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Commission on Social Justice in Teacher Education Programs

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Visit the Commission on Social Justice in Teacher Education Programs' new website:

Commission Co-Chairs:
Briana Asmus
, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Chaz Gonzalez
, University at Buffalo, NY

Commission Liaison:
David Schaafsma, University of Illinois at Chicago

Other Leaders:

Workgroup Leaders for the Commission Website:
Noah Asher Golden & Amy Vetter

Workgroup Leaders for Research and Scholarship:
Deb Bieler & Allison Dover

Secondary Schools Outreach Coordinators:
Jen King & Jeana Hrepich Kumar

The work of the commission is grounded in the belief that it is impossible to make sense of the field of English language arts without using gender, race, and class as central categories of description and analysis.  The challenge before the Commission is to develop and uncover models of teaching that are flexible enough to capture and reflect the ways these elements function together; to determine how teachers in English language arts see themselves and others; and to delineate the opportunities for transformation, constructive growth, and change in their profession.

Current and Proposed Projects:
We developed an NCLE Inquiry Group as a result of our working strand in Fort Collins in July 2013.  Our main agenda item for the fall 2013 meeting is determining how to use and make accessible this site.


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