Authors in the Classroom: A Transformative Education Process by Alma Flor AdaAuthors in the Classroom: A Transformative Education Process by Alma Flor Ada

Authors in the Classroom: A Transformative Education Process

byAlma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy

Paperback | May 28, 2003

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Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy combine inspirational examples and practical how-to's to create a unique resource for teachers!


Thousands of teachers have experienced the awakening of their own creative writing voice through participating in the writing courses and workshops offered by Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy. The rich tapestry of these teachers' voices is a major highlight of this book. In turn, teachers have used their own self-published works to inspire students and parents to write their own stories, and those voices are included in here as well.


In addition to offering a plethora of inspiring examples of works authored by classroom teachers, parents, and students, this book also includes practical, step-by-step activities and a solid grounding in theory. Written in a clear and reader-friendly style, this combination will enable teachers to experience the benefits of this creative approach to building strong classroom communities.

  • Includes 10 thematic units, with writing starters and activities for teachers, parents, and children.
  • Features sections on facilitating classroom dialogue and unlearning oppression/education for liberation.
  • Showcases abundant examples of teachers' self-published books, as well as students' and parents' writing.
Dr. Alma Flor Ada directs the Center for Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults at the University of San Francisco.She is a leading mentor and philosopher of bilingual education in the United States. Dr. Ada was the founder and First Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NA...
Title:Authors in the Classroom: A Transformative Education ProcessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6.9 × 0.7 inPublished:May 28, 2003Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0205351395

ISBN - 13:9780205351398


Table of Contents



1. Transformative Education.

Underlying Principles.

Oppression and Liberation: A Closer Look.

2. Authors in the Classroom.

Providing Models for Creative Expression.

Strengthening Teachers' Personal Voice.

Classroom-Generated Books as Cultural Bridges.

Awakening the Author Within.

Types of Books Written by Teachers.

Benefits of Authoring Books.

Benefits of Self-Published Books.

What About Standardized Testing?

3. The Role of Dialogue in the Classroom.

Benefits of Dialogue.

Principles of Creative Dialogue.

The Issue of Time.

Facilitating Reflective Dialogue In the Classroom.


1. Affirming Self.

2. Recognizing Human Qualities.

3. Strengthening Self-Identity.

4. Building Communities.

5. The Power of Transformation.

6. Understanding the Past, Creating the Future.

7. Discovering Our Capacities and Strengths.

8. Learning to Know.

9. Developing Relationships.

10. From Yesterday to Tomorrow.

Editorial Reviews

“This book is nearly perfect. It will become a classic.” Stephen Krashen, University of Southern California   “Authors in the Classroom shows us what education can be and should be: a safe environment for intellect and identity to expand and connect with the collective intellectual and cultural accomplishments of our global society. As evidence for its claims about what education can achieve this text provides neither empty theory nor soulless empirical research but rather the voices of teachers, students, parents, and the authors themselves, exploring through writing the limits of human reality and potential.” Jim Cummins,University of Toronto   “I want to start by saying that this is a powerful book which was a joy to read. The book provides a much-needed bridge between theory and practice of Transformative pedagogy. It is what every teacher/prospective teacher looks for: a step-by-step guide to putting lofty ideological ideals into practice. The examples speak for themselves about the rich potential of the model.” Elsa Auerbach, University of Massachusetts–Boston