Harvard Graduate School of Education Logo

Give back to HGSE and support the next generation of passionate educators and innovative leaders.

Current Issue

Summer 2019

Books: Summer 2019

Photograph by Ekaterina Smirnova

download a PDF of the article

Books: Summer 2019

Recent books published by members of the HGSE community

Joanne Grady Huskey and Holly Rodgers Wescott

For many years, Joanne Grady Huskey, Ed.M.’78, and Holly Rodgers Wescott have been working with young women through the leadership training organization they started, iLive2Lead. This book is based on the training curriculum they developed and share with young women at their summits. However, as they write, the book is meant to help not just the young women they have already worked with, but also young women around the world who want to learn the skills necessary to articulate and execute the ideas they have as they try to make change in their communities.

Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas

In his latest book, Lecturer Todd Rose, Ed.M.’01, Ed.D.’07, faculty director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program, and Ed School visiting scholar Ogi Ogas, look at women and men who have achieved great success despite being, as the title points out, dark horses — the winners nobody saw coming. Some of these dark horses did poorly in school or dropped out at various stages. Some did well but switched careers and followed an unorthodox path to success. What they found was that there wasn’t one defining character trait they all shared, such as a desire to prove themselves to the world. Instead, the one common thread they did discover: Dark horses are fulfilled.

Jarvis Givens, Na’ilah Suad Nasir, and Christopher Chatmon

In this collection of essays, the editors, including Assistant Professor Jarvis Givens, look at what it means to educate black male students in a large urban district. Specifically, they look at the African American Male Achievement Initiative in the Oakland Unified School District in California, a program that is rooted in love and success for black males. “We are not all the same!” one author writes in his chapter. “This book offers an anti-deficit, anti-essentialist perspective of black males’ performance in schools and gives nuance to the stark realities that young men face — some thriving, some struggling, some making progress, others seeking a place to be recognized for their full human potential.”

Carl Pickhardt

With more than 15 books on parenting, author and psychologist Carl Pickhardt, Ed.M.’66, has tackled everything from screaming to boomerang kids to why good kids act cruelly. In his latest, Who Stole My Child?, Pickhardt wrestles another thorny topic: adolescence. With easy-to-follow language, Pickhardt navigates parents, caretakers, and teachers through the often confusing stages of that age. Being prepared and knowing what developmental changes to anticipate during this period in a kid’s life (roughly ages 8 to 18) can help significantly during what Pickhardt calls “the harder half of parenting.”

Eve Ewing

Eve Ewing, Ed.M.’13, Ed.D.’16, knows Chicago. She grew up there. She taught there. Now she’s back as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. So in 2013, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city was going to close 49 schools in an effort to combat massive debt, sagging enrollments, and schools with low test scores, and the move was met with fierce opposition, Ewing wondered, “if the schools were so terrible, why did people fight for them so adamantly?” In her new book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard, Ewing explores that question and encourages any district considering closures to ask additional questions such as: What does this institution mean to the community? Who gets to make the decisions? And how do race, power, and identity inform what happens?

A complete list of books in this issue:

iCan: A Young Woman’s Guide to Taking the Lead, Joanne Grady Huskey, Ed.M.’78, and Holly Rodgers Wescott

We Dare Say Love, Assistant Professor Jarvis Givens, Na’ilah Suad Nasir, and Christopher Chatmon

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, Eve Ewing, Ed.M.’13, Ed.D.’16

Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment, Lecturer Todd Rose, Ed.M.’01, Ed.D.’07, and Ogi Ogas

Who Stole My Child? Parenting Through the Four Stages of Adolescence, Carl Pickhardt, Ed.M.’66

Refuge, Dina Nayert, Ed.M.’07

Primary Peril, Bill Lewers, M.A.T.’66

An Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia, Meera Deo

In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School, Associate Professor Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine

An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States, Rosina Lozano, Ed.M.’01

Absent from School: Understanding and Addressing Student Absenteeism, edited by Michael Gottfried and Ethan Hutt (HEP)

Grading for Equity: What it is, Why it Matters, and How it can Transform Schools and Classrooms, Joe Feldman, Ed.M.’93

International Handbook of Holistic Education, edited by John Miller, M.A.T.’67; Kelli Nigh, Marni Binder, Bruce Novak, and Sam Crowell

Preparing Teachers to Educate Whole Students: An International Comparative Study, edited by Professor Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, EdD.’88, and Connie Chung, Ed.M.’99, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’13 (HEP)

A Guide to How Your Child Learns: Understanding the Brain from Infancy to Young Adulthood, David Sortino, Ed.M.’81

The Twenty-First Century University: Developing Faculty Engagement in Internationalization, Lisa Childress, Ed.M.’99