Category Archives: Curriculum Development

Teaching for Social Justice through Collaborative Ethnography

By JOE BROOKS Using Collaborative Ethnography as a tool and strategy, we’re helping K-16 and community educators learn to design compelling curriculum experiences that are centered on the people, issues, and culture of their own local community. Collaborative Ethnography provides … Continue reading

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Through The Personal Lens: Reconceiving Language and Education

BY HECTOR J. VILA, PhD Hector J. Vila is an Assistant Professor in Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has been teaching writing in urban and rural environments since 1985. Hector is the author of Life-Affirming Acts: Education as … Continue reading

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Engaging Children Through Playful Learning: A Case Study

By PENNY ALLEN and MATT DILLER Common sense tells us, when we do what we love, we do it well.  When work is fun, we are more creative, we are more thoughtful, and we want to keep building upon that … Continue reading

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Sustaining Service-Learning: Lessons From Two Decades of Change

By MARTHA RICH Martha Rich recently retired after twenty years as Head of School at Thetford Academy in Vermont. Thetford Academy is public-private school and has been designated a National Service-Learning Leader School. Martha has served as a faculty member … Continue reading

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Not a Chain Link or a Picket Fence: Social Justice Pedagogy in an Urban Garden Project

By TARA AFFOLTER Tara Affolter is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. She has spent the bulk of her career in high school classrooms, teaching English and theatre and working for social justice … Continue reading

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Transforming the Academic Classroom: University Students and Children in a Homework Program Write Poems Together

By CLAUDIA M. REDER, Ph.D. California State University at Channel Islands Claudia M. Reder , Ph.D. teaches at California State University at Channel Islands. She is the author of My Father & Miro and Other Poems. Her interests include storytelling, poetry, … Continue reading

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Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Learning

By SHARYL GREEN For me, integrating technology into the curriculum has been adventurous, exasperating, humbling. At times it’s both an out-of-body experience and a zealous rush. I succeed at it because I’m surrounded by twenty, eager third graders, two fine … Continue reading

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“If These Walls Could Talk…” An Inside Look at Children’s Learning

By CAROL BERNER “If these walls could talk they would say, ‘where have all the little children gone’?” Fifth grader Brian proudly showed his model of a one-room schoolhouse—the former Conway Grammar School—to an audience packed with elementary school children. … Continue reading

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Empowering Students in a Second Language

By KRISTA ZIELINSKI “I see service-learning as an avenue for empowering students. Real change, sustainable change, happens one person at a time. Well implemented service-learning projects will address needs of each participant.” —Participant at CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning It … Continue reading

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How Peacemaking Changed a School District

By CAROLYN SCHODT AND STACEY CRUISE For decades, neighbors called John Paul Jones Middle School “Jones’ Jail.” Repeatedly disruptive student behavior made learning an everyday struggle for teachers and students. Abysmal reading scores were accompanied by rampant incidents involving weapons, serious … Continue reading

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