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Dear Paulo: Letters from Those Who Dare Teach is a heartfelt response from teachers, academics, and community workers to the work of the internationally renowned educator and author, Paulo Freire. From newly minted teachers terrified of facing their first day in the classroom to seasoned academics whose work has largely been inspired by Freire, this collection is both a loving memorial and a call to action to work for social justice, praxis, and democracy, ideals envisioned and brilliantly articulated by Paulo.

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“Sonia Nieto is daring for having dreamt and realized a project that ‘not even she nor anyone else could have imagined,’ without the complicity of dozens of people… This [is a] book of rare beauty and extreme importance and a must read for all those for whom ‘reading the world’ will make them want to transform it. We should all congratulate ourselves: Paulo is smiling with us.”—
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594515347
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Series in Critical Narrative
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. She is the author of, among other books, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, 5th ed. (2008, with Patty Bode), What Keeps Teachers Going? (2003), and Why We Teach (2005).

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Table of Contents

Foreword Donaldo Macedo Macedo, Donaldo

Pt. 1 Beginnings 9

Reading the Class Mary Cowhey Cowhey, Mary 10

Thirty-Nine First Days Mary Ginley Ginley, Mary 17

Pt. 2 Fear/Courage 21

Teaching for the First Time Sarah Hamlett Hamlett, Sarah 22

Fear of Disappointing Angelica Ribeiro Ribeiro, Angelica 23

More Questions than Answers Lynn Sisco Sisco, Lynn 24

Lessons from Paulo Nancy Costa Costa, Nancy 24

Fighting for Democracy Dalia Mostafa Mostafa, Dalia 26

Modeling Democratic Principles Laila Di Silvio Di Silvio, Laila 27

Easy to Say, Not to Do Tzu-Pei Kuo Kuo, Tzu-Pei 29

Defying the Paralysis of Fear Elizabeth Robinson Robinson, Elizabeth 30

Teaching for Liberation Kathy McDonough McDonough, Kathy 31

Pt. 3 Pedagogy 33

On Being a Teacher Daniela Alvarez-Bradley Alvarez-Bradley, Daniela 34

Saying Yes to Teaching Lisa Varandani Varandani, Lisa 35

Teaching Vows Hera Zinno Zinno, Hera 37

The Courage to Teach Carolina Rothkegel Rothkegel, Carolina 38

The Responsible Learner Elaine Stinson Stinson, Elaine 39

A "Stealth Coup" Threatens Us Ira Shor Shor, Ira 41

Can Popular Education Work in U.S. Educational Settings? Andree Rose Catalfamo Fee Fee, Andree Rose Catalfamo 45

Pedagogy of Love Carlos REC McBride McBride, Carlos REC 48

Testimony to Teaching Elizabeth Rendon Rendon, Elizabeth 51

Pt. 4 Praxis 53

A Good Vision, Not an Easy One Jacqueline Pinn Pinn, Jacqueline 54

Teaching as Advocacy Toni Hochstadt Hochstadt, Toni 55

Questioning, Teaching, and Growing Kerri Warfield Warfield, Kerri 57

Seeds of Solidarity: Cultivating Hope with Hammers, Shovels, and Ideas Deb Habib Habib, Deb 59

Context Matters Wendy Seger Seger, Wendy 62

Daily Actsof Praxis Adriana Morehouse Morehouse, Adriana 65

Learning Moments: Raging a Bit, and with Hope Tom Wilson Wilson, Tom 67

The Challenges of Aligning Cultural Integrity with Social Justice Sara L. Young Young, Sara L. 71

Changing the World a Little Bit Amadee Meyer Meyer, Amadee 72

Radicalizing the Reading of the World through Art Patty Bode Bode, Patty 74

Chatting across Texts, Geography, and Time Michelle Fine Fine, Michelle 78

Questions and Quandaries from the Academic Borderlands Jason G. Irizarry Irizarry, Jason G. 83

Pt. 5 Conscientizacao 89

Pieces of the Puzzle Stacie Tate Tate, Stacie 90

The Fire of Conscientization Still Burns Ramon Vega de Jesus de Jesus, Ramon Vega 93

Lessons in Humility: Understanding Teaching as Struggle and as Service John Raible Raible, John 97

Teaching Became a Revolution Ernest Morrell Morrell, Ernest 102

A New Way to Read the World Diana Caballero Caballero, Diana 103

Of Rage and Hope Sawsan Abbadi Abbadi, Sawsan 106

Fostering Change and Consciousness among Students and Colleagues Dawn Fontaine Fontaine, Dawn 108

Tertulias and Problem-Posing Education Anaida Colon-Muniz Colon-Muniz, Anaida 109

Pt. 6 Politics 111

The Teacher-Politician Elena Khatskevich Khatskevich, Elena 112

Building Community beyond Limit-Situations Berta Rosa Berriz Berriz, Berta Rosa 113

Eating, Talking, and Acting: The Magic of Freire Herb Kohl Kohl, Herb 115

Why History ? An Open Letter to My Students Eugenie Kang Kang, Eugenie 119

A Teacher's Thoughts on the "War on Terrorism" Claire LaBonte LaBonte, Claire 122

What I Learned in School: A Poem about Puerto Rico Shakira Alvarez-Ferrer Alvarez-Ferrer, Shakira 123

Radical Politics, Writing, and the CIA Linda Brodkey Brodkey, Linda 126

Pt. 7 Love 129

A Love Letter to Paulo Kristen French French, Kristen 130

Learning to Love My Students Alexis Nasdor-Jones Nasdor-Jones, Alexis 132

Teaching with Tenderness and Compassion Ruth Harman Harman, Ruth 133

Colonialism, the English Language, and a Teacher's Love Kelley Crisp Crisp, Kelley 135

Love as Daring Jennifer Burk Burk, Jennifer 137

Love, in Spite of It All Stephanie Doyle Doyle, Stephanie 138

Teaching as Relationship Mike Hayes Hayes, Mike 139

Time to Love Tracy Walker Walker, Tracy 140

Pt. 8 Study/Dialogue 145

The Need to Study Tina Clark Clark, Tina 146

Weekly Conversations Martha Barquero-Checkwicz Barquero-Checkwicz, Martha 147

Critically Analyzing Paulo Phil Lawrence Lawrence, Phil 148

Rereading the Text Maria Jose Botelho Botelho, Maria Jose 150

Beyond "Getting the Reading Done" Romina Pacheco Pacheco, Romina 153

To Study Is a Revolutionary Duty Jeff Duncan-Andrade Duncan-Andrade, Jeff 154

More than Turning Pages Michael Greene Greene, Michael 163

Pt. 9 Freedom 165

Pedagogy of the Township: A Letter to Paulo Freire Bekisizwe S. Ndimande Ndimande, Bekisizwe S. 166

Feathers Theresa Jenoure Jenoure, Theresa 171

Layers of Understanding Margaret Allard Allard, Margaret 176

We Dare: To Teach, to Learn, to Love Andrew Habana Hafner Hafner, Andrew Habana 178

Teaching and the Struggle for Democracy Brahim Oulbeid Oulbeid, Brahim 180

New Beginnings and a Vision of Possibility Maxine Greene Greene, Maxine 181

References and General Bibliography 185

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