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“Couldn’t be better timed…exhilarating.”
– Atlantic



“Green’s account of passionate educators dedicated to their ‘complex craft’ should be part of every new teacher’s education. It is vital for the United States to build better teachers to inspire the lifelong learning that not only our students but also their instructors so desperately need.”
– Washington Post Book World


Golden age of education books

“I’m starting to wonder if we’ve entered some kind of golden age of books about education. First came Paul Tough’s book, ‘How Children Succeed,’…Then came ‘The Smartest Kids in the World,’ by Amanda Ripley…And now comes Elizabeth Green’s ‘Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone),’ …The first two books made the New York Times best-seller list. My guess is that Green’s book will, too. It certainly ought to.”
– New York Times


‘Educational theater’

“Moments of educational theater enliven and illuminate the history.”
– Kate TuttleBoston Globe


‘Read it right away.’

“Everyone who cares about teaching should read Elizabeth Green’s Building a Better Teacher. Right away.”
– Judith Shulevitz



“A powerful, rational guidebook to creating genuinely effective education, written in a manner useful not just for schoolteachers, but everyone involved in the care of children.”
– Kirkus Reviews



“In this fascinating and accessible book, Elizabeth Green tells the story of the country’s leading researchers on the all-important questions of what makes for an effective classroom teacher and how teachers can be trained to do their jobs better. That the story feels completely fresh is testament not only to Green’s skill as a reporter and writer but also to how beside-the-point much of the national conversation about education is. Green’s book ought to persuade the country to focus on what really matters in education.”
Nicholas Lemann, professor and dean emeritus at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


A Must Read

“Elizabeth Green reveals, in cinematic detail, what makes great teaching such a dazzling intellectual challenge—and why it has taken us so unforgivably long to care. A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer.”
Amanda Ripley, best-selling author of The Smartest Kids in the World



“In vivid detail, Elizabeth Green chronicles the long, uncertain, but ultimately promising efforts, based on research, to improve teaching in American schools.”
Howard Gardner, coauthor of The App Generation and author of Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences



“Great education is the foundation of a flourishing society, and it depends on great teachers. Building a Better Teacher illuminates how we can develop gifted educators who prepare children for a brighter future. With strong evidence and compelling cases, Elizabeth Green has written an important book that every educator ought to read.”
Adam Grant, Wharton professor and best-selling author of Give and Take


Good News for American Education

“This book bears good news for the American education community: if effective pedagogy can be learned, we needn’t wait for great teachers to come to the profession—we can start improving the ones we have.”
Education Gadfly