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PAR EntreMundos

A Pedagogy of the Américas

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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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Susan Baker has taught in public schools at the kindergarten through high school levels in Soledad, Watsonville, and Los Angeles, California, and Arlington, Virginia. She has worked primarily in bilingual settings with students who are English learners, and has taught literacy in English and Spanish. Baker earned her doctorate from Stanford University and is currently a professor in the Department of Teacher Credentialing at California State University in Sacramento. Her principal areas of focus in her teaching include supporting teacher candidates in developing literacy and academic language skills for students who are acquiring English as an additional language. Professor Baker’s research interests include the development of biliteracy, the use of culturally sustaining pedagogy in teacher education, and the fostering of teacher/parent relationships across social class, cultural, racial, and linguistic boundaries. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the CSU Sacramento branch of the California Reading and Literature Project.

Jenna Cushing-Leubner is a Ph.D. candidate in second languages education at the University of Minnesota. She is multilingual and of European origin. Her research revolves around enactments of culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogies in U.S. schools, particularly toward multilingual youth of←249 | 250→ color’s education for self-determination. Her research incorporates critical participatory action research and participatory design research with language educators and multilingual youth in K-12 schools and focuses on Spanish as a heritage language and English as an additional language teachers doing this work despite the constraints of monolingual and Eurocentric schooling.

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