Education Psychology Library
Ed/Psych Library
UC Berkeley
2600 Tolman Hall #6000
Berkeley, CA 94720

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Events at the EDP Library

Coming up

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Thursday, January 22
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Education/Psychology, 2600 Tolman Hall
Free and open to the public

What does it take to have an equitable learning environment? Come be part of the conversation about how to create a climate that supports both teachers and students to be fully engaged in meaningful mathematics teaching and learning, with the editors of the new book “Mathematics for Equity” – Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Carlos Cabana, Barbara Shreve, Estelle Woodbury, and Nicole Louie.

Reception and book signing to follow.
More information from the Graduate School of Education.

Previous events

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Zeus Leonardo in conversation with Angela Harris

Wednesday, April 30
4:00 - 5:15
Education/Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall
Free and open to the public.

Join us for a faculty book talk by Zeus Leonardo in conversation with Angela Harris. Zeus Leonardo is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education and author of two recent books: Race Frameworks: A Multidimensional Theory of Racism and Education (Teachers College Press) and Education and Racism: A Primer on Issues and Dilemmas (Routledge) co-authored with Norton Grubb. Angela Harris is a Professor of Law at UC Davis and scholar of critical race theory. Copies of these books will be available for purchase at the talk.

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Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, will speak on his book The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Education/Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall
4:00 - 5:15pm
Free and open to all

Please join us for a fascinating discussion with Stephen Hinshaw, UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology on his new book, The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance. It was co-authored by Richard M. Scheffler, UC Berkeley Professor of Public Policy and Public Health. The book has been widely praised for clarifying an extremely important, controversial and complex topic.

"This is a unique, highly informative, science-based, and hence incredibly useful book about ADHD and the numerous controversies surrounding it. No disorder in recent times has been so controversial, so terribly misrepresented and sensationalized in the media, or so polarizing among the general public as this one. The authors do a superb job cutting through the nonsense with facts to portray ADHD both sensibly and sensitively. While a very useful book for parents and educators, professionals, students, and journalists will also find this book to be invaluable for its clear representation of what is known about ADHD and for its even-handedness and thoroughness in explaining the source of the many public and professional controversies."-Russell A. Barkley, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina.

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Lora Bartlett, Associate Professor of Education at UC Santa Cruz, will speak on her book Migrant Teachers: How American Schools Import Labor.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Education/Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Migrant Teachers investigates an overlooked trend in U.S. public schools today: the growing dependence on overseas trained teachers, as federal mandates require K-12 schools to employ qualified teachers or risk funding cuts. A narrowly technocratic view of teachers as subject specialists has led districts to look abroad, Lora Bartlett argues, resulting in transient teaching professionals with little opportunity to connect meaningfully with students.

Highly recruited by inner-city school districts that struggle to retain educators, approximately 90,000 teachers from the Philippines, India and other countries came to the United States between 2002 and 2008. From administrators’ perspective, these instructors are excellent employees—well educated and able to teach shortage subjects like math, science and special education. Because they depend on the school system for their visas, they are cooperative with authority. But all of this comes at a price. As Bartlett shows, American schools are failing to reap the possible benefits of the global labor market. Framing teachers as stopgap, low status workers, schools may cultivate a high turnover, low investment workforce that undermines the conditions needed for good teaching and learning. Bartlett calls on schools to provide better support to both overseas-trained teachers and their American counterparts.

Professor Bartlett earned her PhD in Education from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education's Policy Organization Measurement and Evaluation program. She was also a post-doctoral scholar at Berkeley's Sloan Center for Work & Family Research.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase from University Press Books.

A wine and cheese reception follows the book talk.

Prof. Mike Rose Back to School

Professor Mike Rose, UCLA, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies speaks December 6, 2012 at the EDP Library, on his book Back to School - Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education. Sponsored by The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Education Policy Cluster.

