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May 25, 2016 Comments Off on CHECK OUT BANK STREET OCCASIONAL PAPER SERIES #35! General


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If you have never taken a look at the Bank Street Occasional Paper Series (OPS) this is a great time to do it! The theme of the newly published OPS # 35 is Progressive Practices in Public Schools; editors Jonathan Silin and Meredith Moore provided all the authors (including me) with an exciting opportunity to shine light on the many ways in which progressivism can continue to be a powerful force in public education today.  My essay is called Say That the River Turns: Social Justice Intentions in Progressive Public School Classrooms.

The title and focus of my essay was inspired by this beautiful line from the poem The Sermon on the Warpland written by Gwendolyn Brooks: “Say that the river turns, and turn the river.” I am grateful to the graduate student in my summer course Young Children and Social Policy at Teachers College in 2010 who focused her creative project on this line of the poetry. Since then, I have re-read and thought about the poem many times.  I believe Brooks truly captures the  powerful role that language must play in resistance to social injustice. We first have to say that something can be done and then we have to do something to start to turn the injustice around!

I hope you will take some time to read the entire OPS #35 and share it with others. Here is the link:



Written by Beatrice S. Fennimore a teacher educator focused on advocacy and social justice for all children