I was interviewed in Steven Goodman's new book It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity, and the Power of Transformative Teaching. We discussed my experiences as a participant in his organization, The Educational Video Center. I'm glad to have helped out since I wouldn't have gotten as far as I did in life if it wasn't for the work he and his team did.
I'll be joining Steve for a conversation about the book on October 26th at City-As-School High School (16 Clarkson Street, 4th Floor Library, New York, NY 10014) from 3:30-5:30pm.
Please learn more by getting a copy of the book. Use discount Code TCP2018 for 20% off your order.
Speaking out against decades of injustice and challenging deficit perceptions of young learners and their families, It’s Not About Grit pulls back the veil, revealing the social systems that marginalize and stigmatize mostly poor, urban students of color and their communities. At the same time, author Steven Goodman, founding executive director of NYC’s highly acclaimed Educational Video Center (EVC) for nearly 35 years, shows the tremendous intelligence, resilience, and sense of agency of these students. Through the students’ in-school and out-of-school experiences, enhanced with curriculum guides and award-winning video clips from EVC, Goodman encourages educators to make a difference and demonstrates how to create safe and inclusive spaces where their teaching responds to students’ culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, housing status, and ability. Teachers will use this book to develop a pedagogy of transformative teaching.
Here's what some people have to say about it:
“An insightful and moving analysis of how students from marginalized backgrounds use their work with video to tell their stories, develop critical thinking skills, and overcome obstacles.” —Pedro A. Noguera, UCLA
“To those of you who are educators, teaching in “revolting times,” under difficult circumstances, working with students who need you as much as ever, this book is a gift and a life raft.” —From the foreword by Michelle Fine, distinguished professor, CUNY
The Educational Video Center is a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their idealism and commitment to social change.