I must admit, I was a little nervous about telling people that I was from the Ozarks. The Ozarks hardly seems like an urban setting when compared to Chicago, NYC, Denver, or even when compared to St. Louis and Kansas City. However, if a community feels that it is urban, the Urban Sites Network recognizes it as urban. I quickly realized that, with our increasing hispanic population and the increasing diversity in area schools, we faced many of the same issues as other sites.
I knew that I was in the right place when a speaker in one of the early sessions mentioned Paolo Friere's PEDEGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED, one of my favorite books, one that I've read several times. I started writing down other titles:
- A SHORT COURSE IN WRITING, CITY SCAPES (which I had also read...here is a link to a summary http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/1996 ),
- OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN: CULTURAL CONFLICT IN THE CLASSROOM (here's a link to a review of the book http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/download/nwp_file/839/Other_People.pdf?x-r=pcfile_d ),
- THE SKIN WE SPEAK: THOUGHTS ON LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM,
- THE LIGHT IN THEIR EYES: CREATING A MULTICULTURAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES, there were many more.
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