Negotiating Pedagogy in Context


About Me

I direct the teacher education program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I also am an associate professor of education. My teaching and scholarship focuses on the development of language and literacy in bilingual populations and how teachers working with bilingual populations are making sense of top down initiatives mandating standardized approaches to teaching.

Professional Biography

About My Program

The UCSC teacher education program is a 12 month program for candidates seeking multiple subject and single subject preliminary credentials and a masters degree in education. The overarching goal of the program is to develop educators who are committed to social justice and educational equity. We enact this goal in a number of ways. First, we support students as they learn to address the needs and challenges of a diverse student population, including those who have been historically under served in schools. From our vantage point, this means that our teacher education students learn to maintain high academic expectations and enact a challenging and engaging curriculum for all youngsters while building on the different intellectual, cultural, social, and linguistic resources that youngsters bring to schools and classrooms. It also means that our teacher education students learn to support youngsters as they critically examine the circumstances of their lives and those of others. Further, we conceive of teaching as a dynamic, moral and liberatory endeavor. Teaching is not set in stone, nor is it a commitment to perpetuating the status quo. Rather, our program aims to develop thoughtful, reflective and inquiring educators focused on understanding the nature of the learning and teaching that goes on in their classrooms with an eye toward better addressing the academic needs and socio-political circumstances of their students, their students' families, and their students' communities.

Specifics of our programming, including our approach to teacher supervision, which extends throughout the 12 month-long program, are described on our website which can be accessed via the link below.

UC Santa Cruz Department of Education

About My Students

The majority of our teacher education students are relatively recent college graduates, with nearly half having earned their B.A. or B.S. degrees at UCSC. Beginning their second quarter in the program, students participate in student teaching placements in schools. For their final placement, they are required to work for at least one quarter on a full time basis. For at least one of their student teaching placements, teacher education students work in classrooms where at least one third of their students are English language learners. In most cases, these students live in low-income communities where individuals of Mexican-descent constitute the majority population.

About My Institution

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