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 that encourage 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 restore the passion to teach to teachers and administrators. In their own voices, teachers in the field share examples of how they help students to have the best chance to learn, and in doing so find their own 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
“Dr. Barbara Reider is an education visionary.” —Marlene K. Schwalje, Organizational Conflict Consultant, President, Infinite Resolutions LLC
“Finding the right formula to educate meaningfully in early childhood through 12th grade is complex.” —Nigel Taplin, Head Master, Rio Grande School, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Congratulations! It’s brilliant!” —Terri Blackman, NBCT Middle Childhood Generalist, Wood Gormley Elementary School, Santa Fe Public School, New Mexico National Board Certified Teacher Network, Northeast Region Co-Representative
“As a transformative educational instructor and leader, Dr. Reider challenges the traditional norms of education and helps future administrators reflect on what it means to be progressive practitioners.” —Ahlum Scarola, Administrator, Mandela International Magnet School, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Education in the United States is under assault from many directions.” —Bonnie Bostrom, Educator Author
“Dr. Reider instilled in me, long ago as a pre-service teacher, the role teachers play in transforming educational systems and the power they have to create critical shifts to ensure meaningful and impactful learning for all learners.” —Virginia Padilla-Vigil, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education, New Mexico Highlands University
About the Author
Dr. Barbara E. Reider received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College 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 and University of New Mexico. Her main educational focus has been to create space for teachers and administrators to explore methods of teaching and learning that support all students while emphasizing the teacher’s own professional voice.