Disrupting the Disruptors: Reimagining Policy Advocacy in a Post-Truth Era

On October 29, 2020, I had an enormous privilege to give a keynote address to the Pennsylvania Association of Teacher Educators (PAC-TE). In this talk, I discussed how intermediary organizations and advocacy groups have engaged in promoting “science of reading” reforms across the nation. I offer this analysis as an invitation for teacher educators and educational researchers to consider how they could respond to the policy advocacy of external groups in order to reclaim the credibility and authority of the field.

I would love to hear your thoughts, questions, or suggestions, as I continue wrestling with these ideas.

Disrupting the Disruptors: Reimagining Policy Advocacy in a Post-Truth Era

Global Education Resources

During 2019-2020 academic year, I was a Global Teacher Education Fellow with the Longview Foundation.

This fellowship was a part of my journey of learning about global education and decolonization of teacher education.

During my fellowship year, I began assembling resources that I have found useful and insightful for thinking about ways in which teacher education can be transformed to make space for critical explorations of the world and the U.S. position in it. If you have suggestions about what should be added to this list, please, share!

Google Doc with Global Education Resources

As a part of my fellowship, I revised a course on diversity that I teach. Below is the video of my presentation describing the frameworks I used and the changes I made.

Many Faces of Policy Advocacy: Reclaiming Teacher Educators’ Voice, Knowledge, and Authority in the Struggle for Equity and Justice

On February 18, 2020, I had the privilege of giving a keynote address at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ.

In my address, I focused on intermediary organizations’ activities in shaping teacher education policies and ways in which teacher educators can use some of reformers’ strategies in their policy advocacy. The full text of the address and the presentation slides are available here.