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
    7. Rick Ayers
      Pages 81-83
    8. William Schubert
      Pages 85-88
  4. Letters of Wisdom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Sonia Nieto
      Pages 91-94
    3. Rebecca Martusewicz
      Pages 95-98
    4. Jennifer Milam
      Pages 99-102
    5. James C. Jupp
      Pages 103-106
    6. Clyde Coreil
      Pages 107-111
    7. Riane Eisler
      Pages 113-118
    8. Ana Cruz
      Pages 119-122
    9. Susan Verducci
      Pages 123-125
    10. Tina Wagle
      Pages 127-130
    11. Donna DeGennaro
      Pages 135-139
  5. Letters of Classroom Praxis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Nel Noddings
      Pages 143-144
    3. Brian D. Schultz
      Pages 145-147
    4. Melissa Winchell
      Pages 149-152
    5. Christopher Emdin
      Pages 153-156
    6. Robert Simmons
      Pages 157-159
    7. Robert Danberg
      Pages 165-170
    8. Thomas Lake
      Pages 171-174
    9. Dennis Littky
      Pages 181-184
    10. Peter Appelbaum
      Pages 185-192
  6. Voices from the Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Susan Jean Mayer
      Pages 195-197
    3. Megan J. Laverty
      Pages 199-202
    4. Barbara Thayer-Bacon
      Pages 203-206

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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