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Elliott, Shanti; Bradbury, Joan; Gardner, Joseph – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In the spring of 2014, Chicago educators met to reflect on the opportunities and challenges for progressive, democratic education in Chicago-area schools. This article weaves together the writings of teachers and principals from over 15 public schools and a couple of private and parochial schools who are thinking about their own experiences in…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Democracy, Public Schools, Private Schools
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Elliott, Shanti – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
This piece explores questions of power, conflict, and community in education through a story of Chicago educators engaging in experiential inquiry processes. One of these processes is a "Theatre of the Oppressed" exercise for dealing with conflict in education settings. The other process described here focuses on a text that emerged from…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Experiential Learning, Conflict
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Elliott, Shanti – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
At a time when serious pronouncements and decisions about education are made by noneducators, it is important to take note of the practice and impact of teachers' collective reflective resistance. This means foregrounding learning that is organic, artful, and contemplative--that puts first the humanity of students and teachers. This is a story of…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Resistance (Psychology)
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Barr, Jeanne; Bigelow, Andrew; Elliott, Shanti; Kaplan, Andy; Laufer, Matt; Mahany, Mike – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Six teachers reflect on the meanings of a ritual of confession, sharing, and forgiveness during a school retreat. During a night of great honesty and integrity, students spoke to each other of their lives, their choices, their regrets, their wishes, and, above all, their love. During that evening, four students came out to their classmates and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Integrity, Group Dynamics, Adult Education