“But for education to work for them, it must respect and try to understand their individual empirical realities, and the circumstances of their origin, to then be able to foster their unique growth.” Roses in Concrete, p. 12.
(Forthcoming Book) Kundu, Anindya. “Achieving Agency: Regaining Collective Responsibilities for All Students to Succeed.” (Forthcoming Book, 2019).
(Forthcoming) Kundu, Anindya. “Agency and Grit: Considerations for Low-Income Black Males to Achieve Greatness.”Michigan State University Press. 6th Edition. 2017.
(Peer Reviewed) Kundu, A. “Grit and Agency: A Framework for Helping Students in Poverty to Achieve Academic Greatness.”National Youth-At-Risk Journal. Issue 2(2). http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1054&context=nyar
(Peer Reviewed) Kundu, A. “Growing Roses in Concrete: A Perspective on How Agency and Grit can Foster the Success of All Students.”The Journal of School & Society, 18-31. Issue 3(2). 2016. http://www.johndeweysociety.org/the-journal-of-school-and-society/files/2016/04/Vol32_4.pdf
Kundu, Anindya. “Review of Closing the Education Achievement Gaps for African American Males.” Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 09, 2016. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21591.
“Regaining the Collective Responsibility Needed for Our Students to Succeed” New York State ASCD, October, 2014: http://www.newyorkstateascd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=169&ViewID=7b97f7ed-8e5e-4120-848f-a8b4987d588f&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=341&PageID=146
Kundu, Anindya. “BACKTALK Grit, overemphasized; Agency, overlooked.” Phi Delta Kappan 96, no. 1 (Sept. 2014): 80-80. http://pdk.sagepub.com/content/96/1/80.short
“Why America’s Infatuation with “Grit” Can’t Solve Our Educational Dilemmas,” Virginia Policy Review, Summer 2014. Co-authored with Pedro Noguera. http://issuu.com/virginiapolicyreview/docs/final_draft_3.0
“Digital After School Programming as Prevention: Positive Outlets for Youth Expression in an Increasingly Hi-Tech World,” Published by Center of Applied Research Solutions, Prevention Tactics, February, 2014: http://www.cars-rp.org/publications/Prevention%20Tactics/PT09.11.14.pdf
“The Case For Closing Rikers Island.” Post on Huffington Post, June 30, 2016: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-case-for-closing-rikers-island_us_5775621be4b00a3ae4cd68aa
“What to Make of Steph Curry, the NBA’s Unanimous and Gritty MVP.” Post on Huffington Post, May 11, 2016: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anindya-kundu/what-to-make-of-stephen-c_b_9889726.html
“Why We’re Not “Beyond Race.” And Why Black Lives Matter.” Post on Huffington Post, March 11, 2016: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anindya-kundu/why-were-not-beyond-race-_b_9405346.html
“Inspiration in Insomnia: Resolving to Turn Dreams Into Realities.” Post on Huffington Post, December 31, 2015: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anindya-kundu/inspiration-in-insomnia-r_b_8896526.html
“Policing Schools and Dividing the Nation”. Post on Huffington Post, October 28, 2015: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anindya-kundu/policing-schools-and-divi_b_8400426.html
“No Student should have to be ‘White Enough’ to Succeed in School.” Post on Huffington Post, September 23, 2015: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anindya-kundu/needing-to-look-white-eno_b_8171224.html
“Feeding Kids and Expanding Opportunity.” Post on Phi Delta Kappan, June 19, 2015: http://pdkintl.org/blogs/learning-on-the-edge/feeding-kids-expanding-opportunity/
“Putting focus on individuals hurts society.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. Friday, May 8, 2015: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150508_Putting_focus_on_individuals_hurts_society.html
“Breaking through concrete,” Post on Phi Delta Kappan, May 6, 2015: http://pdkintl.org/blogs/learning-on-the-edge/breaking-concrete/
“American schools: Still separate, still unequal.” Post on Phi Delta Kappan, May 15, 2014: http://pdkintl.org/blogs/learning-on-the-edge/american-schools-still-separate-still-unequal/
“Gritty Educations.” The Third Rail, April 15, 2014. http://thethirdrail.virginiapolicyreview.com/2014/04/15/kundu-grit-overemphasized-agency-overlooked/
“Why Students Need More than ‘grit'” Chronicle.umbmentoring.org. The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, 24 Mar. 2014. Web. Co-authored with Pedro Noguera: http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/pedro-noguera-why-students-need-more-than-grit/
“Why Students Need More than ‘grit'” Msnbc.com. NBC News Digital, 02 Mar. 2014. Web. Co-authored with Pedro Noguera: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/my-brothers-keeper-education
“Executing Schools and Killing Opportunity,” Post on Phi Delta Kappan, November 7, 2013: http://pdkintl.org/blogs/learning-on-the-edge/executing-schools-and-killing-opportunity/
Testimonial by Tammy Darling, a high school Social Studies and Psychology teacher in Lexington, MA:
Anindya Kundu’s article, Roses in Concrete, provides an important glimpse into the environmental and cultural impact partly responsible for the continuing achievement gap. There is a dearth of resources available to help educators realize the role that trauma and lack of agency plays out in the lives millions of students in the US. Kundu highlights accessible ways educators can introduce authentic experiences that acknowledge cultural differences that affect the different ways young people prioritize choices and do school. A few practical examples he provides educators within his article and successful work include; the promise found in creating authentic opportunities for young people to see themselves in purposeful work, the powerful value in mentorship and role-models, the value of differentiated instruction, along with assisting in realistic goals-setting for our students.
Close to the end of this piece, Kundu emboldens us as educators to think critically about ways to make a greater impact in lives of our students who come from low-opportunity neighborhoods.