Because We Can Change the World
A Practical Guide to Building Cooperative, Inclusive Classroom Communities
Change the world, one classroom at a time!
Mara Sapon-Shevin skillfully blends vision statements, stories, and strategies to guide teachers in
promoting social justice and creating classrooms that allow all children to experience academic success. This new edition of a highly acclaimed book:
- Provides a powerful vision of diverse, inclusive elementary classrooms
- Discusses the barriers to creating cooperative classrooms and how they can be overcome
- Offers activities, songs, and children’s literature that promote acceptance and understanding
- Includes new “Reframing Our Work” sections with reflective questions that help readers examine their own beliefs and teaching practices
"Because We Can Change the World" Reviews
"Because We Can Change the World is a powerful antidote to the bullying, intolerance, and exclusion that are all too commonplace in our schools. Through helpful insights, practical strategies, and, most of all, a powerful vision grounded in social justice, this book gives teachers and others who care about our schools the inspiration and hope they need to carry on."
"For teachers committed to making schools that work for all students, this book is a guide for facilitating that transformative process. Not just practical, but a real treat."
"Because We Can Change the World has been very instrumental in my work with inclusive schools. The examples, activities, songs, and games are inspired, unique, and effective. I have personally seen classroom cultures completely transformed as a result of using the techniques in this book. If you don’t already use this book to promote community, collaboration, and inclusion in your school, do it immediately so students can learn that inclusion is more than a place or a policy―it is a commitment to acceptance, an honoring of difference, and, as Sapon-Shevin so eloquently reminds us, a belief that we just might ‘change the world.’”
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