BOOKS ON PEDAGOGY
Starting to Learn the Question: A Handbook for Teachers (Writers in the Schools 2011) is a guided curriculum for teachers of high school creative writing. It features over thirty fully-explained lesson plans, complete with readings and examples of student writing. An introductory essay provides context for how to utilize the book, and provides a philosophical framework for what creative writing can be for teenage students.
This project was commissioned by Writers in the Schools, who then published it for internal use within the national WITS Alliance. It has been in use nationally since 2011.
Wish List: How to Fix What’s Wrong with American Politics is an anthology of essays on American political reform, co-edited with Dr. Brian Stipelman (Prof. of Political Science and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dowling College). The collection brings together disparate voices in journalism, academia, governance, and the public sphere to identify elements in the structures of government that they would change if they could. These are operational changes, rather than policies, but they are (in our estimation) the biggest roadblocks to real change in this country. Our hope with this project is to begin conversations that might help shape some of the political unrest in the electorate toward repairing America’s dysfunctional government. The project is currently in process.