Because We Can Change the World: A Practical Guide to Building Cooperative, Inclusive Classroom Communities / Edition 2

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Overview

It is impossible for most students to achieve academically if they do not feel safe, supported, welcomed, and accepted. By structuring democratic classrooms as models of diversity, cooperation, and inclusion, teachers can help children learn skills and values that lay a foundation for good citizenship and will make a differences in their lives now and in the future. Mara Sapon-Shevin provides a unique vision of elementary classrooms that allow all children to experience academic success. This long-awaited new edition of a highly acclaimed book: Calls on all educators to create diverse, inclusive classrooms and promote social justice Discusses the barriers to creating cooperative classrooms and how they can be overcome Includes 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 With updated resources and a stronger emphasis on differentiated instruction, Because We Can Change the World gives teachers the vision, courage, and strategies to make the world a better place, starting with their own classrooms.

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Editorial Reviews

Sonia Nieto
"Because We Can Change the World is a powerful antidote to the bullying, intolerance, and exclusion that are all too commonplace in our schools. Through helpful insights, practical strategies, and, most of all, a powerful vision grounded in social justice, this book gives teachers and others who care about our schools the inspiration and hope they need to carry on."
Kiernan Rok
"For teachers committed to making schools that work for all students, this book is a guide for facilitating that transformative process. Not just practical, but a real treat."
Paula Kluth
"Because We Can Change the World has been very instrumental in my work with inclusive schools. The examples, activities, songs, and games are inspired, unique, and effective. I have personally seen classroom cultures completely transformed as a result of using the techniques in this book. If you don’t already use this book to promote community, collaboration, and inclusion in your school, do it immediately so students can learn that inclusion is more than a place or a policy—it is a commitment to acceptance, an honoring of difference, and, as Sapon-Shevin so eloquently reminds us, a belief that we just might ‘change the world.’”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412978385
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 293,184
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
1. CIVICS: An Agenda for Our Schools
Courage
Inclusion
Value
Integrity
Cooperation
Safety
2. Schools as Communities
The Vision
Challenges to the Vision
Reframing Our Work
How to Begin
Links to the Curriculum
3. Sharing Ourselves With Others
The Vision
Challenges to the Vision
Reframing Our Work
How to Begin
Links to the Curriculum
4. Knowing Others Well
The Vision
Challenges to the Vision
Reframing Our Work
How to Begin
Links to the Curriculum
5. Places Where We All Belong
The Vision
Challenges to the Vision
Reframing Our Work
How to Begin
Links to the Curriculum
6. Setting Goals and Giving and Getting Support
The Vision
Challenges to the Vision
Reframing Our Work
How to Begin
Links to the Curriculum
7. Working Together to Learn
The Vision
Challenges to the Vision
Reframing Our Work
How to Begin
Implementing Inclusive Cooperative Learning
Links to the Curriculum
8. Speaking Truth and Acting Powerfully
The Vision
Challenges to the Vision
Reframing Our Work
How to Begin
Links to the Curriculum
Final Thoughts: First Steps for New Beginnings
References
Index
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