For the past several years I have been trying to write about education in ways that center the experiences of students and a focus on justice. After more drafts than I care to recall, I am thrilled that the final product will be published this spring by Teachers College Press! It is my hope that Teaching for a Living Democracy will support teachers and others looking to make school less about standardization and conformity and more about experiences of discovery, creativity, and dignity.
Here is the blurb for the book:
This classroom narrative explores how teachers can build and sustain an intellectually and emotionally fulfilling teaching practice while changing the way students experience school. Written by an English and history teacher in a Philadelphia public high school, this book presents a framework of teaching for a living democracy—supporting learners to produce intellectually rigorous and creative work by designing instruction that intersects with students’ lives and interests. The text offers project-based units of study and classroom practices that allow students to reconfigure understandings of themselves, their capabilities, and their roles in the world. Packed with student voices and the work of youth, this book provides a rich window into classroom practices that challenge authoritarian tendencies while cultivating dignity and agency.