A Place to Stand

Essays for Educators in Troubled Times
Mark A. Clarke; Foreword by Mary Catherine Bateson


The Surviving Innovation series is for pragmatic idealists—people who can imagine a better world and are committed toward working toward it; individuals who are dissatisfied with the status quo and discouraged at the pace of change; people who are passionate about making the world a better place but realistic about what it takes to accomplish it.

This book of essays, wonderfully introduced by Mary Catherine Bateson, offers hope in the maelstrom of change that surrounds educators today. Collectively, the essays provide a coherent approach to identifying problems and formulating strategies for solving them, but not a sequential, logical approach to effecting change. The essays are intended as resources for individuals trying to change things, and he assumes that people working for change are willing to change themselves as part of the process.

Praise / Awards

  • "This book offers a subtle tool kit for moving toward viable strategies for educational renewal, ways of reflecting rather than answers."
    —Mary Caterine Bateson, author of Composing a Life and Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way

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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 264pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2003
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-08879-9

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  • $30.50 U.S.



  • teacher burnout, professional development, narrative, standards, education, dealing with change, personal change, educational change, institutional change, rhythms of change, innovation, values, systems thinking, change agents, coherence, change process, reform, resistance, aligning behavior and beliefs, empowerment, troubled times, assessment, bullying, violence, critical pedagogy, apperceptive learning, teaching as learning, status quo