Grow Your Own Teachers

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-18
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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This book describes the evolution of a local school reform movement in Chicago that now serves as a model for change in schools and teacher preparation programs across the U.S. Grounded in the grassroots organizing tradition, the Grow Your Own (GYO) teacher initiative involves collaboration between community-based organizations and colleges of education in preparing community members to teach for change in their local schools. Incorporating rich stories and the perspectives of foremost teacher educators, students, and community leaders, this book offers an alternative framework for teacher education that will provide urban students with the education they deserve.

Author Biography

Elizabeth A. Skinner is assistant professor in the Bilingual Education Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University. Maria Teresa Garretn is professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Brian D. Schultz is associate professor in the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Rethinking Teacher Preparationp. 1
Teaching as Political: Theoretical Perspectives for Understanding the Grow Your Own Movementp. 5
Amalia's Quest: From Parent Mentor to Teacherp. 22
The School-Community Organizing Model and the Origins of Grow Your Own Teachersp. 34
Parents Building Communities in Schoolsp. 49
Grow Your Own Teachers as Bridge-Builders: Closing the Between Schools and Communitiesp. 61
Overcoming Institutional Barriers to Develop a Successful Community-Based Teacher Preparation Programp. 77
Community Organizing and the Evolution of Grow Your Own Illinoisp. 91
ôI Went to This School … I Sat in Your Seatx#x201D;: Teachers of Color as Change Agents in City Schoolsp. 104
Teaching and Learning in a Beloved Communityp. 119
On a Grow Your Own Journey: The Teacher Candidate Experiencep. 131
Doing It Better Together: The Challenges and the Promise of Community-Based Teacher Educationp. 146
Developing Powerful Teaching and Learning: Grow Your Own Teachers Within the National Educational Reform Contextp. 163
About the Contributorsp. 179
Indexp. 181
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