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More About This Title Stories of the Courage to Teach: Honoring the Teacher's Heart
"A heartwarming collection of essays about the doubts, passions, insecurities, and life-changing moments of teachers."
-American School Board Journal
"Our history books are filled with examples of the efforts of committed education employees who helped to make this country what it is today. Stories of the Courage to Teach challenges today's teachers to see themselves not only as school employees, dedicated to serving children, but as leaders in their schools and communities."
-Bob Chase, president, National Education Association
"It's the worst-kept secret in education: the passionate and talented teacher makes more of a difference than any school policy. Yet for all the ink spilled over school reform, little gets written about what makes a great teacher tick. Stories of the Courage to Teach . . . [by Sam Intrator] bucks this trend by looking into the hearts of twenty-five effective teachers, knitting together their first-person narratives with his own ideas about great teaching."
-New York Times
"The teachers featured in this anthology have all, at various junctures, been on the verge of exhaustion, and the book is, in many ways, a sustained meditation on how they've sought to regain their emotional and spiritual strength."
"Stories of the Courage to Teach . . . honors teachers who struggle to rekindle their passion for teaching."
-Christian Science Monitor
Intrator’s books and research inquire into what it takes for teachers and students to co-create intellectually vibrant and genuinely meaningful experiences in the classroom. He has written or edited five books, including Tuned in and Fired Up: How Teaching Can Inspire Real Learning in the Classroom (Yale University Press, 2003), which was a finalist for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education. Intrator has received a number of awards for his teaching and public service, including a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship, an Ella Baker Fellowship, and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars. His latest effort is the co-development of Project Coach—an after-school program that prepares high school students from underserved communities to be youth sport coaches. These youth coaches then run neighborhood sport leagues in their home neighborhoods.
Intrator holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an MA degree from the Bread Loaf School of English.
Foreword: Listening to Teachers (Parker J. Palmer).
Introduction: Honoring the Teacher’s Heart (Sam M. Intrator).
I. Turning Inward: Sustaining Our Own Hearts.
Speaking from the Heart (Amy Symons).
This Is Where Teaching Gets Real (Jim Burke).
Teaching Had Become an Ordinary Job (John Rockne).
An Experiment with Truth: One Teacher’s Path (Leslie Young).
Doing Small Things with Great Love (Mary Alice Scott).
Despair and Love in Teaching (Daniel P. Liston).
Sam Scheer: Coming to Terms with a Lifetime of Teaching (Rosetta Marantz Cohen).
Adult Conversations About Unasked Questions: Teaching for Educational Justice (Sonia Nieto and Stephen Gordon).
II. Reaching Out: Forging Relationships That Sustain Our Hearts.
The Meaning of Life Assignment (Robert Kunzman).
Reclaiming Identity: Sharing a Teacher’s Truth (Kirstin Tonningsen).
Of Aliens and Space (Elizabeth Keats Flores).
You’re the One I Expected to Meet (Mary Rose O’Reilley).
Arriving Where I Started: Rediscovering the Newness (Susan Etheredge).
Feeling, Thinking, and Acting for Change (Catalina Rios).
Finding the Courage to Be Seventeen in Forty-Four-Year-Old Skin (Lori Fulton).
Adversity as Ally (Rachael Kessler).
III. Making Change: Reforms That Honor the Teacher’s Heart .
So Sweet It Made Me Jingled: Offering My Own Truth Within the System (Clayton Stromberger).
The Risk of Teaching and Learning Differently (Katherine Kennedy).
Lift Every Voice (Chip Wood).
Teaching Excellence and the Inner Life of a Faculty (Robert G. Kraft).
Journey into the Wilderness: A Teacher-Researcher Group’s Retreat (Kelly Chandler-Olcott).
Teachers-to-Be Learning from Students-Who-Are: Reconfiguring Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (Alison Cook-Sather).
Honor the People; It’s the Leader’s Work (David Hagstrom).
From Charity to Justice: Toward a Theology of Urban School Reform (Linda C. Powell).
Toward a Leadership of Peace for the Twenty-First-Century Academy (Diana Chapman Walsh).
IV. Rejuvenating Heart: The Courage to Teach Program.
Courage to Teach: A Retreat Program of Personal and Professional Renewal for Educators (Marcy Jackson and Rick Jackson).
Afterword: What I Heard Them Say (Parker J. Palmer).
Resources That Honor and Sustain the Teacher’s Heart (Compiled by Helen Lee).
Center for Courage & Renewal.
“The teachers featured in this anthology have all, at various junctures, been on the verge of exhaustion, and the book is, in many ways, a sustained meditation on how they’ve sought to regain their emotional and spiritual strength.”--Teacher Magazine
“Stories of the Courage to Teach . . . honors teachers who struggle to rekindle their passion for teaching.”--Christian Science Monitor
“A heartwarming collection of essays about the doubts, passions, insecurities, and life-changing moments of teachers.”
--American School Board Journal
“Our history books are filled with examples of the efforts of committed education employees who helped to make this country what it is today. Stories of the Courage to Teach challenges today's teachers to see themselves not only as school employees, dedicated to serving children, but as leaders in their schools and communities.”--Bob Chase, president, National Education Association
“This outstanding and highly inspiring book offers cool, clear, and nourishing water from the wellspring of the heart, where all teaching originates, and will serve as both a reminder and guide for teachers at all levels to return over and over to the source and nourish what is deepest and best in themselves as they nourish what is deepest and best in their students and their schools.”--Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor of medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School; author, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and coauthor, Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting