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Favorite Books on Educational Equity

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For #NationalLiteracyMonth, we’re highlighting some of our favorite books on educational equity.

These books discuss race, religion, language, and poverty, as well as how to lead work and conversations around these topics. If you engage with students in any capacity (educator, family member, administrator, nonprofit leader), these resources are for you.

Blankstein, A., Noguera, P., Kelly, L. (2016). Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 

Bryk, A., Sebring, P. B., Allensworth, E., Luppescu, S., & Easton, J. Q (2010). Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 

Darling-Hammond, L. (2010). The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine Our Future. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. 

Dweck, C. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York, NY: Penguin Random House.

Epstein, J., et al. (2008). School, Family and Community Partnerships (3rd Edition).Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 

Fergus, E., Noguera, P., Martin, M. (2014). Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of Black and Latino Boys. Boston, MA: Harvard Education Press. 

Gorski, P. & Pothini, S. (2018). Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (2nd Edition). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Henderson, A. T., Mapp, K. L., Johnson, V. R., & Davies, D. (2007). Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships. New York, NY: The New Press. 

Howard, T. C. (2010). Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. 

Mapp, K., Carver, I., & Lander, J. (2017). Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

Nieto, S. (1999). The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. 

Noguera, P. (2008). The Trouble with Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Pollock, M. (2008). Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School. New York, NY: The New Press. 

Pollock, M. (2017). School Talk: Rethinking What We Say About and To Students Every Day. New York, NY: The New Press. 


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