For Jean’s 70th birthday on July 17, 2013, students and friends wrote a series of letters and reflections on their work with her. Sara Zaidi, one of Dr. Anyon’s students at the time, collected the writing pieces and bound them in a book to present to her at a celebratory dinner in her honor at the Boat Basin in New York City.
A poster for Radical Possibilities, Dr. Anyon’s most recent contribution to the academic canon, hung in her office. Radical Possibilities offers a structural theoretical lens through which to view education policy. Dr. Anyon connects education to other public sectors, such as transportation and housing, and offers a critique of education reform that has influenced the work of many scholars and practitioners throughout the education and public policy communities. In the book, she calls for a new social movement that suggests community organizing as a way to bring about education policy change that offers a fair, just education for all students.
Dr. Anyon inspired critical work in her students. She co-authored a book, Theory and Educational Research: Toward Critical Social Explanation, with Dr. Michael Dumas, Dr. Darla Linville, Dr. Kathleen Nolan, Dr. Madeline Perez, Dr. Eve Tuck, and Dr. Jen Weiss, that explores the use of using critical social theory in educational research. She proudly displayed a poster of the book’s cover in her office.