The son of Italian immigrants, Mike Rose was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Loyola University (B.A.), the University of Southern California (M.S.), and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.). Over the last forty years, he has taught in a range of educational settings, from kindergarten to job training and adult literacy programs. He is currently on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Rose has written a number of books and articles on language, literacy, and cognition and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Commonwealth Club of California Award for Literary Excellence in Nonfiction. He has also been honored by the Spencer Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation Program in Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Modern Language Association, and the National Academy of Education. He is the author of ten books including Lives on the Boundary: the Struggles and Achievements of America’s Underprepared; Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America; The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker; An Open Language: Selected Writing on Literacy, Learning, and Opportunity; Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us; and Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education. More info.

Dr. Lesley Bartlett Additive Schooling

Dr. Lesley Bartlett, Teachers College, Columbia University speaks on Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times: Bilingual Education and Dominican Youth in the Heights. Dr. Lesley Bartlett and co-author Ofelia García, document the unusually successful efforts of one New York City high school to educate Dominican immigrant youth, at a time when Latino immigrants constitute a growing and vulnerable population in the nation's secondary schools. Based on four and a half years of qualitative research, the book examines the schooling of teens in the Dominican Republic, the social and linguistic challenges the immigrant teens face in Washington Heights, and how Gregorio Luperon High School works with the community to respond to those challenges.

The staff at Luperon see their students as emergent bilinguals and adhere to a culturally and linguistically additive approach. The book describes the dynamic bilingual pedagogical approach adopted within the school to help students develop academic Spanish and English. Focusing on the lives of twenty immigrant youth, Bartlett and Garcia also show that, although the school achieves high completion rates, the graduating students nevertheless face difficult postsecondary educational and work environments that too often consign them to the ranks of the working poor. Sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and hosted by the Education Psychology Library. Thursday, 11/15/12, 4 p.m.

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Lawrence Blum High Schools

Meira Levinson (Harvard University Professor) and Lawrence Blum (University of Massachusetts Boston Professor) speak on their new books, No Citizen Left Behind and High Schools, Race and America's Future. 10/11, 4:15.

No Citizen Left Behind (2012) combines anecdotes from teaching middle school with political and social science theories. Levinson argues that the United States suffers from a civic empowerment gap similar to the academic achievement gap targeted by No Child Left Behind. She indicates how this gap can be addressed by schools, teachers and students through action civics. Meira Levinson, a former middle school teacher, is an Associate Professor of Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She is also author of The Demands of Liberal Education (1999); co-author of Democracy at Risk ( 2005); and co-editor of Making Civics Count (2012).

High Schools, Race and America’s Future describes Blum’s rigorous high school course on race and racism. Set in a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse high school, the book chronicles students' engagement with one another, with a challenging academic curriculum, and with questions that relate powerfully to their daily lives. Lawrence Blum, a former high school teacher, is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of Friendship, Altruism and Morality (2009) and I’m not a racist, but…The Moral Quandary of Race (2002).

September 13, 2012. Paul Tough speaks at the EDP Library about his book, How Children Succeed.
Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

March 2012. Kevin Kumashiro spoke about his book, Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture, on Wednesday, March 7th.

In his latest book, leading educator and author Kevin Kumashiro takes aim at the current debate on educational reform, paying particular attention to the ways that scapegoating public school teachers, teacher unions, and teacher educators masks the real, systemic problems. He convincingly demonstrates how current trends, like market-based reforms and fast-track teacher certification programs are creating overwhelming obstacles to achieving an equitable education for all children. Compelling, accessible, and grounded in current initiatives and debates, this book is important reading for a diverse audience of policymakers, school leaders, parents, and everyone who cares about education.


April 2011. GSE Professor Alan Schoenfeld spoke on his new book, How We Think: A Theory of Goal-Oriented Decision Making and its Educational Applications.

Teachers try to help their students learn. But why do they make the particular teaching choices they do? What resources do they draw upon? What accounts for the success or failure of their efforts? Based on thirty years of research on problem solving and teaching, GSE Professor Schoenfeld provides compelling evidence for a concrete approach that describes how teachers and individuals navigate their way through in-the-moment decision-making in well-practiced domains. Applying his theoretical model to detailed representations and analyses of teachers at work as well as of professionals outside education, Schoenfeld argues that understanding and recognizing the goal-oriented patterns of our day to day decisions can help identify what makes effective or ineffective behavior in the classroom and beyond.


