The New Teacher Revolution: Changing Education for a New Generation of Learners


Josh Stumpenhorst

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    Praise for The New Teacher Revolution by Josh Stumpenhorst

    “Understanding how students learn is as, if not more, important than what they learn. Creating environments that are welcoming, inclusive of all, and yet challenging is crucial to create well-rounded learners. Josh has captured in his text what all classrooms should look and feel like. His approach is one of understanding and offers practical advice to help anyone achieve the classroom all students deserve.”

    STEVEN W. ANDERSON, Author of Content Curation and The Relevant Educator, Educational Evangelist

    “The New Teacher Revolution: Changing Education for a New Generation of Learners is an awesome guide for any teacher, but a critical one for new teachers. Josh Stumpenhorst guides us through transforming classroom practice with a fun and accessible read that helps us use today’s tools for today’s learners.”

    KATHERINE BASSETT, Executive Director of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year

    “The New Teacher Revolution is an authentic piece of work that is sure to inspire and support beginning teachers in their first years. Stumpenhorst speaks from the heart and from experience about establishing relationships with students and parents, motivating and engaging students, and the importance of reflection and growth. He provides insight into a truly student-centered approach to teaching and learning.”

    MAUREEN KINCAID, Education Department Chair

    “This book will challenge your conventional thinking and inspire you to step out of your comfort zone to create the best possible learning environment for your students. A must read for new and veteran teachers!”

    TAMARA LETTER, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher

    “With a bird’s-eye view on changes to education past, present, and future, Josh clarifies the goals most salient to the teaching profession, while providing solutions to entrenched challenges. Any teacher, new or veteran, will rethink their classroom after reading this book.”

    ANGELA MAIERS, Educator and Author

    “I have always believed ‘the duty of the revolutionary is to make the revolution’ and that is exactly what Josh has done. He candidly shares his insights on teaching, all the way down to specific techniques, that will aid a generation of educators in creating meaningful, rigorous, and enjoyable learning experiences for our students. Josh is certainly moving the teaching profession forward.”

    CHAD MILLER, Director of Teacher Development

    “Josh Stumpenhorst is an all-star teacher. And the advice he provides for his colleagues comes from his own authentic experience in the classroom and from a place of deep respect for students and learning. For new teachers in search of mentoring, this book is the place to start.”

    DANIEL H. PINK, Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

    “Josh has done the near impossible: created a how-to book for teachers that is not only highly informative, but also engaging. New or veteran teachers will get ready to use and tweak ideas from the very first chapter, making this book a must-read and must-add to any staff bookshelf.”

    PERNILLE RIPP, Teacher, Speaker, Creator of the Global Read Aloud, and Author of Empowered Schools, Empowered Students

    “The dynamic changes in society have fundamentally altered our learners, resulting in a system that no longer meets their needs. Josh Stumpenhorst not only provides a plan to right the ship, but backs it up by including numerous strategies that have been successfully implemented in schools across the nation and beyond.”

    ERIC SHENINGER, Author of Digital Leadership

    “Josh lays out a bold vision for what it means to teach authentically, including everything from classroom leadership to engagement to teaching strategies. He does so in a style that is practical, thought provoking and approachable. This book will challenge your thinking to transform your teaching!”

    JOHN SPENCER, Teacher and Author


    For my sons, Tanner and Kaleb, who are a daily reminder for me to constantly push for better education for all learners.


    Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers:

    • Lisa Dabbs
    • Education Consultant
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Dee Dulin
    • First-Grade Teacher
    • Sam Houston Elementary
    • Maryville, TN
    • Ashley Hammonds
    • Assistant Principal
    • Sam Houston Elementary
    • Maryville, TN
    • Tina Kuchinski
    • English Teacher, Department Chair
    • Gresham High School
    • Gresham, OR
    • Anna Kwan
    • Classroom Teacher Denver Public Schools
    • Denver, CO
    • Tamara Letter
    • Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
    • Hanover County Public Schools
    • Ashland, VA

    About the Author

    Josh Stumpenhorst is a junior high history and English teacher in suburban Chicago, Illinois, where he lives with his wife and two sons. In addition to teaching, he is an athletic director, team leader, computer club advisor, track coach, and basketball coach, and serves on numerous curriculum and technology committees at the school and district level. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a National Boards certification in early adolescence social science. Beyond traditional professional development, Josh is an active member of the Twitter (@stumpteacher) and blogging community as well as a respected presenter. He has presented at technology conferences such as the International Society of Technology Conference, Illinois Computer Educators Conference, Midwest Education Technology Conference, and the Illinois Education Technology Conference. Josh has also presented on a variety of education topics at the Illinois Reading Conference, Reform Symposium, a variety of Edcamps, as well as numerous other presentations to local and regional school districts and colleges. His work has been recognized by the International Society of Technology Educators as it named Josh a member of its Emerging Leaders Class of 2011. Josh has also been recognized as the Illinois Computer Educator’s Educator of the Year for 2012 and he was the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. In addition, he was recognized with a California Casualty Teaching Excellence Award by the National Education Association and was the Illinois Education Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award winner in 2012. Josh was named as a Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow in 2013 and awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from North Central College that same year. Josh is an active blogger at Stump the Teacher and his work there has received recognition through numerous Edublog Awards nominations. In addition, you can find written contributions of his at SmartBrief Education and the EdReach Community where he is the lead on the Disruptor Channel. Josh can also be heard as a regular guest commentator on the BAM Radio Network and has also appeared as a guest on Huffington Post Live. As a connected member of the social media community, Josh regularly consults at education conferences and professional development activities as he is seen as a prolific connected educator.

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