Outstanding Book Award
Outstanding Book Award
Outstanding Book Award

2020 Award Recipient

Leilani Sabzalian
University of Oregon          
Sabzalian, L. (2019). Indigenous children’s survivance in public schools. Routledge.​

Indigenous Children’s Survivance in Public Schools by Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) provides a powerful window into the historical and contemporary legacies of colonialism in Indigenous education in the United States.  As a collective these stories highlight the ways that colonization continues to shape the experiences of Native students in schools.  Dr. Sabzalian documents the resilience of these students, their families and the complexities of efforts by educators to wrestle with these colonial legacies.  Methodologically the book integrates critical historiography with detailed ethnographic documentation through stories of survivance.  The volume beautifully invites critical interrogation of contemporary challenges and opportunities in Indigenous education, often off the radar screen of research, practice and policy.

The Outstanding Book Award was established to acknowledge and honor the year’s best book-length publication in education research and development. To be considered for award, a book must be concerned with the improvement of the educational process through original research or scholarly inquiry, must have a research base, and must have copyright date of the past two years of the year in which the award is to be given.  

Nominations may be submitted by the author of the work, by another scholar, or by the publisher of the work. The book may have been published anywhere in the world but, for purposes of consideration, must be available in English. Edited volumes, including textbooks, are not considered for the award.

Past Recipients

2019 - Elizabeth Todd-Breland
2018 - Ezekiel J. Dixon-Román
2017 - Roberto G. Gonzales
2016 - Diana E. Hess & Paula McAvoy
2015 - David P. Baker
2014 - David L. Kirp
2013 - Christopher P. Loss
2012 - Valerie Kinloch
2011 - Richard R. Valencia
2010 - Jeffrey R. Henig - Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates: The Case of Charter Schools
2009 - Paul Attewell & David E. Lavin - Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay Off Across the Generations?
2008 - C. J. Pascoe - Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School
2007 - Rami Benbenishty & Ron Avi Astor - School Violence in Context
2006 - William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil & Eugene M. Tobin -Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education 
2005 - Mica Pollock - Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School, and Frederick D. Erickson -Talk and Social Theory
2004 - Amy J. Binder - Contentious Curricula: Afrocentrism and Creationism in American Public Schools 
2003 - No award made
2002 - Robin Alexander - Culture & Pedagogy 
2001 - Jeannie Oakes, Karen Hunter Qurtz, Steve Ryan and Martin Lipton - Becoming Good American Schools 
2000 - Angela Valenzuela -Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring 
1999 - John M. Willinsky - Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End 
1998 - Linda Darling-Hammond -The Right to Learn 
1997 - L. Scott Miller - An American Imperative 
1996 - David C. Berliner & Bruce J. Biddle - The Manufactured Crisis 
1995 - Jeffrey Mirel - The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System: Detroit 1970-1981 
1994 - No Award Given
1993 - Joan DelFattore & Jonathan Kozol
1992 - David B. Tyack, Elizabeth Hansot, Teun A. Van Dijk & Idit Harel
1991 - Stephen Brint & Jerome Karabel
1990 - James D. Anderson
1989 - Burton R. Clark & David F. Labaree
1988 - James C. Coleman & Thomas Hoffer
1987 - Robert J. Sternberg
1986 - David John Hogan
1985 - John I. Goodlad
1984 - Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, Teun A. Van Dijk & Walter Kintsch
1983 - Stephen Jay Gould & CarolGilligan
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