April 2011. GSE Professors Jabari Mahiri and Derek Van Rheenen spoke on their new book, Out of Bounds: When Scholarship Athletes Become Athletic Scholars.

Out of Bounds explores the lives of exceptional men and women athletes who later became outstanding academic scholars. Through qualitative research, the book explores the intersection of athletics and academics and reflects on differences in race, gender and social class. Through the provocative and surprising narratives of gifted athletes who became prolific scholars, this book offers new ways of thinking about the connections, contradictions, and possibilities of sports and schools.


January 2011. W. Norton Grubb and Lynda Tredway discussed their new book: Leading from the Inside Out.

This book proposes that the collective responsibility of teachers as classroom and school leaders can provide the fulcrum of school change. Grubb and Tredway provide the building blocks of history, policy, and social analysis for an effective, collective school — a place where adults thrive as learners and are able to co-create joyful learning experiences for children and youth.

By encouraging teachers to move out of the individual classroom and to think critically and institutionally about the schools they would like to work in, about their own responsibilities for creating such schools, about the range of policies from outside the school and how they can influence those policies rather than being subjected to them — this book shows that a teacher’s influence is not limited to the classroom and students, but can significantly shape and inform external policies and decisions.

Also present was UCSC Professor Brad Olsen, commenting on his book, Teaching for Success.


November 2010. Dr. Lissa Soep discussed her new book: Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories.

Dr. Lissa Soep is Research Director and Senior Producer at Youth Radio, a unique, Peabody Award—winning organization that produces distinctive content for outlets from National Public Radio to YouTube. Young people come to Youth Radio, headquartered in Oakland, California, from under resourced public schools and neighborhoods in order to produce media that will transform both their own lives and the world around them.

Drop That Knowledge (2010) tells the story of how these young people come together to collaborate and to create breadth and depth of diversity in broadcast, cable, and satellite media. It provides a fresh framework for understanding the relationship among media, learning, and youth culture, while offering concrete strategies for engaging diverse groups of young people in real-world initiatives in both online and offline settings.


John Willinsky

November 2010. John Willinksy spoke on "Open Access and Other Intellectual Properties of Learning"

Professor Willinsky is the Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the Public Knowledge Project. Much of his published work is available on the Public Knowledge Project's website, which also hosts open source software and PKP's journal.

Professor Willinsky's talk will provide a brief update on current developments in open access to research and scholarship, and will sketch out the historical, philosophical, economic, and legal reasons for why some form of open access on a global basis is an entirely reasonable expectation, full of educational and intellectual advantages.


October 2010. Jeff Duncan-Andrade discussed his book: The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, UCB Ph.D, is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University in the School of Education as well as in the College of Ethnic Studies, Raza Studies. Dr. Duncan-Andrade is an Urban Teacher Educator Network Fellow and a recipient of the “Scholars for the Dream” Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Dr. Duncan-Andrade will augment his discussion with insights from his recent work: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete published in Harvard Educational Review, 2009(Sum), 79(2). His work reflects a passion for equity and social justice.

In his book, he argues that the field of education has attempted to “develop theory from theory” and that this pursuit “has left us essentially with a house built on sand.” In contrast, he and collaborator Professor Ernest Morrell have created a theory that balances principles and theories of critical pedagogy with empirical data focused on the context and structures of contemporary urban settings. This work advocates that educators move toward practices that counter the role urban schools have traditionally played in maintaining social inequalities, and that critical pedagogy must focus not only on developing the academic skills of urban youth, but also on creating opportunities for urban youth (in collaboration with adults) to be agents of social change.


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October 2010. Jennifer Seibel Trainor discussed her book: Rethinking Racism: Emotion, Persuasion, and Literacy Education in an All-White High School.

Jennifer Seibel Trainor is an associate professor in the graduate program in composition studies at San Francisco State University. Her research on racism, whiteness, and literacy has been published in CCC, as well as in Research in the Teaching of English.

Blending narrative with more traditional forms of ethnographic analysis, Trainor draws from white students' own stories about the meanings of race in their learning and their lives. Rethinking Racism uncovers the ways in which constructions of racism originate in literacy research and in our classrooms—and how these constructions themselves can limit the rhetorical positions students enact. It provides new ways of thinking about how researchers and teachers represent whiteness.

