Sal Vascellaro’s New Book

December 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Sal signing a book at his November 16th book launch at Bank Street

Click here to watch Sal Vascellaro talk about what inspired his new book.

Bank Street alumnus and faculty member Salvatore Vascellaro is the author of  “Out of the Classroom and into the World: Learning from Field Trips, Educating from Experience, and Unlocking the Potential of Our Students and Teachers ”

In his book, Vascellaro presents a compelling alternative for moving beyond today’s ineffective “teaching to the test” to create opportunities for real learning for both students and teachers that can reinvigorate America’s classrooms. The book’s driving force is that “education should move the learner outward physically and socially, as well as intellectually.”

The three sections of the book demonstrate the power of venturing beyond the classroom as an essential part of the education of children and teachers: first he follows the work of three New York public school teachers and their students as they “experiment with the world;” then he moves back in time to the work of Bank Street’s founder, Lucy Sprague Mitchell, with graduate students of the 1930s, ‘40s,and 50s, always drawing parallels to the work of teachers today; and he concludes the book with the impact of a four-week summer course based on the graduate students’ current ventures into the city.

Read more about Sal’s book!

Entry filed under: bank street history, community, constructivism, curriculum, environmental education, integrated curricula, our teachers, philosophy, social-emotional learning, teacher education.

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