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For Further Exploration – from The Educate a Child Toolkit

The resources that follow have been listed by the Educate A Child Initiative staff team members from among resources known to them. Many address larger issues in society such as racial and economic inequity that adversely affect educational outcomes. Others report on various advocacy strategies and efforts, while still others provide pastoral, theological, or logistical information. This bibliography will be updated regularly. If you are looking for resources for a particular issue, please contact us and we will be happy to seek to address your needs. The literature concerning education in the United States is vast and is frequently written from particular and often conflicting public policy perspectives. As you read, you’ll want to keep in mind PC(USA) social witness policy (social witness policy). We are always glad to explore with you the places you might seek the information you require in your situation.

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Lindner BookThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press, 2010)

In The Line Of Fire: Raising Kids In A Violent World by Jan Arnow (Butler Books, 2015)

A Year Up: Helping Young Adults Move from Poverty to Professional Careers in a Single Year by Gerald Chertavian (Plume, 2013)

Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: Strategies for your Classroom by Susan E. Craig (Brookes Publishing, 2008)

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There are No Bad Schools in Raleigh by Gerald Grant (Harvard University Press, 2009)

Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It by Eric Jensen (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2009)

The Future of School Integration ed. Richard Kahlenburg (The Century Foundation Press, 2012)

Improving on No Child Left Behind: Getting Education Reform Back on Track ed. Richard Kahlenburg (The Century Foundation Press, 2008)

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol (Broadway Books, 2006)

Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy by Eileen W. Lindner

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau, 2015)


Presbyterians Today“The Cradle to Prison Pipeline: America’s New Apartheid” by Marian Wright Edelman

“The Centrality of Education in the Reformed Tradition” by Dr. Duncan S. Ferguson

“Hope in a Child: A call this Advent to educate and care for the vulnerable children of the world” by Rev. Alonzo Johnson

“Into the Words…Recalling Our History” by Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner

“Public Schools and the Public Good: The Social Contract We Have ‘Left Behind’” by Jan Resseger

“Our Theology of Public Education” by Rev. Dr. Ray Roberts


Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice – 2015 issue “Pedagogy for the Distressed” –

“Great Schools for All” Blog

“Brown Center Chalkboard” Blog, The Brookings Institute


TED Talk by Alice Goffman: “How we’re priming some kids for college – and others for prison,” March 2015

TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson: “We need to talk about an injustice,” February 2012

Policy, Study Guides, and Worship Resources

Education PolicyLoving Our Neighbors: Equity and Quality in Public Education (K-12)(2010, ACSWP)

Advocacy as Discipleship: A People Called to Witness (4 week study developed by Blair Morehead for the Office of Public Witness)

Holy Discontentment: Lifting Your Voice for Effective Advocacy (Advocacy 101 resource from the Office of Public Witness)

Manual for National Observance of Children’s Sabbath published annually by the Children’s Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund Bible with “A Child Advocate’s Topical Concordance”compiled by Shannon Daley-Harris (Children’s Defense Fund, 2005)

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