Michael Silverstone has been a full-time elementary teacher in Massachusetts since 1998. With Debbie Zacarian, he co-authored the Grade 2 chapter in Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Promoting Content and Language Learning, Mathematics, Grades K-2 (Corwin). His essay recounting his discovery of the vital importance of maintaining professional autonomy while fostering relationships with students, families and colleagues—in spite of all the pressures to standardize classroom practice—is the closing teacher-essay in the anthology Why We Teach Now, edited by Sonia Nieto (Teacher’s College Press). Silverstone is also the author of a number of Young Adult non-fiction books including Rigoberta Menchú: Defending Human Rights in Guatemala and Winona LaDuke: Restoring Land and Culture in Native America (The Feminist Press at the City University of NY). He is a Teacher Consultant with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project of the National Writing Project. http://www.umass.edu/wmwp/
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