The author presents her learning process in creating this essay, by highlighting some of Harriet Cuffaro's many insights, which she offers within the context of an unfolding story. She also takes the liberty of weaving her story together with Cuffaro's, interwoven with aspects of John Dewey’s philosophy.

Author Biography

Celia Genishi is professor emerita of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her books include Children, Language, and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times. Earlier in her career, she was a preschool teacher; her research interests include childhood bilingualism, language use, play, and literacy, as well as collaborative research with teachers. She is a recipient of an Advocate for Justice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

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