Fall 2021 Book Talk Schedule

Class Dismissed book cover image Gutman Library Book Talk - Class Dismissed

Written by Kevin M. McIntosh

Thursday, September 23, 2021 4-5p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/Class_Dismissed

About the book: “Student Gives Teacher the Finger” screams the Post headline after Patrick Lynch shuts––slams?––his classroom door on the hand of Josh Mishkin, the learning-disabled son of two NYU professors. Josh’s injury casts Patrick, thirty-year-old son of the Midwest, down a New York City rabbit hole of Board of Ed bureaucracy and union politics. Transformed into an unwilling celebrity by his fellow inmates in that teacher purgatory, the Rubber Room, Mr. Lynch is suddenly more “at risk” than any of his students. Now he must fight his way back to his classroom at Marcus Garvey High School and reclaim the affections of his social worker fiancée, all while wrestling the legend of his late father, Superintendent Lynch, the pride of Peterson’s Prairie, Minnesota.

About the event: This book talk will be live-captioned! Kevin M. McIntosh’s short stories have appeared in the American Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Chicago Tribune, Potomac Review and elsewhere. Stories conceived during his residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and Blue Mountain Center have been nominated for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize. His musical By George! was given a staged reading at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and was produced at his alma mater, Carleton College. His novel Class Dismissed (Regal House, 2021) is informed by his thirty years of teaching in New York City, Oakland and Greater Boston. There will be a Q&A at the end of the author's book talk.

Where to read: More information about the book here

Watch a closed-captioned recording of this book talk.


Inquiry-Driven Innovation book cover image Gutman Library Book Talk - Inquiry-Driven Innovation: A Practical Guide to Supporting School-Based Change

Written by Liz Dawes Duraisingh and Andrea Rose Sachdeva

Thursday, September 30, 2021 4-5p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/InquiryDrivenInnovation

About the book: Inquiry-Driven Innovation: A Practical Guide to Supporting School-Based Change addresses a pressing need for intentional and sustained innovation in education. It is both a practical guide for supporting school-based change and a handbook for effective professional development designed to  empower and re-energize practitioners. Throughout this book, educators will find a wealth of examples from different school contexts and a rich array of research-based pedagogical tools and resources. Inquiry-Driven Innovation offers an approach to innovation that recognizes local contexts, promotes listening across various stakeholder groups, and suggests structures for ongoing, purpose-driven work. It offers: 

  • An actionable framework for school-based innovation

  • Real-world case studies of educators developing innovation strategies in a variety of school contexts

  • An Innovation Toolkit filled with research-based pedagogical tools and resources for educators

About the event: This book talk will be live-captioned! Liz Dawes Duraisingh, Ed.M.'07, Ed.D.'12, is a Principal Investigator at Project Zero (PZ), a research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she co-directed Creating Communities of Innovation, the project from which this book draws. Andrea Rose Sachdeva, Ed.M.'07, is a Senior Project Manager at PZ, whose research work there has included the Creating Communities of Innovation and Creando Comunidades de Indagación projects, as well as the Agency by Design research initiative and related projects. There will be a Q&A at the end of the authors' book talk.

Where to read: HOLLIS users can access/borrow this book. The book is also available for purchase

Watch a closed-captioned recording of this book talk.


From Oops to Aha book cover image Gutman Library Book Talk - From Oops to Aha: Portraits of Learning from Mistakes in Kindergarten

Written by Maleka Donaldson 

Thursday, October 7, 2021 4-5p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/FromOopsToAha

About the book: From Oops to Aha pulls back the curtain on learning from mistakes in four public school Kindergarten classrooms: urban, charter, Montessori, and suburban. With each chapter, the reader is transported directly into the daily lives of teachers and their students. The portraits offer poignantly-detailed, moment-by-moment illustrations of how teachers respond to mistakes and interact with students. At the micro-level, this perspective reveals how teachers’ beliefs, intentions, and instructional practices play out in context during daily life in the classroom. By juxtaposing the true stories of the lives of Kindergarten teachers and children, Donaldson makes plain that even in this very early grade, there is a wide and striking range of children’s interpersonal and learning experiences in school. All Kindergarten classrooms are not the same; the nuanced way teachers respond to mistakes in the moment is impacted by access to resources and by policies enacted at a broader level. This book will inform and inspire readers to reexamine preconceived notions of mistakes, feedback, and early childhood learning and teaching, and to reconsider their impact on educational equity.

About the event: This book talk will be live-captioned! Dr. Maleka Donaldson, A.B.'02, Ed.M.'11, Ed.M.'14, Ed.D.'17, is Assistant Professor of Education and Child Study at Smith College. She studies the role of mistakes in learning and teaching and has previously published articles in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Educational Research, Schools: Studies in Education, and more. She will be introduced by Dr. Tina Grotzer, Ed.M.'85, Ed.D. '93, Principal Research Scientist in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Where to read: Information for HOLLIS users can be found here. More information about the book here.

