It Can Be Done. It Should Be Done.: Pairing Critical Consciousness with Academic Outcomes in Social Justice Classrooms

Dr. Thandeka K. Chapman will discuss how her research team used course evaluation data to facilitate the development of an academically rigorous ninth-grade Ethnic Studies pilot course, and also assisted with the continued expansion of the Ethnic Studies Program across the district. She will share how the research project incorporated various research questions and several forms of data collection to give the teachers and curriculum planners a complex look at the multiple student outcomes from the course. Using Critical Race Theory she will explain why academic outcomes are a necessary part of social justice education and how university partnerships can help teachers, school administrators, and school districts meet the academic, social, and behavioral needs of their students.