Welcome! Login | Register
 

Revs, D.C. United Play to 1-1 Draw at Gillette—The New England Revolution (5-3-5) and the (6-2-4)…

Monfredo: Year 10 Engaging Readers in Worcester - Book Drive a Huge Success—The ability to read well is the single…

Leonard Moorehead, The Urban Gardener: Sweet Memory—The most enduring sense is smell. We are…

Friday Financial Five – May 22, 2015—Instead of taking Social Security benefits as early…

NEW: Boston Bruins Name Don Sweeney General Manager—Boston Bruins Name Don Sweeney General Manager

Undefeated Streak Snapped, Revs Fall 4-2—The New England Revolution (5-3-4) fell 4-2 to…

Giorgio: Waco and Worcester—Last weekend nine people were killed in a…

NEW: Kraft, Patriots to Accept Deflategate Penalties—Kraft, Patriots to Accept Deflategate Penalties

NEW: Holy Cross Ranks as 2nd Best Roman Catholic School in Country—Holy Cross ranks as the second best roman…

Organize + Energize: Starting a Business? It’s Time to Get Organized!—Starting a business can be an exciting, crazy,

 
 

Clark Prof. Co-Authors Book, Says ‘Coaching Makes Better Teachers’

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

Eric DeMeulenaere is an assistant professor of Urban Schooling at Clark.

Can coaching a bunch of teenage girls on a soccer field make you a better teacher? A new book co-authored by Clark University professor Eric DeMeulenaere,“Reflections from the Field: How Coaching Made Us Better Teachers” (Information Age Publishing, $24.95), argues just that.

DeMeulenaere and his co-authors James E. McDermott, part-time faculty member at Clark University; Chad R. Malone of Premier Elite Athlete’s Collegiate, and Colette N. Cann of Vassar College, offer concrete lessons and suggestions for the classroom from the athletic field and gymnasium through colorful narratives written by teacher-coaches and commentaries on their stories.

The Content and Purpose of the Book

“[This book] offers a different portrayal of teachers—particularly urban teachers—than is commonly offered by the media and by school reformers,” said DeMeulenaere. “It does so by telling the stories of several amazing teachers who learned a lot about what it takes to be effective with students from their experiences coaching sports.”

Sarah Michaels, professor of education at Clark, described some of the narratives as “riveting and moving.”

In the Foreword of the book, she wrote, “Compelling, useful, emotionally inspiring, and cogently argued with evidence, the book will change you as you think about teachers, their knowledge, and their value.” Michaels suggests every pre-service teacher in the U.S., every teacher-educator, and every practicing educator read the book.

The book takes us from soccer field to the volleyball court and through the gym and delivers stories about trust, honesty, teamwork and leadership. Some of the stories, DeMeulenaere argues, “are ultimately much more powerful for teaching than learning about curriculum design or classroom management.”

“We hope these lessons can help teachers (and coaches) everywhere reframe our national conversation about what makes for powerful and effective teaching,” said DeMeulenaere.

Eric Deulenaere

DeMeulenaere is assistant professor of urban schooling in the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education at Clark. Prior to that, he taught middle and high school social studies and English and coached soccer in Oakland and San Francisco, Calif. In 2004, he co-founded and directed an innovative small public school in East Oakland that focused on social justice and increased academic outcomes for youth of color.

DeMeulenaere has also worked as a consultant with urban schools, assisting them in transforming their organizational cultures to better serve the needs of students. Since arriving at Clark, he has worked directly with teacher inquiry teams at partnership schools and has continued to teach courses to high school students there. He works to engage teachers in critically examining their teaching practices and developing more liberatory pedagogical practices. DeMeulenaere is currently working on the manuscript for his second book, “The Academic Activist.”

"Reflections from the Field" can be purchased at any major online bookseller or directly from the publisher.

DeMeulenaere’s book was just one of several academic works highlighted at Clark’s Salute to Faculty Scholarship on April 11. To access a complete list of faculty books and creative works from the past year, visit the Faculty Scholarship Web page.

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.