Books

Teaching Gender and Sexuality at School:

Letters to Teachers (2019)

In this set of letters to teachers, I address a full range of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students and families at elementary and secondary school. I talk to teachers about how they can support the LGBTQ students and families by normalizing LGBTQ lives in the curriculum, challenging homophobic and transphobic ideas, and building an inclusive school culture that both expects and welcomes LGBTQ students and their families.

In this set of letters to teachers, I address a full range of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students and families at elementary and secondary school. I talk to teachers about how they can support the LGBTQ students and families by normalizing LGBTQ lives in the curriculum, challenging homophobic and transphobic ideas, and building an inclusive school culture that both expects and welcomes LGBTQ students and their families.

Reviews

‘Reading this book is like taking a late afternoon walk with Tara through the incredible archive of stories, research data, resources and relationships that she has lovingly created and curated over the course of her landmark career. There is teaching here, but it is not didactic. The book doesn’t tell teachers what to do. Rather, it engages teachers as they are: people negotiating all kinds of different issues, views and needs while working towards a classroom environment that does less harm to everyone in the name of how gender and sexuality are ‘supposed’ to go. There are as many ways into the work here as there are ways of living gender and sexuality.’

—Dr. Lee Airton, Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education, Queen’s University and author of Gender – Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say and What to Do in the New Gender Culture.

Women Writing Letters:

Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 (2013, 2014, 2015)

Over the four seasons of Women Writing Letters, a literary performance series curated by Gailey Road Productions (2011-2015) sixty-one women identifying writers and artists wrote and performed a variety of letters on a variety of topics sharing experiences of everyday life.  The series featured both established and up-and-coming writers reviving the art of letter writing.

Over the four seasons of Women Writing Letters, a literary performance series curated by Gailey Road Productions (2011-2015) sixty-one women identifying writers and artists wrote and performed a variety of letters on a variety of topics sharing experiences of everyday life.  The series featured both established and up-and-coming writers reviving the art of letter writing.

Season 1

A Letter to the Night I’d Rather Forget

A Letter to My ______ Birthday Ever
A Letter to the Things I Never Told My Mother
A Letter to My Nemesis

Season 2

A Letter to God

A Letter to My 12-Year-Old Self
A Letter to My First Boss
A Letter to The Best Present I Ever Received

Season 3

A Letter to the Teacher I’ll Never Forget
A Letter to My Hometown
A Letter to My First-Year University Self
A Letter to My 16-Year Old Self
A Letter to My Queer Family

Season 4

A Letter to the Road I Didn’t Travel
A Letter to My Grandmother
A Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self

Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School:

Choices, Risks and Dilemmas (2003)

Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School: Choices, Risks, and Dilemmas is a book for teachers and teacher educators working in communities that educate children who do not speak English as a first language. At the center of the book are findings from a four-year critical ethnographic case study of a Canadian high school with a large number of immigrant students from Hong Kong and rich descriptions of the multitude of ways teachers and students thought about, responded to, and negotiated the issues and dilemmas that arose. The solutions and insights they derived from their experiences of working across linguistic, cultural, and racial differences will be of interest to educators in other locales that have become home to large numbers of immigrant families. The book is designed to help readers think about how the issues and dilemmas in the case study manifest themselves in their own communities and how to apply the insights they gain to their own teaching and learning contexts.  Includes the performed ethnography Hong Kong, Canada.

Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School: Choices, Risks, and Dilemmas is a book for teachers and teacher educators working in communities that educate children who do not speak English as a first language. At the center of the book are findings from a four-year critical ethnographic case study of a Canadian high school with a large number of immigrant students from Hong Kong and rich descriptions of the multitude of ways teachers and students thought about, responded to, and negotiated the issues and dilemmas that arose. The solutions and insights they derived from their experiences of working across linguistic, cultural, and racial differences will be of interest to educators in other locales that have become home to large numbers of immigrant families. The book is designed to help readers think about how the issues and dilemmas in the case study manifest themselves in their own communities and how to apply the insights they gain to their own teaching and learning contexts.  Includes the performed ethnography Hong Kong, Canada.

Weaving Connections:

Educating for Peace, Social and Environmental Justice. (2000)

Edited with my colleague David Selby at the beginning of a new century, Weaving Connections is a call to action by progressive educators to teach and live in respect and balance

Edited with my colleague David Selby at the beginning of a new century, Weaving Connections is a call to action by progressive educators to teach and live in respect and balance.

Two Languages at Work:

Bilingual Life on the Production Floor (1997)

Two Languages at Work (1997) is an ethnography about language use, identity and economic survival and mobility in a Canadian multicultural, multilingual workplace. By examining the context of second language learning, I encourage researchers and teachers to re-examine assumptions about how to best help students in the process of learning a second language.

Two Languages at Work (1997) is an ethnography about language use, identity and economic survival and mobility in a Canadian multicultural, multilingual workplace. By examining the context of second language learning, I encourage researchers and teachers to re-examine assumptions about how to best help students in the process of learning a second language.

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Image credit: benjamin lee hicks (2019)

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