What Is … What If: Passion and Possibilities in Educational Reform
What Is … What If is a roadmap for school reform looking at present factors that inhibit excellence in teaching as well as presenting possibilities for teachers to maintain their passion and create learning environments for student success.
The What Is section of the book speaks to the factors that exist in schools today that have created widespread disenchantment among teachers and administrators and stripped teachers of their passion to teach. Such an atmosphere decreases the potential for excellent learning environments and therefore student success.
The What If section of the book focuses on ways to return passion back to the teachers and administrators using the voices of teachers in the field with examples of how these teachers help students to have the best chance to learn and the teacher has the best chance to remain excited about the teaching/learning process.
“Barbara Reider is well-aware of how demanding teaching can be.” —Ole Bang-Larsen, Chief Psychologist and Manager of Special Education
“Reider’s books give valuable and practical ideas. She proclaims an unfailing faith in the everyday hardworking teacher and presents workable ideas.” —Joy Heisig, Educational Consultant, California State University
About the Author
Dr. Barbara E. Reider received her PhD from Bryn Mawr in Human Development. She has spent her career as a teacher of teachers and school administrators. Upon moving to Santa Fe, Dr. Reider served as Chair of the Education Department at the College of Santa Fe and then as a Visiting Professor for New Mexico Highlands University. Her main educational focus has been to create space for teachers and administrators to explore methods of teaching and learning that support all students and which emphasizes the teacher’s own professional voice.