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ERIC Number: ED534900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5352-1
Literacy for a Better World: The Promise of Teaching in Diverse Classrooms. Language & Literacy Series
VanDerPloeg, Laura Schneider
Teachers College Press
This book brings literacy research and culturally relevant pedagogy together to offer a comprehensive vision of what socially just teaching can look like in the secondary English classroom. The author, an experienced professional developer and teacher, provides a powerful framework for analyzing classroom instruction with regard to ideals of "stance," "relevance," "access," "identity," and "agency." Chapters provide models that have worked in real classrooms, including a model for developing units of study in social justice. The final chapter addresses how educational leaders can create conditions for socially just teaching and learning in today's diverse schools. Book features include: (1) A focus on the challenges teachers are likely to face, particularly in schools with struggling, disengaged students; (2) Guidance for navigating the everyday complexities of the classroom; (3) Strategies for responding to critical moments in the classroom; (4) Lesson plans and vignettes from urban schools; and (5) Leadership principles for putting socially just teaching into action. [Foreword by David Schaafsma.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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