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American Teacher
Heroes in the Classroom
Written by Katrina Fried
Foreword by Parker J. Palmer


American Teacher
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Category: Education - Philosophy & Social Aspects; Education - Essays; Photography - Portraits
Imprint: Welcome Books
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: September 2013
Price: $45.00
Can. Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-127-2 (1-59962-127-4)
Pages: 224



 
IPPY Gold Medal for Peacemaker Book of the Year
Nautilus Books Silver Medal in Social Change

Celebrating educators, who go far above and beyond the call of duty, American Teacher shines a spotlight on one of the most underappreciated, undercompensated, yet critically important professions in the world. Over two years, Katrina Fried has interviewed and written the stories of 50 extraordinary teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade, selected from public and charter schools across the United States. The result is a collection of inspiring and informative first person-narratives accompanied by heartfelt letters from students and captivating portraits taken by celebrated photographers from around the country such as Peter Feldstein, Roman Cho, Paul Natkin and Laura Straus.

American Teacher introduces us to classroom heroes like Stephen Ritz of NYC's South Bronx, who uses sustainable agriculture as a tool to engage and inspire his neighborhood's most at-risk special-needs students; Rafe Esquith, a trail-blazing, multi-award-winning educator and author, who has spent 31 years teaching 5th grade from within the same four walls at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles; and Iowan Sarah Brown Wessling who's unique “learner-centered” approach to teaching high school English earned her the 2010 National Teacher of the Year award.

"I am excited to see the work of such an inspiring group of teachers celebrated in American Teacher. Our country cannot thank teachers enough for the work that they do. And of course it is wonderful to see Suney Park from Eastside Prep featured in this book. She gives so much of herself to her students and in opening her classroom to the Khan Academy team has also taught us more than we could have ever anticipated." 
Sal Khan, Founder & Executive Director of Khan Academy

"As with many of the best books about education, this is a wonderful cookbook. It's filled with a variety of recipes, and the reader will certainly find something exciting on the menu. Good teachers will get even better by adopting some of the ideas featured in American Teacher. How nice to have a positive light shone on public schools and some of the thousands of individuals who make a difference every day." 
Rafe Esquith, teacher and author

"It is an absolute honor to be included with so many outstanding educators. Reading the stories of these fine individuals makes one thing abundantly clear to me: we are a nation filled with exceptional educators who are helping guide some of the world's most talented youth. This book may be about specific educators, but its message is about the work that is being done at the schools in your community." 
Jeffrey Charbonneau2013 Teacher of the Year, Zillah High School, Zillah, Washington

"American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom adds significant weight to the argument that teaching is an art form. Great teachers are not the byproduct of effective state or federal policy, and they cannot be formed from the ribs of staff development. Great teachers, like great athletes, artists, and surgeons, possess an innate talent and a passion for their craft that cannot be replicated in the laboratories of policymaking, assessment, or reform." 
Josh Anderson2007 Kansas State Teacher of the Year, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, Kansas

"Teaching is not just what we do; teaching is what we ARE. American Teacher shines a spotlight on so many passionate, creative, and determined educators that enter our classroom each morning to give our students the education, and the world, that they deserve. This is not just a book; it is an experience." 
Alex Kajitani2009 California Teacher of the Year; "The Rapping Mathematician," Conway Elementary School, Escondido, California

"This is an exciting time to be an educator. I am deeply moved and inspired reading about each of my fellow teachers featured in American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom, and have already begun to incorporate their innovative ideas in my school. This book underscores the important role educators play in shaping today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. Many of the innovative techniques and best practices used by my fellow teachers can be replicated in schools throughout the country. The ripple effects of the powerful ideas in this book are profound." 
Julia KingDC Teacher of the Year, DC Prep, Washington DC

"American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom is a must read for any teacher who needs to be inspired or who needs to know that we're all in this together. These 50 amazing stories of hope, standing up for what you believe, and the power that a teacher has to change a life makes this one of those books you'll have a hard time putting down. Share it with your friends, your family, your legislators. It is REAL and the face of education today. Thanks to all of the teachers who spend countless hours, money, and talent to shape today's youth. You are all jewels!" 
Janey Layman, USA Today Teacher, Southmoreland Middle School, Scottdale, Pennsylvania

"'I don't get no respect,' a line made famous by Rodney Dangerfield, was something I unfortunately felt applied to me and my fellow educators. That is until now. Kudos to Katrina and Welcome Books for putting our profession in the positive light it truly deserves. Your book is a welcome breeze of fresh air for schools, administrators, teachers, and ultimately for our students." 
Dr. David B. Lazerson2008 National Teachers Hall of Fame, The Quest Center—Broward County Public Schools, Hollywood, Florida

"In a time when my profession seems to be—rightfully or not—under attack, it's refreshing to see fellow teachers celebrated for the innovative, inspiring and immensely challenging work that they do. The story of each teacher, artfully brought to the page by author Katrina Fried, offers a glimpse into a life and classroom where creativity, passion, and dedication to craft run deep. Those who may have little faith in the American education system before they pick up the book will find themselves wishing that they were a student of one of the fifty world-class educators profiled in American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom before they put it down." 
Greg SchwanbeckApple Distinguished Educator and Member of the TED-ED Brain Trust, Westwood High School, Westwood, MA




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