My teaching background includes teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that examine sociocultural influences on teaching and learning, digital literacies, literacy and technology, literacy methods and assessment, children’s literature, curriculum development, and middle childhood education.

Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Inclusive Education C&T 4123/4124


This course is an introduction to teaching, learning, and curriculum in elementary classrooms. It emphasizes inquiring about children and classrooms, planning curriculum and instruction, and preparing to be a social justice-oriented educator. In line with the conceptual framework that undergirds teacher education at Teachers College and coupled with a practicum and student teaching, this course prepares preservice teachers to:


  • Inquire about children and classrooms;

  • Plan inclusive and equitable instruction;

  • Be social justice-oriented educators.


Special Topics: Exploring Issues of Social Justice in Children’s Literature C&T 5042


In what ways can children’s literature contribute to the conversation about justice, equality, and social change in the 21st century? Given that children’s literature is a powerful tool that can be read to mediate conversations about important topics in our society, this course will explore this question by examining the sociopolitical nature of children’s books. In this course, students will learn how to select, evaluate and analyze depictions and aspects of social justice and injustice in children’s literature. We will consider topics such as racism, gender, power, social action, perspective, publishing trends, and ideology. 





CORE | Social Justice in Children's Literature


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