Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE)

Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Voices from the Field and Strategies for Change

Center for Innovation in Urban Education Speaker Series

Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE) welcomes Bree Picower, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Montclair State University, for her lecture, “Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Voices from the Field and Strategies for Change” on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6:45 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

In this talk, Picower will examine how racialization, whiteness and institutional racism manifest themselves within teacher education.  Sharing counter narratives from critical teacher educators representing diverse positionalities, Picower will illustrate how these narratives represent the challenges of working toward racial justice in the academy.  From dealing with the impact of external mandates that negatively impact racial justice work, to working with resistant students, to being positioned problematically by colleagues, these counter narratives highlight the toll such work presents on the emotional and professional experiences of racial justice oriented teacher educators. Picower will also share a variety of strategies that teacher education can embark upon to act in solidarity with urban schools and communities of Color.

For additional information, please contact the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at CIUE@loyola.edu

About the Speaker

Dr. Bree PicowerBree Picower, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Montclair State University in the College of Education and Human Development. She was named the Scholar Activist of 2013 by the Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG of the American Educational Research Association.  Her latest co-edited book Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice examines patterns of institutional racism by amplifying the voices of non-dominant teacher educators.  Her previous book is a co-edited collection of essays with Dr. Edwin Mayorga called What’s Race Got To Do With It? How current school reform maintains racial and economic inequality.  She is also the author of Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets, which explores a developmental continuum toward teacher activism.