Alison G. Dover is an Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton, where she coordinates the combined Credential & Masters in Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Teaching. She holds a doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has taught English Language Arts and service learning in diverse urban school districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Dr. Dover works extensively with local and national students, educators, and school communities to promote equity, multicultural education, culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, literacy education, and standards-based education in K-16 contexts.
Alison’s research examines approaches to teaching for social justice within and despite accountability-driven P–12 and teacher preparatory contexts. Her recent publications include Preparing to Teach Social Studies for Social Justice: Becoming a Renegade (2016, Teachers College Press) and articles in The New Educator, Urban Education, the International Journal of Multicultural Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Teaching and Teacher Education, The Educational Forum, English Journal, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, among others. Alison is also the co-director of the Summer Language Academy, an innovative multi-literacy program for newcomer and emergent bilingual students in Southern California. Since its 2016 inception, this program has enrolled more than 500 students, and won the 2018 Orange County Department of Education Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness Award and 2018 California School Board Association Golden Bell Award.