I have been publishing books in education since the late 1990s. Several volumes are new including two recent efforts with students, Exploring New Possibilities in Curriculum Policy (2017) and Curriculum Windows 1990s (2017, see below). Also, take a look at my memoir about the 2014 congressional race, Losing to Boehner, Winning America. In Summer 2015, I worked with doctoral and masters students at Miami to produce Was Someone Mean To You Today? Late in Fall 2014 Sourced Media Books released my second memoir entitled 50 Christmases: Stories of Love, Hope, and Reconciliation in Christmastide. Most of my books are still available from the original publisher or they can be purchased on-line from a third party vendor like Amazon.
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Exploring New Possibilities in Curriculum Policy (2017) is an effort by doctoral students in my EDL 783 elective: Curriculum Policy class from Fall of 2016 to take on significant curriculum issues in the early 21st century as they impact schools and higher education. Nine student authors write the core chapters on curriculum policy in the book, with responses to each chapter from colleagues Joel Malin, Brittany Aronson, Andrew Saultz, and me that frame and extend the texts and arguments. Morna McDermott of Towson University writes the excellent foreword. Please take a look at the book and consider adopting it for your class!
Curriculum Windows: What Curriculum Theorists of the 1990s Can Teach Us About Schools and Society Today (2017) is the fourth in a series of at least 6 books with IAP devoted to the Curriculum Windows series, an attempt by students of curriculum studies to provide a contemporary view of significant curriculum texts of past decades. Congratulations to editors Kelly Waldrop, Tasneem Amatulla, Cleighton Weiland, Jody Googins, and Vanessa Winn on the production of this volume with student contributors. Consider ordering the entire set of four volumes from Information Age Publishers!
Losing to Boehner, Winning America (2016) is my latest effort at memoir, a campaign story about our run in Ohio's 8th District against John Boehner in 2014. This story is about all that was won and lost in that year, the personal and political ups and downs, the education of a first time candidate. Thank you for taking a look at the book, already surpassing my hopes in terms of interest in the work. No doubt having it ready for campaign season has helped! This is a smart, funny, call to action. Take some time to think about how you can engage in the political process this year. There are many ways to do that! Read on...
Curriculum Windows: What Curriculum Theorists of the 1980s Can Teach Us About Schools and Society Today (2016) is the third of six books in the "Curriculum Windows" series published so far with IAP. Books on the 1990s, 2000s, and the 1950s are due out in the next two years. Congratulations to all of the students who have helped produce these volumes, particularly the student editors for this volume Kelly Waldrop, Chloe Bolyard, and Vicka Bell-Robinson, as well as Bill Schubert, who has graciously written the foreword for each volume. And thank you to Katherine Smith, artist and curricularist, who provided the artwork for the 1980s cover. Click on the book cover to the left to order from IAP.
Was Someone Mean To You Today? The Impact of Standardization, Corporatization, and High Stakes Testing on Students, Teachers, Schools, Society, and Democracy (2015) is the result of a summer course on curriculum theory and practice that I taught with masters and doctoral students at Miami. I call this book, edited by the entire class, with particular support by co-editor Jody Googins, a "flash book," since we conceived and produced the book for consumption by the public in less than 100 days. Using students autobiographical "bits," short writings about their own experiences with the demise in the current reform movements, individuals and groups developed longer "treatments" supported by literature, theory, and concepts that ultimately became the core, framework texts of our chapters. Please take a look at the reviews that are coming in, read the book, and consider using the book for professional development. Contact me to arrange an author talk, seminar, or professional development activity.
Curriculum Windows: What Curriculum Theorists of the 1970s Can Teach Us About Schools and Society Today (2015) is the second of four books that will be published by Information Age Publishers through the next several years. The third book on the 1980s and the fourth book on the 1990s are due out in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Thank you for supporting student scholarship on these important curriculum books and theorists. Click on the book cover to the left to order and click here to see a review of the book by Teachers College Record. My excellent co-editor on the project is former student/author Dr. Kelly Waldrop.
