1. ailedubooks:

    Two books on Grassroots Organizing that Every Teacher Should Read.

    Bridging the Class Divide: And Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing

    summery:

    Again and again social change movements—on matter s from the environment to women’s rights—have been run by middle-class leaders. But in order to make real progress toward economic and social change, poor people—those most affected by social problems—must be the ones to speak up and lead.

    It can be done. Linda Stout herself grew up in poverty in rural North Carolina and went on to found one of this country’s most successful and innovative grassroots organizations, the Piedmont Peace Project. Working for peace, jobs, health care, and basic social services in North Carolina’s conservative Piedmont region, the project has attracted national attention for its success in drawing leadership from within a working-class community, actively encouraging diversity, and empowering people who have never had a voice in policy decisions to speak up for their own interests. The Piedmont Peace Project demonstrates that new ways of organizing can really work.

    Bridging the Class Divide tells the inspiring story of Linda Stout’s life as the daughter of a tenant farmer, as a self-taught activist, and as a leader in the progressive movement. It also gives practical lessons on how to build real working relationships between people of different income levels, races, and genders. This book will inspire and enrich anyone who works for change in our society.

    Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future

    summery:

    In far too many organizational meetings, equal speaking opportunity seldom results in equal say. Factors such as race, class, and personal history too often inhibit open dialogue within and among groups, which can lead to a sense of disenfranchisement within the organization, and subsequently, disillusionment with the movement.
    Collective Visioning is the first visioning method to address these hurdles in the organizing process and to fully enable members to share their opinions without hesitation. Linda Stout uses her background and her own personal experience of marginalization within the organizing community to show how trainers can be more mindful of the diversity of their members as they strive toward a common goal.

    The book features a clear, actionable, step-by-step process to set up and create a welcoming space for activist leaders to collaborate for positive change. Stout details ways in which trainers should reach out to different groups, listen to and understand needs and concerns of the group, create a welcoming space for all voices, foster agreements, ensure the visibility of all members.

    Highly recommend each of these books. I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from Linda Stout. These two books changed the way I approach at my role as a teacher; my role as a community organizer and change maker.   Her approach is both straight forward and positive, focusing on giving voice and vision to new leaders and changemakers. Her work is profound and will help teachers understand how to use their role in education to help create positive change in their communities both locally and nationally.

    It is also important during the current events in #Ferguson to know how to talk to your students and families about what is happening. Also what is happening their could easily happen in your communities. The visioning method is also just a great way to thinking about approaching a student centered education. I love this work, so feel free to message me if you want to discuss it or have any questions.

    Find both books here

    -Adventures in Learning

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  2. ailedubooks:

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban, by Christian Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
find here 
Summery:

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.I AM MALALAis the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Worth Reading. Children can change the world. Also helps to show that education is not the same all over the world.

    ailedubooks:

    I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban, by Christian Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

    find here

    Summery:

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

    On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

    Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    I AM MALALAis the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

    I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

    Worth Reading. Children can change the world. Also helps to show that education is not the same all over the world.

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  3. adventuresinlearning:

    Recommended Education Books for June 23-29th 2014

    1. To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher 3rd Edition; By William Ayers
    2. To Teach: The Journey, in Comics; By William Ayers
    3. An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students by Ron Berger
    4. The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem By Deborah Meier
    5. You Can’t Say You Can’t Play by Vivian Gussin Paley
    6. Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice by Sam Chaltain
    7. Education and the Significance of Life by J. Krishnamurti

    My longer recommendations can be found via my archive page and soon on my recommendation tab. 

    I will start up a new batch tomorrow. I am also taking recommendations for books to share. Please share books that have changed your teaching or live for the better, education or not. Also write a few reasons why you recommend the book and how it changed you. Will post guest recommendation later this week! Pick up one of these books for some good summer reading! 

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  4. ailedubooks:

The Guide to Student Voice, 2nd Edition by Adam Fletcher
Check out this great new book by student voice expert Adam Fletcher! Highly recommended for any teacher or organization who supports student voice to pick this up! Worth every penny! I have worked and learned with and from Adam Fletcher, and can personally endorse his work. This book is great for both teachers just looking to increase student engagement to teachers who want to deepen the student voice and engagement already happening in their classroom and school. Also recommended for any student voice groups. Adam Fletcher is also very accessible online and I am willing to make contact for you if you are interested in learning more beyond this book. Find the book here and message me if you want to connect with him.
Summery: 

The Guide to Student Voice is packed with the information students, educators, advocates, and others need to promote student engagement in schools. Featuring a professional, easy-to-read layout, this short book is packed with useful tips, powerful activities, and great guidance for anyone interested in student voice today!

Bit more about Adam Fletcher.

