National Writing Project

NWP Publishes Teacher Research Guide

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 11, No. 1
Date: 2006

Summary: Working Toward Equity explores complex equity issues in 13 narratives from a broad spectrum of educators chronicling their real work in classrooms, schools, districts, and professional development organizations.

 

Working Toward Equity. $20.00, 250 pages, spiral bound. ISBN 1-883920-19-1

"I asked myself, What am I willing to see in the data? Am I just seeing what I expect to see?" writes Tanya Friedman in Working Toward Equity: Writings and Resources from the Teacher Research Collaborative, NWP's most recent publication. The book, a collection of articles by educators working at the cutting edge of teacher research, grew out of the pursuits of the Teacher Research Collaborative (TRC), a three-year collaboration among educators who believed that the power of inquiry could be focused on vital educational goals such as equity.

The willingness to confront one's own biases that Friedman expresses is an approach that TRC members regard as fundamental both to good research and to improving teaching practice in ways that benefit students' learning. It runs through all of the articles as teachers invite the reader into their classrooms, into their frank collegial conversations, even into their journals, in the interest of sharing the understanding they have gained about inquiry in the service of more equitable learning.

Readers of Working Toward Equity will find 13 narratives from a broad spectrum of teachers chronicling their real work in classrooms, schools, districts, and professional development organizations. The authors highlight promising dimensions of inquiry for equity, report on the challenges that arise, and share specific practices and tools. The guide includes sample inquiry-for-equity program outlines; sample protocols, writing tools, and meeting-facilitation guidelines; and tools for collecting data from students.

To order copies of Working Toward Equity, go to Pathway Books.

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