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Reading List

The resources in this reading list give more context about the teaching profession, under-resourced communities, and what it’s really like to be a new teacher. We strongly encourage you to read as many as you can. 

Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education.

Building a Better Teacher by Elizabeth Green
Green's narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success by Dr. Sharroky Hollie
Strategies and suggestions to support culturally and linguistically diverse students. 

Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen
Veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States and demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.

Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation’s schools.

Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov
Teach Like a Champion 2.0 is a complete update to the international bestseller. This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike. It's also a key text in our training model.

In the Classroom, Common Ground Can Transform GPAs, an NPR podcast by Shankar Vedantam
Many people have experienced the magic of a wonderful teacher, and we all know anecdotally that these instructors can change our lives. But what if a teacher and a student don't connect? How does that affect the education that child receives?