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HEP’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s officially the holiday season! Looking for the perfect gift for the teacher in your life? Give the gift of reading with one of our groundbreaking titles. Our books provide in-depth and innovative information on many of the issues facing educators today, and we’ve hand-picked several of them that are perfect for the people on your shopping list.

We’ve broken down our list into categories that will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

For the Equity-Focused History Buff

Jim Crow’s Pink Slip

The Untold Story of Black Principal and Teacher Leadership

By Leslie T. Fenwick

Winner of the 2023 AACTE Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award​

Jim Crow’s Pink Slip exposes the decades-long repercussions of a too-little-known result of resistance to the Brown v. Board of Education decision: the systematic dismissal of Black educators from public schools.

Hope and Healing

Black Colleges and the Future of American Democracy

By John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.

With significant lessons from the history and evolution of HBCUs, Hope and Healing serves a guide to the strategic conversations all higher education institutions must have to prepare students for a complex world.

Not Paved for Us

Black Educators and Public School Reform in Philadelphia

By Camika Royal

Not Paved for Us chronicles a fifty-year period in Philadelphia education, and offers a critical look at how school reform efforts do and do not transform outcomes for Black students and educators.

For the Community College Educator

America’s Hidden Economic Engines

How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity

Edited by Robert B. Schwartz and Rachel Lipton

America’s Hidden Economic Engines presents five in-depth case studies reveal the innovative practices that position U.S. community colleges as pathways to quality employment.

For the Philosopher

Deep in Thought

A Practical Guide to Teaching for Intellectual Virtues

By Jason Baehr

Deep in Thought provides an introduction to intellectual virtues—the personal qualities and character strengths of good thinkers and learners—and outlines a pragmatic approach for teachers to reinforce them in the classroom.

For the Higher Education Leader

Students First

Equity, Access, and Opportunity in Higher Education

By Paul LeBlanc

2022 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

In Students First, Paul LeBlanc advocates for an entire higher education ecosystem in which students have the flexibility to gain, assess, and certify their knowledge on their own terms and timelines.

Sister Resisters

Mentoring Black Women on Campus

By Janie Victoria Ward and Tracy L. Robinson-Wood

Sister Resisters advances a robust model of mentorship in support of young Black women on campus. The book offers a multifaceted approach to cross-racial mentoring in higher education that promises growth and change for both mentees and their mentors.

For the Reformer

“Whatever It Is, I’m Against It”

Resistance to Change in Higher Education

By Brian Rosenberg

In “Whatever It Is, I’m Against It,” president emeritus of Macalester College Brian Rosenberg draws on decades of higher education experience to expose the entrenched structures, practices, and cultures that inhibit meaningful postsecondary reform.

The Great School Rethink

By Frederick M. Hess

In The Great School Rethink, education policy sentinel Frederick M. Hess offers a pithy and perceptive appraisal of American schooling and finds, in the uncertain period following pandemic disruption, an ideal moment to reimagine US education.

Confessions of a School Reformer

By Larry Cuban

In Confessions of a School Reformer, eminent historian of education Larry Cuban reflects on nearly a century of education reforms and his experiences with them as a student, educator, and administrator.

The Open System

Redesigning Education and Reigniting Democracy

By Landon Mascareñaz and Donnie Tran

The Open System is a call to action for school and community leaders to reframe educational institutions as open systems that are adaptable and responsive to the needs of students, families, and communities.0

For the Climate Activist

Teach for Climate Justice

A Vision for Transformation Education

By Tom Roderick

In Teach for Climate Justice, accomplished educator and social and emotional learning expert Tom Roderick proposes a visionary interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to PreK–12 climate education.

Teaching Climate Change

Fostering Understanding, Resilience, and a Commitment to Justice

By Mark Windschitl

Mark Windshcitl, author of the best-selling book Ambitious Science Teaching, is back with another important resource for teachers. Teaching Climate Change guides classroom teachers and educational leaders through a multilevel, multidisciplinary framing of climate change education as an integral element of school curricula.