Reading Lists

Recommended Reading for PTP Students

Math curse

Scieszka, Jon, Smith, Lane

Viking 1995

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse. From the inventive team that brought you The Stinky Cheese Man, a tale of a girl in the relentless grip of math-mania. What if you think of everything as a math problem--and you spend your morning tabulating your teeth and calculating your corn flakes? You've got the math curse, that's what! Let Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith take you on an adventure to infinity and back. Full color.

The Michael Eric Dyson reader

Dyson, Michael Eric

Basic Civitas Books 2004

From the Publisher: Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupac Shakur, and many more, Michael Eric Dyson has emerged as the leading African American intellectual of his generation. This collection gathers the best of Dyson's vast and growing body of work from the last several years: his most incisive commentary, the most stirring passages, and the sharpest, most probing and broadminded critical analyses. From Michael Jordan to the role of religion in public life, from Toni Morrison to patriotism in the wake of 9/11, the mastery and ease with which Dyson tackles just about any subject of relevance to black America today is without parallel.

Education and the significance of life

Krishnamurti, J

Harper & Row 1981

The spiritual leader outlines an educational system that fosters psychological and mystical insight into human problems.

Culturally responsive teaching : theory, research, and practice

Gay, Geneva

Teachers College Press 2000

In this wonderful new volume, Geneva Gay makes a convincing case for using culturally responsive teaching to improve the school performance of underachieving students of color. Key components of culturally responsive teaching discussed include teacher caring, teacher attitudes and expectations, formal and informal multicultural curriculum, culturally informed classroom discourse, and cultural congruity in teaching and learning strategies. This is an excellent resource for anyone who cares about improving and recognizing the factors that shape culturally responsive teaching and learning.

Teaching diverse populations : formulating a knowledge base

Hollins, Etta R. King, Joyce Elaine Hayman, Warren C.

State University of New York Press 1994

Off white : readings on power, privilege, and resistance

Fine, Michelle

Routledge 2004

In 1997, 'Off White' first presented an analysis of the white racialization process. In this new edition the focus is upon the material conditions of whiteness as a privilege, & the turns of whiteness produced when individuals & collectives take up a challenge to contemporary racial formations.

Multicultural education : issues and perspectives

Banks, James A, Banks, Cherry A. McGee

Wiley 2007

Courageous conversations about race : a field guide for achieving equity in schools

Singleton, Glenn E, Linton, Curtis

Corwin Press 2006

Singleton looks at the achievement gap through the prism of race, and in "Courageous Conversations About Race", he begins by examining the evidence that points to race - not poverty - as the underlying cause behind the achievement gap. This work, while exploring how race affects all educators, declares that we need to have engaged, sustained, and deep conversations about race in order to understand students and the achievement gap. Singleton calls this process "courageous conversations." Through these "courageous conversations," educators can learn how to redesign curriculum and create community and true equity. Action steps to close the achievement gap include creating an equity team and collaborative action research. The final chapter presents a system wide plan for transforming schools and districts, including activities, exercises, and checklists for central office administrators, principals, and teachers.

White like me : reflections on race from a privileged son

Wise, Tim J

Soft Skull Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West 2008

Tim Wise offers a highly personal examination of the ways in which racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans, overtly racist or not, to the detriment of people of color, themselves, and society. The book shows the breadth and depth of the phenomenon within institutions such as education, employment, housing, criminal justice, and healthcare. By critically assessing the magnitude of racial privilege and its enormous costs, Wise provides a rich memoir that will inspire activists, educators, or anyone interested in understanding the way that race continues to shape the experiences of people in the U.S. Using stories instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and scholarly, analytical and accessible.--From publisher description.

A people's history of the United States, 1492-present

Zinn, Howard

Perennial Classics 2003

Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers.,African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. Revised and updated with two new chapters covering Clinton's presidency, the 2000 election, and the "war on terrorism", a People's History of the United States features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

The courage to teach : exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life

Palmer, Parker J

Jossey-Bass 1998

Takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with their vocation and their students.

