Continuing Education Training

Continuing Education Credit Guidelines:

All CASA Volunteers are required to have 12 hours of continuing education per calendar year.  All continuing education hours must be recorded on your monthly volunteer activity sheet and written reports should be attached to your time sheets in order to be counted for credit hours.

What qualifies as continuing education:

  • Reading approved books and magazine articles and turning in required reports
  • Attending at least 4 monthly in-service sessions per calendar year
  • Attending approved conferences & classes
  • Attending webinars and turning in required reports
  • Assisting in pre-service trainings
  • Watching approved movies and turning in required reports
  • Completing online training

Credit hours are rated as follows:

  • Reading an approved book and turning in written summary:
    • 1 – 6 hours based on length of book (100 pages = 1 hours of continuing education).
  • Magazine and newsletters related to child advocacy and written summary:
    • 1 hour
  • In-Service Session:
    • 2 hours (All volunteers must attend a minimum of 4 sessions per calendar year)
  • Webinars with written summary:
    • 1 hour
  • Conference:
    • Hour for Hour Exchange (class is 2 hours than 2 hours of CASA continuing education is given)
  • Classes related to child development and/or child advocacy:
    • Hour for Hour Exchange
  • Assisting in pre-service trainings:
    • Hour for Hour Exchange
  • Movies with written summary:
    • 2 hours
  • Other training as approved by CASA staff


Book Summary Guidelines:

  1. Please summarize the main points.
  2. How will this help you in your advocacy work?
  3. Does the information that you have read apply to your current case?  If so, how will you use it?
  4. Were there any other questions that were raised for you through your reading?
  5. Would you recommend that other volunteers read this?  Why or Why not?


Magazine & Web Article Summary Guidelines:

  1. Please summarize the main points.
  2. How will this help you in your advocacy work?
  3. Would you recommend that other volunteers read this?  Why or Why not?


Webinar Summary Guidelines: 

  1. What did you learn from this webinar?
  2. How will you apply what you learned in this webinar to your advocacy work?
  3. Would you recommend it to other volunteers?


Here is a list of CASA approved books:

(This list is not inclusive.  Other books require CASA staff approval)