50 Christmases: Stories of Love, Hope, and Reconciliation in Christmastide (2014)
is a memoir of my first 50 Christmases. I treat each year with a short essay, focusing on life's twists and turns. Renowned artist Greg Lafever's sketches depict key movements in the story. The book hit #22 on Amazon's Best Seller List on November 11, 2014 in the category "Philosophy/Religious."
Curriculum Windows: What Curriculum Theorists of the 1960s Can Teach Us About Schools and Society Today (2013) is the first in the series of four books that will be published with Information Age Publishers over the next several years. This first volume examines curriculum books and theorists of the 1960s. To come are volumes on the 1970s and 1980s and 1990s. The book is co-written by doctoral students in our Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum (LCC) program who took a seminar with me in the Spring of the year entitled "EDL 765: Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Diversity." More information about the course is listed under "Curriculum Windows" in the navigation bar. Take a look at the flier for the book at the IAP website and at ordering information by clicking on the book icon to the left.
Teacher Leadership for the 21st Century (3rd Edition, 2015) was recently published by Van-Griner Publishers. I use the book with approximately 300 undergraduate pre-service teachers each year. Included in the book are excellent examples of my former students' own writing, communicating their thoughts and ideas, successes and mistakes as they make their way toward teaching and deal with the many complex issues they face in the field, in the classroom, and in the community as they push toward student teaching and licensure. Colleague Morna McDermott supplies the Foreword, and Kevin Talbert added an excellent chapter on Teachers' Unions. My new article "Stemming the Tide," which just appeared as a lead article in Kappa Delta Pi's Record, also appears as a new chapter on Teacher Activism. Click on the book icon to the left to get ordering information from Van-Griner.
Teaching Again (2012), is an effort to show the true challenges, possibilities, and joys of teaching in today's schools. Many thanks to colleague Laurel Chehayl for writing the Foreword, and to so many colleagues for helping me complete the project. You can find the book at Information Age Publishers; just click on the picture of the book below and type in "Poetter" in the search box.
10 Great Curricula (2011), is a joint effort with Miami University doctoral students who took a curriculum seminar with me that was designed to examine "great" progressive, democratic curriculum projects in schools and in the world. Their chapters constitute the core of the book. Thanks to Dan Marshall for his generous, timely, and insightful foreword and for the many positive responses to the text by peers and colleagues all around the country. You can find the book at Information Age Publishers; just click on the picture of the book below and type "Poetter" in the search box.
The Education of Sam Sanders (2006), a novel set in 2029, tells the story of Sam Sanders, a 14 year old boy, and his quest to undo the demoralizing, dehumanizing education system that he suffers under day to day in his local school. Filled with hope, this story of educational renewal shows how a community and its teachers/citizens can reclaim the school as a center for democratic life and change. You can find the book at Hamilton Books, part of Rowman & Littlefield; just click on the picture of the book below.
The Art and Science of Partnership (2009), written with community partners, this book shows how citizens can work together to forge community and educational renewal. You can find this book at University Press of America, part of the Rowman & Littlefield family of book publishers; just click on the picture below.
No Child Left Behind and the Illusion of Reform (2006), written with doctoral students at Miami University, explores the deep "deform" brought into our schools, the curriculum, and the teacher profession as a result of the passing and implementation of NCLB. You can find the book at University Press of America, part of the Rowman & Littlefield family of book publishers; just click on the picture below.
Critical Perspectives on the Curriculum of Teacher Education (2005), written with doctoral students at Miami University, explores the history and practice of teacher education in the United States and the critical issues that face pedagogues and teacher educators today. You can find the book at University Press of America, part of the Rowman & Littlefield family of book publishers; just click on the picture below.
Voices of Inquiry in Teacher Education (1997), written with masters students of teaching at Trinity University, describes the importance of teacher inquiry from the beginning of the process of "becoming teacher." In the 90s, I helped run a cohort of pre-service teachers at Lee High School in San Antonio in Trinity's award-winning and nationally recognized teacher education program. Five action research projects by students and my explanation of the theory and practice of inquiry as a central core of teacher preparation and teacher leadership form the central ideas of the book. Published originally by Lawrence Erlbaum, the book is now available for purchase from Routledge; just click on the picture below.