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Routledge Education Authors of the Month, August: Christine Leland, Mitzi Lewison & Jerome Harste

Top row: Mitzi Lewison,  Chris Leland. Bottom row: Jerry Harste

Chris Leland, Mitzi Lewison, and Jerome Harste are professors in the department of Literacy, Culture and Language Education at the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington and Indianapolis (IUPUI). They teach courses in reading and children’s literature and work together to explore the role critical literacy can play in creating curriculum for students at all levels. Their new book, published in July, Teaching Children’s Literature: It’s Critical! builds on the instructional model they introduced in Creating Critical Classrooms, published in 2008 by Routledge.

Chris Leland formerly served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the IU School of Education in Indianapolis. She initiated and currently directs an exchange program at IUPUI that provides opportunities for elementary and secondary students to experience six weeks of student teaching in China. Her recent publications include articles in Voices from the Middle, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Urban Education.

Mitzi Lewison is the co-project director of a United States Department of State grant in Kabul, which has established the first TESOL master's degree program in Afghanistan at Kabul Education University. This builds on her work in Afghanistan since 2006 that focused on rebuilding teacher education programs across the country.

Jerry Harste is emeritus professor and was the first faculty member to be named as the Martha Lea & Bill Armstrong Chair in Teacher Education on the Bloomington campus. He is past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Reading Conference (now the Literacy Research Association), the National Conference on Language & Literacy, and the Whole Language Umbrella. Since retiring from IU, he has had time to develop his artistic skills. His watercolors have been featured in Language Arts, California English, and juried into several national watercolor exhibits. He holds “Signature Status” in the Bloomington Watercolor Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society.

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    It's Critical!

    By Christine Leland, Mitzi Lewison, Jerome Harste

    This groundbreaking text offers a fresh perspective on how to implement children’s literature into and across the curriculum in ways that are both effective and purposeful. Honed over years of experience and reflection in classroom settings and rich with real examples of teachers implementing...

    Published July 13th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Negotiating Critical Literacies with Teachers

    Theoretical Foundations and Pedagogical Resources for Pre-Service and In-Service Contexts

    By Vivian Maria Vasquez, Stacie L. Tate, Jerome C. Harste

    How can teacher educators engage pre-service and in-service teachers in learning about and framing their teaching from a critical literacy perspective? What does this mean? Why is it important? To address these questions, this book offers a theoretical framework and detailed examples, pedagogical...

    Published March 7th 2013 by Routledge