Linda Christensen is the Director of the Oregon Writing Project (OWP), located in the Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College. The OWP is part of the National Writing Project network, the oldest and largest professional development project in the United States. Linda is the author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching about Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word, Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom. She has co-edited several books, including The New Teacher Book Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom and Rethinking School Reform: Views from the Classroom. She has given keynote addresses at local, national, and international conferences about her work on literacy and social justice. She taught high school Language Arts and worked as Language Arts Curriculum Specialist for thirty years in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Rethinking Schools editorial board. She has received numerous awards, including the Fred Heschinger Award for use of research in teaching and writing from National Writing Project and the U.S. West Outstanding Teacher of Western United States and most recently, the Humanitarian Award from Willamette Writers.
Finding Joy and Justice in the Classroom
Linda talks about her book, Teaching for Joy and Justice, and what it means to create space for teachers to be intellectuals and artists in the classroom.