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The Multicultural Pavilion's Research Room contains original articles and essays on progressive, transformative, multicultural, social justice, and liberatory teaching and learning by educators around the world.

EdChange Essay and Working Paper Series by Paul C. Gorski

Burnout in Social Justice and Human Rights Activists: Symptoms, Causes, and Implications (2015) by Cher Chen and Paul C. Gorski, published in the Journal Human Rights Practice

Equity Literacy for All (2015): an article by Paul C. Gorski and Katy Swalwell in Educational Leadership magazine

Poverty, Class, and the Cultivation of Economically Just Educational Policy (2014): an article by Paul C. Gorski for Research Intelligence, a publication of the British Educational Research Association

Consumerism as Racial and Economic Injustice: The Macroaggressions that Make Me, and Maybe You, a Hypocrite (2014): from the journal, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege

Case Studies on Diversity & Social Justice Education (2014): an excerpt from the book by Paul C. Gorski and Seema Pothini, published in Teaching Tolerance magazine

Imagining Equity Literacy (or, The Insufficiency of Cultural Proficiency) (2014): a guest blog for the Teaching Tolerance web site

An Examination of the (In)Visibility of Sexual Orientation, Heterosexism, Homophobia, and Other LGBTQ Concerns in U.S. Multicultural Teacher Education Coursework (2013) by Paul C. Gorski, Shannon N. Davis, and Abigail Reiter, published in the Journal of LGBT Youth

Building a Pedagogy of Engagement for Students in Poverty (2013): published in Phi Delta Kappan, a brief synthesis of instructional and relational strategies.

Five Stereotypes About Poor Families and Education (2013): an excerpt of my book, Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty, published by the Washington Post.

Social Justice: Not Just Another Term for "Diversity": short blog post on the relationship between diversity and social justice efforts in higher education contexts, written for the ACPA Commission for Social Justice Educators

Complicating White Privilege: Race, Class, and the Nature of the Knapsack: my brief (and illustrated!) essay about how I came to understand the limitations of today's conversations about "white privilege"(see the version pubished by Counter punch here)

Perceiving the Problem of Poverty and Schooling: Deconstructing the Class Stereotypes that Mis-Shape Education Practice and Policy (2012): published in the journal, Equity & Excellence in Education

Instructional, Institutional, and Sociopolitical Challenges of Teaching Multicultural Teacher Education Courses (2012): published in the journal, The Teacher Educator

Self-Efficacy and Multicultural Teacher Education in the United States: The Factors that Influence Who Feels Qualified to Be a Multicultural Teacher Educator (2012) by Paul C. Gorski, Shannon N. Davis, and Abigail Reiter, published in the journal, Multicultural Perspectives

peaceIntroduction to Assault on Kids: How Hyper-Accountability, Corporatization, Deficit Ideologies, and Ruby Payne Are Destroying Our Schools (2011, Peter Lang Publishers)
by Roberta Ahlquist, Paul C. Gorski, and Theresa Montaño

Is There a Hierarchy of Oppression in Multicultural Teacher Education? (2011): published in the journal, Action in Teacher Education

peaceTaco Night (revised 2011)
Short humor piece on the dangers of reducing educational equity to "celebrating the joys of diversity."

peaceEquity and Social Justice from the Inside-Out: Ten Commitments of a Multicultural Educator (2011): an entry for the FEDCAN blog

peaceEducation Equity and the Trouble with Pragmatic Decision Making (2011): an essay written for the LeadScape blog

peaceWhen It Was Poster Board: Computer Technologies and School Disadvantage (2011): a blog entry for Classism Exposed

peaceUnlearning Deficit Ideology and the Scornful Gaze: Thoughts on Authenticating the Class Discourse in Education (2010; a revised version of this essay appears in the book, Assault on Kids: How Hyper-Accountability, Corporatization, Deficit Ideologies, and Ruby Payne Are Destroying Our Schools [Peter Lang, 2011])

peaceThe Scholarship Informing the Practice: Multicultural Teacher Education Philosophy and Practice in the U.S. (2010)
an analysis of data from the Social Justice and Multicultural Teacher Educators Resource Survey, published by the International Journal of Multicultural Education

peaceA Wealth of Whammies for Youth in Poverty (2010)
an article for the blog, Classism Exposed

peaceCritical Ties: The Animal Rights Awakening of a Social Justice Educator (2009)
a short reflective article by Paul C. Gorski about how he came to recognize the critical link between social justice and animal rights

peaceBecoming Joey (2009)
a poem about dual identity, race, and schooling by Paul C. Gorski
note: a version of this poem was published in the book, White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms

peaceCognitive Dissonance: A Critical Tool of Social Justice Teaching (published in Multiculticultural Education, 2009)
by Paul C. Gorski
note: you can read, as well, the original working paper version of this essay

peaceWhat We're Teaching Teachers: An Examination of Multicultural Teacher Education Coursework (Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 2009)
by Paul C. Gorski
note: you also can read the original working paper version of this essay

peacePeddling Poverty for Profit: Elements of Oppression in Ruby Payne's Framework (2009, as published in Equity and Excellence in Education)
by Paul C. Gorski

peaceThe Myth of the Culture of Poverty (2008)
Paul C. Gorski's essay published in Educational Leadership.

peaceSavage Unrealities: Racism and Classism Abound in Ruby Payne's Framework (2008)
Paul C. Gorski's essay published in Rethinking Schools.

peaceThe Evolution of a Pro-Feminist (2008)
by Paul C. Gorski
note: a version of this short reflective essay will be published in the 2nd edition of the book, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice

peaceGood Intentions Are Not Enough: A Decolonizing Intercultural Education (Intercultural Education, 2008)
by Paul C. Gorski
note: you also can read the original working paper version of this essay

peaceTaco Night (2007)
Paul C. Gorski's short humor piece on the dangers of reducing educational equity to "celebrating the joys of diversity."