  1. Hope’s Boy: A Memoir:  Author by Andrew Bridge. “Andrew Bridge has written an affecting, moving memoir which in the end is a poignant cry for rethinking our foster care system. Hope’s Boy will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.” – Alex Kotlowitz.
  2. The Boy Who Was Raised as A Dog And Other Stories From a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook: Author Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz.  The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog reflects the culmination of knowledge gained in Dr. Bruce Perry’s almost 25 years of working with traumatized children.
  3. Patterns and Profiles of Promising Learners from Poverty: Author Joyce VanTassel-Baska provides a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding the education and inclusion of promising students from poverty in gifted and talented programs.
  4. National CASA Annual Report:  CASA volunteers have the power to change children’s lives. But they don’t do it alone. It takes a network of support to put these caring adults in the lives of abused and neglected children.  In the National CASA annual report, you’ll hear from members of this network – volunteers, supporters and staff – who are making success possible for nearly a quarter million children each year.  Click on this link to view the annual report:
  5. Lean Forward into Your Life: Begin Each Day as If It Were on Purpose: Author Mary Anne Radmacher is an invitation to the millions of people who want to make the most of their lives & leave the world a slightly better place.
  6. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates: Author Wes Moore.  Two hauntingly similar boys take starkly different paths in this searing tale of the ghetto.
  7. Turning Stones – My Days and Nights with Children at RiskAuthor Marc Parent.  In this outstanding work of social commentary, Parent describes the harrowing conditions he worked under and the brutalization he witnessed during the four years he was employed as a caseworker by New York City’s Emergency Children’s Services.
  8. Ocean Star: Author Christina DiMari.  Like a broken starfish that miraculously regenerates in ocean waters, Christina DiMari has experienced triumphant healing from a childhood filled with chaos and pain.
  9. FLUX: Life After Foster Care:  Author Leigh Ecke and Misty Stenslie“Think about how much learning, un-learning and re-learning you’ve had to do. With each change (move, placement, family, situation, shelter, couch) you’ve had to unlearn the old rules and learn or re-learn the new set of rules. It’s like earning a degree from the system. If you can do that, you can do anything.”
  10. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family:  Author Dave Pelzer. “The Lost Boy” is the harrowing, but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy’s journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love.
  11. Learning to Live: A Black Woman’s Journey Beyond Foster Care: Author Theresa Cameron— This sequel to Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl’s Journey begins with Cameron leaving foster care with little more than her high school diploma; a shabby suitcase of well-worn clothes; and a burning desire to prove that she is somebody. The book follows her journey through her education at State University of New York and Harvard University, where she chooses housing for children with AIDS for her thesis.
  12. Brown Babies, Pink Parents: Author Amy Ford.  “A humorous and heartfelt look at being a multi-cultural family in a race conscious world.”
  13. The Myth of Best Interest:  Author Jane Malpass and Jane Thompson.  Is a comprehensive approach to considerations in building permanency for children in foster care.
  14. White Oleander: Author Janet Fitch— It is a coming-of-age story about a child who is separated from her mother and placed in a series of foster homes.
  15. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PH.D. This insightful exploration of the varieties of Americans’ experience with race and racism in everyday life would be an excellent starting point for the upcoming national conversations on race that President Clinton and his appointed commission will be conducting this fall. Tatum, a developmental psychologist (Mt. Holyoke Coll.) with a special interest in the emerging field of racial-identity development, is a consultant to school systems and community groups on teaching and learning in a multicultural context. Not only has she studied the distinctive social dynamics faced by black youth educated in predominantly white environments, but since 1980, Tatum has developed a course on the psychology of racism and taught it in a variety of university settings. She is also a black woman and a concerned mother of two, and she draws on all these experiences and bases of knowledge to write a remarkably jargon-free book that is as rigorously analytical as it is refreshingly practical and drives its point’s home with a range of telling anecdotes. Tatum illuminates “why talking about racism is so hard” and what we can do to make it easier, leaving her readers more confident about facing the difficult terrain on the road to a genuinely color-blind society.
  16. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately cleans streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.
  17. A Brother’s Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse by Richard Pelzer – The story of Dave Pelzer is a legend of our times: the shattering tale of the child called ‘It’ who was forced to live in the basement. His mother was the perpetrator of the horror, but she had a willing accomplice. It was Dave’s brother Richard – the author of this book. When Dave was twelve the police removed him from the household, but the cycle of abuse continued. Mrs. Pelzer had a new target for her crazed, alcoholic wrath. The hunter became the hunted – at the age of nine. This is his story. Recounting the warped dynamics of a family driven by abuse, he reveals his guilt at being the abuser, his scarring at being abused, the complete lack of questioning within the family about what was happening – and even the twisted respect the boys had for their mother. Richard became the target of his mother’s artillery of insanity, the victim of savage beatings leading to hospitalization, the boy denied clean clothes, the one who ‘deserved’ whole bottles of hot Tabasco sauce poured down his throat.
  18. A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer – David J. Pelzer’s mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care, and somewhat nurturing to her children–but not to David, whom she referred to as “an It.” This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author as a young boy being starved, stabbed, smashed face-first into mirrors, forced to eat the contents of his sibling’s diapers and a spoonful of ammonia, and burned over a gas stove by a maniacal, alcoholic mom. Sometimes she claimed he had violated some rule–no walking on the grass at school – but mostly it was pure sadism. Inexplicably, his father didn’t protect him; only an alert schoolteacher saved David. One wants to learn more about his ordeal and its aftermath, and now he’s written a sequel, The Lost Boy, detailing his life in the foster-care system.
  19. A Child’s Journey Through Placement by Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D – Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D. shares her experience and expertise, outlining the significance of attachment and separation, the developmental stages specific to adoptive children and providing guidance on minimizing the trauma of moves. The book also features practical advice on case planning, managing behavior and direct work with children, and throughout are case studies and exercises which provide opportunities for further learning.
  20. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki – A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation’s past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States–Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others–groups who helped create this country’s rich mosaic culture.
  21. A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search by Tim Green – A Man and His Mother is the extraordinary story of one man’s courageous search for the mother he never knew. Expertly written and filled with brilliant insights and heart-wrenching remembrances, as well as gentle humor, it is more than just a compelling look at what it means to be adopted. From Tim’s life as a gangly youngster to competing in the grueling National Football League to having children of his own, this is an impassioned exploration of the special relationship between a man and his mother, and how deeply this relationship affects everything we do in our lives.
  22. A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer – In this follow-up to A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy, which detailed the abuse Pelzer endured as a child, he explains how he grew beyond it.
  23. A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence by Patricia Hersch – Why do teenagers so often seem like a different species? Journalist Patricia Hersch gives a troubling answer in her fascinating, up-close-and-personal look at what it means to be a teen in today’s American high schools. Rather than interviewing “high-risk” teens (those already swept up in a cycle of drug use, gang violence, or unintended pregnancy, for example), Hersch focuses her attention on “regular kids”–adolescents who are average achievers on academic and social levels. In light of this, A Tribe Apart is all the more startling to read: Hersch’s investigative approach makes it impossible for parents to shrug off their responsibilities by saying “That’s not my kid.” This is your kid.
  24. Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery. By Beverly Conyers – Witnessing the addiction of a family member or loved one is a heart-rending experience. But hope can prevail, as shown in this compelling new book. Here, the gripping stories of fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of addicts offer important lessons on loving, detachment, intervention, and self-care.
  25. After the Fifth Sun: Class and Race in North America by James W. Russell – This book offers a comparative exploration of the forms of social inequality in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and demonstrates the separate logics and options in social thinking and policies that exist in each country. Shows how class and racial distinctions in North America first became an issue during Spanish and European colonization and then developed into patterns in all parts of North America. Russell shows that the patterns have had significant differences as well as similarities in the areas that became the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Comparatively describes the separate inequalities and accounts for how they developed. Russell considers the various inequalities from the outsider’s view as well as through insiders’ perspectives. For those interested in social stratification and racial and ethnic relations.
