the first book: Beyond Ally: The Pursuit of Racial Justice by Dr. Maysa Akbar. She says that as we engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and social justice work, being an ally isn’t enough. We need to do more.… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Mariela Puentes

Mariela Puentes

The first book that I’m sharing is one of my absolute favorites: Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education by Annette Lareau. It talks about what cultural capital schools value, how they value it, and why this can perpetuate inequality. For example, if a school values deference over criticism, it elevates families… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Mira Best

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I have two book recommendations: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The Color of Law brilliantly lays out the housing policies that have produced and promoted residential racial segregation. Just Mercy lays bare the institutional racism inherent in the criminal legal system, and it does so in an… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Walking with the Wind by John Lewis is my go-to book recommendation. It is, hands down, one the top five most important books I have ever read. John Lewis is a personal hero to me; he’s the reason I decided to become a social studies teacher years ago. I was one of those strange young… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Kim Grossett

I recently started reading Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. It was on the bestsellers list for a long time, and I hope it gives me a better understanding of why certain populations are treated a certain way. I’m looking forward to reading it with my book club. 

Staff Book Recommendations: Jenny Portillo

I got hooked on culturally responsive teaching after Language Cultural and Teaching by Sonia Nieto. I read it for one of my classes at Teachers College when I was a graduate student. This book shaped my understanding of the importance of culturally responsive teaching for all students from all different backgrounds. This book was a… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Carol Gant

Carol Gant

I’ve been thinking a lot about intersectionality in literature, especially regarding Black women and gender. Two books come to mind for me on these topics. One is Intersectional Identity and Education Leadership of Black Women in the U.S.A. by Sonia Douglass Horsford, a collection of essays and studies on the experiences and barriers of Black… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Daryl Williams

Daryl Williams

I’ve been working on a recent release from 2020, titled From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioners Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia Brown McNair, Estella Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcolm-Piqueux. Here’s an excerpt from the back cover: “It provides race-conscious guidance on designing and implementing effective campus change strategies that… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Susan Shaffer

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I entered the educational equity field almost 50 years through my experiences as a high school teacher and a young mom. When I was a teacher in the 1970s, I joined the Class Action Suit for Teachers to fight for the right to teach after twelve weeks of pregnancy. We won the case under Title… Read More »

The MAEC blog is designed to engage hearts and minds of school and district leaders across the country to engage in issues that you have identified as being essential in education. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

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