- An inspirational and holistic approach to teaching by a renowned Latinx scholar
- Defines seven steps to unlocking the potential of teachers and their students
- Deeply informed by the author's educational journey as a minority woman from a background of rural poverty
Laura Rendón is a scholar of national stature, known for her research on students of color and first-generation college students, and on the factors that promote and impede student success.
The motivation for the quest that Laura Rendón shares in this book was the realization that she, along with many educators, had lost sight of the deeper, relationship-centered essence of education, and lost touch with the fine balance between educating for academics and educating for life.
Her purpose is to reconnect readers with the original impulse that led them to become educators; and to help them rediscover, with her, their passion for teaching and learning in the service of others and for the well being of our society.
"Vital reading for anyone seeking to create more inclusive institutions for students and teachers alike." -- Diversity & Democracy (AAC&U)
"Challenging, inspiring, beautifully written, and unsual, this book calls readers to find ways to link mind and heart-- thinking and feeling-- to transform teaching and learning in higher education. Many faculty members, and certainly many graduate students considering work in academe, are interested in how to shape careers where their passions and values are central, and how to find satisfactory and meaningful balance in their commitment to both the professional and personal dimensions of their lives. Laura Rendon's volume offers insights, examples, questions and inspiration that will help those grappling with such issues." -- The Review of Higher Education
"This masterpiece...is about inclusion, one in which faculty and students become one in recognizing and accepting their responsibility [for] social justice and liberation. All who [teach] must read this book. It should be considered required marerial in diversity, social sciences and education courses. If I must select a word to describe this book, it would be ¡ Magnífico! -- Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
“In this highly inspiring book, Laura Rendón offers a road map of what is possible if we are willing to embrace a vision of education that balances the inner life and ways of knowing and thinking with the outer life of just action and compassionate service to the world. She challenges us to embrace a pedagogy of wholeness that has the potential of totally transforming our schools and academies by reclaiming them as soulful places of relationship-centered learning and teaching rooted in social justice and equity. Through her moving and authentic examples of herself and others, Rendón creates promise, hope and inspiration by giving us the framework and tools to make this vision of education a reality.” -- Linda Lantieri, Director, The Inner Resilience Program and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques for Cultivating Inner Strength in Children