  26. Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where it Comes From and What it Means for Politics by Steven Salaita – Today is a difficult time to be both Arab and American. Since 9/11 there has been a lot of criticism of America’s involvement in the middle east. Yet there has been little analysis of how America treats citizens of Arab or middle eastern origin within its own borders. Steven Salaita explores the reality of Anti-Arab racism in America. He blends personal narrative, theory and polemics to show how this deep-rooted racism affects everything from legislation to cultural life, shining a light on the consequences of Anti-Arab racism both at home and abroad. Uniquely, the book shows how ingrained racist attitudes can be found within the progressive movements on the political left, as well as the right. Salaita argues that, under the guise of patriotism, Anti-Arab racism fuels support for policies such as the Patriot Act. Salaita breaks down the facade of Anti-Arab racism with an insightful analysis, arguing for the urgency of a commitment to openness and inclusion in today’s political climate.
  27. Asap: Ages, Stages, and Phases: from Infancy to Adolescence: Integrating Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual Development by Patricia D. Fosarelli, M.D. In ASAP, Dr. Patricia D. Fosarelli provides a rare synthesis of nearly thirty years’ observing, treating and teaching medical students about child development coupled with her work as a pastoral associate in a large parish.  From this uniquely informed perspective, Fosarelli offers insight and tangible advice to all those who care about how children grow and thrive.
  28. Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K 12 Anti Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development by Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart & Margo Okazawa-Rey – Beyond Heroes and Holidays is a find. It offers insight into how the traditional American educational system perpetuates racism in all curricular areas. It provides a rich array of resources, models and strategies for promoting multicultural education. And it can be used by all teachers-new as well as experienced, K-12 as well as university-level. This book is for anyone who has either wondered or been asked, “How can I incorporate multicultural education into my classroom?”
  29. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin – In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity-that in this new millennium still has something important to say to every American.
  30. Black Lives, White Lives: Three Decades of Race Relations in America by Bob Blauner The story of Howard Spence is just one of the remarkable personal dramas recounted in Black Lives, White Lives. Not all of the tales told by the sixteen blacks and twelve whites interviewed are as encouraging; some are bitter accounts of failed promises, misunderstandings, and lost opportunities. Black and white, rich and poor, men and women, collectively they reveal in their own words the paradoxical realities wrought by three decades of tumultuous racial change.
  31. Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck – To young Jenny, the house on Mary Street was home — the place where she was loved, a blue-sky world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles. Even her mother’s pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with powder and a kiss on the cheek. But when everything that Jenny had come to rely on begins to crumble, an odyssey of loss, loneliness, and a child’s will to survive takes flight.
  32. Blow Away the Black Clouds: A Woman’s Answer to Depression by Florence Littauer – Writing out of her own experiences, Florence Littauer addresses this book to women and men suffering from any level of depression, even if it is simply feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, or inferiority which get in the way of living fully.
  33. Can We Talk about Race: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (Race, Education, and Democracy Series Book) by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. – In Can We Talk About Race? Psychologist and educator Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of our leading commentators on race and schools, analyzes some of the most resonant issues in American education and race relations.
  34. Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment for the Lasting EffectsDr. John Briere The author integrates information on seven types of child abuse and neglect – ranging from sexual and physical abuse to mistreatment by alcoholic or drug-addicted parents – and outlines the complex ways in which abuse impacts on later psychosocial functioning. Briere reframes traditional notions of psychopathology and describes treatment approaches to abuse-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, interpersonal dysfunction, self-destructive behavior, impaired self-reference and borderline personality disorder.
  35. Children of Open Adoption and Their Families by Kathleen Silber & Martinez Dorner – Finally, a book that examines the effects of open adoption on the children. Two pioneers in the field examine scores of open adoption experiences from infancy to adolescence. Among topics covered: bonding, grief, communication, entitlement, and adoption understanding among children.
  36. Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country by William Finnegan Cold New World depicts the lives of American teenagers and young adults, struggling to hang onto what little they’ve got. They are part of a growing underclass whose lives have become saturated with drugs and violence.
  37. Crazy Love by Lesie Morgan Steiner – At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: good looks, a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job in New York City. Plus a handsome, funny boyfriend who adored her. But behind her façade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.  At first, Leslie and Connor seemed perfect together. Then came the fights she tried to ignore: he pushed her down the stairs, choked her during an argument, and threatened her with a gun. Several times, he came close to making good on his threat to kill her. With each attack, Leslie lost another piece of herself. Why didn’t she leave? She stayed because she loved him. Gripping and utterly compelling, Crazy Love takes you inside the violent, devastating world of abusive love and makes you feel the power and powerlessness of abuse that can take place anywhere and to anyone. Crazy Love draws you in — and never lets you go.
  38. Damaged by Cathy Glass – Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster parent) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie’s challenging behavior has seen off five foster placements in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution. Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy’s teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face. As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behavior improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie’s parents were involved in a sickening pedophile ring, with neighbors and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs. Unfortunately, Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it’s clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the pedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie’s future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what—her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.
  39. Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States by Joel Spring – This text is a concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. It focuses on the educational, legal, and social construction of race and racism, and on educational practices related to deculturalization, segregation, and the civil rights movement. Spring emphasizes issues of power and control in schools and shows how the dominant Anglo class has stripped away the culture of minority peoples in the U.S. and replaced it with the dominant culture. In the process, he gives voice to the often-overlooked perspectives of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans. An understanding of these historical perspectives and how they impact current conditions and policies is critical to teachers’ success or failure in today’s diverse classrooms.
  40. Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt – Racism has reemerged, dramatically and forcefully. All of us — people of color and white people alike — are damaged by its debilitating effects. In this book, the author addresses the “majority,” the white race in the United States. Racism permeates the individual attitudes and behavior of white people, but even more seriously, it permeates public systems, institutions, and culture. This book does not intend to attack or to produce guilt, but its message is tough and demanding. It begins by analyzing racism as it is today and the ways it has changed or not changed over the past few decades. Most important, the book focuses on the task of dismantling racism, how we can work to bring it to an end and build a racially just, multiracial, and multicultural society. Churches are not strangers to the task of combating racism, but so much of what we have done is too little, too late. We have yet to make a serious impact in the racism that surrounds us and is within us. This book calls us to begin our next assault on the demonic evil of racism. The result that it seeks is freedom for all races, all people.
  41. Education by Casey Family Programs – Research Highlights on Education and Foster Carr.
  42. Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation by Jody Miller ShearerJody Miller Shearer explores definitions of prejudice and racism, the different effects of racism on white people and people of color, affirmative action, and many other issues.
  43. Entry Denied: Exclusion and the Chinese Community in America, 1882-1943 by Sucheng Chan- In 1882, Congress passed a Chinese exclusion law that barred the entry of Chinese laborers for ten years. The Chinese thus became the first people to be restricted from immigrating into the United States on the basis of race. Exclusion was renewed in 1892 and 1902 and finally made permanent in 1904. Only in 1943 did Congress rescind all the Chinese exclusion laws as a gesture of goodwill towards China, an ally of the United States during World War II. “Entry Denied” is a collection of essays on how the Chinese exclusion laws were implemented and how the Chinese as individuals and as a community in the U.S. mobilized to mitigate the restrictions imposed upon them. It is the first book in English to rely on Chinese language sources to explore the exclusion era in Chinese American history. Sucheng Chan, Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is general editor of “Temple’s Asian American History and Culture Series”.
