Urban Teacher Academy Leaders on the National Stage: University of Dayton, Ohio

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Leaders at UD’s Urban Teacher Academy will ask fellow educators to reflect on how they are disrupting educational practices that project a facade of inclusion while marginalizing students of color.

Novea McIntosh and Rochonda Nenonene will present at The American Association for Studies in Education national conference on their efforts to dismantle the structures, policies and teacher training programs that sustain institutional racism.

“BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students deserve to see themselves in the curriculum of higher education courses if they want to do more than survive, but thrive,” McIntosh said. “Teacher preparation is valuable to all of our students when they see diverse intellectual traditions in the pedagogical canon. Teacher educators need to actively engage in this work and collectively use their voices in spaces to learn from each other and empower each other. Our work is urgent to support our future teachers.

McIntosh and Nenonene also showcase their work in two new book chapters — “Disrupting and transgressing the canon: including BIPOC voiceswritten with fellow UD faculty member R. Darden Bradshaw about their experiences as marginalized educators challenging racist practices in teacher education, and “The Teachers Our Students Need: Developing Culturally Sensitive Anti-Racist Activists,” which is in press and highlights the work of the Urban Teachers Academy.

The Academy’s certificate program since 2002 has prepared graduates for work in Dayton public schools and provides ongoing support during their first three years of education.

“Teachers are leaving school at an alarming rate, and this is especially true in urban schools,” Nenonene said. “But a good teacher can make all the difference in a student’s life. The kind of specialized courses, experiential learning, and focused urban field experiences we offer at the Academy can lead to longer teacher retention and educators committed to championing equity. for the students and the families they serve.

More information about the Urban Teacher Academy is available on the UD website.

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