Month: June 2014

Turning Schools Inside Out: Connecting Schools and Communities Through Public Arts and Literacies

In this co-authored essay we tell a story about how students in a methods course partnered with a Chicago high school in order to turn their school inside out by displaying larger-than-life teacher portraits and statements at street level throughout the community. This work explores how public art and activism can help teachers and students develop notions of civic literacy and engagement in order to change prevailing ideas about teachers and schools in our communities. Can teachers learn to relate effectively in communities outside of schools? Is this a desirable or even useful goal for educators? We set out to explore notions of partnership, community, civic literacy and engagement, and the role that teachers and students might play in shaping their communities. To read out more about this project and how you and your school can get involved in similar work, click here: