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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
by Paul Tough
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In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of... (read more)

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Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, 10th Anniversary Edition. with a New Introduction and Essay by the
Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, 10th Anniversary Edition. with a New Introduction and Essay by the
by David Orr
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In Earth in Mind, Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that alienates us from life in the name of human... (read more)

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The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
by Diane Ravitch
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A passionate plea to preserve and renew public education, The Death and Life of the Great American School System is a radical change of heart from one of America’s best-known education experts. Diane Ravitch—former assistant secretary of... (read more)

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Improbable Scholars (13 Edition)
Improbable Scholars (13 Edition)
by David L. Kirp
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No school district can be all charismatic leaders and super-teachers. It can't start from scratch, and it can't fire all its teachers and principals when students do poorly. Great charter schools can only serve a tiny minority of students. Whether we... (read more)

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The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Multicultural Education)
The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Multicultural Education)
by Lin Darling Hammond
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In her new book, Darling-Hammond--a chief education advisor to President Barack Obama and a nationally recognized leader in education reform--presents a sobering account of the current crisis of public education in America that focuses on equity as a... (read more)

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Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (New in Paper) (Public Square)
Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (New in Paper) (Public Square)
by Martha C. Nussbaum
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"Martha Nussbaum is the most erudite and visionary scholar writing on higher education today. Once again, she has laid out a novel and compelling argument with all of the clarity and rigor we expect from her writing. Not for Profit reminds us all that... (read more)

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Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters (Radical Imagination)
Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters (Radical Imagination)
by Stanley Aronowitz
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In "Against Schooling," Stanley Aronowitz passionately raises an alarm about the current state of education in our country. Discipline and control over students, Aronowitz argues, are now the primary criteria of success, and genuine learning is... (read more)

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Other People's Children : Cultural Conflict in the Classroom ((Rev)06 Edition)
Other People's Children : Cultural Conflict in the Classroom ((Rev)06 Edition)
by Lisa Delpit
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Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award and Choice Magazines Outstanding Academic Book Award, and voted one of Teacher Magazines “great books,” Other Peoples Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its... (read more)

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Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream
Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream
by Suzanne Mettler
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Americas higher education system is failing its students. In the space of a generation, we have gone from being the best-educated society in the world to one in which a college degree benefits only to those in the top income brackets. In Degrees of... (read more)

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Making It Up As We Go Along (98 Edition)
Making It Up As We Go Along (98 Edition)
by Chris Mercogliano
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Making It Up as We Go Along is the story of the Albany Free School, a school based on real freedom, real community, real democratic principles, and real affection between teachers and students. There, for over twenty-five years Chris Mercogliano has... (read more)

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Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching & Learning
Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching & Learning
by Douglas Reeves
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Ahead of the Curve provides a comprehensive view of the challenges of assessmentfrom a classroom, system, and leadership standpointand examines the many perspectives of effective assessment design and implementation. The distinguished contributors to... (read more)

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Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School
Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School
by Mica Pollock
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Which acts by educators are "racist" and which are "antiracist"? How can an educator constructively discuss complex issues of race with students and colleagues? In Everyday Antiracism, leading educators deal with the most challenging questions about race... (read more)

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Creating Innovators: the Making of You (12 Edition)
Creating Innovators: the Making of You (12 Edition)
by Wagner Tony
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IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.... (read more)

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The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric
The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric
by Miriam Joseph
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"The Trivium" guides the reader through a clarifying and rigorous account of logic, grammar, and rhetoric. A thorough presentation of general grammar, propositions, syllogisms, enthymemes, fallacies, poetics, figurative language, and metrical discourse... (read more)

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Howard Zinn on Democratic Education (04 Edition)
Howard Zinn on Democratic Education (04 Edition)
by Zinn
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Perhaps no other historian has had a more profound and revolutionary impact on American education than Howard Zinn. This is the first book devoted to his views on education and its role in a democratic society.Howard Zinn on Democratic Education... (read more)

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Pedagogy, Policy, and the Privatized City: Stories of Dispossession and Defiance from New Orleans
Pedagogy, Policy, and the Privatized City: Stories of Dispossession and Defiance from New Orleans
by Kristen L. Buras
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In cities across the nation, communities of color find themselves resisting state disinvestment and the politics of dispossession. Students at the Centera writing initiative based in several New Orleans high schoolstakes on this struggle through a close... (read more)

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The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice
The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice
by Lois Weiner
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In The Future of Our Schools, Lois Weiner explains why teachers who care passionately about teaching and social justice need to unite the energy for teaching to efforts to self-govern and transform teacher unions. Drawing on research, her experience as... (read more)

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Global Achievement Gap -updated (14 Edition)
Global Achievement Gap -updated (14 Edition)
by Tony Wagner
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In The Global Achievement Gap, education expert Tony Wagner situates our school problems in the larger context of the demands of the global knowledge economy. He illustrates that even in our best schools, we dont teach or test the skills that matter most... (read more)

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Using Data to Close the Achievement Gap: How to Measure Equity in Our Schools
Using Data to Close the Achievement Gap: How to Measure Equity in Our Schools
by Ruth S Johnson
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`If the goal of all students reaching high standards is to be met, Using Data to Close the Achievement Gap should be required reading for all teachers and administrators. It should also be an integral part of the course of study for those preparing to... (read more)

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The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
by Alfie Kohn
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In this “lively, provocative and well-researched book” (Theodore Sizer), AlTe Kohn builds a powerful argument against the “back to basics” philosophy of teaching and simplistic demands to “raise the bar.” Drawing on... (read more)

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