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Nurture, Care, Respect, and Trust
Transformative Pedagogy Inspired by Janusz Korczak
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Nurture, Care, Respect, and Trust is the first collection of interdisciplinary and logically interconnected papers from nationally and internationally acclaimed researchers in philosophy, psychology, history of education, teacher training, educational leaders and practitioners, child advocates, and educators who have been motivated by the philosophy and pedagogy of Dr. Janusz Korczak (1878-1942), a world famous moral exemplar and champion of children’s rights. The book provides answers to timely questions of how to respect children’s rights in K-12 schools, community centers, summer camps, and colleges; how to create an atmosphere of trust and safety, and provide social-emotional learning in the classroom; how to become a genuine child advocate; and how to support growing child agency. It also tells the story of Korczak, his life, and the lives of the children in his charge. Nurture, Care, Respect, and Trust details how Korczak’s legacy encourages and stimulates new projects and spreads around the world. The volume serves as a rich resource of practical materials for teachers and university instructors, introducing a number of innovative lesson plans, examples of students’ works, and school projects inspired by Korczak’s pedagogy.

Table of Contents:

Foreword
Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Foreword
Amy Spangler

Introduction
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady and Peter C. Renn
A Letter from the Editors: Ten Reasons to Read This Book

PART I
Learn and Follow: Korczak, a Life Story of Dedication and Love
1. The Good Doctor of Warsaw
Elisabeth Gifford

2. The Home for Orphans during WWII: A Micro-History of Perseverance and Care
Agnieszka Witkowska-Krych

3. Janusz Korczak: Sculptor of Children’s Souls
Marcia Talmage Schneider

4. On Becoming Korczak: A Short Reflection
Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

5. Korczak: From Dijon to Seattle–an Odyssey
Mark Bernheim
Assignments for Part I

PART II
Advocate and Win: Korczak as a Champion of the Rights of the Child
6. Starting with the Rights of the Child
Kenneth Bedell

7. The Rights of the Child and the Order of the Smile: Korczak’s Influence in Today’s World
Marek Michalak

8. Two UN Conventions and Their Fathers: Janusz Korczak and Raphael Lemkin
Ewa Łukowicz-Oniszczuk

9. Echoes from Korczak: Children’s Participation Today
Ewa Jarosz

10. Human Rights Library: An Interview with Jonathan Levy
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, Peter C. Renn, and Amy Spangler
Assignments for Part II

PART III
Nurture and Care: Early Childhood Support as a Basis for a Happy and Successful Life
11. Meeting Basic Needs and Getting Children on Track to Fulfill Their Potential
Angela M. Kurth, Darcia Narvaez, and Mary S. Tarsha

12. The Canadian Model of Community Social Pediatrics: Respecting Children's Rights to Quality Education through Integrated Healthcare
Gilles Julien and Hélène (Sioui) Trudel

13. Janusz Korczak and Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Hillel Goelman

14. Preschoolers as Explorers: How to Ensure Respect for Their Rights
Ljubov M. Klarina

15. Why Should Children Learn to Take Risks
Helma Brouwers
Assignments for Part III

PART IV
Respect and Inspire: From School Years to College
16. Responsibility for Self, Others, and the Community: Practical Implications of Korczak’s Educational Vision
Sara Efrat Efron

17. To Inspire Not to Compel: Korczak’s Ideas and Practice of Moral Education
Marc R. Silverman

18. Janusz Korczak and John Dewey on Re-Instituting Education
Joop W.A. Berding

19. Lessons from Korczak: The Post Office as a Case Study
Shlomi Doron

20. From Despair to Agency: The Call from Janusz Korczak
Kristin R. Poppo

21. Found Poetry: An Interview with Julie Scott
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, Peter C. Renn, and Amy Spangler

22. Bringing Irena Sendler and Janusz Korczak into the Classroom: Contemporary Topics for Curricular Integration
Tilar J. Mazzeo
Assignments for Part IV

