We Saved the Best for You

Letters of Hope, Imagination and Wisdom for 21st Century Educators

  • Tricia M. Kress
  • Robert Lake

Part of the Imagination and Praxis book series (IPCC, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Letters of Hope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tricia M. Kress
      Pages 3-5
    3. Carolyne Ali-Khan
      Pages 7-10
    4. Sandy Grande
      Pages 15-19
    5. Carl Leggo
      Pages 25-28
    6. Christopher Darius KressStonebanks
      Pages 29-32
    7. William M. Reynolds
      Pages 33-36
    8. Rosalina Diaz
      Pages 37-39
    9. Gillian U. Bayne
      Pages 41-43
  3. Letters of Imagination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Robert Lake
      Pages 51-55
    3. Mike Rose
      Pages 57-60
    4. Kevin Smith
      Pages 61-64
    5. Jennifer d. Adams M. Kress
      Pages 69-73
    6. Julie Maudlin
      Pages 75-80

About this book


As standardization and “accountability” have continued to increase in the 21st century, educators and scholars of education have become increasingly frustrated. Yet as frustrated as we are, it is essential that we not send to our our students, children, grandchildren the message that the past was better and they “should have been there.” Instead, we must render a clear vision of what can be. Indeed, where would we be without the vision we have been freely given to us from great scholars, philosophers, and artists, as well as our own teachers, friends, neighbors, and family? We are indebted to carry forward the legacy of these torchbearers to present and future educators. This book is a collection of letters to 21st century educators of all age levels and content areas. It has been compiled with the goal of fulfilling our responsibility to share with the next generation of educators our vision of the future, just as our predecessors and role models shared theirs with us. Informed by the past but oriented toward the future, this collection aims to inspire in present and future educators hope, wisdom and imagination for addressing the educational challenges shaped by bureaucratic, economic and cultural forces. Authors such as Nel Noddings, Sonia Nieto, Sandy Grande, Riane Eisler, Mike Rose, William Schubert, William Reynolds, and many more speak directly to their readers, building a relationship with a scholarly backbone, and encouraging: “we saved the best for you” because “the best” is the world you will create.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tricia M. Kress
    • 1
  • Robert Lake
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Massachusetts BostonUSA
  2. 2.Georgia Southern UniversityUSA

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