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Reframing the Curriculum
Design for Social Justice and Sustainability

ISBN 9781138305977
Published September 10, 2018 by Routledge
172 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Reframing the Curriculum is a practical, hands-on guide to weaving the concepts of healthy communities, democratic societies, and social justice into academic disciplines. Developed for future and practicing teachers, this volume is perfect for teacher education courses in instructional design, social foundations, and general education, as well as for study in professional learning communities. The author outlines the philosophies, movements, and narratives shaping the future, both in and out of classrooms, and then challenges readers to consider the larger story and respond with curriculum makeovers that engage students in solving problems in their schools, communities, and the larger world. The book’s proven method for designing units gives educators across grades and disciplines the tools to bring sustainability and social justice into experiential, project-based instructional approaches.

Pedagogical features include:

  • Specific examples and templates that offer readers a framework for reworking their units and courses while meeting required standards and incorporating innovative classroom practices.
  • Activities and discussion questions that bring the content to life and establish ties with the curriculum.
  • eResources, including a Facilitator’s Guide, offering examples of fully developed units created with this model and an editable template for redesigning existing units.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About the Author




Part I: What’s at Stake?

1. What’s the Story We Want?

2. The Dominant Narrative: The Story of More

3. A Different Narrative: The Story of Better

Part I Culminating Activity: Defining Sustainability and Social Justice

Part II: What’s at Stake in Our Curriculum?

4. What’s the Story We Want for Our Teaching?

5. The Perils for Students in the Story of More

6. Best Practices for Student Success in the Story of Better

Part II Culminating Activity: Curriculum Self-Assessment

Part III: Changing the Story: Curriculum Design With the Stakes in Mind

7. Defining a Plot

8. Creating Intrigue and Suspense With Guiding Questions

9. Defining and Sequencing the Learning Outcomes

10. Aligning Outcomes, Standards, Instruction, and Assessment


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Susan Santone is Founder and Executive Director of Creative Change Educational Solutions and an instructor at the University of Michigan’s School of Education.