  44. Finding Fish by Antwone Q. Fisher – A miraculous true story of one courageous man’s journey from abandonment and abuse to extraordinary success, here is a modern-day, African-American Oliver Twist you will never forget.
  45. Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl’s Story by Theresa Cameron Left as an infant with Catholic Charities in 1950s Buffalo, N.Y., Theresa Cameron was doomed to spend her childhood in foster homes because her mother never signed the final adoption papers. “Very little has been written to convey what children experience and how they feel living among strangers,” notes Cameron, now a Harvard-trained urban planner and designer, in her introduction to Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl’s Story and even less about that of black children. Her ability to clearheadedly evaluate the morass of negative feelings without lapsing into sentimentality is one of the most affecting aspects of this memoir, which covers 19 years in foster care.
  46. From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii by Haunani-Kay Trask – In this impassioned and provocative collection of 17 essays, Trask, a well-known activist, argues the case of indigenous Hawaiians, persons of Polynesian descent, who have been overwhelmed by the dominant culture. She puts the native Hawaiian experience in its historical context as one of colonialism, initiated by military invasion and sustained through military and economic occupation and oppression. She also touches on the environmental devastation wrought by development on a beautiful and fragile ecosystem, and on the “cultural prostitution” that occurs when native traditions become mere local color for swarms of tourists. Trask examines the claims of Hawaiians to human rights and self-determination before international tribunals. This issue is given a larger frame of reference by a similar discussion of other Pacific island nations. The author convincingly documents continued racism directed at Hawaii’s native inhabitants, including at the University of Hawaii where she teaches Hawaiian studies.
  47. Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Peril and the Teacher Who Saved Her by Torey L. Hayden – Jadie never spoke. She never laughed, or cried, or uttered any sound. Despite efforts to reach her, Jadie remained locked in her own troubled world–until one remarkable teacher persuaded her to break her self-imposed silence. Nothing in all of Torey Hayden’s experience could have prepared her for the shock of what Jadie told her–a story too horrendous for Torey’s professional colleagues to acknowledge. Yet a little girl was living in a nightmare, and Torey Hayden responded in the only way she knew how–with courage, compassion, and dedication–demonstrating once again the tremendous power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.
  48. Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen – Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted is the autobiographical story of the author’s time in a psychiatric award in 1967. Sylvia Plath was a patient at the same hospital in the early 1950s so inevitably comparisons have been made between Plath’s The Bell Jar and Kaysen’s novel–both recounting a young woman’s descent into insanity. This, however, is where the similarities end. The Bell Jar is a haunting and lyrical book; Girl, Interrupted is a more hard-edged, documentary-style narrative.
  49. Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids by Waln K. Brown & John R Seita – Growing up in placement takes a toll, not just on the children and adolescents but also on the professionals charged with their care. Judges, policymakers, administrators, probation officers, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, caseworkers, social workers, foster parents, house parents, guardian ad litem, CASA volunteers, child welfare advocates, educators and program staff make critical decisions that can affect a child s life forever. The more attuned they are to what helps or hinders the development of these vulnerable young people, the more likely they are to make the appropriate decisions required to promote positive placement experiences and healthy adult outcomes.
  50. Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment by Leon Cytryn and Donald H. McKnew Jr. Signifying the growing recognition and significance of depression in children, clinicians and researchers Cytryn and McKnew deliver comprehensive, authoritative, and current information on the advances in diagnosis and treatment. Referring to research studies and their own experiences, the physicians discuss the characterization of depression, its relation to adult depressive disorders, its manifestations at various ages, its environmental and biological causes, and its psychosocial and pharmacological treatment. The authors also address the practical and troubling issues of suicide, at-risk kids, dealing with a depressed child, and preventive measures and vigorous treatment. They summarize new research in genetics and neuroimaging, acknowledging trends toward greater understanding and more effective treatment. Based on their 1983 Why Johnny Can’t Cry, these authors reflect both the tremendous gain in knowledge about the disease as well as active concern for the care and future of all children who are depressed. A significant book for parents, educators, health professionals, and policy makers.
  51. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez – Readers familiar with immigration history as told in books like Roger Daniels’s Coming to America will experience a sense of déjà vu with Harvest of Empire by Juan Gonzalez. The immigrant experience is a constant in American life; although the tides ebb and flow, it seems that there always has been an immigrant presence in the United States. What’s different today, of course, is where the immigrants are coming from: half are Latin American.
  52. Healing the Shame That Binds You by John Bradshaw – Shame is the motivator behind our toxic behaviors: the compulsion, co-dependency, addiction and drive to super achieve that breaks down the family and destroys personal lives. This book has helped millions identify their personal shame, understand the underlying reasons for it, address these root causes and release themselves from the shame that binds them to their past failures.
  53. Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes by Mary EberstadtAs if women didn’t have enough to worry about trying to decide on the correct balance between careers and motherhood, and then worrying about their decisions, Eberstadt maintains that working mothers are responsible for rising juvenile delinquency, underperformance in school, childhood obesity, and a host of other maladies. To her credit, she doesn’t let fathers off the hook, but mothers are seen as the main culprits. Citing research detailing the adverse impact on children of absent parents, Eberstadt makes a passionate, convincing argument that Americans have focused too much attention on the needs of adults. Nearly half of all children have no fathers in the home, and more than half under the age of six have working mothers, leaving young children to fend for themselves in day care, where they are exposed to all manner of illnesses and bad behavior. The results are children who act out in various ways and a society that drugs them or ignores them. She offers no “snappy solutions” but strongly urges parents to spend more time with their children.
  54. Honkey by Dalton Conley – As recalled in Honky, Dalton Conley’s childhood has all of the classic elements of growing up in America. But the fact that he was one of the few white boys in a mostly black and Puerto Rican neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side makes Dalton’s childhood unique. At the age of three, he couldn’t understand why the infant daughter of the black separatists next door couldn’t be his sister, so he kidnapped her. By the time he was a teenager, he realized that not even a parent’s devotion could protect his best friend from a stray bullet. Years after the privilege of being white and middle class allowed Conley to leave the projects, his entertaining memoir allows us to see how race and class impact us all.
  55. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish –  This is an excellent communication tool kit based on a series of workshops developed by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish (coauthors of Siblings Without Rivalry) provide a step-by-step approach to improving relationships in your house. The “Reminder” pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children.
  56. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelo – In this first of five volumes of autobiography, poet Maya Angelou recounts a youth filled with disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and finally hard-won independence.
  57. I Speak for This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate by Gay Courter – This is the true story of Gay Courter’s experiences as a court-appointed guardian for children–of her first tentative approach to her local program after learning about it in a Parade magazine cover story, of learning the duties and responsibilities of her position, and of her efforts to ensure that, at least in the cases assigned to her, American’s most vulnerable citizens are treated with care and respect.
  58. Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading by Thomas Norman DeWolf – In 2001, Thomas DeWolf discovered that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in U.S. history, responsible for transporting at least ten thousand Africans. This is his memoir of the journey in which ten family members retraced their ancestors’ steps through the notorious triangle trade route—from New England to West Africa to Cuba—and uncovered the hidden history of New England and the other northern states.
  59. Intimate Violence in Families by Richard J Gelles – Armed with the latest research in the field, the Third Edition of Intimate Violence in Families explodes many of the conventional myths and controversies hindering understanding of family violence, and replaces them with the most current knowledge available.
