Why Partnerships Can Energize Our Classrooms

 In which Debbie Zacarian and I discuss the possibilities (and urgency) of creating and fostering community as part of the role of educators.


Publication date:  Fall 2015

From: Montessori Life
Publication: Montessori Life
Volume/issue: Vol. 27, No. 1
Publication date: Spring 2015

New Works by a Montessori Newcomer
Michael Silverstone, an Elementary co-lead teacher at Pincushion Hill Montessori in Ashland, MA, and a student teacher enrolled in the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC), recently coauthored (with Debbie Zacarian) the book In It Together! Advancing Educational Equity, Access, and Engagement with Students, Families, and Communities. The book was published in February by Corwin Press. In addition, Michael wrote one of the concluding essays for the anthology Why We Teach Now, edited by Sonia Nieto and published by Columbia University's Teachers College Press in late 2014. Titled "Jumping Off Cliffs and Touching the Ground with Wings," the essay is a personal account of how, after 15 years teaching second grade, Michael's inability to reconcile his values as an educator with traditional schools' growing reliance on testing led to his choice to become a Montessori educator.

Some recent publications: 
In It Together: How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms by Debbie Zacarian and Michael Silverstone (Corwin Press).

Also we wrote the 2nd Grade section of:
Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms - English Language Arts, Grades K-2

Promoting Content and Language Learning

edited by Margo Gottleib, director of assessment and evaluation for the Illinois Resource Center and lead developer for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium  at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Prof. Gisela Ernst-Slavit of Washington State Universtiy.

published March 2013 by Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA

For more than 20 years, Dr. Sonia Nieto has been interviewing and anthologizing writing by teachers on the motivations at the core of their calling to be educators. My essay "Jumping Off Cliffs and Touching the Ground with Wings" appears at the end of the teacher essays in her most recent collection. Why We Teach Now (Columbia University Teacher's College Press, 2015)


Some of my other books in print:

Some published articles:

Looking Ahead to Next Year
Responsive Classroom Newsletter Summer 2005

Seeing English Learners through New Eyes
March 2005
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