This Book describes seven faculty members and a graduate student at one university, who systematically engaged in a conversation about their experiences in urban education over a three-year period. Authors used stand-point epistemology; their own social locations, as visas of credibility for their border crossings to urban schools. Through their stories, a rare, communal bond developed. Characterized by caring and critique, this bonding both challenged and informed traditional notions of scholarship en solo. In the end, both urban schools and collaboration were more than conceptual places the authors had traveled, they were liberating states of mind. It is hoped that this work will be a model for future teacher educators to learn and grow by in their collective and united quest for social justice in their immediate urban and institutional surroundings.
Introduction: ""and so it all began..."" A Paradigm Shift. Thinking About Collaboration, Change, and Aesthetics, Suzanne SooHoo. Dispelling the Myth of Moral Bankruptcy in American Urban Youth, Donald N. Cardinal. Exception to the Perception, Dolores Gaunty-Porter. Rethinking Curriculum. Community Matters, Tom Wilson. The Curriculum of the Self: Critical Self-Knowing as Critical Pedagogy, Jeff Sapp. University Faculty In The Schools. Reworking Urban Educational Leadership through Naming and Narrative Inquiry, Penny S. Bryan. Crossing Cultural Borders into the Inner City, Suzanne SooHoo. Student Voices. Gatekeepers, Jan Osborn. Expect the Unexpected: A Practitioner's View of Urban Teaching, Susie Weston-Barajas. Can We Talk...about Collaboration? SOE Book Group. Author Index. Subject Index.