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.
A masterclass work on how to instill equitable practice and critical pedagogy as a public school educator.
The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith
A worthwhile look at how our current system of education ignores centuries of immersive learning.
A well-documented outline of how our current curriculum is destroying the writing process and how we can change it.
The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity, and Improve Everyone’s Well-being by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson
An analysis of how inequitable societies cause harm to the world and the steps we can take to solve this problem.
A School of Our Own by 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.
On Critical Pedagogy by Henry Giroux
An outline of critical pedagogy that expresses the need for dismantling neoliberal education and the assumption of “knowledge-based” curriculums.
This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by José Luis Vilson
An important look at the issues of diversity in education, not giving up on one’s kids, and how we can empower all voices within schools.
An incredibly detailed account of how our obsession with “job-readiness” in schools has perilous effects on the education system.
Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools by Ira Socol, Pam Moran, & Chad Ratliff
A guided, discussive, and narrative-based reading on how imagining school with a blank slate allows for progressive reform.
On Being a Teacher by Jonathan Kozol
An analysis of the historically oppressed and their education, and how we can revolutionize a classroom through subversive rebellion.
These Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can't Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools by Deborah Meier & Emily Gasoi
A fundamental look at democratic schooling and how we can reimagine public schools to be equitable and empowering for all.
Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
A summary of elements of critical pedagogy with a focus on feminism, racism, and forming progressive classrooms that empower students.
The author's journey working in the testing industry showcases how ridiculous, inaccurate, and manipulative testing is and how it should not ever be used for assessment.
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by 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 by William Deresiewicz
In-depth details of how our society is hurting students who over-prepare and want to attend elite universities.
What School Could Be by 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 by Adam Grant
Acknowledgement of how those who do not conform make major breakthroughs - a push for teachers to change the world.
The 80/20 Principle by 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 by Amanda Ripley
An analysis of perspectives of foreign exchange students in the US and abroad and how different schools are incorporating best practice.