1. Edutopia is the public portal for the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Consult the research and see if the force is with you....
  2. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers some very interesting "Big Picture" views for reshaping the school community and curriculum. See Tools for School Districts on the home page, and be sure to consult studies in education through the United States Program, located under the PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS tab near the top of the home page.
  3. Marzano, Robert, Debra Pickering and Jane Pollock. Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. Prentice-Hall, 2004.
  4. The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement has published research that supports the "Six Promising Approaches" for Civics education forwarded in 2003.


Beck, Terence A. "Tools of Deliberation: Exploring the Complexity of Learning to Lead Elementary Civics Discussions." Theory and Research in Social Education, v33 n1, 103-119 Winter 2005.

Boyle-Baise, Marilynne; Hsu, Ming-Chu; Johnson, Shaun; Serriere, Stephanie Cayot; Stewart, Dorshell. "Putting Reading First: Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Classrooms." Theory and Research in Social Education, v36 n3 233-255.

Holloway, Jennifer Evers; Chiodo, John J., "Social Studies IS Being Taught in the Elementary School: A Contrarian View" Journal of Social Studies Research, v33 n2 235-261 Fall 2009.

O'Mahony, Carolyn. "Relating Research on Children's Thinking to Teachers' Professional Practice: A Study of Research-Informed Teacher Planning in Early Grades Social Studies." Theory and Research in Social Education, v34 n2, 213-240 Spring 2006.

Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy. "Civic Learning in Pennsylvania's Schools: A Survey of Teachers and Administrators." Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, the Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, July 2006.

Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski; Kelley, Lynn A.; Sunal, Dennis W. "Citizenship Education in the Elementary Classroom: Teacher Candidates Photograph and Describe Their Perceptions." Journal of Social Studies Research, v33 n1 33-70 Spr 2009.

VanFossen, Phillip J. " 'Reading and Math Take So Much of the Time...': An Overview of Social Studies Instruction in Elementary Classrooms in Indiana. " Theory and Research in Social Education, v33 n3, 376-403 Summer 2005.


Loewen, James. Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History. Teachers College Press, 2009.


The Fischbowl Karl Fisch's always fascinating odyssey as a teacher in the 21st Century. Includes links to such popular items as Karl's Did You Know: Shift Happens presentations.

Raising Their Voices Engaging Students, Teachers and Parents to Help End the High School Dropout Epidemic. A March 2010 report by Civics Enterprises for the AT&T Foundation and the America's Promise Alliance (in PDF).

Reading, Writing and Hungry Pew Charitable Trusts, Nov. 2008.

Study on the Literacy of College Students

Taking Stock: Assessing and Improving Early Childhood Learning and Program Quality Pew Charitable Trusts, Oct. 2007


Au, Wayne, Bill Bigelow and Stan Karp. Rethinking Our Classrooms (Vol. 1, Rev). Rethinking Schools, 2007.

Jacoby, Susan. The Age of American Unreason. Vintage, 2009.

Marzano, Robert J. Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading: Classroom Strategies That Work. Solution Tree, 2009.

Marzano, Robert J. The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction. ASCD, 2007.

McTighe, Jay and Grant Wiggins. Schooling by Design. ASCD, 2007.

McTighe, Jay and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by Design (expanded 2nd edition). Prentice-Hall, 2005.

Pitler, Howard. Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works. ASCD/MCREL, 2007.

Schmoker, Mike. The Results Fieldbook: Practical Strategies from Dramatically Improved Schools. ASCD, 2001.

Sizer, Ted. Horace's School: Redesigning the American High School. Houghton-Mifflin, 1992.

Tomlinson, Carol and Jay McTighe. Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design. ASCD, 2006.


  1. Sir Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity
  2. Bill Gates: Mosquitoes, Malaria and Educaton
  3. Liz Coleman: Reinventing Liberal Arts Education
  4. Mae Jemison: Teaching Arts and Sciences Together
  5. Tim Brown: Creativity and Play
  6. Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child
  7. Daniel Pink: The Surprising Science of Motivation
  8. Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds
  9. Thomas Friedman: The World Is Flat 3.0
  10. Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the Learning Revolution!