Urban Narratives: Life at the Intersections of Learning Disability, Race and Social Class
Dr. David J. Connor describes in vivid detail the lives of high school and former high school students of color with learning disabilities at the intersections. Many of the portraits feature students at the intersections of race, dis/ability, LGBTQ status, food and housing insecurity, and trauma. Each portrait also details information directed from students to teachers and what the students (portraits) wished that teachers knew about their lives, their hopes, dreams, fears and how to support… Read more
Connor, D. J. (2008). Urban narratives: Portraits in progress, life at the intersections of learning disability, race, & social class (Vol. 5). Peter Lang, Inc.
Diversity and Equity in the Classroom
Diversity and Equity in the Classroom brings theory and practice together using a student-centered and culture-centered approach. The book is based on a philosophy of social justice and student success for all. In the text the importance of the ethic of care in the classroom and how caring and social justice go hand in hand is presented. The text includes charts, drawings, and photos that teachers can use to teach about types of oppression such as sexism, racism, classism, religious… Read more
Pang, V. O. (2018). Diversity & equity in the classroom. Boston, MA: Cenage Learning.
Leading with Diversity: Cultural Competencies for Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
This report from the Education Alliance at Brown University provides research-based information on cultural competencies to help inform the design of professional development. This resource is designed for higher education, state-, and district-level educators and professional developers who are preparing teachers to work with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This guide draws together three sets of teacher cultural competencies in the areas of culture, language, and… Read more
Trumbull, E., & Pacheco, M. (2005). Leading diversity: cultural competencies for teacher preparation and professional development. Providence, R.I., The Education Alliance at Brown University. Retrieved from https://www.brown.edu/academics/education-alliance/publications/leading-diversity-cultural-competencies-teacher-preparation-and-professional-developmen.
Promoting Ethnic Identity Exploration While Teaching Subject Matter Content
This article provides a research-based model for teacher educators and K-12 classroom teachers to use to facilitate ethnic identify exploration among students in concert with teaching subject matter content. Researchers have found ethnic identification to be correlated with higher levels of psychological well-being and directly related to school success factors. Moreover, ethnic identity exploration engenders academic engagement and persistence in academic pursuits. This four dimensional… Read more
Branch, A.J. (2020). Promoting ethnic identity development while teaching subject matter content: A model of ethnic identity exploration in education. Teaching and Teacher Education, 87,
¿Qué voces escuchas? Aproximación a la lectura de cuentos a través de los ojos de los héroes silenciosos (What voices do you hear? An inclusive approach to read books through the eyes of the Unsung Heroes)
La lectura de cuentos tiende a enfocarse en los personajes principales e ignorar a los personajes secundarios. Sin las voces de éstos la lectura se vuelve egocéntrica y unívoca. En este artículo proponemos un modelo de lectura periférica e inclusiva en la que maestros y estudiantes escuchan y analizan las voces de los héroes silenciosos. El objetivo de este método es mostrar a los niños que leer cuentos con ojos inclusivos es el primer paso para convertirse en representantes de la pluralidad… Read more
Rodríguez-Valls, F. & Capdevila-Gutierrez, M. (2017). ¿Qué voces escuchas? Aproximación a la lectura de cuentos a través de los ojos de los héroes silenciosos. Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, 33(4), 63-75.
Disability Social History Project
This website is a community history project compiled predominantly by people who identify as disabled. It includes a detailed timeline of disability history as well as digital exhibits on such topics as "freak shows," eugenics, and disabled women.
Disability History Museum
This is an online collection of document, visual stills, and digital exhibitions associated with the cultural and social history of people with disabilities.
Special Education and the Subverting of Brown
This article examines critical connections between race and ability through examination of Brown v Board of Education, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and overrepresentation of minority students in special education. (Note: full text .pdf is available through CSU libraries.)
Ferri, B., & Connor, D. (2004). Special education and the subverting of Brown. The Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, 8(1), 57-74.
Fostering a Culture of Discourse in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms: Equity Approaches in Teaching and Teacher Education for Emergent Bilingual Students
The continued proliferation of linguistic diversity in US mainstream classrooms, coupled with the language demands of the Common Core Standards for mathematics instruction (CCSSM), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Principles to Actions (PtA), has prompted educational researchers to identify effective, linguistically relevant practices for preparing secondary mathematics educators adept at meeting the needs of emergent bilingual students. In this article, the authors argue… Read more
Aquino-Sterling, C., Rodriguez-Valls, F., & Zahner, W. (2016). Fostering a culture of discourse in secondary mathematics classrooms: Equity approaches in teaching and teacher education for emergent bilingual students. International Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS), 5(2), 87-107.
Moving From Teacher Bias to Teacher Agency
This is a video of a 90-minute seminar led by Rebekah Berlin and Dr. Robert Berry with a group of future teachers around the idea of acknowledging teacher bias and developing teacher agency, particularly around issues of equity in mathematics. What's powerful about this is Ms. Berlin's willingness to share how she confronted her own biases as a new teacher and realizes that "my locus of control turned out to be much larger than I thought" (at about 1:18:00). There are many ways to use… Read more
The seminar discussion is based on a book chapter of the same title:
Berlin, R. & Berry III, R. Q. (2018). Confronting the lies I tell myself. In M. Civil, D. White, & S. Celedon-Pattichis (Eds.). Access and Equity: Promoting High Quality Mathematics in Grades 3-5 (pp. 9-20). Reston, VA: National Council of Teaches of Mathematics