Girls from Daraja Academy, Kenya

Here are some resources that you may find of interest.  

Reports about schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blackboard. (2020). New report: How the pandemic is driving a shift in student-directed learning and agency

The Education Commission. (2020). EWI BRIEF: Transforming the Education Workforce and COVID-19: Leadership

Webinar Recording: Education Commission & Education Development Trust – Educational Leadership during Covid-19 and beyond

Chiedza Hodhera, A. (2021). COVID-19: An eye opener to positive examples of female leadership

Save the Children. (2021). COVID-19: Kids in world’s poorest countries lost 66% more of lifetime at school than richer peers – Save the Children

Bradbury, S. & Berlin, R. (2021). Better Questions in the Classroom Lead Students to Think Harder—and Learn Deeper

Antoninis, M. & Montoya, S. (2021). One-third of countries are not taking action to help children catch up post COVID-19

Blanco, A. (2021). Relationships between educators and families strengthened during COVID-19 virtual learning should continue as in-person learning resumes, researchers say

Kwauk, C., Schmidt, D. & Ganju, E. (2021). What do we know about the effects of COVID-10 on girls’ return to school

An NGO’s report on school closures in non-state schools in 11 nations in the Global South

 If you have an interest in working in development some of the books below will be informative:

 Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo (2011). Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. Public Affairs.

Duncan Green (2016). How Change Happens. Oxford University Press.

Matt Andrews, Jesse McConnell & Alison Westcott. (2010). Development as Leadership-led Change: A report for the Global Leadership Initiative. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

William Easterly (2007). The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. Penguin Books.

Maia Gedde (2015). Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance: A Career Guide. Routledge, London.

Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel (2011). More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. Dutton: Penguin Group USA.

Dambisa Moyo (2009). Dead Aid: Why Aid is not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

Nina Munk (2014). The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty. Anchor.

Jacqueline Novogratz (2009). The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. Rodale Books: Pennsylvania.

Hans Rosling (2018).  Factfulness:  Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things are Better Than You Think.  Flatiron Books.

Josh Ruxin (2013)  A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda. Little, Brown and Company.

Amartya Sen. (1999). Development as Freedom. Anchor Books: Random House.

To learn more about school leader preparation, professional development, and leadership standards around the world

Cordeiro, P.A., & Brion, C. (2018). Women School Leaders: Entrepreneurs in Low Fee Private   Schools in Three West African Nations. Frontiers:  Leadership in Education.

Lumby, J., Crow, G., & Pashiardis, P. (2008). International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders. New York: Routledge.

Moorosi, P., & Bush, T. (2019). (Eds.)  Preparation and development of school leaders in Africa. Bloombsury Academic.

Taipale, A (2012), International Survey on Educational Leadership, Finnish National Board of Education.

Armstrong, M. (2020). What School Leadership Can Learn From 2020

Cabeen, J. (2021). How School Leaders Can Frame Tough Decisions

Margarita Mendez, E. (2021). Smart Growth for New School Leaders

Vanzin, I. (2021). Instituting school-based support for Cambodia’s early grade teachers

Arundel, K. (2021). 4 effective leadership traits for the COVID-19 era and beyond

Lipset, M. & Nathan, L. (2021). When School Goes Home: Reimagining the Role of Educator.

Cabeen, J. (2021). Professional Development That’s Relevant Now

Burns, M. (2021). Can virtual coaching be an effective substitute for in-person coaching?

McDowell. (2021). 3 Ways Experienced Teachers Can Get More Out of Professional Development

Huh, J-S. (2021). Teachers Have Great Ideas. Here’s How to Turn Them into Reality

Modan, N. (2021). Report: Principal supervisors a ‘key’ but sometimes untapped resource

Curry, V. (2021). A Consensus-Building Strategy for School Leaders

Riddell, R. (2021). What makes a high-quality professional development program?

Bakkegard, D. (2021). Simple Ways Administrators Can Support Teachers

DeHart, J. (2021). No One Starts Out Awesome: Advice for New Teachers

Portugal, N. & Tayabas-Kim, M. (2021). Belonging, Safety, and Trust: A Recipe for Better Professional Learning

Richards, R. & Valentine, S. J. (2021). The Crucial Art — and Science — of Listening Leadership

To learn more about leadership and identity:

7 Mindset. (2021). Investing in Educators’ Social Emotional Wellness Fosters Student Success and Improves School Culture

Tovar, I. (2021). How Educators Can Better Support LGBTQ Teachers of Color

Barack, L. (2021). Weaving anti-bias and equity into curricula begins with self-reflection

Özkan-Haller, H. T. (2021). A better approach to diversity training for faculty

Watts, R. (2021). 5 Strategies to Help Black Students Feel at Home in School

Herring, C. (2021). Students Benefit When Teachers Show Up With Curiosity, Not Assumptions

Riddell, R. (2021). NPC 2021: How can principals build, strengthen equity mindset in schools?

