Faculty Personal Pages
Lang Visiting Professor of Social Change
Department of Educational Studies
and the Lang Center for Social Change
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Research and Teaching Interests:
Herbert Kohl is currently the Lang Visiting Professor for Social Change at Swarthmore College. Prior to this he was the Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Education at the University of San Francisco, where he helped to train a cohort of teachers focused on working to change schools from within. He has also worked as a Senior Fellow at the Open Society Institute, a part of the Soros Foundations Network, and he has taught and lectured at colleges and universities around the world.
Herb Kohl has been teaching and writing for over forty years. During that time he has taught every grade from kindergarten through graduate school. His career as a teacher began in 1962 in Harlem where he taught sixth grade, an experience he documented in his book, 36 Children. From 1962 to 1968 he also ran a storefront school for junior high and high school students, worked as a curriculum coordinator for the Parent Board of the I.S. 201 Community School District, and was founder and first director of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative. Among his more than 40 books are Basic Skills, Growing Minds, Making Theater, The Question is College, and The Discipline of Hope. He is the co-author of The Long Haul, with Judith Kohl and Myles Horton, founder of the Highlander Center. His most recent book is She Would Not be Moved: How we tell the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. At the center of Kohl’s teaching and writing has been a focus on school reform based on commitment to equity and social and economic justice.
Teaching for Social Justice
Teacher as Stranger