Publication Date: December 3, 2021
What should teachers do on the days after major events, tragedies, and traumas, especially when injustice is involved? This beautifully written book features teacher narratives and youth-authored student spotlights that reveal what classrooms do and can look like in the wake of these critical moments. Dunn incisively argues for the importance of equitable commitments, humanizing dialogue, sociopolitical awareness, and a rejection of so-called pedagogical neutrality across all grade levels and content areas. By highlighting the voices of teachers who are pushing beyond their concerns and fears about teaching for equity and justice, readers see how these educators address negative reactions from parents and administrators, welcome all student viewpoints, and negotiate their own feelings. These inspiring stories come from diverse areas such as urban New York, rural Georgia, and suburban Michigan, from both public and private schools, and from classrooms with both novice and veteran teachers. Teaching on Days After can be used to support current classroom teachers and to better structure teacher education to help preservice teachers think ahead to their future classrooms.
Alyssa Hadley Dunn is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, and author of Teachers Without Borders? The Hidden Consequences of International Teachers in U.S. Schools.
“Alyssa Hadley Dunn’s Teaching on Days After is an amazing book that all educators should read. Through a beautifully written combination of prose, analysis, classroom stories, and student essays, Dunn not only guides us on how to work with our students immediately after major political events, but does so with an attention to educational justice and care for students and teachers alike. An eminently useful and imminently necessary title, Teaching on Days After helps us sort through the tangle of emotions, pain, politics, and pedagogy that all teachers have faced in the wake of national trauma.”
—Wayne Au, professor, University of Washington Bothell; editor, Rethinking Schools
“In these unprecedented times, many teachers remain silent on pressing social issues in their classrooms, not because they want to, but because they don’t know how to proceed. With Teaching on Days After, Dr. Dunn fills this void by providing teachers with a clear and explicit path to engage students in the most important conversations of the moment, from racial injustice to political unrest, preparing them to become active participants in the quest for social justice.”
—Bree Picower, professor, Montclair State University; author, Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom