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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist, is a professor of education at Harvard University, where, since 1972, she has studied the culture of schools, families, and communities. She is the author of eight books, including The Good High School, Respect, I’ve Known Rivers, and Balm in Gilead, which won the 1988 Christopher Award for “literary merit and humanitarian achievement.” In 1984, she was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Prize Fellowship. In 1993, she was awarded Harvard’s George Ledlie Prize for research that makes the “most valuable contribution to science” and is to “the benefit of mankind.” She is the first African-American woman in Harvard’s history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.


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The Essential Conversation
What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other
Written by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $13.99

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The Essential Conversation
What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other
Written by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $14.95

With the insights she has gleaned from her close and subtle observation of parent-teacher conferences, renowned Harvard University professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot has written a wise, useful book about the ways in which parents and teachers can make the most of their conversation.

“The essential conversation” is the crucial exchange that occurs between... Read more >
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