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#1: We Want to Do More Than Survive
Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
7 hours 48 minutes
Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.
Drawing on her life’s work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial... Read More »
#2: Permission to Feel
Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
7 hours 55 minutes
This program is read by the author.
The mental wellbeing of our children is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel, knows why. And he knows what we can do.
"We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children."
Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale... Read More »
#3: Pedagogy of the Oppressed
50th Anniversary Edition
Narrated by Dennis Kleinman / 7 hours 41 minutes
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and... Read More »
#4: Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
By Debby Irving
Narrated by Debby Irving / 9 hours 23 minutes
Debby Irving is an emerging voice in the national racial justice community. Combining her organization development skills, classroom teaching experience, and understanding of systemic racism, Irving educates and consults with individuals and organizations seeking to create racial equity at both the personal and institutional level.
Irving grew... Read More »
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Narrated by Angela Duckworth / 9 hours 22 minutes
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).
The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela... Read More »
#6: Tell Me Who You Are
Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity
By Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi
10 hours 47 minutes
An eye-opening exploration of race in America
In this deeply inspiring audiobook, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive... Read More »
#7: In Search of Deeper Learning
The Quest to Remake the American High School
By Sarah Fine & Jal Mehta
Narrated by Adam Lofbomm / 16 hours 15 minutes
What would it take to transform industrial-era schools into modern organizations capable of supporting deep learning for all? Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine's quest to answer this question took them inside some of America's most innovative schools and classrooms—places where educators are rethinking both what and how students should learn. The story... Read More »
#8: What's the Point of College?
Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform
Narrated by Sean Pratt / 4 hours 36 minutes
In What's the Point of College?, historian Johann N. Neem offers a new way to think about the major questions facing higher education today, from online education to disruptive innovation to how students really learn. As commentators, reformers, and policymakers call for dramatic change and new educational models, this collection of lucid essays... Read More »
#9: How We Did It
The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life
By Karl Subban & Scott Colby
Narrated by Karl Subban / 7 hours 59 minutes
The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons--P.K., Malcolm and Jordan--who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl's inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to the big leagues and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child.
In his... Read More »
#10: The Good Neighbor
The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
By Maxwell King
14 hours 7 minutes
“A wonderful biography of an American icon who seemed too good to be true. And yet, believe it or not, he was an even better, more caring man than he portrayed on television. If you are a fan of Fred Rogers and want to understand what drove him to create Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, this is an essential read. Learning more about Rogers’ life through the words of his family and friends in this well-researched and comprehensive biography will give you even more reason to admire the man. And when’s the last time a biography made you cry tears of joy?”James Wilson, Octavia Books
#11: Teaching To Transgress
Education as the Practice of Freedom
By bell hooks
Narrated by Robin Miles / 7 hours 28 minutes
"In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks–writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual–writes about a new kind of education, educations as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to “transgress” against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher’s most important goal.
Bell hooks... Read More »
#12: The Newcomers
Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
By Helen Thorpe
Narrated by Kate Handford / 15 hours 9 minutes
Offering a nuanced and transformative take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America's role on the global stage, The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School. Unfamiliar with American culture or the English language, the... Read More »
#13: Change Maker
Turn Your Passion for Health and Fitness into a Powerful Purpose and a Wildly Successful Career
By John Berardi & PhD
Narrated by John Berardi & PhD / 7 hours 51 minutes
With thousands of certifications, seminars, websites, and gurus promising advice, it’s difficult for even the best pros to turn their passion for health and fitness into meaningful—and measurable—success. Enter Change Maker. In this definitive career guide, John Berardi shares his blueprint for becoming the ultimate change maker, one with a... Read More »
#14: Despite the Best Intentions
How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools
Narrated by David Sadzin / 8 hours 51 minutes
On the surface, Riverview High School looks like the post-racial ideal. Serving an enviably affluent, diverse, and liberal district, the school is well-funded, its teachers are well-trained, and many of its students are high achieving. Yet Riverview has not escaped the same unrelenting question that plagues schools throughout America: why is it... Read More »
#15: The New Childhood
Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World
9 hours 15 minutes
A provocative look at the new, digital landscape of childhood and how to navigate it.
In The New Childhood, Jordan Shapiro provides a hopeful counterpoint to the fearful hand-wringing that has come to define our narrative around children and technology. Drawing on groundbreaking research in economics, psychology, philosophy, and education, The... Read More »
#16: Motivated - Abridged
Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In
Narrated by Ilana Seidel Horn / 5 hours 4 minutes
Do your math students offer one or two-word responses in class?
Participating in math class feels socially risky to students. Staying silent often feels safer. In Motivated, Ilana shows why certain teaching strategies create classroom climates where students want to join in.
Five factors of motivational math classrooms
She introduces six... Read More »
#17: The Toni Morrison Book Club
Narrated by Daniel Henning & Bahni Turpin / 7 hours 7 minutes
In this startling group memoir, four friends—black and white, gay and straight, immigrant and American-born—use Toni Morrison’s novels as a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about the problems of everyday racism and living whole in times of uncertainty. Tackling everything from first love and Soul Train to police brutality and... Read More »
#18: The Diversity Delusion
How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
10 hours 27 minutes
This program includes an introduction read by the author.
