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Creating Spaces for Study and Action Under the Social Justice Umbrella

By: Marlene Carter, Norma Mota-Altman, Faye Peitzman
Publication: National Writing Project at Work
Date: October 22, 2009

Summary: This monograph provides an in-depth look at the UCLA Writing Project's approach to exploring two social justice concerns—matters of race and issues of homophobia—and the design of two multiyear study groups that engage the learning community at the site.

 

Continuity opportunities that support the ongoing learning community of teacher-leaders at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Writing Project range from one-day sessions to multiyear programs, including writing retreats, advanced institutes, and studies devoted to the teaching of English language learners. This publication describes the impetus and ongoing work of site-sponsored study groups—in particular, the Matters of Race and Issues of Homophobia study groups.

Creating Spaces for Study and Action Under the Social Justice Umbrella provides insight into the ways that leadership is supported, the thinking behind the study group model, and strategies that support honest conversations among thoughtful colleagues.

The monograph chronicles how both study groups were moved to take action as a result of their work together, and describes the programs they created and the impacts of these programs. Finally, the authors reflect on how these study groups have impacted the work of their site, and on the significance of nurtur­ing long-term, focused continuity for teachers.

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