  60. It’s My Life: A Guide for Transitional Services by Casey Family Programs – The purpose of this guide is to give child welfare professionals the information and tools they need to help youth successfully prepare for and complete postsecondary education or training. The guide  will also be useful to other adults working with youth in foster care, including teachers, counselors, mentors, CASA (court-appointed special advocate) volunteers, caregivers, and birth parents.
  61. Kinship Care: A Natural Bridge by Child Welfare League of America – Beginning with a definition of kinship parenting and current policy and practice in kinship care, this important new report from the Child Welfare League of America addresses one of the most significant emerging issues in the child welfare field.  Based on the recommendations of the CWLA North American Kinship Care Policy & Practice committee, the report provides a framework for kinship care policy and practice and sets forth the steps to further advance kinship care as a child welfare service, including an agenda for child welfare agencies, legislative directions and research.
  62. Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong by James W. Loewen – In Lies Across America, James W. Loewen continues his mission, begun in the award-winning Lies My Teacher Told Me, of overturning the myths and misinformation that too often pass for American history. This is a one-of-a-kind examination of sites all over the country where history is literally written on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, historic houses, forts, and ships.
  63. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen – Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.
  64. Life in the Blender: Blending Families, Lives and Relationships with Grace by Sandi Patty – Drawing from personal “his, mine and ours” experience, Grammy Award-winning singer and Women of Faith speaker Sandi Patty provides insight on how to stay focused when life threatens to spin out of control. A much-needed resource for any woman in a blended family.
  65. Murphy’s Boyby Torey Hayden His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy. He didn’t talk. He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs. He hadn’t been out of the building in the four years since he’d come in. He was afraid of water and wouldn’t take a shower. He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes. He was nearly 16. Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin’s adolescent treatment center hired Hayden. As Hayden read to him and encouraged him to read, crawling down into his cage of chairs with him, Kevin talked. Then he started to draw and paint and showed himself to have a quick wit and a rolling, seething, murderous hatred for his stepfather.
  66. Native American History: A Chronology of a Culture’s Vast Achievements and Their Links to World Events by Judith Nies – Intended to place the history of Native North American cultures into the context of world affairs, this book uses a split-page format, listing, side by side, benchmarks in both areas between 28,000 B.C. and late 1996. The juxtapositions point up a few intriguing parallels, such as the presence of pyramids on both sides of the Atlantic, but are in general more effective as a tool for helping students of history to think globally, and as a graphic way to link contemporaneous events on different continents. Nies lists incidents by year, not specifying exact days or months, focusing only on the indigenous cultures of Mexico and the continental U.S.
  67. Native Time: A Historical Time Line of Native America by Lee Francis This chronological history of Native America, from 200,000 B.C.E. to the present, illuminates the history, literature, art, and philosophy of the native inhabitants on the North American continent, revealing the earliest civilizations that flourished before the arrival of Columbus and Coronado, and profiling Native Americans both famous and unsung.
  68. No Matter How Loud I Shout by Edward Humes – This is one powerful book: it will grab you with vivid stories about individual kids, draw you in with honesty and compassion, and amaze you with alarming details about how the juvenile justice system works (or rather, doesn’t work) in America. Anyone interested in the problem of crime should read Edward Humes’s gripping account of how future criminals are shaped in youth, and how the system misses its chance to help them before they’re lost for good.
  69. Nobody, Nowhere by Donna Williams“This is a story of two battles, a battle to keep out ‘the world’ and a battle to join it.” She inhabits a place of chaos, cacophony, and dancing light–where physical contact is painful and sights and sounds have no meaning. Although labeled, at times, deaf, retarded, or disturbed, Donna Williams is autistic–afflicted by a baffling condition of heightened sensory perception that imprisons the sufferer in a private, almost hallucinatory universe of patterns and colors. Nobody Nowhere is Donna’s story in her own words–a haunting, courageous memoir of the titanic struggles she has endured in her quest to merge “my world” with “the world.”
  70. Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Roolfo Acuna – Authored by one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America is the most definitive introduction to Chicano history. This comprehensive overview of Chicano history is passionately written and extensively researched.With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal events in Chicano history, Occupied America illuminates the struggles and decisions that frame Chicano identity today.
  71. Orphans of the Living: Stories of America’s Children In Foster Care by Jennifer Toth – Make no mistake, Jennifer Toth is angry. She has faith in every child’s ability to be rehabilitated, no matter how damaged, but blames the current foster care system for inflicting still more hurt on its hapless charges. Her book is strongest in chronicling the outrageous breakdowns in a system meant to help, not hurt. So relentless is the misery outlined in Orphans of the Living that by the book’s end one wishes Toth had given the reader some crumbs of hope by proposing concrete ways in which the system might be improved.
  72. One Child by Torey L.  Hayden – Sheila, a 6-year-old girl living in grinding poverty and raised by her single father faced some daunting odds when she entered Torey Hayden’s special needs class. Abandoned by her mother, beaten by her father and facing a court ordered sentence to a hospital after a particularly violent episode, Sheila was extremely aggressive and wary. Since she had no bathing facilities in the home she shared with her father, Sheila was often dirty and underfed. It is a true testament to her courage and Torey Hayden’s belief and persistence that Sheila began confiding in her within 3 days of her classroom placement. I like the way Torey Hayden started a grooming routine for Sheila, which positively impacted her behavior and interactions with others.
  73. A Framework for Understanding Povertyby Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. – People in poverty face challenges virtually unknown to those in middle class or wealth–challenges from both obvious and hidden sources. The reality of being poor brings out a survival mentality, and turns attention away from opportunities taken for granted by everyone else. Carefully researched and packed with charts, tables, and questionnaires, Framework not only documents the facts of poverty, it provides practical yet compassionate strategies for addressing its impact on people’s lives.
  74. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver – When a young Cherokee tribal lawyer comes to the door to claim Taylor’s illegally adopted Indian daughter, the white woman must face the fact that her stable life is about to be torn apart.
  75. Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching by Deborah Menkart & Alana Murray –   An incredible, informative, collection of essays, articles, analysis, interviews, primary documents and interactive & interdisciplinary teaching aids on civil rights, movement building, and what it means for all of the inhabitants of the planet. With sections on education, economic justice, citizenship, and culture, it connects the African-American Civil Rights Movement to Native American, Latina, Asian-American, gay rights, and international struggles; while highlighting the often-ignored roles of women in social justice movements.
  76. Race in North America: Origins and Evolution of a Worldview by Audrey Smedley and Brian D Smedley –  In Race in North America, Audrey Smedley shows that “race” is a cultural invention that has been used variously and opportunistically since the eighteenth century. Race, in its origin, was not a product of science but of a folk ideology reflecting a new form of social stratification and a rationalization for inequality among the peoples of North America.
  77. Race Matters by Cornel West – In eight brief but powerful essays, West, director of Afro-American Studies at Princeton, delivers innovative analyses of our nation’s racial dilemmas. West is insistently moral, criticizing racial hierarchy and black leaders who cannot transcend race to fight for “fundamental social change.” Though he does not spare black liberals, he more harshly criticizes “new black conservatives” who in his view ignore the damaging cultural force of black sexual and military images as employed in advertisements and mass media.
  78. Racial Oppression In America by John Blauner – Suggests new theories of race relations by revealing the strategic role of racism and racial oppression in the American social structure.
  79. Refusing Racism: White Allies and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Cynthia Stokes BrownWhy and how have whites joined people of color to fight against white supremacy in the United States? What have they risked and what have they gained? For anyone who has wondered about the character, motivations, and contributions of white civil rights activists, Refusing Racism offers rich portraits of four contemporary white American activists who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for civil rights.
  80. Reviving Ophelia by Mary Piper – At adolescence, says Mary Pipher, “girls become ‘female impersonators’ who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces.” Many lose spark, interest, and even IQ points as a “girl-poisoning” society forces a choice between being shunned for staying true to oneself and struggling to stay within a narrow definition of female. Pipher’s alarming tales of a generation swamped by pain may be partly informed by her role as a therapist who sees troubled children and teens, but her sketch of a tougher, more menacing world for girls often hits the mark. She offers some prescriptions for changing society and helping girls resist.
