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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.

Jennifer Ayala is a professor in the School of Education at Saint Peter’s University and director of the college’s Center for Undocumented Students. Julio Cammarota is an associate professor in multicultural education at Iowa State University. Margarita I. Berta-Ávila is a professor in the College of Education at Sacramento State University. Melissa Rivera is a scholar who conducts, teaches, and writes about participatory action research (PAR). Louie F. Rodríguez is an associate professor of educational policy analysis and leadership and education, society, and culture in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. María Elena Torre is the founding director of the Public Science Project and faculty member in critical psychology and urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.