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Rationale/Why?:

Teachers in the U.S. have developed a bit of an inferiority complex. All too often educators become overly modest when becoming self-referentia l, saying “I’m just a teacher.” This is wrong on a number of levels.
  • The basis of this project is that NOBODY is “just” a teacher:
    • The public schools are both a reflection of, and a contributor to, society as a whole; accordingly, teachers are some of the primary agents that shape society;
    • As such, every teacher’s story is worth telling.
  • In addition, there has developed a dearth of instruction nationally regarding the foundations of education; teacher stories from a variety of periods prove, time and time again, that if educators simply pay attention to what has come before, we would quickly realize that there is not much truly new in education and that we can learn quite a bit from those who have dealt with these issues before.

Potential interview subjects/Who?:

There are a variety of “teacher stories” that we are seeking. Primarily we hope to include:
  • Teachers that have 25+ years experience in the field; and/or
  • Teachers that have experience both before and after 1983; and/or
  • Teachers that taught in the early half of the 20thCentury (prior to the 1950’s); and/or
  • Teachers with extensive experience working with historically marginalized populations (i.e. high poverty, ethnic minority, immigrant, ESL, etc)
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Questions/Concerns/Huh?:

Please contact either of the following:
  • Dr. Edward Janak, Department of Educational Studies, University of Wyoming, ejanak@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-3769
  • Chad Hutchens, Digital Resources Librarian, University of Wyoming Libraries, chutchen@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-5560

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