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Teacher Educators as Critical Storytellers

Effective Teachers as Windows and Mirrors

Antonio L. Ellis Nicholas D. Hartlep Gloria Ladson-Billings David Stovall Leslie T. Fenwick Dawn G. Williams

192 pages
Teachers College Press

Breaking away from the historically dominant narrative that White females make the best teachers, this book contends that effective teachers can be both “windows” and “mirrors” for students. Teachers should reflect the student population in racial and cultural terms while also serving as windows for students to see opportunities that lie outside of their immediate circumstances. Employing a critical storytelling framework, respected scholars share the teaching practices of influential teachers that they learned from. Chapter authors are diverse teacher educators from the fields of education, educational psychology, administration, policy, and curriculum and instruction. Each storyteller identifies key concepts and principles that explain why the selected teacher was so memorably effective. This inspirational volume provides a series of templates that help pinpoint the attitudes and behaviors of those teachers who make a positive difference in the lives of their students.

Book Features:

  • Highlights contributions from diverse teacher educators, including Asian American, African American, Latinx, and Native American.
  • Examines the long-lasting impact that a teacher’s race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity can have on the lives of their students beyond high school and college.
  • Includes analyses drawn from research on identity in teacher education, theory, and research in education, psychology, and human development.
  • Contains photographs, images, charts, and diagrams to assist readers.
Author Bio

Antonio L. Ellis is a scholar in residence and the director of the Institute on Education Equity and Justice at the American University School of Education. Nicholas D. Hartlep is the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education at Berea College, where he chairs the Department of Education Studies. Gloria Ladson-Billings is professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of the National Academy of Education 2018–2021. David O. Stovall is professor of Black Studies and criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.