Foreword by: Gerald Campano
Afterword by: Megan Ollett
Publication Date: August 23, 2019
Series: Language and Literacy Series
What is trauma and what does it mean for the literacy curriculum? In this book, elementary teachers will learn how to approach difficult experiences through the everyday instruction and interactions in their classrooms. Readers will look inside classrooms and literacies across genres to see what can unfold when teachers are committed to compassionate, critical, and relational practice. Weaving her own challenging experiences into chapters brimming with children’s writing and voices, Dutro emphasizes that issues of power and privilege matter centrally to how attention to trauma positions children. The book includes questions and prompts for discussion, reflection, and practice and describes pedagogies and strategies designed to provide opportunities for children to bring the varied experiences of life, including trauma, to their school literacies in positive, meaningful, and supported ways.
Elizabeth Dutro is a professor of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
"Elizabeth Dutro’s scholarship makes an urgent intervention into current discussions of trauma and education. As a researcher who has been thinking about the intersections of trauma and literacy teaching and learning for decades, Dutro views all students themselves as writers, poets, critics, and literate beings who have the interpretive agency to make meaning out of difficult life experiences."
—From the foreword by Gerald Campano, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
"This stunning book about trauma interrogates the very notion. Dutro excels at interweaving her stories with those of teachers and students and at challenging readers to find their way into the fabric. I recommend this book to teachers so that they might accept her challenge to explore and understand the importance of both witnessing and testimony in relation to trauma in literacy curriculum and pedagogy.”
—Mollie Blackburn, The Ohio State University