"Rethinking Racism surprises, amazes, and indeed teaches, most of all how to read culture, not as some flattened and easily indexed set of categories, but as something as complex and necessarily elusive as humans themselves."—Catherine Prendergast, author of Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown v Board of Education.


September 2010. Jason Marsh, editor-in-chief of Greater Good, UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center’s online magazine, and UCB psychology Professor, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, spoke on their book, Are We Born Racist?on September 30, 2010, 4-5 pm, at the EDP Library.

Are We Born Racist?: New Insights From Neuroscience and Positive Psychology explores the psychological roots of prejudice and considers how to overcome it. The book brings together leading scientists, journalists, educators, and many others to shed light on why and how our brains form racial prejudices and their negative impact. The research suggests that although propensities for racism are deeply ingrained, there are research-tested ways to keep our knee-jerk biases and prejudices in check. It's possible to teach others how to do the same. The book is edited by Jason Marsh, Professor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Greater Good contributing editor, Jeremy Adam Smith.

Claude Steele, one of the country's leading researchers on prejudice, said this about the book:

Revolutionary insight follows revolutionary insight in this broadly accessible book, accumulating to nothing less than a paradigm shift that will change how we think about everything from how prejudice affects our own lives to how laws and institutional practice can be used to reduce its ill effects. And it does it all with a brevity that I hope will insure what it deserves most: to be broadly read.


April 2010. Professor Hiebert discussed: "Changing Readers, Changing Texts"

Professor Hiebert, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley, will speak on her research concerning California students and their reading textbooks. Over the past 25 years, the two largest U.S. states - California and Texas - have used textbooks as a major arm in their reading reform initiatives. Mandates have concentrated on the texts of beginning reading instruction. From a 1989 mandate that texts acceptable for state-wide adoption needed to be "authentic" and of literary quality, California moved to a 2002 mandate that acceptable texts needed to be decodable. The manner in which decodable was defined in this mandate (and in the Texas mandate) took a unique form, where the phoneme was the unit of text creation.

This presentation considers the characteristics of first-grade texts and the demographics of students over the most recent 25-year period, as well as the preceding 25 years. The analysis shows that, in 2010, the discrepancy is substantial between the tasks of first-grade textbooks and the skills of those students who depend on schools to become literate. Professor Hiebert will conclude with describing her ongoing research program that considers the nature of texts that support the changing profile of a first-grade cohort.


November 2009. Professor Alison Gopnik discussed her book: The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life.

Professor Gopnik of the UCB Psychology Department will be discussing her new book The Philosophical Baby in which she explores the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical understanding of very young children. If you've ever had, been, or known a baby -- this will be relevant, informative and thought provoking.

"After convincing us that the seemingly familiar human child is actually wrapped in mystery, Alison Gopnik offers a compelling and convincing portrait of the opening years of life. This is scientific writing of the highest order." --Howard Gardner

Updated: Photos of the event from the ED/P Facebook page!


September 2009. Professor Grubb of the Graduate School of Education will be discussing his new book The Money Myth: School Resources, Outcomes, and Equity. This book comes at a critical time, and Professor Grubb will explain his findings and share his research and writing processes.

W. Norton Grubb argues that how much we spend is less important than how we spend it. For decades, Grubb says, school spending has inexorably risen, while student achievement has stayed relatively stagnant. Maybe it's time to look at which expenditures actually improve education, he argues, and which are a waste.

March 2009. Professor Stephen Hinshaw discussed his book: The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today's Pressures.

Societal expectations, cultural trends, and conflicting messages are creating what psychologist and researcher Stephen Hinshaw calls “the Triple Bind.” Girls are now expected to excel at “girl skills,” achieve “boy goals,” and be models of female perfection, 100 percent of the time. The Triple Bind is putting more and more girls at risk for aggression, eating disorders, depression, and even suicide.

"Highly readable, fascinating account of the lives of contemporary young women ... In probing chapters that deftly synthesize sobering statistics, case anecdotes, and personal observation, Hinshaw makes a strong case that teen girls are in crisis ... This balanced, thorough, compassionate title is required reading for parents, teachers, and teens of both sexes."
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