To learn more about the context of Africa:

Africa in general:

George B.N. Ayittey. (2005). Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future. Palgrave MacMillan.

Richard Dowden. (2010). Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles. Public Affairs.

Jeffrey Gettleman. (2017). Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival. Harper.

Makonen Getu. (2015). Socialism and Development in Ethiopia. Regnum Studies in Mission.
Makonen Getu. (2004). The Undreamt: An Ethiopian Transformation. Christian Transformation Resource Centre: Philippines.


Kwei Quartey writes enjoyable mystery novels (his detective’s name is Darko Dawson) that have various areas of Ghana as the backdrop. Wife of the Gods (2009); Children of the Street (2011); Gold of Our Fathers (2017); Death by His Grace (2017). They are fun. Enjoy!

Nana Awere Damoah. (2013). I Speak of Ghana. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


Helene Cooper’s two books:

2017) Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Simon & Schuster.

(2009) The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood. Simon & Schuster.

Tim Butcher. (2011). Chasing the Devil: A Journey through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene. New York: Atlas & Company Publishers. (This includes Sierra Leone).

Tanzania (education):

R. Sambuli Mosha, (2000). The Heartbeat of Indigenous Africa: A Study of Chagga Education System. Taylor & Francis.

Uganda (education):

Twesigye Jackson Karuri with Susan Urbanek Linville. (2010). The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village. Penguin Group.

Uganda: GPE. (2021). Uganda: Building a stronger teaching force


A book with a very different view than what we typically hear/read about Rwanda.

Judi Rever (2018).  In Praise of Blood:  The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front.  Random House Canada.


Orid, K. (2020). 3 stories from Zimbabwe: How communities can help pregnant girls and adolescent mothers continue their education. Global Partnership for Education.

Tini. (2021). Girls’ education and menstrual hygiene challenges in Zimbabwe

To learn more about the educational context of Central/South America/Caribbean:

Kathryn Anderson-Levitt & Elsie Rockwell. (2017). Comparing Ethnographies: Local Studies of Education Across the Americas. AERA: Washington DC.

Barbara Burns & Javier Luque. (2015). Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

To learn more about the educational context of South/East Asia/Pacific:

Samuel, Meng Yew Tee, & Lorraine Pe Symaco (Eds.) (2017). Education in Malaysia: Development and Challenges. Springer.

Mae Chu Chang, Samer Al-Samarrai, Andrew B. Ragatz, Joppe de Ree, & Ritchie Stevenson. (2013). Teacher Reform: The Role of Politics and evidence in Policy Making. World Bank.

If you are interested in learning more about the educational context of the Middle East:

Daniele Cantini, (2016). Youth and Education in the Middle East: Shaping Identity and Politics in Jordan. I. B. Tauris; Sew Edition. (This is about higher education.)

Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (2013). I am Malala. Little, Brown and Company.

If you are interested in learning more about the educational context of North America:

Rice, J. (2020). Nawayee Center School: A Conversation with Joe Rice

Riddell, R & Modan, N. (2021). 4 principals to watch in 2021

Arundel, K. (2021). 4 superintendents to watch in 2021

Hill, P. T. & Jochim, A. (2021). How can school superintendents lead during the COVID-19 crisis?

Gamba, K. (2021). La Luz: One School Leader’s Journey to Create an “Unschool”

Riddell, R. (2021). Lessons In Leadership: South Carolina principal works nights to help families

U.S.: Guernsey, L. (2021). Lessons from the Illinois Media Mentor Project

Riddell, R. (2021). Lessons In Leadership: Texas superintendent stresses importance of speaking to people’s hearts

Tate, E. (2021). Inside the Wraparound Model That Puts Student Voice Front and Center

To learn more about women and girls’ education:

Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (2013). I am Malala. Little, Brown and Company.

Gene B. Sperling & Rebecca Winthrop. (2016). What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment. The Brookings Institution.

