In this edited book sponsored by the ATE Diversity Committee, we invited teacher educators to engage in critical dialogue and reflection around theories, issues, complexities, and challenges of antiracist teacher education and to exchange critical ideas and theory/research-informed practices for preparing antiracist teachers. The audience for this book are teacher educators in all disciplinary areas and at all levels. It is also intended for administrators and policy makers leading teacher education programs at national or state levels. In light of the racial injustice and tension the country has witnessed and experienced recently, achieving racial justice is at the front and center of numerous conversations in schools, the workplace, and communities around the country. There is an urgent need for teacher educators to support the cause. This book is a direct response to such a call and is timely and much needed.
Gilda Martinez-Alba, EdD, is the Assistant Dean in the College of Education at Towson University. She focuses her scholarship and service initiatives on diversity, equity, and inclusion with accessible actions, such as asset-based literacy instruction for multilingual learners integrating technology and social-emotional learning as well as advocating for underrepresented students in the field of education.
Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw, and a Coordinator of the Graduate TESOL Certificate at The George Washington University.His scholarship revolves around topics related to antiracism, such as indigenous epistemologies and decolonizing research methodologies.
Afra Ahmed Hersi, PhD, is the Interim Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland and Professor in Literacy Teacher Education. She has published research in the areas of immigration and education, literacy, language development for bilingual learners, culturally and linguistically responsive practice, and teacher education.
About the Editors
Gilda Martinez-Alba, Luis Javier Penton Herrera and Afra Hersi’s book Antiracism in Teacher Education: Theory and Practice could not be more welcome! As a professional association focused on improving teacher education, the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) values and needs our membership to help critically examine and address antiracist education in educator preparation. For teacher educators, administrators, and policymakers with interest in achieving racial and social justice in education, this book offers the theoretical framework as well as research-informed tools, lessons, and models anyone can use. This edited volume is a great example of how our community of practice can use our voice and intellectual talent to offer resources for our work with preservice and inservice teachers.
This book is a much-needed collection for teachers and teacher educators in need of resources to develop their knowledge base about antiracist principles and practices in teacher education. The authors provide different perspectives about issues related to antiracism with a special focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice as well as the development of critical orientations in teacher education contexts. This is a wonderful contribution to education and beyond.