Because We Can Change the World: A Practical Guide to Building Cooperative, Inclusive Classroom Communities

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Corwin Press, Jun 28, 2010 - Education - 267 pages
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Change the world, one classroom at a time!

Mara Sapon-Shevin skillfully blends vision statements, stories, and strategies to guide teachers in promoting social justice and creating classrooms that allow all children to experience academic success. This new edition of a highly acclaimed book:

  • Provides a powerful vision of diverse, inclusive elementary classrooms
  • Discusses the barriers to creating cooperative classrooms and how they can be overcome
  • Offers activities, songs, and children’s literature that promote acceptance and understanding
  • Includes new “Reframing Our Work” sections with reflective questions that help readers examine their own beliefs and teaching practices
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
An Agenda for Our Schools
5
Chapter 2 Schools as Communities
21
Chapter 3 Sharing Ourselves With Others
45
Chapter 4 Knowing Others Well
63
Chapter 5 Places Where We All Belong
89
Chapter 6 Setting Goals and Giving and Getting Support
117
Chapter 7 Working Together to Learn
147
Chapter 8 Speaking Truth and Acting Powerfully
193
First Steps for New Beginnings
239
References
245
Index
257
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About the author (2010)

Mara Sapon-Shevin is Professor of Inclusive Education in the Teaching and Leadership Department of the School of Education at Syracuse University. She teaches in the University’s Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Teacher Education Program that prepares teachers for inclusive, heterogeneous classrooms. She frequently consults with districts that are attempting to move towards more inclusive schools and respond more positively to student diversity, providing workshops and support for teachers, students, parents and administrators.

Mara presents frequently on inclusive education, cooperative learning, social justice education, differentiated instruction, friendship, community building, school reform, and teaching for diversity. She works with other educators and community members to design workshops and learning experiences to help participants build relationships across ethnic and racial groups and collaborate for friendship and peaceful co-existence. Mara can often be found leading conference groups in community building, singing and dancing.

The author of over 150 books, book chapters and articles, Mara is also the co-author of a seven session curriculum entitled, “Endracism/Endinjustice: Challenging Oppression, Building Allies” designed for high school and college students. She is the co-producer of a DVD entitled “and nobody said anything: Uncomfortable Conversations about Diversity” that explores critical teaching incidents on social justice for faculty in colleges and universities. Her most recent book is Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms (Boston: Beacon Press, 2007).

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