By the New York Times bestselling author: a provocative account of the attack on the humanities, the rise of intolerance, and the erosion of serious learning.
America is in crisis, from the university to the workplace. Toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic... Read More »
#19: It Won't Be Easy
An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching
Narrated by Roger Wayne / 5 hours 47 minutes
Tom Rademacher wishes someone had handed him this sort of book along with his teaching degree: a clear-eyed, frank, boots-on-the ground account of what he was getting into. But first he had to write it. And as 2014's Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Rademacher knows what he's talking about. Less a how-to manual than a tribute to an impossible and... Read More »
#20: Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
By Russell A. Barkley & PhD
Narrated by Abby Craden / 16 hours 59 minutes
From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering... Read More »
#21: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
The History and Future of Reading
By Leah Price
5 hours 35 minutes
“ What We Talk About When We Talk About Books healed some real cracks in my relationship with reading, and reinforced my love and optimism for the written word. Book historian Leah Price guides you through all the myths, melodrama, and baggage modern culture is carrying around about books. Through a humorous and curiosity-filled tour of book history, she unpacks why so many of us feel so much pressure to read the right things in the right way, and why we've come to feel like doing so would whip our brains into shape and make us into zen, hyper-focused superhumans. Price's measured take on things made me feel like it's all going to be okay. Elisabeth Rodgers' cool, clear voice was the perfect narration.”Tova, Busboys and Poets Books
By Dave Itzkoff
16 hours 15 minutes
This program includes a prologue and epilogue read by the author.
From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, comes the definitive audiobook biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.
From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy... Read More »
#23: Move Your Bus
An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life
By Ron Clark
Narrated by Ron Clark / 4 hours 1 minute
New York Times bestselling author and award-winning educator Ron Clark applies his successful leadership principles to the business world in this effective and accessible guidebook, perfect for any manager looking to inspire and motivate his or her team. Includes a foreword by bestselling author and FranklinCovey executive Sean Covey.
Teamwork is... Read More »
#24: Overcoming Dyslexia
Second Edition, Completely Revised and Updated
25 hours 55 minutes
From one of the world's preeminent experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book available on identifying, understanding, and overcoming reading problems--now revised to reflect the latest research and evidence-based approaches.
Dyslexia is the most common learning disorder on the planet, affecting about... Read More »
#25: All Day
A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island
9 hours 34 minutes
ALL DAY is a behind-the-bars, personal glimpse into the issue of mass incarceration via an unpredictable, insightful and ultimately hopeful reflection on teaching teens while they await sentencing.
Told with equal parts raw honesty and unbridled compassion, ALL DAY recounts a year in Liza Jessie Peterson's classroom at Island Academy, the high... Read More »
#26: The Self-Driven Child
The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
11 hours 35 minutes
“Instead of trusting kids with choices . . . many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop.” —NPR
“This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents.” —Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling... Read More »
#27: The Years That Matter Most
How College Makes or Breaks Us
By Paul Tough
Narrated by Paul Tough / 12 hours 29 minutes
The best-selling author of How Children Succeed returns with a devastatingly powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States
Does college work? Does it provide real opportunity for young people who want to improve themselves and their prospects? Or is it simply a rigged game designed to protect the elites who have power... Read More »
#28: Kid Quixotes
A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible
By Stephen Haff & Sarah Sierra
Narrated by Stephen Haff / 9 hours 51 minutes
“In my years of experience as a writer and as a college professor, I have never seen anything like this: the love for language, the passion for discussion, clarity of mind, and humility of heart. Stephen Haff invents impossible projects and makes them possible.”
—Valeria Luiselli, author of Lost Children Archive
The unlikely, inspiring true story... Read More »
#29: The Courage to Teach, Tenth Anniversary Edition
Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki / 8 hours 34 minutes
“This book is for teachers who have good days and bad—and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life.”— Parker J. Palmer, from the Introduction
For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of... Read More »
#30: Reading with Patrick
A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
By Michelle Kuo
Narrated by Michelle Kuo / 8 hours 28 minutes
“I loved this memoir, both because the story of Patrick and the other kids Kuo teaches is so moving, and because Kuo is honest and perceptive about her own failings and motivations. Highly recommend.”Kathy, Belmont Books
#31: Defining Moments in Black History
Reading Between the Lies
By Dick Gregory
Narrated by James Shippy / 7 hours 37 minutes
With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.
A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today’s popular... Read More »
Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Narrated by John Glouchevitch / 5 hours 5 minutes
In Robot-Proof, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes a way to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover—to fill needs in society that even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence agent cannot. A "robot-proof" education, Aoun argues, is not concerned solely with topping up... Read More »
#33: The Meritocracy Trap
How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite
14 hours 13 minutes
A revolutionary new argument from eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits attacking the false promise of meritocracy
It is an axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal – that social and economic rewards should follow achievement... Read More »
#34: "Multiplication Is for White People"
Raising Expectations for Other People's Children
By Lisa Delpit
Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts / 8 hours 6 minutes
As MacArthur award–winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us—and as all research shows—there is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement... Read More »
#35: Attack of the Teenage Brain
Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner
By John Medina
Narrated by John Medina / 6 hours 16 minutes
Marvel at the neuroscientific reasons why smart teens make dumb decisions!
