Hope and Healing in Urban Education proposes a new movement of healing justice to repair the damage done by the erosion of hope resulting from structural violence in urban communities. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from around the country, this book chronicles how teacher activists employ healing strategies in stressed schools and community organizations, and work to reverse negative impacts on academic achievement and civic engagement, supporting their students to become powerful civic actors. The book argues that healing a community is a form of political action, and emphasizes the need to place healing and hope at the center of our educational and political strategies. At once a bold, revealing, and nuanced look at troubled urban communities as well as the teacher activists and community members working to reverse the damage done by generations of oppression, Hope and Healing in Urban Education examines how social change can be enacted from within to restore a sense of hope to besieged communities and counteract the effects of poverty, violence, and hopelessness.

chapter 1|15 pages


chapter 2|26 pages

Transforming Trauma Into Hope and Power

chapter 4|21 pages

Creating a Healing Zone in San Francisco

chapter 5|27 pages

Radically Healing Schools and Communities

Healing-Centered Pedagogy and Forgiveness

chapter 6|18 pages

Healing with Street Love

chapter 7|11 pages

La Cutura Cura

How Culture Cures and Builds Activism

chapter 8|10 pages


Concluding Notes on Recreating Self, Society, and Change