Adam Fletcher is President of CommonAction Consulting, focusing on engaging communities in social change, and is an internationally-recognized, award-winning expert in youth engagement and meaningful student involvement. He works with K-12 schools, nonprofits, and government agencies around the world to bring the power of young people to the table. He speaks, writes, and advocates for student/adult partnerships, youth engagement, student equity, and changing the world through connections.

    ailedubooks:

    The Guide to Student Voice, 2nd Edition by Adam Fletcher

    Check out this great new book by student voice expert Adam Fletcher! Highly recommended for any teacher or organization who supports student voice to pick this up! Worth every penny! I have worked and learned with and from Adam Fletcher, and can personally endorse his work. This book is great for both teachers just looking to increase student engagement to teachers who want to deepen the student voice and engagement already happening in their classroom and school. Also recommended for any student voice groups. Adam Fletcher is also very accessible online and I am willing to make contact for you if you are interested in learning more beyond this book. Find the book here and message me if you want to connect with him.

    Summery:

    The Guide to Student Voice is packed with the information students, educators, advocates, and others need to promote student engagement in schools. Featuring a professional, easy-to-read layout, this short book is packed with useful tips, powerful activities, and great guidance for anyone interested in student voice today!

    Bit more about Adam Fletcher.

    Adam Fletcher is President of CommonAction Consulting, focusing on engaging communities in social change, and is an internationally-recognized, award-winning expert in youth engagement and meaningful student involvement. He works with K-12 schools, nonprofits, and government agencies around the world to bring the power of young people to the table. He speaks, writes, and advocates for student/adult partnerships, youth engagement, student equity, and changing the world through connections.

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  5. Welcoming our Newest Colleagues: Letter to A Beginning Teacher

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  6. "A child who reads will be an adult who thinks."

    "A child who reads will be an adult who thinks."

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  7. The Homeschool+ Conference

    fuckyeahradicaled:

    There’s a free online conference coming up August 4th to 8th, for those involved with “homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education.” Speakers include Ocean Robbins, Oliver DeMille, Jerry Mintz, Carlo Ricci, Jamie McMillin, Matt Hern, Pat Farenga, Blake Boles, Leslie Barson, Monica Cochran, Paula Rothermel, Clark Aldrich, Elliot Washor, Yale Wishnick, Jackie Gerstein, Luba Vangelova, Bernard Bull, Scott Nine, Amos Blanton, and Brycen RR & Laurie A. Couture.

    If you’re interested in alt ed of any sort, I highly recommend checking out this conference!

    Some Really great names on there!

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  8. ailedubooks:

The Guide to Student Voice, 2nd Edition by Adam Fletcher
Check out this great new book by student voice expert Adam Fletcher! Highly recommended for any teacher or organization who supports student voice to pick this up! Worth every penny! I have worked and learned with and from Adam Fletcher, and can personally endorse his work. This book is great for both teachers just looking to increase student engagement to teachers who want to deepen the student voice and engagement already happening in their classroom and school. Also recommended for any student voice groups. Adam Fletcher is also very accessible online and I am willing to make contact for you if you are interested in learning more beyond this book. Find the book here and message me if you want to connect with him.
Summery: 

The Guide to Student Voice is packed with the information students, educators, advocates, and others need to promote student engagement in schools. Featuring a professional, easy-to-read layout, this short book is packed with useful tips, powerful activities, and great guidance for anyone interested in student voice today!

Bit more about Adam Fletcher.

Adam Fletcher is President of CommonAction Consulting, focusing on engaging communities in social change, and is an internationally-recognized, award-winning expert in youth engagement and meaningful student involvement. He works with K-12 schools, nonprofits, and government agencies around the world to bring the power of young people to the table. He speaks, writes, and advocates for student/adult partnerships, youth engagement, student equity, and changing the world through connections.


-adventures in learning

    ailedubooks:

    The Guide to Student Voice, 2nd Edition by Adam Fletcher

    Check out this great new book by student voice expert Adam Fletcher! Highly recommended for any teacher or organization who supports student voice to pick this up! Worth every penny! I have worked and learned with and from Adam Fletcher, and can personally endorse his work. This book is great for both teachers just looking to increase student engagement to teachers who want to deepen the student voice and engagement already happening in their classroom and school. Also recommended for any student voice groups. Adam Fletcher is also very accessible online and I am willing to make contact for you if you are interested in learning more beyond this book. Find the book here and message me if you want to connect with him.

    Summery:

    The Guide to Student Voice is packed with the information students, educators, advocates, and others need to promote student engagement in schools. Featuring a professional, easy-to-read layout, this short book is packed with useful tips, powerful activities, and great guidance for anyone interested in student voice today!

