Category Archives: Teaching

Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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A Charter School Principal’s Story: A View from the Inside

What happens when a Canadian principal, guided by the teachings of Fullan and Hargreaves, takes on the role of school leader in an inner-city charter school in the United States? This inside story of a principal in the DC charter … Continue reading

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Freeways and Country Lanes: A Rebirth of the Small Community School?

By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of The Small Schools Coalition. “Will metro areas evolve from the behemoths they are today into a series of smaller … Continue reading

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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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Teaching for Social Justice Through Collaborative Ethnography

By JOE BROOKS We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. We’re building a community focused pedagogy K-16. It’s all here and they said it so well. Join us for the … 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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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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Imagining the Possible, Then Making it Happen

By PAULA COHEN Paula Cohen is a veteran 2nd grade teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District. Most of my teaching career, I have defied the book. I’ve strived to put learning in context, connect students to issues in the community … Continue reading

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Dispelling the Myths of Reflection

By CARRIE WILLIAMS HOWE Carrie Williams Howe, MEd is the Interim Director of the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) at the University of Vermont. She works primarily with faculty and students in academic service-learning and community-based research. A member of … Continue reading

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