Making a Difference: Developing Meaningful Careers in Education

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Our culture and media often simplify the choice educators face—stay in or leave classroom teaching. Written for teachers and other educational professionals, this book dispels this simple dichotomy by representing the range of responses and career pathways that enable educators to make a difference. Based on interviews with hundreds of change-minded educators, the authors share career stories and insights against a backdrop that maps out the complexities, roles, and structures that define professional advancement in education. All of the teachers in this book have taught in challenging urban contexts, fought hard to exercise their professional autonomy and responsibility to serve students well, navigated social networks of educators, friends, and family who buoy or dampen their reform spirit, and remain committed to changing society through schooling. Their stories are as instructive as they are inspiring and offer roadmaps for the current generation of change-minded educators.

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Making a Difference is an easy-to-read book that gets at much of the complexity of what it means to “stay in” or “leave” teaching. This book makes it clear that this kind of simple distinction will no longer work to answer the most troubling – and the most important – questions related to teacher career trajectories. This book will make a significant contribution to the literature.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594517075
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Teacher's Toolkit
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hunter Quartz is Director of Research at UCLA’s Center X and is currently working on the design of a new school, UCLA Community School, in central Los Angeles.

Brad Olsen is Associate Professor of Education at the University of California–Santa Cruz. His research focuses primarily on teachers, teaching, and teacher education. Dr. Olsen previously worked as a high school English teacher, school administrator, and teacher educator. He is the author of Teaching What They Learn, Learning What They Live: How Teachers’ Personal Histories Shape Their Professional Development (Paradigm Publishers 2008).

Lauren Anderson is Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. She is coauthor of Making a Difference: Developing Meaningful Careers in Education.

Kimberly Barraza Lyons completed her Ph.D. in Urban Schooling at UCLA and is currently pursuing multiple roles as a researcher, university lecturer, school board president, and high school Spanish teacher.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Acknowledgments


Introduction

Chapter 1 The Landscape of Careers in Education

Chapter 2 Exercising Professional Autonomy

Chapter 3 Building Social Networks

Chapter 4 Making a Difference

Chapter 5 The Dream Job

Appendix: UCLA’s Longitudinal Study of Urban Educators

References

Index

About the Authors

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