    Bit more about Adam Fletcher.

    Adam Fletcher is President of CommonAction Consulting, focusing on engaging communities in social change, and is an internationally-recognized, award-winning expert in youth engagement and meaningful student involvement. He works with K-12 schools, nonprofits, and government agencies around the world to bring the power of young people to the table. He speaks, writes, and advocates for student/adult partnerships, youth engagement, student equity, and changing the world through connections.

    -adventures in learning

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  9. ailedubooks:

Also Known As Harper Written By Ann Haywood Leal
Chosen as one of the books on the list by Katherine Handcock "Honoring Malala: Mighty Girl Books on Children’s Fight for Education"   

Even today, there are kids who face tremendous difficulty getting to school. In Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal (age 9 - 12), Harper Lee, named after her mother’s favorite author, dreams of being a poet — so she’s excited to hear that her school will be holding a poetry contest. But when her father walks out on the family, leaving Harper, her mother, and her brother without any income, the family is evicted and Harper has to skip school to watch her brother as her mother struggles to find work to support them. Harper will have to work hard — and most importantly, not give up in the face of these challenges — in order to achieve her dreams. Harper’s exploration of her own life, and the lives of others she meets during her family’s crisis, will also open your own Mighty Girl’s eyes to the difficulties that the person sitting next to her in class — or who’s supposed to be, but isn’t — may be facing.

Find it here
Interesting connection and sidenote: My wife Marta had Ann Haywood as her Kindergarten teacher. She was one of her favorite teachers. Awesome to see this on the list. Homelessness or unstable homes lives are often one of the biggest battles for students at schools around the country, yet it is often hidden.
I spent many years in and out of unstable living situations as my single mom tried to support us. Often camping out at my mom’s friends home or living in places for short periods of time. We moved a lot and it was never something I shared with my teachers or often even my classmates. I know it affected my learning, but I also know we survived because my mom did whatever she could to make it work. These often untold stories are worth sharing with children, it builds empathy and understanding. I am excited to pick up this book and then share it with my students.
-Adventures in Learning

    ailedubooks:

    Also Known As Harper Written By Ann Haywood Leal

    Chosen as one of the books on the list by Katherine Handcock "Honoring Malala: Mighty Girl Books on Children’s Fight for Education"  

    Even today, there are kids who face tremendous difficulty getting to school. In Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal (age 9 - 12), Harper Lee, named after her mother’s favorite author, dreams of being a poet — so she’s excited to hear that her school will be holding a poetry contest. But when her father walks out on the family, leaving Harper, her mother, and her brother without any income, the family is evicted and Harper has to skip school to watch her brother as her mother struggles to find work to support them. Harper will have to work hard — and most importantly, not give up in the face of these challenges — in order to achieve her dreams. Harper’s exploration of her own life, and the lives of others she meets during her family’s crisis, will also open your own Mighty Girl’s eyes to the difficulties that the person sitting next to her in class — or who’s supposed to be, but isn’t — may be facing.

    Find it here

    Interesting connection and sidenote: My wife Marta had Ann Haywood as her Kindergarten teacher. She was one of her favorite teachers. Awesome to see this on the list. Homelessness or unstable homes lives are often one of the biggest battles for students at schools around the country, yet it is often hidden.

    I spent many years in and out of unstable living situations as my single mom tried to support us. Often camping out at my mom’s friends home or living in places for short periods of time. We moved a lot and it was never something I shared with my teachers or often even my classmates. I know it affected my learning, but I also know we survived because my mom did whatever she could to make it work. These often untold stories are worth sharing with children, it builds empathy and understanding. I am excited to pick up this book and then share it with my students.

    -Adventures in Learning

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  10. adventuresinlearning:

    Two Versions of one great book!

    To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher 3rd Edition; By William Ayers

    imageTo Teach: The Journey, in Comics; By William Ayers

    One of the first books I read during my masters program. This is another of what I call my “Mentor Texts”. It is a book that speak to the complexity of being a teacher, an activist, a community member, and all the roles in-between.   William “Bill” Ayers writes with a heart and courage unmatched in most books written about education and schools. Plus he did a comic version of the book, so cool! I got to see Ayers talk in Eugene a few years back. He is radical, he is fiery, he is outspoken, but most of all he cares about teachers and children and education and he understands the power and role Public Schools hold in changing our world for the better! Another must read!

    Buy one, or by them both! :) 

    What ever you do. Get a hold of this book!

