Publication Date: October 29, 2021
This inspirational book is about engaged pedagogies, an approach to teaching and learning that centers dialogue, listening, equity, and connection among stakeholders who understand the human and ecological cost of inequality. The authors share their story of working with students, teachers, teacher educators, families, community members, and union leaders to create transformative practices within and beyond public school classrooms. This collaborative work occurred within various spaces—including inside school buildings, libraries, churches, community gardens, and nonprofit organizations—and afforded opportunities to grapple with engaged pedagogies in times of political crisis. Featuring descriptions from a district-wide initiative, this book offers practical and theoretical resources for educators wanting to center justice in their work with students. Through question-posing, color images, empirical observations, and use of scholarly and practitioner-driven literature, readers will learn how to use these resources to reconfigure schools and classrooms as sites of engagement for equity, justice, and love.
Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and president of the National Council of Teachers of English (2021–2022). Her books include Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Instruction. Emily A. Nemeth is an associate professor in the Department of Education at Denison University. Tamara T. Butler is executive director of Avery Research Center, College of Charleston. Grace D. Player is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Connecticut.
“Where Is the Justice? Engaged Pedagogies in Schools and Communities is a profound work of emancipatory pedagogy that brings together theory, classroom practice, artwork, poetry, and the beautiful stories of a multiracial community coming together. The authors provide lyrical snapshots of teachers and activists who reject the idea that some kids can’t learn, who resist an education that suffocates the brilliance of students, and who engage in solidarity to bring learning to life. Whether you are a preacher, teacher, community activist, or professor of education, this book will educate, inspire, and rally you in the much-needed struggle for education justice.”
—Linda Christensen, director, Oregon Writing Project, Lewis & Clark College
“This compelling book takes a fresh, multilayered approach in engaging the question of what justice is and how it may be achieved. Kinloch and her coauthors present a truly engaged pedagogy that takes account of people in the wholeness of their humanity and agency to advance racial justice and educational equity. This book provides a model of how scholars, youth, communities and teachers can work together in and across myriad contexts toward justice. Where Is the Justice? also serves as an outstanding work that challenges conventional understandings of scholarship by privileging art and poetry to convey its powerful messages. The book moves readers to identify and actualize their place and work in the cause of racial and educational justice.”
— Allison Skerrett, director of teacher education, The University of Texas at Austin
“By posing the pressing question in the title Where Is the Justice?, this provocative book engages readers from beginning to end. With the engaged literacy pedagogies for youth showcased here, readers are implored to engage in revolutionary and liberatory love via advocacy, agitation, and activation.”
—Gloria Swindler Boutte, Carolina Distinguished Professor, University of South Carolina