Social Justice Curriculum

As a high school teacher and teacher educator, I use social justice-oriented curriculum to engage students in academically-rigorous investigations of contextually-relevant questions. When working with P-12 teachers, I frame this as teaching in standards-conscious, but not standards-driven, ways.

The following links feature examples from my classroom, as well as curriculum created by the pre- and in-service teachers with whom I work.

Examples from my own classroom:

See below for examples of curriculum created by students in my Spring 2015 course on Social Justice Education in Schools:

One of my focal areas is culturally and linguistically sustaining literacy education. The following links highlight recent and ongoing projects related to this emphasis:

  • I coordinate California State University Fullerton's new Credential & Masters in Culturally & Linguistically Sustaining Teaching. Click here to learn more about this new pathway and its emphases, and email me to learn more about how to join our next cohort!
  • I co-director CSUF's Summer Language Academy for newcomer, new American & emergent bilingual students. During this 4 week summer program, students examine and deconstruct identity, culture, and language through an exploration of high interest poetry, music, art, and young adult literature. Throughout, students and teachers work collaboratively to affirm students’ linguistic and cultural identities, explore multiple perspectives and diverse experiences, and nourish students’ fluency in oral and written academic English. The SLA has received widespread accolades, including the 2018 Orange County Department of Education Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness Award. Click here to watch a 6 minute, student-created video about the Summer Language Academy.
  • Click here to see examples of emergent curriculum created by teacher candidates in my courses on disciplinary literacy, including student-created podcasts.