Brave New Teachers is a timely investigation of democratic teacher practice in culturally diverse school systems. Based on an original study of the Urban Diversity Teacher Education Program at York University, it investigates the extent to which graduates of a teacher education program grounded in the democratic principles of equity, diversity, and social justice can hold true to these principles in a climate of conservative school culture and state-mandated educational reform that focuses on standardization and accountability. The result is a critical Canadian perspective on both the challenges and the possibilities of working for social justice in the classroom.
Preface – John P. PortelliIntroduction: Distinguising Our Present Context: The Meaning of Diversity and Education for Social Justice – R. Patrick Solomon and Jordan SingerChapter 1: Preparing the Equity Teacher – Jordan SingerChapter 2: School Reform as Inequity: The Case of Standards, Standardization, and Accountability – R. Patrick Solomon and Jordan SingerChapter 3: Challenges and Contradictions of the Equity Educator: Personal and Professional Impacts of School Reforms on Teachers – R. Patrick Solomon and Jordan SingerChapter 4: Identity Matters in Teaching for Equity – Andrew AllenChapter 5: Transformative Schooling – Jordan SingerChapter 6: Progressive Curriculum and Pedagogy: Practices from the Workplace – Arlene CampbellChapter 7: Advocacy and Activism: Progressive Curriculum and Pedagogy beyond K-12Appendix: Course ThemesReferencesIndex
The late R. Patrick Solomon was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, York University. He was also the first recipient of the Exemplary Multicultural Educator's Award, presented by the Canada Council for Multicultural/Intercultural Education.
Jordan Singer, a former elementary teacher and art therapist, is currently completing his PhD in Education.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Arlene Smith-Campbell is an Assistant Professor, at Prince Sultan University, KSA. Her research passions focus on the life history of women in the African Canadian Diaspora, teacher education and diversity/social justice issues.
Andrew Allen, a former elementary classroom teacher, is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Windsor.
John P. Portelli is Professor in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, and Co-director of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
"Brave New Teachers helps us see the collision course that social justice education is on with neo-liberal and market-based approaches to education. However, this story is not about the train wreck; it is about the new direction that programs like Urban Diversity Teacher Education are willing and able to forge so that those of us who are struggling with the de-skilling of teaching and the lowering of students' intellectual horizons will carry on. We carry on because we see the real light of equity, justice, and liberation at the end of the tunnel."
Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Brave New Teachers offers a series of thought-provoking testimonials from young teachers committed to practising diversity in education. These teachers' testimonies illustrate what it means to foster transformative practices that lead to engaging the ever-changing Canadian student population. This is a serious and compelling contribution to the praxis of education in new urban environments."
S. Nombuso Dlamini, Jean Augustine Chair in Education in the New Urban Environment, York University
"If our schools and communities are going to have any chance at all of becoming more socially just places then we need more initiatives like the Urban Diversity Teacher Education Program, and just as important, we need to know about the struggles, successes, and failures of these programs and of their graduates. […] Those interested in pursuing social justice and equity in our schools and communities can learn a great deal from this book. This is particularly timely given an environment that is decidedly not sympathetic to these worthy causes."
We are pleased to offer a slideshow presentation, developed by Jordan Singer, with the adoption of Brave New Teachers.
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