Professional Development: Reaching and Teaching Forward in the New Decade By Sophie Degener, JaNiece Elzy, Ryan McCarty, and Ivy Sitkoski
Introductory Paragraph: This is the first spring of the new decade, and it seems appropriate to be reading books that make us think about growth and change in our ways of teaching. In this issue, we offer you a selection of texts that will do just that. Two of them deal with technology (Surprise!) but from different angles. One explains how to make sure students develop empathy as they pursue information in the digital world; the other shifts the very definition of literacy learning so that it synthesizes with the “maker” movement. Our third selection leads us out of our comfort zones and toward the teaching of a literature curriculum that is not only rich with diversity but anti-racist in nature. The fourth reminds me of the song “Everything Old Is New Again” (Allen & Sager, 1974) because its topic is the meaningful type of assessment that teachers conducted before high-stakes testing dominated the educational landscape. Of course, nothing is actually brand-new as all seemingly new ideas evolve from earlier ones, even if that evolution is explosively rapid. Knowing that, we can read and evolve, guided expertly by each of our featured authors.
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