Hamdani, S. (2020). How teacher training can support a truly gender transformative approach to education

Kwauk, C. & Fry, L. (2020). To raise ambition at the Climate Summit, let’s promote quality education—especially for girls

Beggs, C. H. & Di Meco, L. (2021). Reimagining girls’ education during COVID-19: Lessons from adapting programs and measures

Guivarra, J-A., DFAT, & Bourne, J. (2021). Building back better: Prioritizing girls’ education in our pandemic response

Tulsyan, A. (2021). Even when textbooks preach gender equality, the hidden curriculum at schools can still undermine girls

GPE. (2021). Afghanistan: Reaching the most vulnerable children, especially girls, through new approaches

Bissoonauth, R. & Marindire, A. (2021). Celebrating 4 champions of girls’ and women’s education in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic

GPE Secretariat. (2021). Educate a girl and you can change the world

Roolvink. L. (2021). No girl with disabilities should be denied the right to education

Grant, H. & Vegas, E. (2021). Why governments should use evidence to design girls’ education policies—and learn from Kenya about how to do it

West, A. (2021). Minding the gap in equity and inclusion: The case for adolescent girls

Butler, M. & Jane, A. (2021). Resourcing girls’ education: Where exactly should the money go?

ADB et al. (2021). An Education Workforce to Support the Learning of Girls and Students from Marginalised Communities: Evidence-based Action Areas

Ossai, E. D. (2021). Education in emergency in Nigeria: Creating gender equitable policies so all girls have an uninterrupted right to learn

Neltoft, C. K. (2021). Girls’ education in Ghana: Fighting barriers beyond gender parity.

Generation Equality Forum

To learn more about private schooling in the Global South:

Katelyn Donnelly, Arvind Nagarajan, & Ross Lescano Lipstein. (2019). Beyond the Mirage: How pragmatic stewardship could transform learning outcomes in international education systems.

For a review of the above report, be sure to read:

Frank Adamson (2019). NEPC Review: Beyond the Mirage: How Pragmatic Stewardship Could Transform Outcomes in international Education Systems.

Global Campaign for Education. (2016).  Private Profit, Public Loss:  Why the push for low-fee private schools is throwing quality education off track. South Africa: Johannesburg.

Prachi Srivastava & Geoffrey Walford. (Eds.) (2007). Private Schooling in Less Economically Developed Countries. Symposium Books.

Prachi Srivastava (Ed.) (2013). Low-Fee Private Schooling: Aggravating Equity or Mitigating Disadvantage? Symposium Books.

James Tooley. (2013). The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People are Educating Themselves. Cato Institute.

James Tooley. (2021) The Education Exchange: Low-Cost Private Schools Serving the Global Poor [Podcast]

To learn more about internationalization and globalization in Pk-12 education:

Nelly P. Stromquist & Karen Monkman (Eds.) (2014). Globalization & Education: Integration and Contestation Across Cultures. Rowman & Littlefield.

Podcast: Harvard Center for International Development (2020). The Millions Learning Project: Scaling Quality Education to Children & Youth.

To learn more about the importance of school leadership:

Modan, N. (2021). Report: High-quality principals result in nearly 3 months additional learning annually. K-12 Dive.

Noonoo, S. (2021). Teachers Don’t Just Use Research — Some Are Designing It Themselves

Morsadi, B. (2021). Upgrading Your Advisory Program to Fit the Unique Needs of Your Learners

Slad, S. & Gallagher, A. (2021). The Case for Embracing Messy Leadership in Schools

Gupta, N. & Sampat, S. (2021). How teacher expectations empower student learning

To learn more about teacher training and professional development:

De La Rosa, S. (2021). Why virtual professional development has staying power. K-12 Dive.

Wilson. D. (2021). 4 Tips for New Teachers on Building a Strong Career Foundation

If you are interested in learning more about internationalization in higher education:

Rosalind Latiner Raby & Edward J. Valeau. (Eds.). (2016). International Education at Community Colleges: Themes, Practices and Case Studies. Palgrave MacMillan.

Peter Ninnes & Meeri Hellsten (Eds.) (2005). Internationalizing Higher Education” Critical Explorations of Pedagogy and Policy. Springer.

Georgiana Mihut & Philip Altbach (Eds.) (2017). Understanding Higher Education Internationalization: Insights from Key Global Publications. Sense Publishers.

Stacey, V. (2021). Canada expands pathway to residency for work permit holders

Fischer, K. (2021). The Year Without Study Abroad: Covid-19 could lead to lasting change in international learning

Koenig, R. (2021). Mapping Out a ‘Credential As You Go’ Movement For Higher Education

American Council on Education. (2021). International Briefs for Higher Education Leaders

Waruru, M. (2021). Study shows women are ready to become university leaders

If you are interested in learning more about comparative and international teacher education:

John Chi-Kin Lee & Christopher Day (Eds.) (2016). Quality and Change in Teacher Education: Western and Chinese Perspectives. Springer.

