It's Not about Grit (Paperback)

Trauma, Inequity, and the Power of Transformative Teaching

By Steven Goodman, Michelle Fine (Foreword by)

Teachers College Press, 9780807758984, 208pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2018

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2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award in Education

2019 PROSE Award in Education Finalist

Speaking out against decades of injustice and challenging deficit perceptions of young learners and their families, It's Not About Grit pulls back the veil, revealing the social systems that marginalize and stigmatize mostly poor, urban students of color and their communities. At the same time, author Steven Goodman, founding executive director of NYC's highly acclaimed Educational Video Center (EVC) for nearly 35 years, shows the tremendous intelligence, resilience, and sense of agency of these students. Through the students' in-school and out-of-school experiences, enhanced with a curriculum guide and award-winning video clips from EVC, Goodman encourages educators to make a difference and demonstrates how to create a safe and inclusive school climate where their teaching responds to students' culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, housing status, and ability. Teachers will use this book to develop a pedagogy of transformative teaching.

Book Features:

  • Draws on the author's many years of practice with struggling learners who may be experiencing the trauma of poverty, violence, or family separation.
  • Uses a unique blend of students' personal stories, classroom experience, and social and political policy to inform the teaching of marginalized students.
  • Provides a comprehensive review of the issues that students bring to the classroom, including health and housing, police and juvenile justice, immigration, gender and identity, and foster care.
  • Links to original clips from student-produced video documentaries and a curriculum guide to spark discussions in college courses, professional development workshops, and high school classes:

About the Author

Steven Goodman is founding executive director of Educational Video Center (EVC), a nonprofit youth media organization in New York City dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people. He is the author of Teaching Youth Media: A Critical Guide to Literacy, Video Production, and Social Change.