Social Justice Education: Stories and Strategies for Teachers



ISBN: 978-1-939019-23-3
SIZE: 6 x 9


The tips, strategies, or stories offered in this book are meant to make social justice education more accessible and appealing, but it is still hard work. In the face of this, social justice educators rise to the challenge. Their commitment is evidenced in their stories, and their stories (of success, failure, and in between) demonstrate the moral value of social justice.

“Blair Niblett’s cogent and candid book brings social justice and activism out of the shadows of education and into the place it belongs in the classroom, where all are invited not as audience but as agents of positive and humane change. Niblett creates a framework for developing a container in which the classroom community can safely share, debate, and practice both critical thinking and humility. In the social justice classroom, learners are trusted to drive their learning process, developing qualities and skills for living in an increasingly diverse world. As education in North America begins to move away from failed reforms like standardization, high-stakes testing and direct instruction, this book is a go-to resource for the dawn of a new progressive era in education.”

—Laurie Frank, Experiential Educator, author of Journey Toward the Caring Classroom, 2 Edition





Table of Contents

Who Should Read This Book?
Situating Myself (the Author) in the Book
What This Book Can and Cannot Do
The Journey Ahead
Part I :: Foundations
Chapter One: What is Social Justice Education?
Principles of Social Justice Education
Challenging Privilege and Oppression
Building Community
Fostering Agency and Action
Am I Social Justice Enough? Rethinking “Radical”
Six Practice Points for Social Justice Educators and Why They are Important!
Chapter Summary
Chapter Two: Social Justice Education in Classroom Practice— Environment, Ideas, & Actions
Understanding Social Justice Education
John Dewey and Environments for Social Justice Education  
Deweyan Learning Environments
Dewey’s Theory in Action Today
Paulo Freire: Ideas and Actions as Activist Education
Freire’s Problem Posing Education
Freireian Theory in Action Today
Beyond Dewey and Freire: Promoting Democracy and Hope  
Democracy: Beyond the Ballot Box
Chapter Summary
Part II :: Getting to Work
Chapter Interlude: Meet the Teachers...
Chapter Three: Designing and Fostering Environments for Social Justice
Invitational Education
In Their Own Words...
Praxis Points: Learning Activities for Developing Social Justice Education Environments
Activity • Energy Ball
Activity • Concentric Circles of Social Justice
Chapter Four: Taking on Ideas for Social Justice Education  
In Their Own Words...
Praxis Points: Learning Activities for Exploring Social Justice  
Activity • Kite Running: Exploring Globalization
Activity • Colour Blind Initiative: Exploring Gender Norms  
Chapter Five: Social Justice Education in Actions
In Their Own Words...
Activity • Privilege Treasure Hunt
Activity • Social Justice Mapping
Chapter Six: An Outroduction
Trends and Patterns Across Environments, Ideas, and Action  
The “Moment”
The Importance of Curriculum
Further Questions and New Directions
Social Justice Teacher Identity
Sustaining and Strengthening the Wide Net of Social Justice Education
Rising to the Challenge
Resources for Social Justice Education
About the Author

Social Justice Education

SKU: 9781939019233

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