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The Flickering Mind
Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology
Written by Todd Oppenheimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6843-9 (0-8129-6843-3)

The Flickering Mind, by National Magazine Award winner Todd Oppenheimer, is a landmark account of the failure of technology to improve our schools and a call for renewed emphasis on what really works.

American education faces an unusual moment of crisis. For decades, its schools have been beaten down by a series... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book That Changed My Life
Interviews with National Book Award Winners and Finalists
Edited by Diane Osen
Introduction by Neil Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78351-0 (0-679-78351-2)

Every reader can name at least one book that changed his or her life—and many more beloved titles will surely come to mind as well. In The Book That Changed My Life, fifteen of America’s most influential authors discuss their own special literary choices. These unique interviews with National Book Award... Read more >
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Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos
How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School
Written by Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 19, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40573-9 (0-345-40573-0)

Millions of children--one in five--have what psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D., calls the Edison trait: dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy. Named after Thomas Edison--who flunked out of school only to harness his talents and give the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Turning Stones
My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story
Written by Marc Parent


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91235-5 (0-449-91235-3)

These are the riveting and disturbing true stories of a child welfare caseworker's years on the job. For four years, Marc Parent was a respected case worker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children. Parent was devoted, and witnessed bravery as... Read more >

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Not Much Just Chillin'
The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
Written by Linda Perlstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47576-3 (0-345-47576-3)

Suddenly they go from striving for A’s to barely passing, from fretting about cooties to obsessing for hours about crushes. Former chatterboxes answer in monosyllables; freethinkers mimic everything from clothes to opinions. Their bodies and psyches morph through the most radical changes since infancy. They are kids in the middle-school years... Read more >

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Push Has Come to Shove
Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight
Written by Dr. Steve Perry


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-72032-0 (0-307-72032-2)

“Have you been to a school lately? Have you sat through the six hours and forty-five minutes of excruciating tedium we send our kids to every day? When we ask our kids, “What’d you do in school today?” and they mumble, “Nothin’,” they’re telling the truth.”

Steve Perry is like no other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Schools
Written by Theresa Perry, Robert P. Moses, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Lisa Delpit and Joan T. Wynne


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3282-4 (0-8070-3282-4)

Legendary civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for a campaign to guarantee a quality education for all children as a constitutional right–a movement that would “transform current approaches to educational inequity, all... Read more >
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Young, Gifted, and Black
Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students
Written by Theresa Perry and Claude Steele
Edited by Asa Hilliard, III


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 2, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3105-6 (0-8070-3105-4)

Young, Gifted, and Black is a unique joint effort by three leading African-American scholars to radically reframe the debates swirling around the achievement of African-American students in school.

In three separate but allied essays, Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard place students’ social identity as African-Americans at the very center of... Read more >

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Here Speeching American
A Very Strange Guide to English as It Is Garbled Around the World
Written by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: October 5, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7315-0 (0-8129-7315-1)

Here Speeching American offers a survey of the oddities non-native English speakers introduce into the language.

Some examples include:

• Feel like shopping?
We have no good things to sell.
–shop sign, Lovina Beach, Bali

• Feeling sick?
Are you haunted by the horribles? Do you run after your own nose?
–Japanese medical form

• Wondering... Read more >
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Conscientious Objections
Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education
Written by Neil Postman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1992
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73421-5 (0-679-73421-X)

In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst--and the best--of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Writing in the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Postman sends... Read more >
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The End of Education
Redefining the Value of School
Written by Neil Postman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75031-4 (0-679-75031-2)

Postman suggests that the current crisis in our educational system derives from its failure to supply students with a translucent, unifying "narrative" like those that inspired earlier generations. Instead, today's schools promote the false "gods" of economic utility, consumerism, or ethnic separatism and resentment. What alternative strategies can we use to... Read more >
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Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds
Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins
Written by Michael Quinion


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-219-5 (1-58834-219-0)

The real story of a word or phrase’s origin and evolution is often much stranger–and much more humorous–than the commonly accepted one; the many entries will certainly leave you “happy as a clam.” Happy as a clam? Really, what’s so happy about being a clam? The saying makes much more sense... Read more >

