Author Reading: Shanti Elliott, TEACHING AND LEARNING ON THE VERGE

Our changing world demands that all students become agile thinkers who can grow sturdy interpersonal and civic relationships. This book proposes that teachers who think of learning as “playing with power” tap the creative and subversive energies of young people, making academic work far more consequential than a piece of paper with a grade on it. Young people must learn to play democracy just as they might play a violin or a sport: not as a game of “let’s pretend,” but fully participating in the language, spaces, and possibilities of public life.

Based on 20 years of teaching experience and research in schools across the country, Teaching and Learning on the Verge demonstrates how educators in all disciplines can integrate civic engagement, multicultural literacy, and leadership into their classrooms and programs. Featuring voices from literature and philosophy in dialogue with the living stage of classrooms, streets, and community spaces, this book offers an imaginative and practical guide to democratic education.

Teaching and Learning on the Verge will help educators to:

 Apply models for breaking down walls between school and society.

 Provide students with experiences that deepen their understanding of identity, justice, and relationships.

 Make learning meaningful to students by bridging communities, generations, and other social divides.

 Resist a narrow focus on achievement and make space for students as independent thinkers and leaders of social change.

 Make schools stronger by challenging the processes that people in power use to thwart movements for equality.

Shanti Elliott directs the Civic Engagement program at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. She also co-leads the Teachers’ Inquiry Project and teaches in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

For this event, Shanti will discuss and read from her book. This will be followed by a Q&A and signing. Refreshments will be included!

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
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Teaching and Learning on the Verge: Democratic Education in Action (Multicultural Education) By Shanti Elliott Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807756416
Published: Teachers College Press - June 29th, 2015