Books of the Month

The following are our curated readings for each month. Each of these resources would be fantastic for any progressive educator to reflect on.

2019

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

  • A School of Our Own
    Samuel Levin and Susan Engel

    • The story of Samuel Levin (Susan Engel’s son), who creates a “school within a school” - operated and maintained by high schoolers - for a passion project.

February

  • On Critical Pedagogy
    Henry Giroux

    • An outline of critical pedagogy that expresses the need for dismantling neoliberal education and the assumption of “knowledge-based” curriculums.

January

2018

December

November

October

  • On Being a Teacher
    Jonathan Kozol

    • An analysis of the historically oppressed and their education, and how we can revolutionize a classroom through subversive rebellion.

September

August

  • Teaching to Transgress
    bell hooks

    • A summary of elements of critical pedagogy with a focus on feminism, racism, and forming progressive classrooms that empower students.

July

June

  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
    Frank Bruni

    • A description of the issue with rankings systems of universities in America and the false prestige our children hold them to.

  • Excellent Sheep
    William Deresiewicz

    • In-depth details of how our society is hurting students who over-prepare and want to attend elite universities.

May

  • What School Could Be
    Ted Dintersmith

    • Accounts by teachers and administrators in progressive schools in across America - displaying how to change education and the problems we're currently facing.

  • Originals
    Adam Grant

    • Acknowledgement of how those who do not conform make major breakthroughs - a push for teachers to change the world.

April

  • The 80/20 Principle
    Richard Koch

    • Summary of how our world is broken into 80/20 binaries and how we should utilize time accordingly.

  • The Smartest Kids in the World
    Amanda Ripley

    • An analysis of perspectives of foreign exchange students in the US and abroad and how different schools are incorporating best practice.

March

  • Linchpin
    Seth Godin

    • An analysis of how those who change the world are those who go against the grain.

  • The Element
    Sir Ken Robinson

    • Demonstrates the importance of passion to humankind and the goal of schools to teach it.