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The Language Police
How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3064-4 (1-4000-3064-1)

Before Anton Chekhov and Mark Twain can be used in school readers and exams, they must be vetted by a bias and sensitivity committee. An anthology used in Tennessee schools changed “By God!” to “By gum!” and “My God!” to “You don’t mean it.” The New York State Education Department omitted... Read more >
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Reign of Error
The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35088-4 (0-385-35088-0)

From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, “whistle-blower extraordinaire” (The Wall Street Journal), author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System (“Important and riveting”—Library Journal), The Language Police (“Impassioned. . . . Fiercely argued... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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What Smart Students Know
Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time.
Written by Adam Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 27, 1993
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-517-88085-2 (0-517-88085-7)

Why do some students constantly excel? This book reveals their surprising secrets--and shows you how to become a smart student yourself. Written for high school and college students, this book contains hundreds of practical tips, including:

what teachers are really looking for when grading essays
how to take, and not to take... Read more >

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True Notebooks
A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72761-0 (0-375-72761-2)

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks... Read more >

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Before It's Too Late
Why Some Kids Get Into Trouble--and What Parents Can Do About It
Written by Stanton Samenow


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: November 20, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-3065-8 (0-8129-3065-7)

Is it “just a phase,” or could your child be headed for serious trouble?

If you sense that your child is seriously troubled, you may feel bewildered, helpless, ineffective. How can you stop your child from throwing away his or her life? How can you avoid thinking that you’ve failed as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Educational Courage
Resisting the Ambush of Public Education
Written by Mara Sapon-Shevin and Nancy Schniedewind


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3295-4 (0-8070-3295-6)

Lost amid the heated debate over educational policies are the stories of the educators, parents, and students who are most affected by policies such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. In Educational Courage, veteran education scholars Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin bring together the voices of those... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Widening the Circle
The Power of Inclusive Classrooms
Written by Mara Sapon-Shevin


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 15, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3280-0 (0-8070-3280-8)

Widening the Circle is a passionate, even radical argument for creating school and classroom environments where all kids, including children labeled as “disabled” and “special needs,” are welcome on equal terms.

In opposition to traditional models of special education, where teachers decide when a child is deemed “ready to compete” in “mainstream”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Opportunity Equation
How Citizen Teachers Are Combating the Achievement Gap in America's Schools
Written by Eric Schwarz
Foreword by Lawrence H. Summers


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3372-2 (0-8070-3372-3)

In The Opportunity Equation, Schwarz tells the story of how he founded the pioneering Citizen Schools program to combat rising inequality by bringing opportunities to children who don’t have access to them. By increasing learning time in schools, pairing at-risk children with professionally successful mentors, and harnessing the power of an... Read more >
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The Necessary Revolution
How Individuals And Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World
Written by Peter M. Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-51901-4 (0-385-51901-X)

Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to heat another. Where buildings need less and less energy around the world, and where “regenerative” commercial buildings – ones that create more energy than they use – are being designed. A world in which environmentally sound... Read more >

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Schools That Learn (Updated and Revised)
A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education
Written by Peter M. Senge, Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith and Janis Dutton


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: July 31, 2012
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-51822-2 (0-385-51822-6)

Revised and Updated edition
Schools that Learn is a magnificent, grand book that pays equal attention to the small and the big picture - and what's more integrates them. There is no book on education change that comes close to Senge et al's sweeping and detailed treatment. Classroom, school, community, systems, citizenry---it's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Overcoming Dyslexia
A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
Written by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78159-2 (0-679-78159-5)

From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Overcoming Dyslexia
A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
Written by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 15, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40012-4 (0-375-40012-5)

From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help us understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Students are Watching
Schools and the Moral Contract
Written by Nancy Faust Sizer
Edited by Theodore Sizer


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 15, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3121-6 (0-8070-3121-6)

In this groundbreaking book, Theodore and Nancy Sizer insist that students learn not just from their classes but from their school’s routines and rituals, especially about matters of character. They convince us once again of what we may have forgotten: that we need to create schools that constantly demonstrate a belief... Read more >
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