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EdD Programs for Social Justice CIG
Today’s harmful neoliberal education movement, rising poverty levels, and massive demographic shifts are exacerbating the historically entrenched inequalities reproduced by our educational institutions. Within this context, preparing educators to fight for social justice in K-12 systems, community college settings, and beyond is more important than ever. However, variable or vague understandings of social justice, differential levels of commitment, and other obstacles often mean that the idea of social justice stays at the level of discourse in EdD programs rather than being operationalized in purposeful, impactful ways. The Social Justice in EdD Programs CIG seeks to address these issues and build knowledge in this relatively new area of the field. Our understanding of a social justice agenda in education includes (a) interrupting culturally, socially, and institutionally sanctioned isms at the macro and micro levels in educational systems that reinforce marginalization of non-normative student populations; (b) bringing critical perspectives that problematize “common sense” hegemonic ideologies in leading and teaching in PreK-16 settings; and (c) actively participating in the forging of transformative, culturally/linguistically responsive pedagogies, schooling structures, policies, and practices. We propose three activities to be initiated in year 1 to build an understanding of the ways that CPED institutions conceptualize social justice as it relates to preparation for the professional education doctorate, and how that conception is translated or operationalized into action in their programs. These activities include: 1) a collaborative research effort to identify trends in socially just preparation for educators in California and selected states; 2) program self studies of the use and operationalizing of ‘social justice’ to create contextual improvement plans; and 3) creation of an open-source wiki to curate and compile social-justice focused resources for programs in different stages of program development and implementation.
July 2017 Update:
The Social Justice CIG session at the June 2017 Convening in Pittsburgh revisited and reaffirmed collaboratively generated CIG goals created at the October 2016 Convening in Portland and the June 2017 Convening in Augusta. These goals include engaging in: 1) a collaborative research effort to identify trends in socially just preparation for educators in California and selected states; 2) program self studies of the use and operationalizing of ‘social justice’ to create contextual improvement plans; and 3) creation of an open-source wiki to curate and compile social-justice focused resources for programs in different stages of program development and implementation.
Members in attendance at the 2017 Social Justice CIG session were introduced to the ‘praxis-share’ where a member of the CIG presents ways they are enacting social justice in their program, providing contextualized and concrete examples and engaging in discussion. This praxis-share was led by Kofi Lomotey, who shared Western Carolina's work and discussed ways to explicitly integrate social justice into curriculum and program structures in an ideologically conservative area. Additionally, CIG members created regional action groups (West, Midwest, Northeast, South); groups got together and created an action plan related to one of the CIG goals. Groups set a date to meet virtually before the next CIG meeting in Oakland. Groups shared out their conversations and planned actions.
Initial findings from a cross-CSU study investigating the ways 15 social justice focused EdD programs in California are defining and enacting social justice, was reviewed and CIG members discussed venues for sharing research related to social justice & EdD preparation, including the next AERA.
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