If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
Directing the Illinois Writing Project; helping schools promote student civic engagement; advising restorative justice teams in a high school
Your school name:
Northeastern Illinois University
Your school type:
Is your school a Title Ⅰ school?:
What subject(s) do you teach?:
English Language Arts
Restorative Justice; student civic action; teaching of writing K-12
How many years have you been teaching?:
"Paper (shortage these days in Chicago schools)"
Founding Director, Illinois Writing Project; volunteer advisor for a school, on restorative justice; author of books for educators - most recent: "From Inquiry to Action: Civic Engagement with Project-Based Learning in All Content Areas"
Thanks, Maggie Favretti- At this time, I mainly observe/research/write about civic action projects. I'm looking for more ways to promote this kind of learning, perhaps beyond the book I've written & the blog I maintain (at https://medium.com/search?q=Steve%20Zemelman ). I'd like to learn more about your work, so perhaps you could share a bit of detail (grade-level, how you coordinate multiple projects at once, what students are focusing on, etc.) by email, instead of on this site. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Best wishes, Steve Z PS: Once we see how we are aligned, perhaps you'd like to be part of a team on this topic, here on the Teachers Guild site?!
Comments by 2 Chicago HS students involved in extensive projects to improve the school culture & fellow students' civic involvement: Bea: I like working with other students, building relationships with them. I like the diversity, and getting to know kids from other grade levels. . . . I want more students to have this life-changing experience. It gives you confidence and makes you stand up for your own opinions. DJ: When I came to this school as a freshman no one knew me, and there was no one to help me. Lots of kids complained and didn’t like it here. I don’t want new freshmen feeling the way we felt. Now I feel constantly energized about how we’re growing as a team. I’m more confident about my leadership and collaborating abilities. I feel like my ideas matter. I hope I can bring the lessons I’ve learned here wherever I go to college.