Dr. Jan Carpenter, chair of Marylhurst’s Department of Education, co-edited Imagine a Place: Stories from Middle Grades Educators, published in 2017 by Information Age Publishing.
Imagine a Place: Stories from Middle Grades Educators is the latest volume in the series The Handbook of Resources in Middle Level Education. Jan Carpenter co-edited another book in this middle level education series, Clinical Preparation at the Middle Level Practices and Possibilities, about effective partnerships between schools and teacher preparation programs, helping teacher candidates better understand the multi‐dimensional nature of teaching and learning in schools.
This latest volume, Imagine a Place: Stories From Middle Grades Educators, is an anthology of teacher-written narratives that have the power to offer hope, ignite creativity and provide practical ideas for middle grades teachers.
Imagine a Place is filled with stories of joy, stories of relationships, and stories of finding the treasure in challenging situations that provide powerful insight into the world of teaching young adolescent learners. One such story, Pieces of Work: Seeing Beyond Behavior, was contributed by Marylhurst alum George Roberts ’07, ’09.
Along with teacher narratives, Dr. Carpenter and her co-editors provide questions and exercises for thoughtful reflections on the themes and issues raised in each story, as well as guidance for the reader to write his or her own account of their middle grades teaching experiences.
Jan Carpenter is chair of Marylhurst University’s Department of Education. With 20+ years of educational experience, she has taught middle school and teacher education, currently leading Marylhurst’s M.A. in Teaching and Master of Education programs. She advocates for middle level students and teachers through her work with the Oregon Middle Level Consortium.