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Over at College: A Texas A&M Campus Kid in the 1930s

by James Knox Walker & Debbie Spies

In 1926 James Knox Walker, staff civil engineer in charge of building at A&M, and his new bride moved onto the campus of what was then known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. The greater community,...


Teaching While Black

The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School

by Ed Boland

THE BATTLE FOR ROOM 314

In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a twenty-year career as a non-profit executive to teach in a tough New York City public high school. But his hopes quickly collided headlong with the...


Lucio Parenzan and his kids

by Francesco Roncalli

The story of the International Heart School in Bergamo and its founder Lucio Parenzan


Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours

by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis & Robin Gaby Fisher

"[S]tirring...a bold, inspiring and ultimately hopeful book." 

--Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and author of the New York Times bestseller Thrive

Kaitlin Roig-Debellis...


Charlotte Mason: Hidden Heritage and Educational Influence

by Margaret A. Coombs

As the acknowledged founder and philosopher of the Parents’ National Educational Union (PNEU), Charlotte Mason (1842–1923) was revered by her followers as a saintly Madonna figure. She died in 1923 at the...


The Last Englishman: The Life and Times of Jack Gibson

by Laeeq Futehally

`To educate means...to lead out, not to drive in. The first problem for a teacher is...to awake interest in those he is teaching and to make them keen to find out and understand for themselves, rather than rely...


Troutmouth: The Two Careers of Hugh Clegg

by Ronald F. Borne

The remarkable story of a top man at Hoover’s FBI and at Ole Miss before and during the civil rights era


What's in a Name?

by David Kennedy

This is a unique insight into the working life of a senior manager in academia. Centring on events in one Scottish educational institution, the stories expand to cover events affecting higher education across...


Nicholas Miraculous: The Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler

by Michael Rosenthal & Patricia O'Toole

To those who loved him, like Teddy Roosevelt, he was "Nicholas Miraculous," the fabled educator who had a hand in everything; to those who did not, like novelist Upton Sinclair, he was "the intellectual leader...


The Outskirts of Hope: A Memoir of the 1960s Deep South

by Jo Ivester

A moving, inspirational memoir about how living and working in an all-black town during the height of the civil rights movement profoundly affected the author's entire family-and how they in turn impacted the...


Heads and Tales

by Maggie George

Ask yourself when you last stood at the school gate wondering, with other 'perplexed of parent-ville', at the machinations grinding the wheels of your child's school. List the times you waxed lyrical while participating...


Where a Man Stands: Two Different Worlds, An Impossible Situation, and the Unexpected Friendship that Changed Everything

by Carter Paysinger & Steven Fenton

When Beverly Hills High School welcomed a skinny boy from the other side of the tracks, no one knew just how life-changing the decision would be, not just for Carter Paysinger but for all of Beverly Hills.

Carter...


The Guardians: Kingman Brewster, His Circle, and the Rise of the Liberal Establishment

by Geoffrey Kabaservice

How liberalism and one of the most dramatic eras in American history were shaped by an influential university president and his powerful circle of friends

Yale's Kingman Brewster was the first and only university...


Story of My Life

by Helen Keller

Story of My Life, first published in 1903, is Helen Keller's autobiography detailing her early life, especially her experiences with Anne Sullivan. THIS book is in three parts. The first two, Miss Keller's story...


Vidyasagar: The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian

by Brian A. Hatcher

This book offers a new interpretation of the life and legacy of the Indian reformer and intellectual, Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar (1820-91).

Drawing upon autobiography, biography, secondary criticism and a range...


Founding a School in France: L'Ecole Hampshire

by Jane Box-Grainger

For many pupils over the past thirty years one of the highlights of their school life has been their trip to the little village of Veyrines-de-Domme in the heart of rural France. Since L'École Hampshire was...


Crossing the Water: Eighteen Months on an Island Working with Troubled Boys -- A Teacher's Memoir

by Daniel Robb

Off the coast of Cape Cod lies a small windswept island called Penikese. Alone on the island is a school for juvenile delinquents, the Penikese Island School, where Daniel Robb lived and worked for three years...


Antonio Caso, Philosopher of Mexico: Philosopher of Mexico

by John H. Haddox

Few men have had as much cultural and educational influence on their own countries as the philosopher and educator Antonio Caso (1883-1946). He was above all a patriot of his beloved Mexico, and he sought to...


The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons

by David Menasche

In this poignant and inspiring memoir, a beloved high school English teacher with terminal brain cancer undertakes a cross-country journey to reunite with his former students in order to find out if he made...