Behold the mind-controlling power of executive function!
Thrill to a vision of a better school for the teenage brain!
Whether you're a parent interacting with one adolescent or a teacher interacting with many, you know teens can be hard to parent and even harder... Read More »
#36: Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues
Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls
Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts / 6 hours 2 minutes
A groundbreaking and visionary call to action on educating and supporting girls of color, from the highly acclaimed author of Pushout. Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth-telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In her... Read More »
#37: Creating Cultures of Thinking
The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools
Narrated by Chris Sorensen / 13 hours 44 minutes
Discover why and how schools must become places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted As educators, parents, and citizens, we must settle for nothing less than environments that bring out the best in people, take learning to the next level, allow for great discoveries, and propel both the individual and the group forward into... Read More »
#38: Lies My Teacher Told Me for Young Readers
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Narrated by L.J. Ganser / 6 hours 40 minutes
Now adapted for young readers ages 12 through 18, the national bestseller that makes real American history come alive in all of its conflict, drama, and complexity Lies My Teacher Told Me is one of the most important-and successful-history books of our time. Having sold nearly two million copies, the book won an American Book Award and the... Read More »
#39: The First Days of School
How to Be an Effective Teacher, 4th Edition
Narrated by Patrick Lawlor / 11 hours 51 minutes
The bestselling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement with over 3.7 million copies sold. The audiobook walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college.
The book is used in... Read More »
#40: Being the Change - Abridged
Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension
Narrated by Sara K. Ahmed / 5 hours 26 minutes
Topics such as race, gender, politics, religion, and sexuality are part of our students’ lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond. How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have... Read More »
#41: The Curious Classroom - Abridged
10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry
Narrated by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels / 6 hours 7 minutes
Curious about inquiry? Hundreds of thousands of elementary teachers are. Smokey Daniels travels the country supporting well planned and organized inquiry teaching.
The Curious Classroomshares a ladder of 10 inquiry structures. Begin with briefly modeling your own curiosity or start on a higher rung as you gradually move toward units driven by... Read More »
#42: 180 Days - Abridged
Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents
Narrated by Kelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle / 5 hours 38 minutes
Two teachers. Two classrooms.
One school year.
180 Days represents the collaboration of two master teachers—Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle—over an entire school year: planning, teaching, and reflecting within their own and each other’s classrooms in California and New Hampshire. Inspired by a teacher’s question, “How do you fit it all in?” they... Read More »
#43: Five Miles Away, A World Apart
One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America
Narrated by Adam Lofbomm / 13 hours 45 minutes
How is it that, half a century after Brown v. Board of Education, educational opportunities remain so unequal for black and white students, not to mention poor and wealthy ones? In his important new book, Five Miles Away, A World Apart, James E. Ryan answers this question by tracing the fortunes of two schools in Richmond, Virginia—one in the... Read More »
#44: The Knowledge Gap
The hidden cause of America's broken education system--and how to fix it
9 hours 15 minutes
The untold story of the root cause of America's education crisis--and the seemingly endless cycle of multigenerational poverty.
It was only after years within the education reform movement that Natalie Wexler stumbled across a hidden explanation for our country's frustrating lack of progress when it comes to providing every child with a quality... Read More »
#45: How to get good: Perfect practice when things are imperfect
By Paul How
Narrated by James Patrick Cronin / 1 hour 55 minutes
Practice can bring you fulfillment beyond your chosen field. But have you ever gotten stuck while learning something, to the point that you no longer enjoy it?
In How to get good, author Paul How guides you on what to expect once you commit to learning, with all its ups and downs, so that you could optimize the experience.
The first section... Read More »
Narrated by Shannon McManus / 8 hours 54 minutes
The United States is known as a world leader in innovation, boasting brilliant thinkers and trendsetting companies, but that status is at grave risk. American children are well outside the top-ten international student rankings in reading, science, and math; those rankings—not to mention the nation's position of leadership on everything from the... Read More »
#47: Teach Like Finland
33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms
Narrated by Walter Dixon / 5 hours 35 minutes
Easy-to-implement classroom lessons from the world’s premier educational system. Finland shocked the world when its fifteen-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today,... Read More »
How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
Narrated by Barry Abrams / 10 hours 58 minutes
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition. In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of... Read More »
#49: From What Is to What If
Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want
By Rob Hopkins
Narrated by Rob Hopkins / 6 hours 48 minutes
“Big ideas that just might save the world”—The Guardian
The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it's more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it.
In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a... Read More »
#50: Making Up Your Own Mind
Thinking Effectively through Creative Puzzle-Solving
Narrated by Edward B. Burger / 3 hours 11 minutes
How you can become better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills
We solve countless problems—big and small—every day. With so much practice, why do we often have trouble making simple decisions—much less arriving at optimal solutions to important questions? Are we doomed to this muddle—or is there a practical... Read More »
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