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New book by Catherine Marshall, Amy Anderson tells activist educators’ stories

Catherine Marshall, professor of educational leadership and policy, and Amy L. Anderson, evaluation specialist with Evaluation, Assessment, and Policy Connections (EvAP) in the School of Education, recently co-edited a book titled Activist Educators. Under the direction of Marshall, five doctoral students met monthly for five years to present and analyze their findings and to develop themes. Published by Routledge, this book is the result of their collaboration as the students are the authors of the book chapters. Each of the students researched topics such as racism, sexism, sexual harassment, gay rights and reproductive rights by conducting interviews with educators whose social justice activism made changes in schools.

As the students gathered case study data, they noticed an overlap in themes regarding career risks, support networks and activist strategies. Activist Educators showcases their research and aims to impact education in practical and political ways. 

Chapters by Drs. Gloria Jones, Wanda Legrand, Susan Walters and Annice H. Williams, all Educational Leadership graduates, provide stories in the words of the activists themselves. Marshall and Anderson hope the work will inspire educators, parents and students to be more vocal about controversial issues that are prevalent in both society and school systems.

Activist Educators provides guidance for those of us who at different points in our careers have not known how to combine our commitment to social justice with our day-to-day work in schools.  For too long, teachers and school leaders have been silent witnesses to injustice in schools,” says Gary L. Anderson, professor of educational leadership at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. 

Marshall is the author of 10 books and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University and UNC-Chapel Hill.  Anderson recently completed her Ph.D. at the School of Education in Culture, Curriculum and Change.