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My academic interests are focused on teaching and teacher education. In that work I am deeply concerned about the many children in the United States and around the world who experience the hardships associated with poverty, racism, discrimination, and
inequitable opportunities to become educated. My commitment to a world that honors and respects all forms of human difference and protects the equal human rights of all children has led me to many exciting and fulfilling educational experiences. My
research is focused on conceptual analysis of issues related to teaching and teacher education that I believe are central to social justice and equal educational opportunity. My books, book chapters, and articles have enabled me to try to hopefully
inspire all educators to excel in their practice and to stand up and advocate for all children who are marginalized by inequality and discrimination.
Courses that best reflect my expertise are those focused on multicultural education, anti-bias education, school and social policy, issues in public school equity, curriculum, school reform, social studies, qualitative research, special education, and
multiple facets of early childhood and elementary education.
I consider myself first and always to be a teacher. I have always loved teaching; it has given great meaning to my life. Since coming to IUP in 1987, I have also considered myself to be a dedicated teacher educator. I have taught over 60 different courses
in every department program on and off campus, including the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program, Administration and Leadership doctoral program, Master’s in Education programs offered on and off campus, a collaborative undergraduate teacher
education program at a community college, and a variety of undergraduate programs in early childhood special education, early childhood education, and elementary education on campus. Every course I teach provides me with the opportunity to encourage
students to see the ways in which outstanding educators committed to advocacy and human rights can change the world. In addition to my teaching at IUP, I served for over 25 summers as an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University,
where I was also a visiting professor for the 2008–09 academic year. I am on the Advisory Board for the Early Childhood Series of Teachers College Press as well as on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. I am also
currently cochair of Section 4 of AERA Division K: Multicultural, Inclusive, and Social Justice Frameworks for Teaching and Teacher Education PK-16+ Settings.
My books include Standing Up for
Something Every Day: Ethics and Justice in Early Childhood Classrooms (Teachers College Press), Promoting Social Justice for Young Children (co-edited with Dr. A. Lin Goodwin, Springer), Talk Matters: Refocusing the Language of
Public Schooling (Teachers College Press), Student-Centered Classroom
Management (Wadsworth/Delmar/Cengage), and Child Advocacy for Early
Childhood Educators (Teachers College Press). Titles of chapters I have written for edited books include “Talk about Children: Developing a Living Curriculum of Advocacy and Social Justice,” “Historical White Resistance to Equity in Public Education:
A Challenge to White Teacher Educators,” and “Moving the Mountain: Assessment and Advocacy for Children.” My journal articles include “Permission Not Required: The Power of Parents to Disrupt Educational Hypocrisy” (Review of Research in Education), “Brown
and the Failure of Civic Responsibility” (Teachers
College Record), “Equity is Not an Option in Public Education” (Educational
Leadership), and “Know Where you Stand and Stand There” and “Responding to Prejudiced Comments: A Four-Step Method that Works” (Childhood Education).
I am the mother of two grown daughters and the grandmother of four wonderful children. Almost everyone calls me “Beezie,” and I am an avid racewalker who regularly enters 26.2-mile marathons, half-marathons, and 10K or 5K races. I am also a dedicated
gardener at home with my husband and two rescue dogs in Pittsburgh, which makes me very appreciative of the ways in which the Allegheny Arboretum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has beautified our lovely IUP campus.
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