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Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education



Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education

Sam Chaltain (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-94591-9 January 2011 Jossey-Bass 160 Pages


Inspirational stories of engaging, real-life educational experiences

Everyone has a personal learning story, a time when they became actively engaged in their own education. Maybe it was an especially challenging teacher, or a uniquely supportive environment, or a collaborative classroom. In Faces of Learning, both well-known public figures, such as Arne Duncan and Al Franken, and ordinary Americans recall the moments when they truly learned something.

  • Includes stories from people of all different backgrounds and from all over the country
  • The stories are grouped into categories by theme like "relevant" and "experiential" to help reveal the common characteristics of what works in education
  • Each chapter ends with five things you can do to improve your own learning, that of your students, and of all Americans
Readers can visit the companion website to share their own stories of educational success and find out what else they can do.


1. Jenna Fournel (Alexandria, Virginia).

2. Mark Rockeymoore (Montreal, Quebec).

3. Jan Resseger (Cleveland, Ohio).

4. Gloria Ladson-Billings (Madison, Wisconsin).

5. Lore a Goodwin (Washington, DC).

6. Bruce Deitrick Price (Virginia Beach, Virginia).

7. Arne Duncan (Washington, DC).

8. Angela Valenzuela (Austin, Texas).

9. Carl Glickman (Athens, Georgia).

10. Andrew Margon (Brooklyn, New York).

Challenging: Five Things You Can Do.


11. Renee Moore (Cleveland, Mississippi).

12. Amy Estersohn (Chicago, Illinois).

13. Maritza Brito (Brick, New Jersey).

14. Kevin McCann (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

15. Margaret Owens (Palo Alto, California).

16. Larry Mya (Boston, Massachusetts).

17. John Goodlad (Seattle, Washington).

18. Sitembiso Ncube Maduma (San Bernardino, California).

19. Elijah Cummings (Baltimore, Maryland).

20. Jill Vialet (Oakland, California).

Engaging: Five Things You Can Do.


21. Al Franken (Washington, DC).

22. Jenifer Fox (Austin, Texas).

23. Michelle Durange (Littlestown, Pennsylvania).

24. Zainab Ali (Los Angeles, California).

25. Susan Oliver (Waterford, Virginia).

26. Gary Cohen (Wayzata, Minnesota).

27. Chantale Soekhoe (Brooklyn, New York).

28. Emily Gasoi (Washington, DC).

29. Cassandra Carland (Keene, New Hampshire).

30. Carrie A. Rogers (Rancho Cucamonga, California).

Supportive: Five Things You Can Do.


31. R. Dwayne Betts (Washington, DC).

32. Robert McLaughlin (Concord, New Hampshire).

33. Deborah Meier (Hillsdale, New York).

34. Jamal Fields (Livermore, California).

35. Jenerra Williams (Boston, Massachusetts).

36. Patrick Ip (Chicago, Illinois).

37. Gerlma A. Johnson (Detroit, Michigan).

38. Anonymous.

39. Ahniwake Rose (Washington, DC).

40. James Comer (New Haven, Connecticut).

Relevant: Five Things You Can Do.


41. Joel Ellio (Limpopo Province, South Africa).

42. Terry Pickeral (Bellingham, Washington).

43. Elizabeth Rogers (South Portland, Maine).

44. Steve Moore (Kansas City, Missouri).

45. Jill Davidson (Providence, Rhode Island).

46. Rachel Barnes (Chatham, Massachusetts).

47. Stedman Graham (Chicago, Illinois).

48. Stephen Vick (Chicago, Illinois).

49. Liz Lerman (Baltimore, Maryland).

50. Maya Soetoro-Ng (Honolulu, Hawaii).

Experiential: Five Things You Can Do.


Ted Sizer (Harvard, Massachusetts).

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