There Are No Shortcuts. A story of an amazing 5th Grade teacher in LA who has his mostly impoverished, minority students motivated to do algebra and read Shakespeare with great understanding, as well as be kind, caring, hard-working citizens. Such an amazing inspiration!
Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World (by the 5th grade LA teacher who has his kids doing algebra and performing world-renowned Shakespeare plays)
Testing for Kindergarten. Even though we homeschool, I loved this book as it provided an amazing wealth of ideas for giving your child skills to succeed in academics and in life through simple activities and discussions parents can do at home.