Top Education Books for 2009

By Kathleen Vail

As we near the end of the first decade of the 21st century, one of the best education books of the past 10 years was published in 2009. Salon journalist Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on the scene at Columbine High School in 1999, in the aftermath of the worst shooting in public school history. Cullen’s painstaking and riveting reporting and writing will strip away your previous assumptions about the tragedy. Columbine tops our list of notable education books for 2009, chosen by the editors of American School Board Journal.

Two other narratives by journalists about significant events are included in our list, as are books by a cognitive scientist, a renowned testing and assessment expert, and reform advocates -- all with suggestions on how we can improve education.

In addition to the titles listed below, the second edition of The Key Work of School Boards Guidebook, by Katheryn W. Gemberling, Carl W. Smith, and Joseph S. Villani, is a notable book for 2009. Published by the National School Boards Association, this guidebook describes ways to strengthen board governance and develop policies focused on student achievement.

Here are our selections for 2009:

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