Nothing's impossible : leadership lessons from inside and outside the classroom

Monroe, Lorraine

PublicAffairs 1999

Describes the success of the Frederick Douglass Academy, a public school in Harlem created to provide high quality education to underprivileged students. An inspiring autobiography which outlines the leadership principles, or "Monroe Doctrine", of this charismatic and enormously well-respected educator who founded the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem. The "Monroe Doctrine" is based on a belief that caring instructors, a disciplined but creative environment, and a refusal to accept mediocrity can transform the lives of inner-city kids. Today the Academy is one of the finest schools in the country, registering the third highest SAT scores in New York City.

A different mirror : a history of multicultural America

Takaki, Ronald T.

Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, and Co. 2008

A dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounts the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States--Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others--groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture. Now, Ronald Takaki has revised his landmark work and made it even more relevant and important. Among the new additions to the book are: the role of black soldiers in preserving the Union; the history of Chinese Americans from 1900-1941; an investigation into the hot-button issue of "illegal" immigrants from Mexico; and a look at the sudden visibility of Muslim refugees from Afghanistan. This new edition grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.--From publisher description.

Strangers from a different shore : a history of Asian Americans

Takaki, Ronald T.

Little, Brown 1998

A history of Asian Americans, introducing the people, the cultures, and their hope, fears, contribution, and dreams. In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, and oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields of Hawaii, of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of U.S. internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to adjust to Wisconsin's alien climate and culture, and Asian American students stigmatized by the stereotype of the "model minority." This is a powerful and moving work that will resonate for all Americans, who together make up a nation of immigrants from other shores.--Publisher description.

Developing positive self-images and discipline in Black children

Kunjufu, Jawanza

African-American Images 1984

The skin that we speak : thoughts on language and culture in the classroom

Delpit, Lisa D, Dowdy, Joanne Kilgour

New Press 2008

"At a time when children are written off in our schools because they do not speak formal English, and when the class- and race-biased language used to describe those children determines their fate, The Skin That We Speak offers a cutting-edge look at crucial educational issues. Now reissued with a new introduction by Lisa Delpit revisiting the politics of language instruction for students of color,The Skin That We Speak takes the discussion of language in the classroom beyond the highly charged war of idioms - in which "English only" really means standard English only - and presents today's teachers and parents with a thoughtful exploration of the varieties of English we speak and the layers of politics, power, and identity that those forms carry. With groundbreaking work from Herbert Kohl, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Victoria Purcell-Gates, and Lisa Delpit herself, the book also includes classics by Geneva Smitherman and Asa Hilliard III. Hot-button topics range from Ebonics to the creation of a national public policy on making English the official language of our classrooms.

Crossing over to Canaan : the journey of new teachers in diverse classrooms

Ladson-Billings, Gloria

Jossey-Bass 2001

"Crossing Over to Canaan tells the story of eight novice teachers working in urban, elementary school settings. It details their struggles and triumphs as they confront challenges in the classroom and respond with innovative strategies that turn cultural strengths into academic assets. Gloria Ladson-Billings offers a model of teaching that focuses on academic achievement, cultural competence, and socio-political consciousness.". "Drawing from her own experiences as a young African-American teacher working in Philadelphia, she successfully weaves together narrative, observation, and scholarship to create an inspirational and practical book that will help teachers everywhere as they work to transcend labels and categories to support excellence among all students."--BOOK JACKET.

Teaching to transgress : education as the practice of freedom

hooks, bell

Routledge 1994

In this book, the author shares her philosophy of the classroom, offering ideas about teaching that fundamentally rethink democratic participation. She writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom. She advocates the process of teaching students to think critically and raises many concerns central to the field of critical pedagogy, linking them to feminist thought. In the process, these essays face squarely the problems of teachers who do not want to teach, of students who do not want to learn, of racism and sexism in the classroom. Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for the author, the teacher's most important goal. -- From back cover

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