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Because We Can Change the World
A Practical Guide to Building Cooperative, Inclusive Classroom Communities

Second Edition
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June 2010 | 288 pages | Corwin
The achievement of high academic standards is inextricably linked to creating school environments in which students feel welcomed, seen, included, and cared about. This long awaited revision of a highly acclaimed book emphasizes the critical need for teachers and administrators to create warm, welcoming inclusive classroom communities. Author Mara Sapon-Shevin skillfully blends expository text with compelling vignettes, sample classroom activities, and current resources to help teachers actualize her powerful vision of a better world. This book includes:

- principles of community building for inclusive classrooms

- strategies, resources, and activities that inspire and transform

- stories that illustrate inclusive classroom communities.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. CIVICS: An Agenda for Our Schools
Courage

 
Inclusion

 
Value

 
Integrity

 
Cooperation

 
Safety

 
 
2. Schools as Communities
The Vision

 
Challenges to the Vision

 
Reframing Our Work

 
How to Begin

 
Links to the Curriculum

 
 
3. Sharing Ourselves With Others
The Vision

 
Challenges to the Vision

 
Reframing Our Work

 
How to Begin

 
Links to the Curriculum

 
 
4. Knowing Others Well
The Vision

 
Challenges to the Vision

 
Reframing Our Work

 
How to Begin

 
Links to the Curriculum

 
 
5. Places Where We All Belong
The Vision

 
Challenges to the Vision

 
Reframing Our Work

 
How to Begin

 
Links to the Curriculum

 
 
6. Setting Goals and Giving and Getting Support
The Vision

 
Challenges to the Vision

 
Reframing Our Work

 
How to Begin

 
Links to the Curriculum

 
 
7. Working Together to Learn
The Vision

 
Challenges to the Vision

 
Reframing Our Work

 
How to Begin

 
Implementing Inclusive Cooperative Learning

 
Links to the Curriculum

 
 
8. Speaking Truth and Acting Powerfully
The Vision

 
Challenges to the Vision

 
Reframing Our Work

 
How to Begin

 
Links to the Curriculum

 
 
Final Thoughts: First Steps for New Beginnings
 
References
 
Index

"Because We Can Change the World is a powerful antidote to the bullying, intolerance, and exclusion that are all too commonplace in our schools. Through helpful insights, practical strategies, and, most of all, a powerful vision grounded in social justice, this book gives teachers and others who care about our schools the inspiration and hope they need to carry on."

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"For teachers committed to making schools that work for all students, this book is a guide for facilitating that transformative process. Not just practical, but a real treat."

Kiernan Rok, Inclusion Teacher
Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland, CA

"Because We Can Change the World has been very instrumental in my work with inclusive schools. The examples, activities, songs, and games are inspired, unique, and effective. I have personally seen classroom cultures completely transformed as a result of using the techniques in this book. If you don’t already use this book to promote community, collaboration, and inclusion in your school, do it immediately so students can learn that inclusion is more than a place or a policy—it is a commitment to acceptance, an honoring of difference, and, as Sapon-Shevin so eloquently reminds us, a belief that we just might ‘change the world.’”

Paula Kluth, Educational Consultant

Great text -- gives students the vision and big picture for inclusion and ways to live this vision out day to day in the classroom.
Thank you for this useful book!

Dr Polly Attwood
Education Dept, Northeastern University
September 2, 2013

The content will be inspiring to our pre-service teachers!

Dr Lauren Small
School of Education, Bishop's Univ
August 17, 2013

I like that this text is filled with practical applications for my graduate students. They are always wanting texts that contain usable ideas.

Dr Kimberly Silbaugh
School Of Education, Lesley University
November 22, 2010
Key features
  • Provides a powerful vision of inclusive classrooms where cooperation and caring are the organizing values
  • In addition to the impressive collection of resources and activities, the book emphasizes the power of storytelling as a means to inspire and transform
  • Combines issues of diversity, cooperative learning, inclusion, and social justice in a single volume

The second edition has been updated to include references and resources that are current and which replace older and outdated examples and resources. The songs which were previously included at the end of the book as lead sheets have now been moved to an accessible website where readers can listen to each of the songs included in the book as well as find the complete lyrics. This should allow greater access and increase usage.

The children's literature citations have been updated to include more recent book titles. Examples of practice which support each of the key points in the book have also been updated and revised. The chapter "Working Together to Learn," has been revised so that it includes differentiated instruction, universal design for learning, multiple intelligences and cooperative learning as ways in which teachers can meet the diverse learning needs of their students within a community context. The book also includes expanded coverage of many current issues including immigration, religious oppressions, bullying, and homophobia.

A new section has been added to each chapter, "Reframing Our Work" which allows readers to engage in self-study about their own experiences, their students and their schools. Answers and discussions of these questions will allow readers to engage in professional development which is more tightly focused and to identify goals for themselves and their students more directly.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Civics, An Agenda for Our Schools


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