Publication Date: April 25, 2011
Grow Your Own Teachers describes the evolution of a local school reform movement in Chicago that now serves as a model for change in schools and teacher preparation programs across the country. Grounded in the grassroots organizing tradition, the Grow Your Own (GYO) teacher initiative involves collaboration between community-based organizations and colleges of education in preparing community members to teach for change in their local schools. Incorporating rich stories and the perspectives of foremost teacher educators, students, and community leaders, this book offers an alternative framework for teacher education that will provide urban students with the education they deserve. It will also provide adult community members with an example of higher education that can lead to a rewarding professional career.
Essential reading for anyone involved in school reform, this important book:
Elizabeth A. Skinner is assistant professor in the Bilingual Education Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University. Maria Teresa Garretón is professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Brian D. Schultz is associate professor in the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
“Grow Your Own (GYO) is one of the most important educational initiatives in this country.”
—Luis C. Moll, University of Arizona
“This is an inspired text.”
—Angela Valenzuela, The University of Texas at Austin
“Grow Your Own was predicated on confidence in the ability of ordinary people to do some extraordinary things. That represents the community organizing tradition at its finest; it represents the American tradition at its finest.”
—From the Foreword by Charles Payne, University of Chicago, co-editor of Teach Freedom: Education for Liberation in the African-American Tradition