PART V
Transform and Play: Creating Different Educational Realities Inspired by Korczak
23. Guiding Children for Virtue
Tonia Bock, Darcia Narvaez, Ralph Singh, and Mary S. Tarsha

24. Bets and Postcards: Fostering Children's Self-Efficacy
Wojciech Lasota

25. It Is Hard to Be in Charge: What Can We Learn from King Matt the First?
Tamara Sztyma

26. Nash Dom Camps: A Unique Space of Childhood
Irina Demakova

27. The Janusz Korczak Contest of Youth Literature
Shirane L.A. Halperin
Assignments for Part V

Afterword
Respecting and Developing Children: A Valuable Collaboration with Janusz Korczak
Lukas Ritson and Caitlin Murphy

Appendices:
I. Found Poetry Project—Julie Scott
I.1. Guidelines
I.2. Students’ Poems about Korczak

II. Youth Courts and Postcards:
Incorporating Korczak and Principles of Restorative Justice in a School Youth Court—Ira T. Pataki
Introduction
II.1. Youth Court Process and Script
II.2. SKY Court Restorative Dispositions and a Hearing Report
II.3. Youth Court Foreperson Sheet
II.4. Youth Court Persuasive Strategies, FCOP
II.5. Juror Questions
II.6. Respondent Statement Sheet
II.7. A Letter to the Postcard Recipient
II.8. Lesson Plan: Academic Language Arts 7, Periods 1–2
II.9. The Six Pillars of Character and Their Use in Language Arts Lessons
II.10. Postcard Types

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Reviews & Endorsements:

"This book has its specific meaning for the study of pedagogy and its sub-disciplines (historical, comparative, general pedagogy, intercultural, interreligious education, social pedagogy), but also for the study of other human sciences such as philosophy, psychology and sociology. The contributions are characterized by new impulses for the worldwide implementation of children's rights. This book should not only belong in the stock of libraries of educational institutions, it is addressed to all people who are committed to the worldwide implementation and effective compliance of children's rights." (Read the full review HERE.)

Book review by Reinhard Golz and David Whybra in Issue 1-2020 of the peer-reviewed journal International Dialogues on Education: Past and Present

"In our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, bringing the life and work of Janusz Korczak into the classroom is of vital importance to teachers and students. As we advocate for students' social, emotional, and academic needs, Korczak provides innovative ideas and strategies for developing compassionate and culturally responsive classrooms. After participating in a recent Korczak educators’ workshop, I am now empowered to use his ideas to effectively educate the whole child and promote student agency and self-advocacy."

Ryan Hauck, Director, Global Classroom Program at World Affairs Council, Seattle, WA Social Studies Teacher, Glacier Peak High School, WA

"Children’s rights issues that Korczak pioneered are even more relevant today than they were in his lifetime. This volume’s mission is not just to acknowledge and celebrate his groundbreaking legacy but also to expand on it in current thinking and practice."

Jerry Nussbaum, President, Korczak Association of Canada

“It is indeed heartening to see such a wonderful exposition of the life and work of Janusz Korczak published for today's generation of students and teachers.”

Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University

"Korczak reminds us that the children we are educating are not ‘potential’ people, but are already people with their own needs, ideas and concerns. Listening to them and including them in the decisions about their learning makes our teaching more powerful, and, most importantly, more human. This compelling book will allow educators to become familiar with Korczak’s inspiring legacy, and use it to transform their practice."

Nance Morris Adler, Internationally acclaimed educator for “We are Here! - Foundation for Upstanders,” USHMM Museum Teacher Fellow, Holocaust Center for Humanity Powell Fellow, Seattle, WA

"In American schools today we are just rediscovering the concept of student-centered instruction and teaching the whole child. These ideas were foundational for the Polish physician and educator, Janusz Korczak. If we followed Korczak’s principles here, our schools would become humane learning centers where all children could study and flourish."

Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P., International Education Administrator, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA