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PAR EntreMundos

A Pedagogy of the Américas


Edited By Jennifer Ayala, Julio Cammarota, Margarita I. Berta-Ávila, Melissa Rivera, Louie F. Rodríguez and María Elena Torre

PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas challenges the standard narratives of "achievement" to think about how Latinx students can experience an education that forges new possibilities of liberation and justice. Growing Latinx student populations have led to concerns about "assimilating" them into mainstream academic frameworks. This book offers an alternative, decolonizing approach that embraces complex Latinx identities and clears a path toward resisting systems of oppression. Educating Latinx students should involve more than just helping them achieve in school but rather having them recognize their agency to transform the larger structure of education to promote justice-oriented practices. The authors offer a framework for such transformation by honoring their theoretical lineages, proposing a set of guiding principles, and sharing stories about collective social action within and outside Latinx communities. PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas is a practice of liberation and freedom.

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Jennifer Ayala, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Education at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey and director of the college’s center for undocumented students. She has worked on participatory action research projects with high school and college age youth in after-school settings and with teachers integrating PAR in high school curricula. Past work has focused on Latina mother-daughter relationships, youth voice in education policy, PAR processes in and outside the classroom, erasure and high school closures, Latinxs experiences in higher education. Recent journal publications include: Ayala, J. & Galletta, A. (2012). Documenting disappearing spaces: Erasure and remembrance in two high school closures and Fine, M., Ayala, J., Zaal, M. (2012). Public science and participatory policy development: Reclaiming policy as a democratic project.

Margarita Ines Berta-Ávila, Ed.D., is a professor in the College of Education at Sacramento State University. She received her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. She majored as an undergraduate in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Davis and pursued a M.A. in Education and a teaching credential from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Berta-Ávila←245 | 246→ taught for seven years in the public school system, third—twelfth grades. Currently, Dr. Berta-Ávila teaches courses on English language learners, curriculum development, and social political foundations in education. Dr. Berta-Ávila is active in testifying at the Capitol and/or other venues with respect to access and equity...

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