Our curriculum and coaching model is research-based and we regularly review new studies and peer efforts to improve our effectiveness. Here is key research that informs our current work.

Complex, Adaptive and Oppressive Systems

Lawrence, Keith, et. al, (2009), “Constructing A Racial Theory of Change”, Aspen Institute.

john powell, “Post-Racialism or Targeted Universalism”, Denver University Law Review, June 2009.

powell, john (2012). Racing To Justice, Indiana University Press.

powell, john, (2005), “Toward a Structural Racism Framework”,

Snowden, David and Kurtz, Cynthia, “The New Dynamics of Strategy”, IBM Systems Journal, 2003.

Organizational Development: Coaching and Group Facilitation

Brown, Tim, (2009). Change by Design. Harper Collins Publishers.

Heron, John. (1999). The Complete Facilitator’s Handbook. London: Kogen Page Limited.

Heron, John (2001). Helping the Client: A Creative Practical Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Costa, Arthur, et. al. (2002). Cognitive Coaching: A Foundation for Renaissance Schools. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordan Publishers.

Brookfield, Stephen (2004). The Power of Critical Theory: Liberating adult learning and teaching, Jossey-Bass.

Weissglass, Julian. (1998). Ripples of hope: Building relationships for educational change. Santa Barbara: Center for Educational Change in Mathematics and Science, University of California.

Lipmanowicz, Henri and McCandless, Keith (2013).The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation, Liberating Structures Press.

Leadership Development

Heifetz, Ronald, et, al. (2009). The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, Harvard Business Press.

Knowles, Richard (2002). The Leadership Dance: Pathways to Extraordinary Organizational Effectiveness.

Snowden, David and Boone, Mary E. “A Leader’s Framework for Decision-Making”, Harvard Business Review, November 2007.

Zuieback, Steve (2012). Leadership Practices for Challenging Times: Principles, Skills and Practices that Work.

Instruction and Culturally Responsive Classrooms

Hammond, Zaretta (2014). Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. San Francisco: Corwin.

Cushman, Kathleen. (2010). Fires In the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us About Motivation and Mastery. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Dweck, Carol. (2007). Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballatine Books. Gay, G. (2000). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research, and practice. New York: Teachers College Press.

Howard, G. (1999). We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools. New York: Teachers College Press.

Irvine, J. J. (1990). Black students and school failure: Policies, practices, and prescriptions. New York: Greenwood Press.

Kohl, H. (1995). ‘I Won’t Learn from You’: And Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment. New York: New Press.

Ladson-Billings, G. (2001). Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Ladson-Billings, G. (Summer, 1995). “But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.” Theory into Practice, Vol. 34, No.3, pp.159-165.

Steele, C. (2009). Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us (Issues of Our Time). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.