In this edited book sponsored by the ATE Diversity Committee, we invited teacher educators to provide their stories from the field of education, related to antiracist instruction in teacher education. The stories took the form of narratives and counternarratives. The engaging ideas, activities, and suggestions throughout provide readers with much content to reflect on and apply in their teacher education classrooms and programs. Education advocates and policy makers would also be interested in hearing the perspectives of these educators, as they bring to light much information that is not clear through just the numbers or quantitative statistics. These in-depth rich descriptions provide high quality information that would be beneficial to educators in various settings and subject areas, as this is an antiracist teacher education is an issue that goes across all areas in education.
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 an 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.
Foreword - Preparing Teachers to be Counterstorytellers and Antiracists by Juan A. Ríos Vega
Evocative and timely, Antiracist Teacher Education: Counternarratives and Storytelling, foregrounds the significance of reflexively listening to the lived experiences of minoritized people and communities. Provocatively calling everyone—from K-12 practitioners to those in teacher education programs—to think critically about sociopolitical histories as they are tangled up in contemporary contexts, Antiracist Teacher Education, is essential reading for those creating and maintaining inroads to antiracist pedagogies, practices, and schools.
Finally- an edited volume that connects our country’s 21st century strive for equity with its 21st century teacher education and professional development! This volume showcases not only the need to examine antiracist teacher education from a research perspective but also highlights the practicality of implementing it in its practice across teacher learning contexts and disciplines.