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Teachers Remember September 11th

At 8 a.m. on 9/11, over 8,700 children and 400 teachers showed up for school in downtown Manhattan as they did every morning. Within two hours, more than 5,000 students and nearly 200 teachers were running for their lives."

In Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11, 19 teachers tell their stories of what happened in Gotham schools that dark day and in the days and years that followed. Linda Lantieri opens her chapter with the quotation above and discusses the unconventional professional development programs Project Renewal offered to heal and reconnect educators to their jobs' "true meaning."

Published by Teachers College Press (2006) with Maureen Grolnick as Consulting Editor, the book also includes contributions from Professor Emeritus Maxine Greene and TC alumni Michelle Fine, Isaac Brooks and Stacey Fell-Eisenkraft.

In their accounts, the educators reflect on how their lives and the lives of the people they taught and worked with were forever changed. As Carole Saltz, Director of Teachers College Press, reflects in her preface, "Some simply retell their experiences, and in doing so allow readers to know their struggles to keep children physically and emotionally safe on that day, with no blueprint for action. Others bring us into the present as they think through what they have taken away from the experience to make them stronger and more thoughtful at their craft."


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