Education, Equity, & Society is an intellectual community within the College of Education that encourages students to explore the meaning, purpose, and significance of education in diverse community contexts with the aim of contributing to local and global educational equity and social change. We are an interdisciplinary group that draws on expertise in several traditions and cultural contexts, including history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, linguistics, multicultural education, curriculum studies, indigenous education, and comparative/international studies. Combining strong disciplinary foundations with applied study and research, we seek to uncover traditions of agency and collective action in education and to help students build upon these traditions by partnering with schools, social agencies, families, and community networks to advance an equity agenda.
*While the programs listed below offer M.Ed./Ph.D. options, Education, Equity & Society is not a degree granting program itself.
This study option is designed to prepare teachers and other professionals to assume leadership roles in school districts, colleges, universities, and other institutions that have projects, courses, and programs related to multicultural education, race relations, and improving the academic achievement of all students. The program is also designed to help classroom teachers acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to integrate their curricula with ethnic content and to help educators involved in helping school districts move from desegregated to effectively integrated educational environments.
This study option addresses fundamental questions about the meaning, purpose, and significance of education in society. It explores education from the perspective of the humanities and liberal arts, using tools of analysis based in history and philosophy.
A sample of our collaborations
Megan Bang and Elizabeth West have received support from the Gates Foundation to develop and implement a University certificate program in Indigenous Education that targets classroom teachers, informal educators, education administrators, and other practitioners focused on the well-being of Indigenous children. This certificate will ultimately include a suite of online classes related to the education of Indigenous learners, their families and communities. Current class offerings include: Teaching the History and Culture with Tribes in the Northwest (Winter) and Indigenous Science education (Summer). Future course offerings are being developed but will include at minimum topics related to special education, social work, and parent and community engagement.
Ann Ishimaru and Joe Lott, Jr., co-direct the Equitable Parent-School Collaboration Research Project, which examines family and community engagement, particularly in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings. Whereas traditional parent involvement approaches tend to focus on changing parents to better support the school's agenda, they work with districts, schools, and communities toward more equitable and authentic collaboration to improve schools and school systems. Their work investigates the goals of parent engagement initiatives, roles of parents, communities and educators in these initiatives, facilitating factors that enable more equitable partnerships, and the political contexts that shape the ways in which non-dominant parents and families influence each other, community-based organizations (CBOs), educational systems, and the broader community.
Nancy Beadie and Joy Williamson-Lott will become Senior Editor and Associate Editor of the History of Education Quarterly, a premier journal hosted by the History of Education Society, in Summer 2015.
A sample of our recent publications
- Elizabeth West's edited volume Including learners with low-incidence disabilities (International perspectives of inclusive education vol. 5). UK: Emerald Books.
- Dafney Blanca Dabach's article "Teacher placement into immigrant English learner classrooms: Limiting access in comprehensive high schools" in the American Educational Research Journal.
A sample of recent awards and public recognition
- Megan Bang received both the 2015 Bobby Wright Award for Early Career Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education and the 2015 early career award for AERA's Division K - teachers and teacher education.