Project Overview

Understanding the role of critical educators in the transformation of schools for justice

Faculty Sponsor

Meg Gardner (


Educational Studies


Investigate how P-12 teachers incorporate critical pedagogies into their instruction that centers students and student knowledge. This project looks at how critical teachers navigate local and national political landscapes to impart on students a broader social understanding of power and privilege while teaching in a content area. This faculty guided research project involves interviewing critical educators to understand their experiences confronting racial injustice in their classroom and disrupting notions of knowledge generation and ownership. Students will be asked to develop curriculum that promotes anti-racist teaching within content area instruction and conduct research on prior practices. Prospective summer fellows for this project require a background in qualitative research and proficiency with software packages used to organize data. Some editing work work may also arise. The summer fellow will be expected to be nimble as the research project involves multiple facets. 

Student Qualifications

Student must have a strong interest in P-12 teaching and competencies in writing and qualitative data analysis. 

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

6 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2021 and close on 03/22/2021

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