6 Books on Educational Equity to Read This Summer

School may be out, but the pursuit for educational equity never takes a break. We’ve collected six books on the topic by NYU Steinhardt faculty to add to your reading list.

Book cover: A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men

A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men

David Kirkland, associate professor of english and urban education, shares six stories to illustrate “educators’ need to understand the social worlds and complex literacy practices of African American males in order to pay the increasing educational debt we owe all youth and break the school-to-prison pipeline.” – Teachers College Press

Book Cover: Transition by Design: Improving Equity and Outcomes for Adolescents with Disabilities

Transition by Design: Improving Equity and Outcomes for Adolescents with Disabilities

Audrey Trainor, professor of special education, “explores how all stakeholders, including researchers and practitioners, can help shape equitable opportunities for youth with disabilities in transition.” – Teachers College Press

Book cover: Race, Schools, and Hope: African Americans and School Choice After Brown.

Race, Schools, and Hope: African Americans and School Choice After Brown

Lisa Stulberg, professor of sociology of education, discusses “why and how African Americans participate in and lead school choice reforms” and “argues that regardless of the success or failure of these reforms, they represent an important political phenomenon in American schooling and in African American history and politics.” – Teachers College Press

Book Cover: The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality: Possibilities for Democratic Schooling

The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality: Possibilities for Democratic Schooling

Gary Anderson, professor of educational leadership, “explores a new vision for leading schools grounded in culturally relevant advocacy and social justice theories,” and “reconsiders the role that educational leaders should and can play in education policy and political processes.” – Routledge

Book cover: Teaching Teachers: Changing Paths and Enduring Debate

Teaching Teachers: Changing Paths and Enduring Debate

James Fraser, professor of history and education, discusses three factors that have changed teacher education: “an ethos that market forces were the solution to social problems; long-term dissatisfaction with the inadequacies of university-based teacher education; and the frustration of school superintendents with teachers themselves.” – Johns Hopkins University Press

Book cover: Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling

Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling

R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, professor of sociology of education, “focuses on the everyday interactions between parents, students, teachers, and school administrators in order to understand why resources seldom trickle down to a district’s racial and economic minorities.” – Stanford University Press