Critical Praxis and Curriculum Guides

The Critical Praxis and Curriculum Guides is a curriculum-based series reflective of theory creating praxis. The series targets not only undergraduate and graduate audiences, but also tenured and “experienced” teachers of all disciplines. Research suggests that teachers need to have well-designed, thematic-centered curricula and lessons at their disposal. This is accomplished when the school works as a community to meet their own needs. Community in this sense includes working collaboratively with students, parents, and local community organizations to help build the curriculum. Practically, this means that time is devoted to professional development workshops, not exam reviews or test preparation pointers, but real learning. Together with administrators, teachers form professional learning communities (PLCs) to discuss, analyze, and revise curricula and share pedagogical strategies that meet the needs of their particular school demographics. This communal approach was found to be more successful than requiring each individual teacher to create lessons on her/his own. Ideally, we would love it if each teacher could create their own authentic lessons because only s/he truly knows her/his students – and we encourage it, because it is possible! However, as educators ourselves, we understand the realities our colleagues in public schools face, especially when teaching in high needs areas.
The Critical Praxis and Curriculum Guides provides relief for educators needing assistance in preparing their lessons. When possible, and in the spirit of communal practices, the series welcomes co-authored books by theorists and practitioners or solo-authored books by an expert deeply informed by the field. Because we strongly believe that theory guides our practice, each guide will blend theory and curriculum chapters creating a praxis. All, of course, in a critical pedagogical framework. Ultimately, the guides will serve as resources for teachers to use, expand upon, revise, and re-create.


  • Title: Casework in K–6 Writing Instruction

    Casework in K–6 Writing Instruction

    Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
    Volume 7
    by Jenifer Jasinski Schneider (Volume editor) 2014
    ©2014 Textbook 249 Pages
  • Title: Becoming Activist

    Becoming Activist

    Critical Literacy and Youth Organizing
    Volume 6
    by Elizabeth Bishop (Author) 2014
    ©2015 Textbook 135 Pages
  • Title: Curriculum*-in-the-Making


    A Post-constructivist Perspective
    Volume 5
    by Wolff-Michael Roth (Author) 2013
    ©2014 Textbook 232 Pages
  • Title: Encountering Texts

    Encountering Texts

    The Multicultural Theatre Project and «Minority» Literature
    Volume 4
    by Joi Carr (Author) 2016
    ©2015 Textbook 250 Pages
  • Title: Teaching Truly

    Teaching Truly

    A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education
    Volume 3
    by Donald Trent Jacobs (Author)
    ©2013 Textbook 282 Pages
  • Title: Critical Literacy in English Literature

    Critical Literacy in English Literature

    Volume 2
    by Priya Parmar (Author) Hindi Krinsky (Author)
    ©2013 Textbook 204 Pages
  • Title: Anti-Islamophobic Curriculums

    Anti-Islamophobic Curriculums

    Volume 1
    by Rahat Zaidi (Author) 2019
    ©2017 Textbook 134 Pages