Who We Are
The Teachers' Press is a venture by career instructors from
Riverside-Brookfield Public High School, Riverside Illinois. Our materials
evolved through years of interaction with students in academically-oriented,
non-tracked classes. Collaborators since the 1960's, the units were
developed and revised in the classroom by Brant W. Abrahamson and Fred C.
Smith of Riverside-Brookfield High School in the near western suburbs of
Chicago. Abrahamson was selected as an Illinois Master Teacher in 1986.
Units are interdisciplinary, concept-oriented, durable, open-ended and
economical to use. A limited number of fundamental ideas taken from natural
science, history and the social sciences are focused upon a particular
theme--such as religion. It is studied from a variety of perspectives using
many established learning modes. Students are expected to provide
illustrations and examples from their lives. This makes them junior but
essential partners in the learning process. Instructors also can claim
ownership by using current technology. We encourage computer scanning,
editing and duplication.
Our materials are durable, based upon established principles of scholarly
thought. How can instructors be effective leaders in a transient
intellectual atmosphere? Why should students work hard if subject matter
soon may be discarded?
Our long-lasting, clearly-written, reproducible packets lead to
economical education. Since duplication is encouraged, a school needs to
purchase only as many packet copies as there are faculty members using the