  81. Sense Ability: Expanding Your Sense of Awareness for a Twenty-First Century Life by Doris Wild Helmering – Based on years of experience with patients, yielding proven results, psychotherapist Doris Wild Helmering shows you how to develop your sense of self-awareness by understanding the emotions that engulf each one of us and by becoming an impartial observer of the self. Using exercises and strategies developed in her practice, Helmering presents critical questions that must be resolved within ourselves in order to unleash our highest powers.  Helmering demonstrates the many benefits of activating one’s sense ability: improved relationships, peace of mind, and achieving personal satisfaction and fulfillment in many areas of life.
  82. She Never Answered by Cedric S. McKenzie – She Never Answered is a compelling story about a little boy abandoned at six days old by his mother. Cedric s mom was told by the Arkansas Foster Care System that her newborn would be placed in a good home, but that was not to be. Cedric would spend the next twenty one years in a system. When he aged out of the system, he was given his case file and was told to have a good life. With no family or place to call home. She Never Answered is not your typical coming of age story, it’s a story about one young man s unwavering determination to be more than.
  83. Should I Medicate My Child? Sane Solutions for Troubled Kids with–and without–Psychiatric Drugs by Lawrence H. Diller, M.D. Behavioral pediatrician and family therapist Diller (Running on Ritalin) presents a thoughtful and balanced discussion of the use of psychiatric medications for adolescents and children. His position is middle of the road. Medication alone doesn’t solve a child’s behavioral problems, he argues, and therapy and changes in discipline at school and at home sometimes can be enough in themselves. On the other hand, medication can offer some immediate relief and assist in otherwise overwhelming situations.
  84. Somebody Else’s Children: The Courts, The Kids, And The Struggle To Save America’s Troubled Families by John Huber & Jill Wolfson –  With the narrative force of an epic novel and the urgency of first-rate investigative journalism, this important book delves into the daily workings and life-or-death decisions of a typical American family court system. It provides an intimate look at the lives of the parents and children whose fate it decides.
  85. Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism by Donna Williams – The sequel to Nobody Nowhere continues the author’s account of her battle with autism, describing a life dominated by disembodied pattern, sound, color, and movement, her sessions with her therapist, and her teaching career.
  86. SOS Help For Emotions: Managing Anxiety, Anger & Depression by Lynn Clark, Ph.D. SOS Help For Emotions – Managing Anxiety, Anger, And Depression is a self-help book that is fun to read and easy to apply. By understanding and applying insights and techniques from this book, you will learn useful self-help methods from cognitive behavior therapy. You will gain insight into changing your thoughts and feelings and for becoming more successful in attaining your goals. Knowing the five steps of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) will help you to deal with difficult people more effectively. Most people believe that bad events (such as a large credit card debt) and unpleasant people (an overly critical boss) directly cause high levels of anxiety, anger, depression and other miserable feelings. However, SOS teaches what we believe and tell ourselves about the bad events and those difficult people primarily determine our upsetness.
  87. Still The Big News: Racial Oppression In America by Bob Blauner – For more than thirty years, Bob Blauner’s incisive writing on race relations has drawn a wide and varied audience. Whether his topic is the Watts riots in 1965, Chicano culture, or the tension between Blacks and Jews, his work is remarkable for its originality and candor. Beginning with the key essays of his landmark book, “Racial Oppression in America”, this volume makes the case that race and racism still permeate every aspect of American experience. Blauner launched his concept of internal colonialism in the turbulent 1960s, a period in which many Americans worried that racial conflicts would propel the country into another civil war. The notion that the systematic oppression of people of color in the United States resembles the situation of colonized populations in Third World countries still informs much of the academic research on race as well as public discourse. Indeed, today’s critical race and whiteness studies are deeply indebted to Blauner’s work on internal colonialism and the pervasiveness of white privilege. Offering a radical perspective on the United States’ racial landscape, Bob Blauner forcefully argues that we ignore the persistence of oppression and our continuing failure to achieve equality at our own peril.
  88. Still Waters by Jennifer Lauck – Separated from her brother Bryan, and passed from caretaker to caretaker, Jenny discovers – as she rebels her way through high school and into adulthood – that the past can never be truly locked away forever. She survived the stunning traumas of a lost childhood, but survival may not be a way of life. Now the secrets, lies and loneliness that once imprisoned her are brought into sharp focus, where an adult Jenny can make her peace at last. But one more mystery demands her attention: the quiet troubled soul of Bryan, who, lacking the inner strength of the survivor, chooses a sad and sorrowful destiny.
  89. Supporting Kinship Care: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned by Casey Family Programs Relatives and other significant adults in families’ lives have always played a role in raising children when their parents could not care for them.  Practical guide on how can child welfare systems respond appropriately and responsively to the needs of kinship families.
  90. The Bean Tree by Barbara Kingsolver – This debut novel follows the gritty, outspoken Taylor Greer, who leaves her native Kentucky to head west. She becomes mother to an abandoned baby and, when her jalopy dies in Tucson, is forced to work in a tire garage and to room with a young, battered divorcee who also has a little girl. With sisterly counsel and personal honesty, the two face their painful lot (told in ponderous detail). The blue-collar setting, described vibrantly, often turns violent, with baby beatings, street brawls, and drug busts. Despite the hurt and rage, themes of love and nurturing emerge.
  91. The Boy From The Basement – by Susan Shaw – For Charlie, the basement is home. He’s being punished. He doesn’t mean to leave–Father wouldn’t allow it–but when Charlie is accidentally thrust outside, he awakens to the alien surroundings of a world to which he’s never been exposed. Though haunted by fear of the basement and his father’s rage, Charlie embarks on a journey toward healing and blossoms when he becomes an unconditionally loved and loving member of the right foster family.
  92. The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks by Randall Robinson –The national bestseller by the author of Defending the Spirit. In this powerful and controversial book, distinguished African-American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed. Drawing from research and personal experience, he shows that only by reclaiming their lost past and proud heritage can blacks lay the foundation for their future. And white Americans can make reparations for slavery and the century of racial discrimination that followed with monetary restitution, educational programs, and the kinds of equal opportunities that will ensure the social and economic success of all its citizens. In a book that is both an unflinching indictment of past wrongs and an impassioned call to our nation to educate all Americans about the history of Africa and its people, Robinson makes a persuasive case for the debt white America owes blacks, and the debt blacks owe themselves.
  93. The Heart Knows Something Different! Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System by Al Desetta and Jonathan Kozol – For the teens who contributed to this volume, the journey to adulthood has been particularly arduous, because they are all participants in the foster-care system. The 57 essays are divided into four sections. The first deals with the individual situations responsible for a child’s placement in foster care. Next come pieces on living in that system. The third section deals with self-awareness, and the last looks to the future.
  94. The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child’s Learning Disabilities by Larry B. Silver, M.D. – The fully revised and updated must-have resource to help you become a supportive and assertive advocate for your child.
  95. The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager’s Story by Dave Pelzer – In The Privilege of Youth, he shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends—some of whom he still shares close relationships with today. He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring his neighborhood, while trying to forget the hell waiting for him at home.
  96. The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse by Richard Thompson Ford What do hurricane Katrina victims, millionaire rappers buying vintage champagne, and Ivy League professors waiting for taxis have in common? All have claimed to be victims of racism. But these days almost no one openly defends bigoted motives, so either a lot of people are lying about their true beliefs, or a lot of people are jumping to unwarranted conclusions–or just playing the race card. Daring, entertaining, and incisive, The Race Card brings sophisticated legal analysis, eye-popping anecdotes, and plain old common sense to this heated topic.
  97. The State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization, and Resistance by M. Annette JamesThis collection of important essays examines many of the issues confronting modern Native American tribes in their search for self-determination, religious freedom, water rights, land rights and freedom from ‘radioactive colonization.’ While there is much here of substance there could also be less extreme ranting and more thoughtful explanations what the actual state of native America is in the 21st century.
  98. The Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison – Jamison’s memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease.
  99. The White Man’s Burden: Historical Origins of Racism in the United States by Winthrop D. Jordan -Examines the development of racist practices, policies, and attitudes during the years of colonization and revolution.

