Basic Needs by Julie Landsman
A Year With Street Kids in a City School

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In Basic Needs: A Year With Street Kids in a City School, Julie Landsman chronicles one year as a teacher in a program for students in such serious trouble they are asked to leave their middle schools and attend a special program for disruptive students. Landsman allows her readers to get to know the students, their home and street situations, and how their stories develop over the year, and in doing so, shows the complexity of young people, their beauty, and their individuality.

This second edition is as current a story as the original: about kids in trouble and their resiliency. Landsman has added a foreword, afterword, and an extensive Resource Guide, which includes all the text of activities from Diversity Days, revolving around how to create a community in your classroom and includes ideas for every week of the school year. Landsman also includes a list of books to read over the summer for busy teachers. In total, the second edition of Basic Needs is a worthy follow-up to the highly praised original.

About Julie Landsman

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Julie Landsman has taught in Minneapolis Public Schools for 25 years. She has also been a visiting Professor at Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota, and an adjunct professor at Hamline University and Metro State University in St. Paul. She has published numerous articles in journals such as "Educational Leadership" and "Teachers and Writers Collaborative". She is the author of "Basic Needs: A Year With Street Kids in a City School; A White Teacher Talks About Race;" and "Growing Up White: A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism, " all three published by Rowman Education.She has also published behavior guide called Tips For Creating a Manageable Classroom with Milkweed Editions. Julie Landsman authored Welcome To Your Life: Writings for the Heart of Young America, with David Haynes also with Milkweed. She also edited From Darkness to Light, Teens Write About Overcoming Trouble, with Fairview Press. Julie writes poetry and fiction and recently won the New Letters Prize for her short story, Suspension . She is currently co-editing a new book for Stylus with Robert Simmons and Steven Grineski entitled Going Deeper: Ideas From The Field For Having Open and Honest Conversations About Race. (tentative title) Julie is a frequent speaker and consultant around the country and abroad. She can be reached by email at or through her website at
Published December 1, 2003 by R&L Education. 248 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Landsman, a Minneapolis teacher, here recounts episodes from the year she taught troubled teenagers who had been tossed out of their regular schools.

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