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The Education Department Common Read in Social Justice

Education students enrolled in their first semester at Elizabethtown College will begin to explore the department's social justice initiative through a common book selection.The department's common book for 2014-2015 is Other People's Children by Lisa Delpit.

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 Lisa Delpit is Executive Director of the Center for Urban  Education and Innovation at Florida International University in  Miami. Winner of an American Educational Studies Association  Critics' Choice Award and Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic book award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine's "great books",Other People's Children has sold over 150,000 copies.




In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system. ( The New Press, 2013).  A new classic among educators, Other People’s Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America’s education system.

Senior Seminar Common Read 

Education students enrolled in their final semester at Elizabethtown College will conclude the exploration of the department's social justice initiative through a common book selection.The department's common book for Senior Seminar 2014-2015 is Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen.


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  Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching with poverty in mind: What being poor  does to kids' brains and  what schools can do about it.                         ASCD (ISBN:13:978-1-4166-0884-4)   






Educator and brain expert Eric Jensen examines how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States and demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.Drawing upon case study research, Jensen argues that although chronic exposure to poverty can result in detrimental changes to the brain, the brain's very ability to adapt from experience means that poor children can also experience emotional, social, and academic success. A brain that is susceptible to adverse environmental effects is equally susceptible to the positive effects of rich, balanced learning environments and caring relationships that build students' resilience, self-esteem, and character.



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