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"If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher"

Book Recommendations

Education texts focused on teaching the next generation about civic engagement.


Book Recommendations 



Linda Delp, Miranda Kramer, Sue Schurman, and Kent Wong, Teaching for Change: Popular education and the Labor Movement

Documents the work that popular educators are actively creating to change education


John Dewey, Democracy and Education

Philosophical examination of democracy and education


Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Discusses the dynamics of oppression, marginalization, and in what ways education can be a catalyst to social change.


Bell Hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

Hooks challenges the way institutionalized systems of domination (race, sex, imperialism) have used schooling to reinforce dominator values.


Bell Hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Feminist writer and English professor Hooks shares insights, strategies, and critical reflections on pedagogical practice.


Barbara Lewis, What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character

This book, a compendium of ideas, activities, and resources, focuses on self exploration to develop positive traits such as caring, empathy, respect, peacefulness, and responsibility.


Rebekah Nathan, My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

Looking for a way to close the gap between her and her students, Nathan enrolled in her own university as a freshman. She found that many students who seemed uninterested in the whole idea of school were actually intensely curious and passionate about their education. 


New Light Leadership Coalition, Youth Leadership Development Workbook: A Guide for Emerging Youth Leaders

The workbook addresses issues such as organizational development, conflict resolution, team building, career planning, political activism, networking and the principles of leadership 




Susan Smith and Dennis Wilson with Nancy Johnson, Nurtured by Knowledge: Learning to Do Participatory Action Research

Authors examine the frustrations and limitations of conventional Western academic research on social change and uses the approach that all people have a right to participate in the production of knowledge that directly affects their lives.  


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