Resources for making education accessible to all

The new College Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities published by may help guide parents and students in selecting resources for going to college.

Dr. John Inman research and models

Dr. Inman Doctoral Dissertation abstract only

Dr. Inman Doctoral Dissertation: Another Way to Understand Gifted and Dyslexic: Hypothetical Transformation Via an Indigenous Worldview

Dr. Inman model of multi-tiered classroom designed to engage all learners

Spiritual ecology of education

Three learning paths in concentric circles

Ecosystem of Indigenous learning

Model of alphabet children

Education documentaries and movies

Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses. Available August 14, 2015.

Most Likely to Succeed: Our education system was perfectly designed…to prepare workers for routine jobs that no longer exist. As we try to out-drill and out-test Korea we are leaving millions of young adults ill-prepared, uninspired and lacking the skills they need to thrive in an innovation economy. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again. This film is available for screening now.

Defies Measurement is a documentary to challenges the non-evidence based reform policies enacted through NCLB, RttT, and Common Core. An outstanding documentary that is a must see for parents, administrators, and community members who want to understand the impact of policies tearing our schools apart. This documentary is free at this link.

2e: Twice Exceptional: This is an outstanding documentary on twice-exceptionality. It is filmed at Bridges Academy in LA dedicated to teaching 2e children. This is a must see for all those who work with, are, or parent 2e children or adults.

Rise Above the Mark focuses on Indiana’s struggles with public school reforms—the same types of struggles experienced in schools throughout the United States. Public schools are boxed in by current corporate reforms. Rules and regulations restrict vision, depreciate funding, demoralize teachers, and turn students into test-taking machines, robbing them of time to foster creativity.

Like Stars on Earth is a fantastic movie about a dyslexic boy in India. This may be the most powerful and compelling movie on dyslexic I have ever seen. This is the English version. Originally released in India as Taare Zameen Par. Here is the official site for Taare Zameen Par.

Losing Ourselves is a half hour documentary by a high school student that is a must see. Wonderfully done with interviews of many children and teachers about the impact of a narrow fact based curriculum vs. letting kids learn through exploring their passions. I highly recommend.

A short 3 minute animated video on what happens when a public school is replaced by a charter school produced by the Network for Public Education.

Good Morning, Mission Hill: The freedom to teach, the freedom to learn. Explore a public school environment based on respect for every child and adult’s limitless possibilities!

Heal our Schools: Communities need to work together to come up with a clear vision of what they want their schools to be, and policy makers need to be held accountable for providing what the community demands.

Killing Ed: A Documentary Film About Charter Schools, Corruption, and the Gülen Movement in America

Go Public: A day in the life of an American  School District.

The Public School Wars: A new film documentary examines the fight to save public education

Beyond Measure: In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.

Backpack Full of Cash: A new film that explores the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools

Paper Tigers: An extraordinary documentary about an alternative high school in Wala Wala Washington redesigned around ACES. Highly recommend.

The Inconvenient Truth About American Education by Pasi Sahlberg delivered for the Diane Silvers Ravitch Class of ’60 lecture on current issues in public education at Wellesley College, October 18, 2016

A list of over 60 education documentaries from the blog Etale.

Indigenous research and resources

Allen, P. G. (1992).  The sacred hoop: Recovering the feminine in American Indian traditions.  Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Allen, P. G. (1998).  Off the reservation: Reflections on boundary-busting, border-crossing, loose canons.  Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Cajete, G. (1994).  Look to the mountain: An ecology of indigenous education.  Skyland, NC: Kivaki Press.

Cajete, G. (2005).  American Indian epistemologies.  New Directions for Student Services, 109, 69-78.  Retrieved August 14, 2010, from

Cajete, G. (2006).  It is time for Indian people to define indigenous education on our own terms.  Tribal College, 18(2), 56-58.  Retrieved August 7, 2010, from

Deloria, V., & Wildcat, D. R. (2001).  Power and place: Indian education in America.  Golden, CO: Fulcrum.

Four Arrows (2013).  Teaching truly: A curriculum to Indigenize mainstream education.  New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Four Arrows (2014).  Resistance at the roots: Indigenizing mainstream education to end neoliberal violence.  In M. Abendroth, & B. J. Portilio (Eds.),  School against neoliberal rule: Educational fronts for local and global justice: A reader.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Four Arrows, Cajete, G., & Lee, J. (2010).  Critical neurophilosophy & Indigenous wisdom.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Four Arrows, & Narvaez, D. (2014).  A more authentic baseline.  (unpublished paper).

Garrett, M. T. (1999).  Understanding the “medicine”  of Native American traditional values: An integrative review.  Counseling and Values, 43(2), 84-98.

