Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Pivoting Toward Justice: Transforming Pedagogy as the Path to Equity

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, racial unrest, economic uncertainty, and environmental threat, educators can see the current disruptions as an opportunity to rethink our pedagogical approaches to students. Instead of being driven by external measures and static assessments, educators can use this time to reset and recalibrate what and how we teach to ensure that ALL students receive equitable and just education. Gloria Ladson-Billings will share her vision for culturally relevant teaching.

Ladson-Billings is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was the 2005-2006 president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Ladson-Billings is highly regarded for her expertise in culturally relevant pedagogy as a successful teaching model for teachers who seek to be successful with students marginalized based on race, class, language, and national origin. She is the winner of numerous scholarly awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. She is a 2018 recipient of the AERA Distinguished Research Award, and she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2018.


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