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Holler If You Hear Me, Comic Edition

Gregory Michie Ryan Alexander-Tanner William Ayers Therese Quinn

176 pages
Teachers College Press
This graphic memoir of teaching in urban America is a brilliant reimagining of the classic text by Gregory Michie, Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students. Michie is joined by illustrator Ryan Alexander-Tanner and 10 artists—most of them young people of color—to bring a fresh, vibrant energy to the original tale of struggle and hope in the classroom. First published in 1999, the text has become one of the most enduring teacher memoirs of our time. Using comics to tell the story, this edition weaves back and forth, like the original, between Michie’s awakening as a young teacher and the first-person stories of his students. Set in 1990s Chicago, but startlingly relevant today, this powerful adaptation of a long-time educator favorite is sure to inspire a new generation of teachers, students, and anyone who is concerned about the future of public education. Book Features: A comics format that draws readers in and adds to the power of Michie’s original text. Each chapter is adapted and illustrated by a different artist, most of whom are young people of color. A new introduction and afterword by Michie and Alexander-Tanner that contextualize this comic edition. Students reflect on their experiences inside and outside of school. Highlights critical, present-day issues in K–12 schools, such as culturally relevant curriculum, cross-cultural teaching, racial justice, and the social contexts of teaching.
Author Bio
Gregory Michie teaches 7th- and 8th-graders in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. He is the author, most recently, of Same as It Never Was: Notes on a Teacher’s Return to the Classroom. Ryan Alexander-Tanner is an art teacher, illustrator, and coauthor (with William Ayers) of To Teach: The Journey, in Comics.