3/31/2014

Conversation & Book Signing with Joanne Larson, Educator and Author of Radical Equality in Education: Starting Over in U.S. Schooling

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14607Radical Equality in Education

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public. (Checks are requested for book purchases.)

Author, educator, and literacy expert Joanne Larson will talk about her work and sign copies of her newest book, Radical Equality in Education: Starting Over in U.S. Schooling (Routledge, February 2014) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the performance space at Writers & Books. The event is free and open to the public.

Larson
, Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, says that American public education is in deep crisis, and current reforms are not working. In her newest book, Larson argues for a complete reboot of the current K-12 education system—one that she says has been damaging students for decades.

Dedicated to the children and youth of the future, Radical Equality in Education chronicles how the United States has reached a crisis point in public education and offers suggestions for overhauling the education system that the author claims has been broken for years. Larson closely examines flaws in K-12 education and lays out a plan for fundamental change in schools, while presenting examples of what these ideas might look like in the classroom and community.

Colin Lankshear, a professor at James Cook University, Australia, describes Radical Equality in Education as brave, timely, innovative, and important. “This book is a necessary statement that helps point us where we need to be heading in education, and argued by an author superbly placed to make the case,” writes Lankshear. “It will contribute to a debate that needs to occur, and occur now.”

Joanne LarsonIn addition to her duties as chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, Larson serves on the editorial board of several peer-review journals, including Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Journal of Literacy Research, and Reading Research Quarterly. She has written extensively on language and literacy practices in schools and communities. Most recently, she co-authored Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy, Second Edition (Sage, 2013) and Making Literacy Real: Theories and Practices in Learning and Teaching (Sage, second edition in production). She currently serves as co-chair of Mayor Lovely A. Warren’s new Early Learning Council and serves on the Rochester City School District (RCSD) student achievement special committee. Larson also collaborates with Rochester community residents on a participatory action research project examining changes associated with transforming a local corner store in the Beechwood neighborhood into a cornerstone of healthy living.

To request special accommodations or for additional information, please contact us at news@warner.rochester.edu.

Note to editors: A digital image of Joanne Larson and her book are available by calling (585) 275-0777 or e-mailing tdanylak@warner.rochester.edu.

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education (www.warner.rochester.edu) offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 

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Media Contact: Theresa Danylak
tdanylak@warner.rochester.edu
585.275.0777; 585.278.6273 (cell)

Tags: Joanne Larson, K-12 Education, school reform