If you are finished with your holiday shopping, you can stop reading this post. But chances are that you are one of the tens of millions of Americans who retailers now cater to by staying open around the clock until the last hours of Christmas Eve.

Here’s an idea for the edReformer on your list: Stacey Childress’s book, Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Montgomery County Public Schools.  It came out last year, but in case you missed it — it is also in paperback.

Childress, a former Harvard Business School lecturer who now serves as the Deputy Director of Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and her co-authors, Denis Doyle and David Thomas, chronicle the story of the Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools and its transformation in less than a decade into a system committed to breaking the links between race and class and academic achievement. What I liked was the way the book spells out how Montgomery County Schools did it, and what other districts can learn from this experience.

The achievement gap is the civil rights issue of our generation.  Childress, who also sits on the board of the Education Equality Project, is a hero for her dedication to closing the gap.  The edReformer on your list will appreciate this read.

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