Teacher Education Department Chairs and Social Justice: Transformative Leadership through Inclusivity is a ground-breaking book that introduces teacher educators to the power of social justice teacher preparation programs. It highlights the importance and magnitude of developing teacher education programs that include a sociopolitical curriculum. The book adds value to the discourse around critical race theory in education by demonstrating how social justice discourses in teacher education can lead to more socially just teachers who can bring out the gifts and talents of diverse student populations. Included in the book is a discussion of how department chairs who lead social justice teacher preparation programs apply transformative leadership practices. The book offers a critical pedagogy to deconstruct dominant ideologies that permeate teacher education programs and provides strategies to effectively prepare teachers who can educate and advocate for historically underserved students, their families, and communities.
Jocelyn D. Smith-Gray is associate professor at Fayetteville State University and Africana Studies lecturer at San Francisco State University.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: A Historical Review of Education
Chapter 3: The Future of Education
Chapter 4: The Stories of Transformative Department Chairs
Chapter 5: Transforming Programs into Model Teaching-Preparation Programs
Conclusion: Critical Race Theory and Social Justice Teacher Preparation
Appendix A: Research Methodology
About the Author
Dr. Jocelyn Smith-Gray's book Teacher Education Department Chairs and Social Justice: Transformative Leadership through Inclusivity offers a body of research that is timely and important to higher education and beyond. As debates surrounding critical race theory and social justice in the classroom have been ongoing, Dr. Smith-Gray book is a must-read as it offers strategies and solutions for educators.
Dr. Smith-Gray presents a critical guide for readers that impacts our society. Her position on critical race theory in relationship to the field of education is packed with authentic thought.