Preparing a New Wave of Critical and Socially Just Educators
Reflections of a Teacher Educator
Keywords:teacher education, critical dialogue, collaboration, literacy practices, equity
Moving towards collective liberation requires dedication and change at every level and in all capacities. As a teacher educator, I seek to cultivate allies, activists, and critical educators within the educational space that I currently occupy. This space includes the ELA methods courses located within my current institution. Students within these courses engage in multiple activities and assignments that require them to think about and question their identities and practices that have become systemic and normalized within education. These activities and assignments are only starting points though. More intentional work needs to be done across these courses and teacher preparation programs to ensure that teachers are prepared to go out into schools and be allies and advocates for their students.