Taking an active stand in today's conservative educational climate can be a risky business. Given both the expectations of the profession and the challenge of participation in social justice activism, how do educator activists manage the often competing demands of professional and activist commitments? Activist Educators offers a view into the big picture of assertive idealistic professionals’ lives by presenting rich qualitative data on the impetus behind educators’ activism and the strategies they used to push limits in fighting for a cause. Chapters follow the stories of educator activists as they take on problems in schools, including sexual harassment, sexism, racism, reproductive rights, and GLBT rights. The research in Activist Educators contributes to an understanding of professional and personal motivations for educators’ activism, ultimately offering a significant contribution to aspiring teachers who need to know that education careers and social justice activist causes need not be mutually exclusive pursuits.
1. Is it Possible to be an Activist Educator?, Catherine Marshall and Amy L. Anderson
2. The Fight of Their Lives: African American Activist Educators, Annice H. Williams
3. Activist Women in Educational Leadership—How Likely?, Susan Walters
4. Approaching Activism in the Bible Belt, Gloria Hines Jones
5. Surprising Ways to be an Activist, Wanda Legrand
6. Is There Choice in Educator Activism?, Amy L. Anderson
7. The Activist Professional, Catherine Marshall
8. Doing Collaborative Research, Amy L. Anderson and Catherine Marshall
The Teaching/Learning Social Justice Series explores issues of social justice—diversity, equality, democracy, and fairness—in classrooms and communities. "Teaching/learning" connotes the essential connections between theory and practice that books in this series seek to illuminate. Central are the stories and lived experiences of people who strive both to critically analyze and challenge oppressive relationships and institutions, and to imagine and create more just and inclusive alternatives.