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PAR EntreMundos

A Pedagogy of the Américas


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.

List of Tables – List of Figures – Acknowledgements – Foreword by Sonia Nieto – Introduction – Part I: Roots & Principles of PAR EntreMundos – Julio Cammarota/Jennifer Ayala/Melissa Rivera/Louie F. Rodríguez/Margarita Ines Berta-Ávila/María Elena Torre: Theoretical Lineages & Guiding Principles Julio Cammarota, Jennifer Ayala, Melissa Rivera, Louie – Part II: PAR EntreMundos in Action – Louie F. Rodríguez: The Praxis Project: Participatory Research Advocating for Excellence in Schools – Julio Cammarota: The Social Justice Education Project in Tucson, Arizona – Melissa Rivera/Cristina Medellin-Paz/Pedro Pedraza: A Creative Justice Approach to Learning – Jennifer Ayala/Mayida Zaal/Francisco De Jesus/Stan Karp: The New Jersey Urban Youth Research Initiative – Edwin Mayorga: Education in Our Barrios Project, #BarrioEdProj – Jenna Cushing-Leubner/Jennifer Eik: Our Wild Tongues: Language Justice and Youth Research – Part III: PAR EntreMundos in the Context of Grow-Your-Own Initiatives – Jason G. Irizarry: Participatory Action Research as a Pathway Into the Teaching Profession for Latinx and African-American Youth – Susan Baker/Margarita Berta-Ávila: PAR EntreMundos: A "Critical" Approach for Latinx Teacher Preparation – Rubén A. González: "Students With Big Dreams That Just Need a Little Push": Self-Empowerment, Activism, & Institutional Change Through PAR EntreMundos – Conclusion – Appendices – Editor Bios – Contributor Bios – Index.