For Teacher Appreciation Week, we take a look at books that discuss the role of education in society, how professors can improve their teaching skills, how best to help at-risk youth, and more. #TeacherAppreciationWeek

Education and Society: An Introduction to Key Issues in the Sociology of Education edited by Thurston Domina, Benjamin Gibbs, Lisa Nunn, and Andrew Penner

“Well written and inviting.”—Daniel Davis, author of Contingent Academic Labor: Evaluating Conditions to Improve Outcomes

“A wonderful resource for getting an overview of the state of the field of the sociology of education. Experts in sub-areas in the field write overviews that synthesize the state of the research, summarizing what we know and what future researchers could learn.”—Kimberly Goyette, author of Education in America

Read the introduction of Education and Society.  

Learning from Each Other: Refining the Practice of Teaching in Higher Education
edited by Michele Lee Kozimor-King & Jeffrey Chin

“The first step to enhancing teaching is to build a community of reflective, engaged, and evidence-oriented instructors. Here is a multitude of perspectives and scholarly techniques that will help move this critical conversation forward.”—Mary C. Wright, Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

“Readers will find practical guidance for improving the learning of their students, all solidly grounded in evidence and scholarship. An expansive and impressive contribution.”—James Lang, author of Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

Read classroom techniques
for reclaiming the lecture.

Twelve Weeks to Change a Life: At-Risk Youth in a Fractured State by Max A. Greenberg

“Greenberg shows how, despite their best intentions, attempts to transform the lives of marginalized youth fall apart in a cascade of short-term programs, public health data, and market-driven evidence. He presents an alternative way of thinking about the ways policy shapes the lives of vulnerable young people. Brilliant and deeply human, this book should be read by everyone working to change the lives of young people.”  —Victor Rios, author of Human Targets

“This is a beautifully written book: its prose is engaging, crisp, and distinctive. Greenberg has a unique voice that he uses well, drawing out sociological insights while reflecting on his own position in the field. He also does an excellent job combining abstraction with ethnographic observation. All very, very impressive.” —Lynne Haney, New York University.

Read an excerpt from Twelve Weeks to Change a Life.

See other titles on education and teaching. And happy Teacher Appreciation Week.