Jenny's Story: Taking the Long View of the Child, Prospect's Philosophy in Action

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"By carefully documenting how space was made for Jenny - a child who didn't fit the school mold - this book offers a renewed sense of human possibility and an attainable vision of what schools can be. The authors demonstrate that it is only by attending to each and every child that schooling can begin to achieve its most noble aim: equality." Readers are introduced to Prospect's educational philosophy and descriptive processes, with details about what the processes are and what they offer teachers, parents, and children. Jenny's story is told through these processes - ways of looking at children and their work that make it possible to know each child as a person, a thinker, and a learner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807750513
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 667,052
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Margaret Himley Himley, Margaret 1

What Is Prospect? 1

Who Is jenny Williams? 4

Overview of This Book 6

Call to Action 7

Pt. I Telling Jenny's Story: The Dignity and Well-Being of the Child

1 Meeting Jenny: Rethinking Schooling Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. Cecilia Espinosa Espinosa, Cecilia 11

Preparing for the Spanning Study 11

W. T. Machan School (1993-1999) 14

Frame and Plan for the Spanning Study 19

Scenes from the First Spanning Study of Jenny (1996) 19

Jarring Perception One: The Politics of Attention Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 35

2 Meeting Jenny Again: Reimagining Ourselves as Teachers Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 39

Scenes from the Second Spanning Study of Jenny (1997) 41

Encountering Jenny / Encoumering Ourselves 52

Jarring Perception Two: The Power of the Particular Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 58

3 Taking the Long View of the Child: Trusting the Person as Maker of Meaning Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 64

The Transition Year (1997-1998) Tisa Williams Williams, Tisa 64

Scenes from the Third Spanning Study of Jenny (1999): Looking Back and Beyond 65

Postscript on Sixth Grade Tisa Williams Williams, Tisa 72

Jarring Perception Three: Body in Motion Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 74

4 Describing Jenny's Writings and Drawings: Authoring Works / Authoring Self (2006) Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 78

Describing Children's Works: A Process 79

Scenes from the Descriptive Review of Jenny's Works (2006) 80

Pt. II Imagination Unloosed: History, Memory, Conviction, and Courage

5 History, Vision, Struggle: The Vermont Design for Education Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 97

An Era of Change: The Vermont Design for Education 98

An Upstart Era 101

Past Present 104

Imagination Unloosed 106

6 Memory: Making and Remaking Ourselves as Teachers Cecilia Espinosa Espinosa, Cecilia 108

Learning in School 108

Learning in the World 110

The Poetry of Teaching 111

Working with Beginning Teachers and Their Burning Questions 115

7 Conviction: The Teacher I Want to Be Julia Fournier Fournier, Julia 120

Coming of Age 120

What Has Been Lost 121

Telling Stories as Acts of Resistance 122

Confronting Conviction 127

8 Courage and Trust: Acting on Behalf of All Children Carol Christine Christine, Carol 129

Teachers Matter 130

Vision and Values 132

Acts of Resistance 133

The Power of Collaboration: "Sheer Energy" 134

The Courage to Continue 138

Pt. III Moving Forward: Refusing Conformity/Creating Possibility

9 Poiesis: Life on the Uptake Margaret Himley Himley, Margaret 143

Finding a Bass Line 144

Making a Difference 147

Poiesis 149

Response and Responsibility 153

10 Making and Doing Philosophy in a School Patricia F. Carini Carini, Patricia F. 154

Locating Philosophy in a School 154

Paying Attention to What Is 157

Philosophy in Action: The Story of a Child 159

Reading Together 162

What Is Philosophy For? 163

Note 165

Epilogue Interview with Tisa Williams and Jenny Williams: Fall 2007 Cecilia Espinosa Espinosa, Cecilia 167

Appendix The Vermont Design for Education 171

References 183

Index 187

About the Authors 195

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