Lillian Weber (1917-1994)
Knowledge of the realities of life in urban classrooms led Weber to work with New
York City teachers. Her goal was to help teachers organize learning so that the.
classroom became more responsive to the ways in which young children learn. Weber made many contributions to early childhood education. She helped to
organize the Open Corridor Program at New York City College, as well as helped
establish the City College Advisory Service to train selected teachers to assist others in reorganizing their classrooms, and the Workshop Center for Open Education
at City College. She was a founding member of the North Dakota Study Group, a
National Organization for research on change in schools, a member of the boards
of the National Consortium on Testing and Prospect Archives and Center for Education and Research, and the first woman invited to deliver the annual John Dewey Lecture in Chicago. She led a government educational study mission to China in 1977. Weber also led seminars in Australia, Israel, Norway, Germany, Kenya, and Tanzania. She was the winner of the 1986 City College Gold Medal as City Woman
of the Year.The Workshop Center continues to provide urban teachers with support, training, and inspiration to educate young children. Weber's dream of matching the
classroom to the needs of the students to provide the best educational experience
possible is still alive.
|482. || The English Infant School and Informal Education. New Jersey: PrenticeHall, 1971. Discusses the theory and practice observed in British primary
schools during an eighteen-month study tour. Presents a history of the
infant school and material on the work of Susan and Nathan Isaacs, Basil
Bernstein, and Jerome Bruner. A classic.|
|483. || "Some Lasting Impressions of English Practice." In The Open Classroom
Charles E. Silberman. New York: Random House, 1973, pp. 22-26. Describes the activities and the skills that children develop in an
open classroom setting as well as the physical and educational environment of an English infant school.|
|484. || "The Rational of Informal Education." In The Open Classroom Reader, ed. Charles E. Silberman. New York: Random House, 1973, pp. 148-166.
Discusses the history of open education describing the influence of Jean
Piaget, and Susan and Nathan Isaacs.|
|485. || "Planning for the Free Day." In The Open Classroom Reader, ed.
Charles E. Silberman
. New York: Random House, 1973, pp. 352-361. Describes the.|