Kincheloe, J. L., & Steinberg, S. R. (2008).  Indigenous knowledges in education: Complexities, dangers, and profound benefits.  In N. K. Denzin, Y. S. Lincoln, & L. T. Smith (Eds.),  Handbook of critical and indigenous methodologies (pp. 135-156).  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Wildcat, D. (2001).  Indigenizing education: Playing to our strengths.  In V. Deloria, & D. Wildcat, Power and place: Indian education in America.  Golden, CO: Fulcrum.

Wildcat, D., & Pierotti, R. (2000).  Finding the indigenous in indigenous studies.  Indigenous Nations Studies Journal, 1(1), 61-70.  Retrieved August 30, 2010, from

Zimmerman, M. J. (2004).  Being nature’s mind: Indigenous ways of knowing and planetary consciousness.  ReVision, March 22, 2004.  Retrieved June 13, 2014

Twice-exceptional research and resources

Assouline, S. G., Foley Nicpon, M., & Huber, D. H. (2006).  The impact of vulnerabilities and strengths on the academic experiences of twice-exceptional students: A message to school counselors.  Professional School Counseling, 10(1), 14-24.

Baum, S. M. (Ed.). (2004).  Twice-exceptional and special populations of gifted students.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Baum, S. M. (2012, May 16).  What’s in a name?  Defining and reifying twice-exceptional education.  The 2e Education Blog.  Retrieved from

Baum, S. M., & Owen, S. V. (2004).  To be gifted & learning disabled: Strategies for helping bright students with LD, ADHD, and more.  Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning Press.

Baum, S. M., Viens, J., & Slatin, B. (2005).  Multiple intelligences in the elementary classroom: A teacher’s toolkit.  New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Bracamonte, M. (2010, March).  Twice-exceptional students: Who are they and what do they need?  The 2e Newsletter.  Retrieved from

Brulles, D., & Winebrenner, S. (2009, May/June).  An inclusive approach for serving twice-exceptional students: The school-wide cluster grouping model.  The 2e Newsletter, (34).

Chivers, S. (2012).  Twice-exceptionality in the classroom.  Journal of Student Engagement: Education Matters, 2(1), 26-29.

Coleman, M. R. (2005).  Academic strategies that work for gifted students with learning disabilities.  Teaching Exceptional Children, 38(1), 28-32.

Egan, K. (1991).  Primary understanding: Education in early childhood.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Egan, K. (1992).  Imagination in teaching and learning ages 8-15.  London, UK: Routledge.

Jeweler, S., Barnes-Robinson, L., Shevitz, B. R., & Weinfeld, R. (2008).  Bordering on excellence: A teaching tool for twice-exceptional students.  Gifted Child Today, 31(2), 40-46.

Kaplan, A., & Wiebe, C. (2013, March).  Using signature strengths to build self efficacy: Positive psychology and the 2e learner.  The 2e Newsletter.  Retrieved from

King, E. W. (2005).  Addressing the social and emotional needs of twice-exceptional students.  Teaching Exceptional Children, 38(1), 16-20.

Leggett, D. G., Shea I., & Wilson, J. A. (2010).  Advocating for twice-exceptional students: An ethical obligation.  Research in Schools, 17(2), 1-10.

Lovecky, D. V. (2004).  Different minds: Gifted children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and other learning deficits.  Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley.

Lovett, B. J., & Lewandowski, L. J. (2006).  Gifted students with learning disabilities: Who are they?  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 39(6), 515-527.

Lovett, B. J., & Sparks, R. L. (2011).  The identification and performance of gifted students with learning disability diagnoses: A quantitative synthesis.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46(4), 304-316.

Macdonald, S. J. (2009).  Windows of reflection: Conceptualizing dyslexia using the social model of disability.  Dyslexia, 15, 347-362.  Retrieved August 14, 2010, from

Montgomery, D. (2003).  Gifted & talented children with special educational needs: Double exceptionality.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Montgomery, D. (2015). Teaching Gifted Children with Special Educational Needs: Supporting dual and multiple exceptionality.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Nielsen, M. E. (2002).  Gifted students with learning disabilities: Recommendations for identification and programming.  Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal, 10(2), 93-111.  Retrieved 01 December, 2013 from

Nielsen, M. E., & Higgins, L. D. (2005).  The eye of the story: Services and programs for twice-exceptional learners.  Teaching Exceptional Children, 38(1), 8-15.

Smith, S. L. (1988).  The role of the arts in the education of learning-disabled children.  The Pointer, 32(3), 11-16.  Retrieved September 1, 2010, from

Song, K., & Porath, M. (2011).  How giftedness coexists with learning disabilities: Understanding gifted students with learning disabilities (GLD) in an integrated model of human abilities.  Talent Development & Excellence, 3(2), 215-227.

Subotnik, R. F., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Worrell, F. C. (2011). Rethinking giftedness and gifted education: A proposed direction forward based on psychological science.  Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 12(1), 3-54.

