Educate Yourself on Education
Check out the following resources on education:
Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham (Brazos, 2013)
This book provides concrete action steps for working to ensure that every kid gets the quality public education she deserves. Personal narratives from Christian public school teachers demonstrate how the achievement gap can be solved. Read our review of this book.
“Experiencing Public Schools: A Process of Immersion and Discernment” is a short online guide from the United Church of Christ to help a congregation set up, carry out, and reflect on an immersion trip to a local public schools.
Give Me Strength: Personal Prayers for School Teachers by Sharon Harris-Ewing (Pilgrim Press, 2013)
This book not only makes a great gift for the school teachers you know but also sensitizes non-teachers to the challenges those in education face.
How It’s Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools by Karin Chenoweth (Harvard Education Press, 2009)
This book provides detailed accounts of the ways in schools with high-poverty and high-minority student populations have dramatically boosted student achievement and diminished (and often eliminated) achievement gaps.
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. This book is about building resilience in a new world, as told by the young Americans who have the most at stake.
Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools by Pedro Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing (Jossey-Bass, 2008)
This book investigates the dynamics of race and achievement at Berkeley High School, where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.
Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education by Megan Sweas (HarperOne, 2014)
This book tells the story of how the Cristo Rey Network’s values-based education model and revolutionary work study program have improved urban schools and inspired education reform across the nation.
TEACHED (from Loudspeaker Films) is a series of short documentary films that candidly address the causes and consequences of our nation’s race-based achievement gap, looking at continuing inequality in our public school system and taking viewers into those communities where its effects are most severe.