From the Inside Flap
Everyone has a personal learning story–a time when they were challenged beyond their usual limits, when they actively engaged in the search for meaning, or when they first discovered the power and uniqueness of their own voices.
In Faces of Learning, fifty individuals–from well-known public figures to ordinary Americans–share inspirational stories about transformational teachers, powerful learning environments, and pivotal moments of self-discovery. Taken together, these authors' stories uncover a common understanding of what it feels like and what it requires to discover one's purpose, passion, and capacity for greatness. Edited by Sam Chaltain, this important book is designed to engage us all in a thoughtful consideration of what powerful learning, highly effective teaching, and equitable school systems must look like – and what they can provide for children as a result.
Faces of Learning is divided into five sections–challenging, engaging, supportive, relevant, and experiential–each of which illuminates a core condition of the optimal learning environment. From social workers to students to the Secretary of Education himself, the individuals whose stories are gathered here help add to the collective wisdom, and help us get closer to answering the only question that really matters: "How can we best support educators in their work to create schools that are more challenging, engaging, supportive, relevant, and experiential?"
To learn more, to get involved, and to share your own story, visit www.facesoflearning.net.
From the Back Cover
Praise for Faces of Learning
"Great learning experiences can't be confined to a textbook or a curriculum; they won't be found in the pages of a standardized test. The men and women profiled in Faces of Learning get that. Their personal stories will move and inspire you to cultivate richer learning experiences not just for the kids in your life but also for yourself."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"Faces of Learning is a treasure trove of recollections to remind us that education is most powerful and transformative when it occurs within a supportive relationship and taps into the intrinsically human desire to know and understand. A must read for those who've grown tired of the nation's fixation with measuring achievement and who seek to be inspired by others who appreciate that learning can be about so much more."
—Pedro Noguera, author of The Trouble with Black Boys
"The 50 stories here confirm that educational achievement is always intensely personal. As the national debate on education gathers momentum, Faces of Learning is an elegant reminder that nothing counts more in raising the bar than creative, inspirational teaching. It should be read and acted on by anyone with a serious interest in what really makes the difference in education."
—Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element
"A great education is not about standardized tests and numbers; it's about helping children learn to use their minds well. The stories in Faces of Learning remind us of that central truth, and of the difference that teachers make, and how their influence extends far beyond simple scores to shape people's lives."
—Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System