I am happy to report that Growing critically conscious teachers: A social justice curriculum for educators of Latino/a Youth is out!
This was a collective effort, a labor of love that draws on the actual work that so many of us are doing in the area of teacher preparation, participatory action research (PAR), and social justice.
hope that this book will inspire better and deeper thinking on how best
to educate not only Latino/a youth—and youth of color, generally—but
also future teachers of Latino/a youth since that's where the education
for a linguistically and culturally diverse demographic should optimally
You can order the book here: http://store.tcpress.com/0807756830.shtml
All royalties will go to our national organization, the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP) in support of our grow your own Latin@ Teacher Education Institutes Initiative in 5 cities in 5 states at present. Contributors: Carmen Mercado BarbosaAdele Arellano, Jennifer Ayala, Margarita Margie Ines Berta-Avila, Julio Cammarota, José Cintrón, Barbara Flores, Melissa Rivera, and Louie Rodriguez. Thanks to Sonia Nieto, Christine Sleeter, and Antonia Darder for the foreword, afterword, and blurb, respectively.
Thanks to all the great folks at Teachers College Press at Colombia University, beginning with Marie Ellen Larcada who has since retired but who encouraged this work at the beginning and also to Sarah Biondello who has been superb throughout the volume's many stages.
as well, to gifted artist Tanya Torres, for the book's beautiful cover
that captures the spirit and intent of the whole book, namely, to not
only create a pathway for teachers into the teaching profession, but to
also grow their critical consciousness--together with our own--through
the rooted, organic, community-based curriculum and model that we
collectively devised. This book represents literally years of work and
hundreds of years of wisdom. You'll see....