Friday, June 8, 2012

Celebrating Women Educators & Philosophers Via Crowdsourcing

Guest post from David Loitz | Cross posted on The Cooperative Catalyst

The majority of teachers in this country are women, their impact on the history of education is vast, but only a few are covered in textbooks on education or talked about among the major thinkers in the history of education. Their wisdom, experience and action research in and out of the classroom has helped shape the history of education.

Until the 1970′s most books about education were written by men. When Vivian Gussin Paley, an early educator at the Lab School, wrote her first book, White Teacher, her work as an author/scholar was dismissed and chastised. Her fellow teachers and academics didn’t believe that it was the teacher’s place to study the lives of children she taught.

Action research is now taught in teachers colleges, but we still often forget to celebrate the work of women educators, for example, quotes by John Dewey show up daily on social media, but Helen Parkhurst, his contemporary and a pioneer in Progressive Education who created “the Dalton Plan”, is often forgotten.

We have some of the best voices in education at the Cooperative Catalyst and I thought it would be great to celebrate some of the women educators that inspire us, and celebrate some of the texts we look to and shape our own teaching, thinking and writing. I would like your help in creating a primer of women education philosophers and educators and/or wiki for students and new teachers.

We should be able to crowdsource more than 100 women educators and/or philosophers.  I am putting together a paragraph or two on each of them, along with annotations of some of their best work. Please help me by finding a woman you were inspired by and would like to write about. You can contribute at this link.

Here is the list so far ordered alphabetically by first name.
Adora Svitak
Alice Miller
Annetee Lareau
Barbara Brodhagen
bell hooks
Betty Jones
Beverly Daniel Tatum
Carol Dweck
Carol Gilligan
Caroline Pratt
Catherine Marshall
Chris Athey 
Deborah  Meier
Diane Levin 
Diane Ravitch
Edith Abbott
Eleanor Ruth Duckworth
Elise Boulding
Ellen Key
Gayle Moller 
Grace Llewellyn
Helen Parkhurst.
Jane Roland-Martin
Jane Vella
Jean Anyon
Jill Ostrow
Joan Almon
Kirsten Olson
Linda Darling-Hammond
Linda Levstik
Lisa Delpit
Lisa Michelle Nielsen
Lucy Calkins
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Margaret Donaldson 
Margaret McMillan 
Margaret Wheatley
Maria Montessori
Maricela Oliva
Marilyn Katzenmeyer
Mary Leue
Mary Pipher
Mary Wollstonecraft 
Maxine Greene
Maya Angelou
Michelle Fine
Monika Hardy
Nancy Atwell
Nancy Sizer
Nel Noddings
Olivia Gude
Paula White
Gloria Ladson-Billings
Rachael Kessler
Rachel McMillan
Rebeca Wild
Riane Eisler
Ruby Payne
Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot
Sophia Blanche Lyon Fahs
Sue Palmer
Susan Fleming 
Susan Issacs
Susan Ohanian
Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
Sylvia Ashton-Warner
Vea Vecchi
Virginia Lynn Fry
Vivian Gussin Paley
Zoe Weil
If you want to write about any of these women, you can contribute to this work at this link.  

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