    Summery:

    To Teach is the now-classic story of one teacher’s odyssey into the ethical and intellectual heart of teaching. For almost two decades, it has inspired teachers across the country to follow their own path, face their own challenges, and become the teachers they long to be. Since the second edition, there have been dramatic shifts to the educational landscape including the rise and fall of NCLB. This new Third Edition is essential reading amidst today’s public policy debates and school reform initiatives that stress the importance of ”good teaching.” To help bring this popular story to a new generation of teachers, Teachers College Press is publishing an exciting companion volume: To Teach: The Journey, in Comics. In this graphic novel, Ayers and talented young artist Ryan Alexander-Tanner bring the celebrated memoir to life. The Third Edition of To Teach, paired with the new graphic novel, offers a unique teaching and learning experience that broadens and deepens our understanding of what teaching can be. Together, these resources will capture the imaginations of pre- and in-service teachers who are ready to follow their own Yellow Brick Roads.

    -Adventures in Learning

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  11. ailedubooks:

     What is your favorite book to read to students?

    Recommended by @unskoolery

    Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book) By Jon J Muth

    "Michael," said Karl. "There’s a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth — and Stillwater the bear — present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.

    I love this book. We read it to our kids also! Highly recommend! You can find it here

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  12. diversityinya:

    Notable Novels for Teens About the Arab World

    By Elsa Marston

    Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Where the Streets Had a Name (Scholastic 2010). Palestine, MG/YA. On a secret mission of mercy, a girl makes her way—strictly forbidden without permission from Israeli authorities—from her village into Jerusalem. [Also see this author’s books about Arab immigrants in Australia: Does My Head Look Big in This? andTen things I Hate About Me. Both have appealing teen voice.]

    Al-Maria, Sophia. The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Perennial 2012). Arabian Peninsula and Egypt, YA. The daughter of a mixed marriage spends time with her father’s family in a Gulf State, tries to reconcile her two radically different heritages.

    Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood (Kroupa/Farrar Straus Giroux 2007). Palestine, MG/YA. Memoir of a young girl set in a time of war and displacement, but revealing solid family experience.

    Carmi, Daniella. Samir and Yonatan (Levine/Scholastic 2000). Israel/Palestinians, MG/YA. A Palestinian boy being treated in an Israeli hospital relates to the children and medical staff.

    Carter, Anne Laurel. The Shepherd’s Granddaughter (Groundwood 2008). Palestine, MG/YA. In a rural village under attack from a nearby Israeli settlement, a young teenaged girl starts to broaden her horizons.

    Clinton, Cathryn. A Stone in My Hand (Candlewick 2002). Palestine, MG/YA. During an outbreak of violence, a young girl in Gaza copes with loss: her father’s death and her brother’s participation in the insurrection.

    Laird, Elizabeth. A Little Piece of Ground (Haymarket 2006; originally Macmillan UK 2003). Palestine, MG/YA. A boy defies Israeli-imposed curfew in his efforts to claim a place to play soccer.

    Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi (Simon & Schuster 1997). Palestine, MG/YA. An Arab-American girl visits her father’s natal village in Palestine, under occupation, and absorbs experiences both exhilarating and distressing.

    Marsden, Carolyn. The White Zone (CarolRhoda 2012). Iraq, MG. Two boy cousins cope with the sectarian strife that separates them during the fighting in Baghdad.

    Marston, Elsa. Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories About Teens in the Arab World (Indiana University Press 2008). Several countries, MG/YA. Young teens in eight contrasting Arab societies face universal challenges of adolescence; the most adult story in subject matter is “Honor” (Jordan).

    Perera, Anna. The Glass Collector (Whitman 2011). Egypt, YA. Valuable chiefly because of its setting in the “trash-collectors community” in Cairo.

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  13. If going to college means getting a better job than the choice is not either be in debt or not. I willingly signed the papers to get the loan to go to college, because I had no other choice. Give me another way to pay for college and I would gladly do it. Make college affordable and I will not fight for more fairness. Make student loans repayable only when fully employed or based on only income above living wage…okay we got a deal. Say I signed the papers so I have to deal with the greed of banks and sallie mae and I will continue to fight for a better way to educated our young people and to deal with the ballooning debt!

    a rant by Adventures in Learning

  14. occupyedu:

I think it’s worth a fight!

    occupyedu:

    I think it’s worth a fight!

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  15. Blogging Camp Day 3 included interviews with Junior spies, and doll clothes designers; learning how to post cute puppy pictures; an inspirational walk in the woods to generate fictional stories; research on Pugdoodles; and a introduction to reggae music. School should be designed more like summer camp. #summer2014 #kidblogs

    Blogging Camp Day 3 included interviews with Junior spies, and doll clothes designers; learning how to post cute puppy pictures; an inspirational walk in the woods to generate fictional stories; research on Pugdoodles; and a introduction to reggae music. School should be designed more like summer camp. #summer2014 #kidblogs

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