Karen Mundy, Kathy Bickmore, Ruth Hayhoe, Meggan Madden & Katherine Madjidi. (Eds.) (2008). Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers. Teachers College.

The Education Commission

If you’re interested in learning more about serving the needs of students with disabilities or special needs:

Sandman-Hurley, K. (2020). How to Better Support Middle and High School Students With Dyslexia. Edutopia

Bamberger, C. (2020). Is the pandemic our chance to reimagine education for students with disabilities?


Clark, J. (2021). New report shows what works for deaf children’s education

Deaf Child Worldwide. Transforming the lives of deaf children in the world’s poorest communities

GPE Secretariat. (2021). Zambia: Making the return to learning safe and inclusive

Gantsetseg, C. & Sugai, A. (2021). Mongolia: Continuous education for children with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis

World Learning. (2021). How a New Partnership is Advancing Inclusive STEM Education in Egypt

Hall, B. (2021). 3 Keys to More Effective Collaboration in an Inclusive Classroom

Barack, L. (2021). Collaborative, inclusive classrooms begin with educators

Pinto, C. (2021). How to make children’s book collections more inclusive

Lindhard Neltoft, C. (2021). Advancing inclusive education: making children with disabilities visible in Togo, Lesotho and Vietnam

Ballis, B. & Heath, K. (2021). Special education: Beneficial to many, harmful to others: The impact of reducing access to special education on public school students

IIEP-UNESCO, UNICEF, GPE Secretariat, & FCDO. (2021). From resilience to inclusion: New methodological guidelines to improve effectiveness in global education

Parker, A. (2021). How to Introduce Lessons on Disability

Childhood Education International (2021). Inclusive Leadership in Education

If you’re interested in education and technology:

Rossi-Mumpower, N. (2020). How to Help Teachers Learn New Technology

Podcast: The Economist – Intelligence Unit. Education, Disrupted.

Eaton, M. (2021). Powerful, Lesser-Known Tech Tools for Teachers

Ibrahim, S. (2021). Tunisia: Class Quiz platform offers gamified educational content

Barshay, J. (2021). PROOF POINTS: A new experiment in turning classrooms into laboratories

Konopelko, D. (2021). How to Maximize the Value of Edtech Certifications

Vegas, E., Lee, S., & Shrestha, U. (2021). How has education technology impacted student learning in India during COVID-19?

Learning Blade

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If you’re interested in learning about microfinance:

Beatriz Armendariz & Jonathan Morduch. (2010). The Economics of Microfinance. MIT Press.

Makonen Getu (Ed.) (2013). Transforming Microfinance: A Christian Approach. Oxford Center for Mission Studies: Regnum Books International.

Muhammad Yunus. (2008). Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. PublicAffairs.

To learn more about social entrepreneurship:

David Bornstein. (2010). Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford university Press.

Teresa Chahine. (2016). Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship. CRS Press.

B. Gidron and Y. Hasenfeld. (Eds.) (2012). Social enterprises: An Organizational Perspective. Plagrave Macmillan.

Chao Guo (2014). Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value. Jossey-Bass.

Jason Haber (2016). The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the new bottom line . Entrepreneur Media Inc.

Lily Irani (2019). Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Princeton University Press.

Vigani, S. & De Lameillieure, S. (2021). Partnering for impact in Côte d’Ivoire: a blueprint for public-private collaboration in education financing

If you want to read about poverty, we recommend:

Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, & Orlanda Ruthven. (2009). Portfolios of the Poor:  How the World’sPoor Live on $2 a Day.  Princeton University Press.

Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shafer. (2016) . $2.00 a Day;  Living on Almost Nothing in America.  Mariner Books.

To learn more about the education of girls:

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A few key education reports:  

There are so many.  Let us know your favorite.  Here are two that are quite informative.

World Bank. (2018) World Development Report 2018: Learning: To Realize Education’s Promise.  Washington DC: World Bank.

Sajitha Bashir, Marlaine Lockheed, Elizabeth Ninan, & Jee-Peng Tan. (2018) Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa. The World Bank.

Recommended Websites

Poverty and Development:

The Gates Foundation Blog:

US and international topics related to poverty, health, education and development written by various foundation staff.

The World Bank:

“Working for a world free of poverty,” this blog is a forum for discussing development issues and provides open access to World Bank data.

The United Nations Development Program:

The UNDP’s comprehensive, qualitative and timely information about how aid flows and its results. The blog is also part of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to which UNDP is a signatory, advocating voluntary transparency aimed at making information about aid spending easier to access, understand and use.

From Poverty to Power—Oxfam:

Blogs by Duncan Green and colleagues–one of my favorites. It covers poverty, NGOs, health education, etc.


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