The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle  – Roddy Doyle takes an unflinching look at the life of Paula Spencer as she struggles to regain her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband and a worsening drinking problem. Capturing both her vulnerability and her strength, Doyle gives Paula a voice that is real and unforgettable.

There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America by Alex Kotlowitz – This is the moving and powerful account of two remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago’s Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex disfigured by crime and neglect.

They Cage Animals at Night by Michael Burch Jennings – One rainy day in Brooklyn, Jennings Michael Burch’s mother, too sick to care for him, left him at an orphanage, saying only, “I’ll be right back.” She never returned. Shuttled through a series of bleak foster homes and institutions, he never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. Instead, Jennings clung to a tattered stuffed animal, his sole source of warmth in a frightening world. This is the poignant story of his lost childhood. But it is also the triumphant tale of a little boy who finally gained the courage to reach out for love-and found it waiting for him.

Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin – A high-functioning autistic, Grandin presents linked articles on her life and her work as an animal scientist

Too Scared to Cry by Lenore Terr – When children witness or experience, sudden, shocking events, how do they assimilate the horror? Terr found they don’t simply forget and grow up unscathed. Evidence proves the trauma is recorded and repeatedly replayed by the mind. That these recurring images manifest themselves in different guises is especially intriguing in light of her speculation about repressed trauma in the work of Hitchcock, Stephen King and others. The stories here will break your heart, but Terr’s advice for aiding traumatized children can help counter the blows of a violent world.

Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal by Andrew Hacker- Why, despite continued efforts to increase understanding and expand opportunities, do black and white Americans still lead separate lives, continually marked by tension and hostility? In his much-lauded classic, newly updated to reflect the changing realities of race in our nation, Andrew Hacker explains the origins and meaning of racism and clarifies the conflicting theories of equality and inferiority. He paints a stark picture of racial inequality in America — focusing on family life, education, income, and employment — and explores the current controversies over politics, crime, and the causes of the gap between the races. Illuminating and oftentimes startling, Two Nations demonstrates how race has defined America’s history and will continue to shape its future.

Up Against Whiteness: Race, School And Immigrant Youth by Stacey J. Lee – Pushing the boundaries of Asian American educational discourse, this book explores the way a group of first- and second-generation among students created their identities as “new Americans” in response to their school experiences.

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel – Uprooting Racism offers a framework for understanding institutional racism. It provides practical suggestions, tools, examples, and advice on how white people can intervene in interpersonal and organizational situations to work as allies for racial justice. Completely revised and updated, this expanded third edition directly engages the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and takes a detailed look at current issues such as affirmative action, immigration, and health care. It also includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed-heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latinos. 

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise – Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.

Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs by David R. Roediger – At the vanguard of the study of race and labor in American history, David R. Roediger is the author of the now-classic The Wages of Whiteness, a study of racism in the development of a white working class in nineteenth-century America. In Working Toward Whiteness, he continues that history into the twentieth century. He recounts how American ethnic groups considered white today-including Jewish-, Italian-, and Polish-Americans-once occupied a confused racial status in their new country. They eventually became part of white America thanks to the nascent labor movement, New Deal reforms, and a rise in home-buying. From ethnic slurs to racially restrictive covenants–the racist real estate agreements that ensured all-white neighborhoods–Roediger explores the murky realities of race in twentieth-century America. A masterful history by an award-winning writer, Working Toward Whiteness charts the strange transformation of these new immigrants into the “white ethnics” of America today.

White Privilege by Paula S Rothenberg – Studies of racism often focus on its devastating effects on the victims of prejudice. But no discussion of race is complete without exploring the other side–the ways in which some people or groups actually benefit, deliberately or inadvertently, from racial bias. This is the subject of Paula Rothenberg’s groundbreaking anthology, White Privilege.

YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American by Vickie Nam – In this groundbreaking collection of personal writings, young Asian American girls come together for the first time and engage in a dynamic conversations about the unique challenges they face in their lives. Promoted by a variety of pressing questions from editor Vickie Nam and culled from hundreds of submission from all over the country, these revelatory essays, poems, and stories tackle such complex issues as dual identities, culture clashes, family matters, body image, and the need to find one’s voice.

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu – Writing in the tradition of W. E. B. Du Bois, Cornel West, and others who confronted the “color line” of the twentieth century, journalist, scholar, and activist Frank H. Wu offers a unique perspective on how changing ideas of racial identity will affect race relations in the twenty-first century. Wu examines affirmative action, globalization, immigration, and other controversial contemporary issues through the lens of the Asian-American experience. Mixing personal anecdotes, legal cases, and journalistic reporting, Wu confronts damaging Asian-American stereotypes such as “the model minority” and “the perpetual foreigner.” By offering new ways of thinking about race in American society, Wu’s work dares us to make good on our great democratic experiment.

