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Books: Winter 2019

Recent books published by members of the HGSE community.
Books: Winter 2019

Marit Dewhurst

In her new book, Marit Dewhurst, Ed.M.’03, Ed.D.’09, a professor at City College of New York, looks at the ways that educators can use art to better understand how our different identities tied to race, class, culture, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and nationality shape who students are and how they move in the world. She writes, “The ability to understand our students, their families, and their communities is imperative if we aim to facilitate empowering learning experiences.”

Betty Bardige, Megina Baker, and Ben Mardell

Calling themselves tour guides, authors Betty Bardige, Ed.D.’83, and Project Zero researchers and investigators Megina Baker and Ben Mardell give readers an inside look at Boston Public Schools’ early education programs for preK and kindergarten students, including how the program was built in the city, early results, examples of success, and challenges and barriers faced. But the book isn’t all theory and policy — the authors eavesdrop in classrooms, at community events, and during staff meetings for the city office that oversees the programs. Children at the Center not only tells the story, but, as the authors write, “shows the program in action,” too.

Sarah Tantillo

In her third book since graduating from the Ed School, Sarah Tantillo, Ed.M.’91, offers what may seem like just a grammar instructional manual but is, she says, “secretly a book about how to teach students how to write clearly.” And that matters because writing clearly seems to be a problem for many students, she says. Tantillo doesn’t waste time with the easy-to-follow book, starting with a critical chapter for instructors called “What should we STOP doing?” and including sections on helping students who are not at grade level, factors that affect how well we write, and what we should be teaching from kindergarten through high school.

Vajra Watson

Vajra Watson, Ed.M.’01, Ed.D.’08, director of research and policy for equity at University of California Davis, writes about the ways that schools can become more racially inclusive. As a case study, the book follows efforts made over five years by the Oakland Unified School District to join forces with community organizers, teachers, parents, religious leaders, neighborhood elders, and students to launch the Office of African American Male Achievement and attempt to disrupt underachievement. “Altogether,” Watson writes, “a school district and a community joined forces to resurrect possibility.”

Bina Shah

Described by Kirkus Reviews as “a novel that is in explicit conversation with The Handmaid’s Tale,” Before She Sleeps by journalist and writer Bina Shah, Ed.M.’94, focuses on a world devastated by war, the Virus, and gender selection, where young women are sent to indoctrination camps, forced to become mothers, and required to take on multiple husbands. Men hold all the power. There are the resisters, of course, the women who live in a hidden collective called the Panah, women who refuse to be wives and instead go underground in order to be free.

Full book list:

Before She Sleeps, Bina Shah, Ed.M.’94

Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned, edited by Frederick Hess, Ed.M.’90, and Michael McShane

Children at the Center, Betty Bardige, Ed.D.’83, Megina Baker, Project Zero, Ben Mardell, Project Zero

Free-Range Learning in a Digital Age, Peter Smith, M.A.T.’60, Ed.D.’83

Harvard Educational Review, volume 88, number 2, summer 2018

Prime Time Parenting, Heather Miller, Ed.M.’00

Qualitative Inquiry, Lynn Butler-Kisber, Ed.D.’88

Teachers Bridging Difference: Exploring Identity With Art, Marit Dewhurst, Ed.M.’03, Ed.D.’09

School Was Our Life: Remembering Progressive Education, Jane Roland Martin, Ed.M.’56

The Story of Filomena, Professor Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88

Transformative Schooling, Vajra Watson, Ed.M.’01, Ed.D.’08

Using Grammar to Improve Writing, Sarah Tantillo, Ed.M.’91

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