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Talking Points, Vol. 13, No. 1, November 2001

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Issue Theme: Democracy and Literacy

  • Whole Schooling Consortium: Building a Network to Promote Education for a Democratic Society

    Michael Peterson

    Abstract: Members of the Whole Schooling Consortium were delighted to co-sponsor the Whole Language Umbrella conference in Chicago in July. Because of this new alliance, we want to introduce you to the Whole Schooling Consortium and invite your participation in this growing network.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Literacy, School-Community Relation, Standards, Professional Development

  • Rouge Forum: Bridging the Gap—Whole Language, Inclusion, and Critical Social Action

    Rich Gibson

    Abstract: The Rouge Forum, a group of students, educators, and parents, is an organizational effort to bridge the gap between education and organizing for social change.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College, Diversity, Literacy, School-Community Relation

  • Multimodal Strategies: Using Art in the High School Language Arts Classroom

    Elizabeth Clark

    Abstract: Since I began teaching six years ago, I have always tried to approach my classroom as a creative “laboratory,” so to speak, where every novel, unit, and lesson is grounds for a connection of creativity and personal experience with the curriculum that must be covered. Of all my engagements, I have found that the most successful ones almost always involve art.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Changing Positions/Changing Perspectives

    Julie Barkley and Steve Hornstein

    Abstract: Good teaching and learning are built upon trust and strong relationships between universities and schools. In the 1997-98 school year, we undertook a role reversal that taught us more than this. Although our goals were to experience “the other perspective” in order to better understand the needs, lives, and experiences of St. Cloud State University’s (SCSU) preservice teachers, we ultimately learned as much about our own teaching—and ourselves as teachers—as we did about students.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College, Pedagogy, Professional Development

  • “I Just Wanted to Raise a Nice Boy!”: Being Critical and Political

    Jerome C. Harste and Andrew Manning

    Abstract: Shows how progressive educational practices have come to challenge cultural norms, and will trace the evolution of his own philosophy and practice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Troubling Democracy

    Sharon Murphy

    Abstract: In this essay, Sharon explores the concept of democracy and considers how different "democracies" demand different actions from us in relation to schooling and society at large.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College, Diversity, Pedagogy, School-Community Relation

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