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Writing America: Classroom Literacy and Public Engagement


reviewed by Rachel Ragland — 2005

coverTitle: Writing America: Classroom Literacy and Public Engagement
Author(s): Sarah Robbins and Mimi Dyer (Editors)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745278, Pages: 179, Year: 2005
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As Paul Lauter states in his foreword, the essays in Writing America: Classroom Literacy and Public Engagement “offer not prescriptions but insights about how what is meant by education [italics in original] and what is meant by community [italics in original] come together with excitement and mutually sustaining power” (p. viii). This volume, edited by Sarah Robbins and Mimi Dyer, underscores the connections between teacher professional growth and classroom reform and tells a story of pedagogical adventures for students and teachers alike. Each chapter presents a narrative of innovation, documenting collaboration between classroom and community that gives immediate and obvious relevance to the learning process. The volume also documents an important model of professional development that has relevancy across disciplinary and grade level lines. The volume documents the Keeping and Creating American Communities (KCAC) project, an initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Kennesaw Mountain Writing... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2446-2450
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11802, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 8:27:50 PM

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  • Rachel Ragland
    Lake Forest College
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    RACHEL G. RAGLAND is an assistant professor of education at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. She recently served as the assistant academic director for a Teaching American History grant program entitled McRAH: Model Collaboration: Rethinking American History and is currently an associate project director for a Teacher Quality Enhancement grant, Linking Learning Communities: A New Teacher Leadership Project.
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