Webb, J. T., Amend, E. R., Webb, N. E., Goerss, J., Beljan, P., & Olenchak, F. R. (2005).  Misdiagnosis and dual diagnoses of gifted children and adults.  Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential Press.

Winebrenner, S. (2003).  Teaching strategies for twice-exceptional students.  Intervention in School and Clinic, 38(3), 131-137.

Winebrenner, S., & Brulles, D. (2008).  The cluster grouping handbook: How to challenge gifted students and improve achievement for all.  Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Yssel, N., Adams, C., Clarke, L. S., & Jones, R. (2014).  Applying an RTI model for students with learning disabilities who are gifted.  Teaching Exceptional Children, 46(3), 42-52.

Education design and transformation

Brown, P. C., Roediger III, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014).  Make it stick: The science of successful learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Best I have read on cognition. Highly recommend)

Darling-Hammond, L. (2010). The flat world and education: How America’s commitment to equity will determine our future. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. (Excellent and well researched. Some fantastic innovations have been torn down unfortunately by reformers)

Dweck, C. (2006).  Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York, NY: Random House. (Excellent work, a must read)

Fullan, M., & Boyle, A. (2014).  Big-city school reforms: Lessons from New York, Toronto, and London. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Freire, P. (2009).  Pedagogy of the oppressed (30th Anniversary edition).  New York, NY: Continuum.

Freire, P., & Faundez, A. (1989).  Learning to question: A pedagogy of liberation (T. Coates, Trans.).  New York, NY: Crossroad/Continuum.

Freire, P., & Macedo, D. (1995).  A dialogue: Culture, language, and race.  Harvard Educational Review, 65(3), 377-402.  Retrieved September 4, 2010, from Research Library Core.  (Document ID: 6755799).

Goleman, D., & Senge, P. (2014). The triple focus: A new approach to education. Florence, MA: More Than Sound. (Integrating SEL and Systems, an excellent read)

Hargreaves, A., & Fullan, M. (2014).  Professional capital. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. (Excellent book. Highly recommend)

Hazen, D., Hines, E., Rosenfeld, S., & Salett, S. (2016). Who controls our public schools? : The privatization of American public education. The Independent Media Institute. Retrieved Oct 28, 2016 from

Hooks, B. (1994). Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom. New York, NY: Routledge.

Khan, S. (2012). The one world schoolhouse: Education reimagined. New York, NY: Twelve Publishing. (Inspiring vision and story. A good read)

Kuhn, D. (2005). Education for thinking. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Mathews, D. (2003). Why public schools? Whose public schools?: What early communities have to tell us. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation Press.

Mathews, D. (2006). Reclaiming public education by reclaiming our democracy. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation Press.

Mathews, J. (2009). Work hard. Be nice.: How two inspired teachers created the most promising schools in America. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books. (I like the passion and creativity behind the Kipp story but not the assumption innovation and performance must come outside of TPS’s, just not so)

Michie, G., Cisneros, S. (2009). Holler If You Hear Me: The education of a teacher and his students, Second Edition. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. (A must read)

Nieto, S. (2013). Finding joy in teaching students of diverse backgrounds. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. (This is an outstanding book. A must read for those who believe in TPS’s)

Palmer, P. J. (1998).  The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher’s life.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey – Bass.

Ravitch, D. (2011). The death and life of the great American school system: How testing and choice are undermining education. New York, NY: Basic Books. (The most important book published on education reform. A must read.)

Rhee, M. (2013). Radical: Fighting to put students first. New York, NY: Harper. (a disturbing approach, read Professional capital instead)

Ricci, M. C. (2013). Mindsets in the classroom: Building a culture of success and student achievement in schools. Waco, TX: Purfrock Press, Inc.. (Excellent work on growth mindsets. Highly recommend)

Rogers, C. R. (1995).  On becoming a person. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

Sahlberg, P. (2011). Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. ( A must read to understand what we could actually co-create)

Senge, P., Cambron-McCabe, N., Lucas, T., Smith, B., Dutton, J., & Kleiner, A. (2000).  Schools that learn: A fifth discipline fieldbook for educators, parents, and everyone who cares about education.  New York, NY: Doubleday.

Schank, R. C. (2011). Teaching minds: How cognitive science can save our schools. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Tirozzi, G. (2012).  Stop the School Bus: Getting education reform back on track. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Wagner, T. (2010). The global achievement gap: Why even our best schools don’t teach the new survival skills our children need–and what we can do about it. New York, NY: Basic Books. (Highly recommend this book. Clear and honest way forward. A must read)

Wagner, T., & Compton, R. A. (2015). Creating innovators: The making of young people who will change the world. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster. (Important research on how to foster innovation in our students)

Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why don’t students like school: A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.