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5 Books to Add to Your Reading List This Winter

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Whether you’re traveling to see family or planning a staycation, winter break is the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. The collection of books below can inform teacher practice, spark debate, and inspire teachers, school leaders, and lifelong learners. This winter break, dive into these transformative reads.

The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler

The untold story of the root cause of America’s education crisis–and the seemingly endless cycle of multigenerational poverty.

The Knowledge Gap isn’t just a story of what schools have gotten wrong–it also follows innovative educators who are in the process of shedding their deeply ingrained habits, and describes the rewards that have come along.

“The test-score gap is, at its heart, a knowledge gap.”

Natalie Wexler , Author of The Knowledge Gap

Black Appetite. White Food.: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom by Jamila Lyiscott

“What’s important to me is that we stop viewing equity work as an extra burden on top of the ‘real work’ of educating children.”

This book invites educators to explore the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom. The author provides ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders, and professors can use for awareness, inspiration, and action around racial injustice and inequity.

"Thus, the greatest opportunity afforded to students is the space created for their identities and cultures to function as powerful and necessary for the co-creation of knowledge within any discipline while disrupting the pervasiveness whiteness."

Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D, , Author of Black Appetite. White Food.: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom

The Leaders of Their Own Learning Companion by Ron Berger, Anne Vilen, and Libby Woodfin

“Student-engaged assessment is not only about content knowledge and academic skills. It’s about character development and nurturing a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.”

What if, instead of being passengers in their growth, students played an active role in shaping their learning? Get new tools and tips for tackling many of the common challenges of student-engaged assessment in this publication.

Unconscious Bias in Schools by Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman

“Regardless of the amount of effort, time, and resources education leaders put into improving the academic achievement of students of color,” the authors write, “if unconscious racial bias is overlooked, improvement efforts may never achieve their highest potential.”

Through personal anecdotes and real-life scenarios, Unconscious Bias in Schools provides educators with an essential roadmap for addressing unconscious racial bias directly.

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough

Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the privileged and leave everyone else behind? Or can a college education today provide real opportunity to young Americans seeking to improve their station in life?

Drawing on new research, the book reveals how the landscape of higher education has shifted in recent decades and exposes the hidden truths of how the system works and for whom it works.

“The kind of college you attend, in other words, correlates strongly with what you’ll earn later on.”

Paul Tough , , Author of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Join the conversation on social media and let us know what else is on your winter break book list. Happy Reading!