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Bill Ayers
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Bill Ayers

William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, has written extensively about social justice, democracy, education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise.

His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular journals, and his books include Teaching Toward Freedom; A Kind and Just Parent; Fugitive Days; On the Side of the Child; Teaching the Personal and the Political (with Ryan Alexander-Tanner); To Teach: The Journey, in Comics (with Kevin Kumashiro, Erica Meiners, Therese Quinn, and David Stovall); Teaching Toward Democracy (with Bernardine Dohrn); and Race Course. Edited books include A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation (with Janet Miller); Teaching for Social Justice (with Therese Quinn and Jean Ann Hunt); and the Handbook of Social Justice in Education (with Therese Quinn and David Stovall).