Patricia A. Edwards is Distinguished Professor of Language and Literacy in the Teacher Education Department at Michigan State University and President of the International Reading Association, 2010–2011. Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon is Associate Professor of Literacy in the Department of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Jennifer D. Turner is Associate Professor in Reading Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park.
“Patricia Edwards, in opening this book, seamlessly integrates her own personal narrative of growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South with the intellectual history of our nation’s efforts to address the achievement gap in literacy. Her story is powerful because it embodies a core set of principles about human learning, which is based on a strong body of empirical evidence.”
—From the Foreword by Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University, President, American Educational Research Association, 2009–2010
“Edwards, McMillon, and Turner have hit a grand slam with Change Is Gonna Come. This is a page-turner that you won’t be able to put down. After the first reading you’ll return to visit the history of African Americans’ struggle as students, the power that teachers have to support or destroy dreams, ways to create home-to-school connections and, most significantly, how to support learning for African American students who come from homes where there will, most likely, never be a school–home bond.”
—Diane Lapp, Distinguished Professor of Education, San Diego State University
• Literacy Research Association's Edward B. Fry Book Award, 2011