Books: Non-Fiction

Social Studies for a Better World: An Anti-Oppressive Approach for Elementary Educators

Book — Non-fiction. By Noreen Naseem Rodriguez & Katy Swalwell. 2021. 256 pages.
This book is full of social justice teaching methods and materials for elementary educators.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001-
Themes: Education

Social Studies for a Better World book

In this engaging guide, two social studies educators unpack problems that so often characterize the elementary curriculum and show how creative solutions can replace common pitfalls.

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, teacher education student, or curriculum coordinator, this book can transform your understanding of the social studies disciplines and their power to disrupt the narratives that maintain current inequities.

ISBN:  9781324016779 | W. W. Norton & Company


Brilliantly conceptualized, Social Studies for a Better World offers essential insights for understanding the ability of social studies to help students decipher the past and make sense of the present. Equally important, it provides an easy-to-follow blueprint for classroom implementation. This is essential reading for anyone who believes in the power of social studies to transform society. — Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of history, The Ohio State University

No one should step into an elementary classroom without first reading Social Studies for a Better World. The book sings with possibility about creating classrooms of justice and kindness. It is utopian in the absolute best sense of the term. So many teaching books are dry as dust, and pedagogically unhelpful. But Noreen Naseem Rodríguez and Katy Swalwell know what they are talking about. Inviting, warm, and deeply humane, Social Studies for a Better World is the book that all elementary teachers need in these hard times. — Bill Bigelow, curriculum editor, Rethinking Schools

Speaking as scholars, educators, mothers, and human beings, Noreen Naseem Rodríguez and Katy Swalwell offer the support and inspiration educators need to skillfully practice anti-oppression in our classrooms and to prepare children to carry that practice into their lives outside of school. — Carla Shalaby, author of Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School 

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