Thursday, September 28, 2017

Author Carla Shalaby, local educators, and future teachers learn lessons in freedom from young “troublemakers”

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Teaching interns and a panel of K-12 practitioners engaged with author Carla Shalaby on her book Teachers as Troublemakers: A Community Conversation on Teaching Love and Learning Freedom. Co-sponsored by the School of Education and TeachingWorks, the presentation also involved a community conversation and dinner. Guest discussants included Mindy Nathan, Director of Teaching and Learning, Michigan International Prep School; Julia Putnam, Co-Founder and Principal, The James & Grace Lee Boggs School; and Nhu Do, Principal, Washtenaw International High School and Middle Academy.

The group discussed how teachers can prepare students for the future they want, not the world they have, and explored understandings of the role of teachers in an ongoing struggle for freedom. Shalaby’s book provided the springboard for these discussions about an educator’s responsibility and opportunities. This event, designed specifically for future teachers, probed strategies to create diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity through education. Shalaby’s new book contends that a school’s treatment of “troublemakers” can cause students to be excluded and punished, even at an early age. Her look at noncompliance in schools shows a need for change in school environments and expectations. Shalaby asserts that “the lesson these young troublemakers offer is a reminder to recenter our ability to be human, to prioritize relationships in classrooms, [and to embrace] collective healing and restorative problem-solving.

Carla Shalaby is Research and Design Specialist, Elementary ELA

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