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Kate Hayley by Design
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The New Teacher Book

The offices of one of the most progressive educational publishers in the country is located a short bike ride away from the northern edge of Milwaukee’s progressive Riverwest neighborhood, where I’ve lived since 1991. Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. Since its founding in 1986, Rethinking Schools has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all fifty states, all ten Canadian provinces, and many other countries.

Early on, many of Rethinking Schools’s books were designed and produced by committees made up of volunteers. The results were wonderfully creative and highly inconsistent. Since 2000, I’ve had the privilege of working on many of the group’s books. We’ve established more consistency in how they are formatted, while still giving free reign to the creative spirits that roam through the organization’s halls and inhabit its cyberspace.

Publication of the second edition of the Rethinking Schools’s popular The New Teacher Book was a chance for me to introduce a new design style to the publisher. In their Acknowledgments, the editors wrote: “Kate Hawley brought an artist’s eye to the design of the book.” A small cog in a big organization, I am nevertheless proud when I get to contribute to Rethinking Schools’s impressive body of work.

6 x 9; 292 pages; softcover; black-and-white interior; offset lithography; perfect bound.