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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Sal Vascellaro

I am a member of the graduate faculty at Bank Street College of Education. As a faculty member I have overseen the work of fieldwork advisees in hundreds of schools across New York City; taught courses in curriculum development; consulted in NYC public and independent schools; and done presentations for teachers, administrators, and families. I have co-planned and led "long" trips to areas in the country world for educators to experiences social issues and social change first hand. Before joining the Bank Street faculty he was principal of the New Lincoln elementary school. As a teacher in public and independent schools he taught children ages three through eleven. He earned a doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Author of Out of the Classroom and into the World. (See: www.classroom2world.com.) In an educational environment that continues to support the nineteenth-century mission of mass producing workers for a factory economy, teaching becomes less about the pursuit of knowledge and more about squeezing "productivity" out of learners within the shortest amount of time. The book demonstrates that the wider world around students and teachers offers a deeper, more vital education that sparks their imagination, fuels their thinking, and compels them to have an impact on their environment--now and in the future.

Combining practical and theoretical guidance, along with informative photos and illustrations, Out of the Classroom and Into the World visits a rich variety of classrooms transformed by innovative field trip curricula--showing how student's hearts and minds are opened as they discover how a suspension bridge works, see what connects them to the people and places of their neighborhood, and come to understand the ecosystem of a river by following it to its source. The book also shows that what teachers can offer children is fueled by their own engagement with the world, and offers stunning examples from the present and past of teachers awakened by their direct experiences with the social issues plaguing American society, from the flood-torn neighborhoods on New Orleans to the mining areas of West Virginia.

Areas of Interest: 
Education for social and environmental justice; place-based education; social studies; children's literature4

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