Social Justice Education Resources

Social Justice and Education: A Reading List

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Lisa Delpit, Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Paul C. Gorski & Seema G. Pothini, Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education

bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Jonathan Kozol, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America 

Lisa Patel, Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education, and the Politics of Inclusion

Bryan Stevenson, AMS 2016 Conference Keynote Speaker,  Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

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From the Montessori for Social Justice Youtube channel

Using Montessori to Combat Bullying – a thesis by Vanessa M. Rigaud, St. John Fisher College.

Videos we love of Public Montessori and Racially Diverse Montessorians

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NBA All Star Stephen Curry and his family of Montessori educators share why they love Montessori, courtesy of AMS.



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Oglesbee Montessori Program, Chicago IL, courtesy of the Oglesbee Montessori Foundation





Cornerstone Montesori Parent, Anthony Theba, courtesy of the Montessori Center of Minnesota




Cornerstone Parent, Veronica Cruz, courtesy of the Montessori Center of Minnesota




A Montessori Morning, by Lindsay Palmer, filmed at Dundas Montessori, Ontario, Canada



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Trailer for Building the Pink Tower, a Montessori documentary by Jan Selby and Vina Kay, featuring Cornerstone Public Montessori School in St. Paul, MN.



“Concentration”, made by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, featuring Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School, Hartford, CT.  View other excellent NCMPS videos here.



The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector has extensive resources for Public Montessori Schools including a map of public Montessori programs, recent research, an annual report, and advice on how to start your own community Montessori school.  Sign up for their blog and mailing list!

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Have you completed your school’s entry in their All America Census?

Montessori People – excellent profiles of prominent and diverse leaders on the AMS website including Maya Angelou, Marian Wright Edelman, urban sociologist Pedro Noguera and Chef Alice Waters.


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