City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row [NOOK Book]

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City Kids, City Teachers, now reissued with a new preface by William Ayers, has become a touchstone for urban educators, exploding the stereotypes about teaching in the city. In more than twenty-five provocative selections, each of which is introduced and set in context by Ayers and Patricia Ford, an all-star cast of educators and writers explores the surprising realities of city classrooms from kindergarten through high school. Contributors including Gloria Ladson-Billings, Lisa Delpit, June Jordan, Lewis ...
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Overview

City Kids, City Teachers, now reissued with a new preface by William Ayers, has become a touchstone for urban educators, exploding the stereotypes about teaching in the city. In more than twenty-five provocative selections, each of which is introduced and set in context by Ayers and Patricia Ford, an all-star cast of educators and writers explores the surprising realities of city classrooms from kindergarten through high school. Contributors including Gloria Ladson-Billings, Lisa Delpit, June Jordan, Lewis Lapham, Audre Lorde, and Deborah Meier move from the poetic to the practical, celebrating the value of city kids and their teachers. Useful both as a guide and a call to action for anyone who teaches or has taught in the city, it is essential reading for those contemplating teaching in an urban setting and for every parent with children in a city school today.

"Hopeful, helpful discussions of culturally relevant teaching... moving illustrations of what urban teaching is all about. An inspiring collection." —Publishers Weekly

"With its upbeat mix of ready-to-share city kids' memoirs and classroom strategies, this book is an inspiring resource for veteran teachers, parents, community members, and students." —Educational Leadership

"You'll feel sad, angry, hopeful, agitated, and inspired." —NEA Today

"City Kids, City Teachers has the potential to create genuine change in the learning, teaching, and administration of urban public schools." —Library Journal
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Editorial Reviews

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This book contains more than 25 essays from educators and writers exploring the realities of city classrooms from kindergarten through 12th grade. City teachers and administrators will relish the book's first section, which contains sketches of city kids in urban public schools. The students are portrayed as intelligent and creative despite their extreme circumstances. The next section contains thoughtful commentary on critical issues such as language, race, class, culture, violence, and poverty. The everyday language and expression in these accounts of classroom life will help readers explore the true educational setting of a city school. City Kids, City Teachers has the potential to create genuine change in the learning, teaching, and administration of urban public schools. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Samuel T. Huang, Northern Illinois Univ. Libs., DeKalb
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595587572
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 345
  • File size: 553 KB

Meet the Author

William Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a co-editor of City Kids, City Schools (The New Press). Patricia Ford is the executive director of the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Permissions
Introduction: City Streets, City Dreams
1 Always Running 11
2 Bomb the Suburbs: Subway Scholar 25
3 Zami: A New Spelling of My Name 31
4 Black Fire 42
5 C. Y. C. L. E. Stories 48
6 Testing . . . 1, 2, 3 66
7 Saving Our Cities from the Experts 91
8 City Lights 110
9 The Pedagogy of Poverty Versus Good Teaching 118
10 Transforming Schools into Powerful Communities 131
11 Children of Value: We Can Educate All Our Children 137
12 Social Justice Unionism 145
13 The Struggle for Decent Schools 152
14 A Vision in Two Languages: Reflections on a Two-Way Bilingual Program 170
15 Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan 176
16 The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse 194
17 A Talk to Teachers 219
18 A Teacher Ain't Nothin' But a Hero: Teachers and Teaching in Film 228
19 The Tree of Knowledge 241
20 Getting to Know You Culturally 258
21 A Day in the Life of a Developmentally Appropriate Whole Language Kindergarten 262
22 Go Back and Circle the Verbs 270
23 Good Morning, Mr. Chacon 286
24 Inside the Classroom: Social Vision and Critical Pedagogy 292
Afterword: Organizing and Teaching 305
Further Reading 329
Contributors 335
Index 337
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