The Virginia and Warren Stone Prize

See also: Recent Awards | Book of the Year Citations | The Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize

The Virginia and Warren Stone Prize, established in 1995, is awarded periodically to an Outstanding Book on Education and Society published by Harvard University Press.

The winning books have been works of history, social science, psychology, and pedagogy, and have been intended for academic or general readers. What they have in common is a broad and interdisciplinary scope, an ambitious and subtle synthesis of research, and insistence on the impact of educational tradition and change, from pre-K through professional schools, on contemporary and future society.

Year Title Author
2013 How College Works Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs
2012 What the Best College Students Do Ken Bain
2008 Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society Carola Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, and Irina Todorova
2006 Learning on the Job: When Business Takes On Public Schools Steven F. Wilson
2004 What the Best College Teachers Do Ken Bain
2002 Reaching Higher: The Power of Expectations in Schooling Rhona S. Weinstein
2001 Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds Richard J. Light
1999 Teaching in America: The Slow Revolution Gerald Grant and Christine E. Murray
1997 The Girl with the Brown Crayon Vivian Gussin Paley
1996 Cultural Psychology: A Once and Future Discipline Michael Cole
1995 Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform David Tyack and Larry Cuban

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Book Club Spotlight: The Privileged Poor

As students around the world deliberate their options for further education, only made more challenging in a pandemic, we’re reminded that getting in is only half the battle. In The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, Anthony Abraham Jack asks how—and why—do disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges? What can schools can do differently if these students are to thrive? As back to school season begins, we spoke to two university book clubs that read and discussed The Privileged Poor this summer.