Books By Deborah Meier


(2017) (with Emily Gasoi) These Schools Belong to You and Me. Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools. Beacon Press.

(2017) (with Matthew Knoester). Beyond testing: Seven assessments of students and schools more effective than standardized tests. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.


(2015) (with Matthew Knoester, & Katherine Clunis D’Andrea, editors) Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction. New York: Teachers College Press.

Playing For Keeps

(2010) (with Brenda Engel & Beth Taylor). Playing for keeps: Life and learning on a public school playground. New York: Teachers College Press.


2004) (Edited, with George Woods). Many children left behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act is damaging our children and our schools. Boston: Beacon Press.
Keeping School

(2004) (with Ted & Nancy Sizer). Keeping school: Letters to families from principals of two small schools. Boston: Beacon Press.

In Schools We Trust

(2002). In schools we trust: Creating communities of learning in an era of testing and standardization. Boston: Beacon Press.

Will Standards Save Public Education

(2000). Will standards save public education? Boston: Beacon Press.

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Power of Their Ideas

(1995). The power of their ideas: Lessons for America from a small school in Harlem. Boston: Beacon Press

These books can be found at (depending on Publisher and availability):

Beacon Press

Teachers College Press



Barnes & Noble



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