Watch a closed-captioned recording of this book talk.

Hope and Joy in Education book cover image Gutman Library Book Talk - Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context

Edited by Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah

Thursday, October 14, 2021 4-5p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/HopeAndJoyInEdu

About the book: Students, parents, and educators are increasingly frustrated, demoralized, burned out, and discontented with education and schooling today. At no time has it been more necessary to revitalize hope in the promise of education or to reestablish joy in teaching and learning. In this timely and inspirational volume, authors from diverse disciplines consider and affirm the many places across curriculum and context where hope and joy are or can be strong and vibrant. Grounded in the life-affirming ideals of renowned education philosopher and school founder Daisaku Ikeda, Hope and Joy in Education will reenergize educational research, theory, and practice. Featuring contributions from such luminaries as Theodorea Regina Berry, Cynthia B. Dillard, Walter S. Gershon, M. Francyne Huckaby, John Lupinacci, and Anita Patterson, this book reminds readers that the classroom is still a magical space, brimming with the brilliant and creative energy of young people. Hope and Joy in Education was developed in association with the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue.

About the event: This book talk will be live-captioned! Isabel Nuñez is professor of educational studies and director of the School of Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Jason Goulah is professor of bilingual-bicultural education and director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University in Chicago.

Where to read: Information for HOLLIS users can be found here. More information about the book here.

Watch a closed-captioned recording of the book talk. 

Students First book cover image Gutman Library Book Talk - Students First: Equity, Access, and Opportunity in Higher Education

Written by Paul LeBlanc, Foreword by Bridget Terry Long

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4-5p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/Students_First

About the book: Although a college education remains one of the great drivers of socioeconomic mobility, today's higher education industry has built financial, logistical, and practical barriers that keep out the very students who are most in need of opportunity. Students First makes a persuasive case that realigning US educational priorities will enable larger populations of graduates to enjoy return on investment in the form of good pay, meaningful work, and a stable future. As the book emphasizes, such change is imperative, for in better serving its students, higher education will better serve society.

About the event: This book talk will be live-captioned! Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University. Under the 17 years of Paul’s direction, SNHU has grown from 2,800 students to over 170,000 learners and is the largest non-profit provider of online higher education in the country. Paul serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce. Dr. Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D.'00,  is Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics at Harvard Graduate School of Education A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long served as academic dean from 2013-2017 and was previously the faculty director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs. Long is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the National Academy of Education. She is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Education. She is also on the Board of Directors for MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization, and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. 

Where to read: More information about the book here.

Watch a closed-captioned recording of the book talk. 

100 Days in Vietnam Book Cover Gutman Library Book Talk - 100 Days in Vietnam: A Memoir of Love, War, and Survival

Written by Lt. Col. Joseph F. Tallon and Matthew A. Tallon, Ed.M.'09

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 1:30-3p.m. EST (online)

Please register: bit.ly/100DaysVietnam

About the book: As American troops continue their steady exodus on the last day of their ground war in Vietnam, Lieutenant Joe Tallon is shot down by an enemy missile. Forced to eject at a dangerously low altitude from their OV-1 Mohawk, Joe and his technical observer, Specialist-5 Daniel Richards, land in the flaming wreckage. Lieutenant Tallon survives but Specialist Richards does not. Stateside, Lieutenant Tallon begins to heal and proceed with his life-but the loss of his technical observer is never far from his mind. Forty years later, Joe embarks on a quest to bring recognition to the sacrifice of Daniel Richards and secure a Purple Heart for his family.

Painstakingly recreated from wartime letters and remembrances and contextualized by contemporary news accounts, 100 Days in Vietnam is a collaboration between Joe and his son Matt-also an Army veteran. Here we experience the war through the emotions of the man who survived it: the drudgery and monotony of airfield life, the heartache of a newlywed missing his wife, the terror of combat missions, the agony of injury and rehabilitation, and the bittersweet relief from the completion of his final mission to bring recognition to his fallen comrade.

About the event: This book talk will be live-captioned! Joseph F. Tallon is a retired US Army lieutenant colonel who served from 1969 to 2007. Trained as a composite Army aviator in rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, he flew the OV-1 Mohawk during Vietnam, transitioning to Army intelligence after the war. A selection of his awards and decorations during his military service includes the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (2x), the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the Vietnam Wounded in Action Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Upon completion of a master's degree in education and supervision at The Citadel in 1981, Joe taught high school social studies. Matthew A. Tallon, Ed.M.'09, is a former US Army transportation officer who served primarily in overseas duty assignments for five years and completed his active-duty commitment as a captain. Matt is a graduate of Duke University with a bachelor's degree in history and a teaching certification. After completion of his military service, Matt returned to Durham Public Schools to teach high school US history and civics. After graduating from Harvard with a master's degree in education policy and management, Matt currently serves as the senior project manager for the Public Education Leadership Project, a joint education initiative between the Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Where to read: More information about the book here.

Recording available upon request here.