Faces of Learning. 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education

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  • Book
  • 160 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Faces of Learning

"Great learning experiences can′t be confined to a textbook or a curriculum; they won′t be found in the pages of a standardized test. The men and women profiled in Faces of Learning get that. Their personal stories will move and inspire you to cultivate richer learning experiences not just for the kids in your life but also for yourself."
Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"Faces of Learning is a treasure trove of recollections to remind us that education is most powerful and transformative when it occurs within a supportive relationship and taps into the intrinsically human desire to know and understand. A must read for those who′ve grown tired of the nation′s fixation with measuring achievement and who seek to be inspired by others who appreciate that learning can be about so much more."
Pedro Noguera, author of The Trouble with Black Boys

"The 50 stories here confirm that educational achievement is always intensely personal. As the national debate on education gathers momentum, Faces of Learning is an elegant reminder that nothing counts more in raising the bar than creative, inspirational teaching. It should be read and acted on by anyone with a serious interest in what really makes the difference in education."
Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element

"A great education is not about standardized tests and numbers; it′s about helping children learn to use their minds well. The stories in Faces of Learning remind us of that central truth, and of the difference that teachers make, and how their influence extends far beyond simple scores to shape people′s lives."
Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System

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1. Jenna Fournel (Alexandria, Virginia).

2. Mark Rockeymoore (Montreal, Quebec).

3. Jan Resseger (Cleveland, Ohio).

4. Gloria Ladson–Billings (Madison, Wisconsin).

5. Lore a Goodwin (Washington, DC).

6. Bruce Deitrick Price (Virginia Beach, Virginia).

7. Arne Duncan (Washington, DC).

8. Angela Valenzuela (Austin, Texas).

9. Carl Glickman (Athens, Georgia).

10. Andrew Margon (Brooklyn, New York).

Challenging: Five Things You Can Do.


11. Renee Moore (Cleveland, Mississippi).

12. Amy Estersohn (Chicago, Illinois).

13. Maritza Brito (Brick, New Jersey).

14. Kevin McCann (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

15. Margaret Owens (Palo Alto, California).

16. Larry Mya (Boston, Massachusetts).

17. John Goodlad (Seattle, Washington).

18. Sitembiso Ncube Maduma (San Bernardino, California).

19. Elijah Cummings (Baltimore, Maryland).

20. Jill Vialet (Oakland, California).

Engaging: Five Things You Can Do.


21. Al Franken (Washington, DC).

22. Jenifer Fox (Austin, Texas).

23. Michelle Durange (Littlestown, Pennsylvania).

24. Zainab Ali (Los Angeles, California).

25. Susan Oliver (Waterford, Virginia).

26. Gary Cohen (Wayzata, Minnesota).

27. Chantale Soekhoe (Brooklyn, New York).

28. Emily Gasoi (Washington, DC).

29. Cassandra Carland (Keene, New Hampshire).

30. Carrie A. Rogers (Rancho Cucamonga, California).

Supportive: Five Things You Can Do.


31. R. Dwayne Betts (Washington, DC).

32. Robert McLaughlin (Concord, New Hampshire).

33. Deborah Meier (Hillsdale, New York).

34. Jamal Fields (Livermore, California).

35. Jenerra Williams (Boston, Massachusetts).

36. Patrick Ip (Chicago, Illinois).

37. Gerlma A. Johnson (Detroit, Michigan).

38. Anonymous.

39. Ahniwake Rose (Washington, DC).

40. James Comer (New Haven, Connecticut).

Relevant: Five Things You Can Do.


41. Joel Ellio (Limpopo Province, South Africa).

42. Terry Pickeral (Bellingham, Washington).

43. Elizabeth Rogers (South Portland, Maine).

44. Steve Moore (Kansas City, Missouri).

45. Jill Davidson (Providence, Rhode Island).

46. Rachel Barnes (Chatham, Massachusetts).

47. Stedman Graham (Chicago, Illinois).

48. Stephen Vick (Chicago, Illinois).

49. Liz Lerman (Baltimore, Maryland).

50. Maya Soetoro–Ng (Honolulu, Hawaii).

Experiential: Five Things You Can Do.


Ted Sizer (Harvard, Massachusetts).

About the Editor.

About the Campaign.


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Sam Chaltain (www.samchaltain.com) is a Washington DC–based writer, educator, and strategic consultant. Sam has also been a classroom teacher; the national director of the Forum for Education and Democracy, an education advocacy organization devoted to restoring the public purpose of public education; and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project, a national program that helps K–12 principals create more democratic learning communities. He is the author and coauthor of several books, includingAmerican Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community.
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