Here is a list of CASA approved movies:

Aging Out(2004) NR

This gritty documentary from filmmakers Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth offers an unflinching look at America’s foster care system as seen through the eyes of three adolescents preparing to exit the program. Released into the unfamiliar landscape of adulthood with no occupational skills, little money and no idea what lies ahead, these self-reliant teens endure homelessness, imprisonment and drug addiction before taking control of their lives.

My Flesh and Blood (2003) UR

Winner of both the Audience and Directing Awards at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, this inspiring documentary tracks a year in the life of Susan Tom, a single parent from suburban Fairfield, Calif., who has adopted 11 children with special needs. Directed by Jonathan Karsh, the film obliterates stereotypes about people with disabilities, sharing joyful moments and everyday challenges without shying away from the family’s heartbreaking losses.

Thin (2006)102 minutes

Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield chronicles six months in the lives of four women undergoing treatment for eating disorders in this revealing documentary that captures the stark realities of the disease with unprecedented access. Powerful and haunting, the film follows four anorexics ranging from age 15 to 30 as they undergo therapy sessions, endure daily weigh-ins and battle with staff at a Florida treatment center.

Waiting for “Superman”(2010) PG

Dynamic documentarian Davis Guggenheim weaves together stories about students, families, educators and reformers to shed light on the failing public school system and its consequences for the future of the United States.

Girlhood(2003) 82 minutes

Liz Garbus created this powerful documentary film that tells the story of two teenagers, Shanae and Megan, and their dramatic journeys through the juvenile justice system and back out on to the bleak streets of East Baltimore, Maryland. With unprecedented access to the system and to the complex interior lives of the protagonists, the film provides shocking insight into the world of young women struggling just to survive teenhood.

Which Way Home(2007) 83 minutes

In 2006, Rebecca Cammisa received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to travel to Mexico to document the plight of the children left behind when their families travel to the United States to find work. This Oscar-nominated film is the result of her journey. Cammisa and her crew follow a trio of children who set out on their own from their Latin American abodes on a dangerous trek through Mexico en route to the U.S. border and — they hope — their families’ embrace.


National Geographic: World’s Most Dangerous Drug(2006) 52 minutes

Cheap, powerful and highly addictive, methamphetamine — or meth — has been called the world’s most destructive drug. National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling shows why in this documentary charting meth’s impact across America — and the world. From rural communities and sleepy suburbs to major metropolitan areas, Ling travels the globe, talking to those who’ve been affected by the potent pharmaceutical and examining its devastating power.

A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism

(Sólskinsdrengurinn; The Sunshine Boy) (2009 ) 103 minutes

Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thór Fridriksson follows Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir’s quest to find answers about autism, a condition that confounds traditional medical practitioners and renders her 11-year-old son, Keli, unable to communicate. Across the United States and Europe, Ericsdóttir encounters autism experts exploring promising new methods and meets autistic “miracle patients” who eventually found their voices. Kate Winslet narrates.

Raising Cain(2005) 120 minutes

Child psychologist Michael Thompson serves as host for this two-hour documentary based on his best-selling book of the same name. Cameras follow Thompson as he talks to researchers, educators and social activists to determine why America’s boys have become more violent, undisciplined and aggressive than ever before. The contributing factors may surprise you — could cutbacks in school-sponsored exercise programs be to blame?

The First Year(2001) 80 minutes

This fascinating documentary chronicles the emotional turmoil of five Los Angeles schoolteachers charged with educating inner-city youth, making it clear that the teachers helping these disadvantaged children are real heroes. The First Year, originally aired on PBS stations throughout the country, is helmed by Davis Guggenheim (director of An Inconvenient Truth) and narrated by Elisabeth Shue. Also included is the Guggenheim-directed short “Teach.”

Frontline: The Medicated Child (2008) NR

This fascinating program from PBS’s “Frontline” series explores the realities and controversies surrounding the increasingly frequent prescription of behavior-modifying medication for children as young as 2 years old. Numerous experts, including psychiatrists, government regulators and scientific researchers, discuss both the dangers and the benefits of the various drugs being used to treat children with behavioral problems and mental illnesses.

Frontline: Growing Up Online(2008) NR

Take a look inside the lives of the most Internet-savvy generation ever with this PBS “Frontline” program that investigates teens and their cyber-existences. The kids and their parents discuss both the realities and the risks of this new frontier. As parents deal with their teens’ drastically different ideas about privacy, the kids confront cyber-bullying, Internet predators, YouTube fame and many other issues new to their generation.

Frontline: The Meth Epidemic(2006) NR

“Frontline” and The Oregonian team up for this in-depth investigation of the big business behind crystal meth and the destructive wake the drug has left on individuals, families and communities across America. The report traces the epidemic’s roots as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs, its national growth, lawmakers’ responses and the struggles to regulate meth’s primary ingredient, which is sold legally in over-the-counter cold remedies.

Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr PART 1 (60 minutes)

In January 2001, five-year-old Logan Marr was found dead in the basement of her foster mother’s home in Chelsea, Maine. The foster mother, Sally Schofield, was a highly respected former caseworker for Maine’s Department of Human Services. FRONTLINE examines the girl’s short, troubled life and asks a series of tough questions: Why was a little girl who had never been abused taken from her birth mother? Was her mother given a real opportunity to regain custody? And did the state miss significant clues that she was in danger? Through extensive interviews with key figures involved in the case – including exclusive access to Schofield herself – FRONTLINE rewinds the story to look closely at the events that led up to Logan’s death: from the state’s decision to remove her from her birth mother’s home to her troubled decline and eventual death in foster care. FRONTLINE continues its examination of Maine’s Department of Human Services on February 6 with the one-hour documentary”

Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files PART 2(120 minutes) 

The removal of a child from an abusive or neglectful parent is one of the most drastic actions a government undertakes; and yet it does so with little or no public scrutiny. In 2001, the state of Maine gave FRONTLINE unprecedented access to observe the daily lives of its child protection caseworkers, with whom the decision to remove children begins. In a companion presentation to Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr, FRONTLINE cameras follow a small set of caseworkers in one office as they interact with families and each other, dealing with the excruciating dilemmas and heartbreaking choices that confront them every day. Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files is both moving and probing, asking such questions as when should a child be removed? How much damage do we do to children in the name of helping them? And when should parents lose the right to raise their own child

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National CASA E-Learning for Continuing Education