peaceThe Question of Class (2007)
published by Teaching Tolerance

peaceInsisting on Digital Equity: Reframing the Dominant Discourse on Multicultural Education and Technology (Urban Education, 2007)
by Paul C. Gorski
note: you also can raed the original working paper version of this essay

peaceThe De-politicizing of Multicultural and Intercultural Education (2006)
by Paul C. Gorski
note: a revised version of this essay was published in the journal, Intercultural Education

peaceSavage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne's Framework (2005)
by Paul C. Gorski
note: versions of this article have been published in Rethinking Schools and Teachers College Record

peaceSavage Unrealities: Abridged Version (2005)
This is a shortened version of the above essay.

peaceA Brief History of Multicultural Education

peaceA Narrative on Whiteness and Multicultural Education

peaceTransforming Myself to Transform My School

peaceMulticultural Education and the Digital Divide

peaceAm I Anishinaabe Enough? (PDF)
by Catherine Pulkinen, University of Wisconsin--Superior (2010)

peaceBuilding Your Leadership Team: Value Systems, Memetics, and Education (PDF)
by Caleb Rosado, Rosado Consulting (2007)

peaceWhat Do We Mean by "Managing Diversity"? (PDF)
by Caleb Rosado, Rosado Consulting (2007)

peaceTransforming My Curriculum, Transforming My Classroom: Paulo Freire, James Banks, and Social Justice in a Middle School Classroom (PDF)
by Justin Hudalla, University of Minnesota (2006)

peaceCulturally Responsive Teaching--Preacher Style (PDF)
by Jennifer Spates, Hamilton County Public Schools (2006)

peaceTheir View--My View: A White Teacher's Quest to Understand His African American Middle School Students' Views of Racism (PDF)
by John Melvin, Bret Harte Middle School/Mills College (2006)

peaceLearning and Teaching English Without a Textbook: An Action Research Study (Microsoft Word Document)
by Graciela González Cristo, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Mexico (2005)

peaceThe Ethnography Project: A Method for Increasing Sensitivity in Teacher Candidates
by Nancy Harding, Pepperdine University (2005)

peaceIt's Not So Elementary: Practices to Disrupt Homophobia in Teacher Education Classes
by Anne René Elsbree, Anita E. Fernandez, & Penelope A. Wong, California State University, Chico (2005) [download as Word document]

peacePlease Check Your Baggage: Considering Cultural Biases and Critical Issues in the Adult ESL Classroom when Using Computer Technology
by LaurieAnne Rosenblatt (2004)

peaceA Native American Approach to Teaching and Learning
by Lauen Wakau-Villagomez (2003)

peaceRacism in Staten Island 09.03
by Marie Ng (2003)

peaceMulticultural Representations in Basal Reader Series
by Kira Isak Pirofski of San Jose State University (2003)

peaceRacial Ambiguity, Educational Access, and Social Impact: From the Classroom to the Ivory Tower
by Lorri J. Santamaría of California State University, San Marcos (2002)

peaceBuilding Blocks: The First Steps of Creating a Multicultural Classroom
by Larri Fish of Siena College (2002)

peaceGender Bias in Education
by Amanda Chapman of D'Youville College (2002)

peaceCultural Crisis in Education
by Amanda Chapman, Amy Davidson, and Carey Panet of D'Youville College (2002)

peaceCritical Multicultural Education and the Media
by Julia Petrozza of D'Youville College (2002)

peaceEliminating Racism in the Classroom
by Richard Morgan of D'Youville College (2001)

peaceRace, Gender, and Disability in Today's Children's Literature
by Kira Isak Pirofski of San Jose State University (2001)

peaceMulticultural Literature and the Children's Literary Canon
by Kira Isak Pirofski of San Jose State University (2001)

peaceInternational Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity: An Annotated Bibliography
by Heewon Chang and Timothy Dodd of Eastern College (2001)

peaceCamino hacia la globalización: El bagaje cultural
Sahnya Shulterbrandt, Directora de Ediciones y Desarrollo, INTER-FORUM Newsletter at FORUM INTERCULTURA, S.A. (2001)

peaceCabeza de Ratón, antes que Cola de León:  El Nuevo Orden Mundial desde la óptica del Tercer Mundo
Sahnya Shulterbrandt, Directora de Ediciones y Desarrollo, INTER-FORUM Newsletter at FORUM INTERCULTURA, S.A. (2001)

peaceHands-on Mathematics + Multicultural Education = Student Success
by Patty Adeeb, Nova Southeastern University and Janet Bosnick, University of North Florida (2000)

peaceA Cultural Plunge
by Gary Fortune (2000)

peaceRe-examining the Rhetoric of the "Cultural Border"
by Heewon Chang, Eastern College (2000)

peaceDiversity Is About Change and Leadership
by Jose Soto, Southeast Community College (1999)

peaceReading Hypertext - From Global Culture to the Discourse of Individual Identity
by Luís Mendes, School of Education of Lamego (Polytechnic Institute of Viseu), Portugal (1999)

peaceA Dissertation on Racial and Gender Identity Development in White Male Multicultural Educators and Facilitators
by Paul Gorski, now at the University of Maryland's Office of Human Relations (1998)

peaceMulticultural Education
by Keith Wilson of University of Kentucky (1996)

peaceAnti-Racist Community Work--A Radical Approach
by Rowena Arshad of Edinburgh, Scotland (1997)

peaceCalendar and Cultures
by Richard Alpert of Amherst Publishing (1997)

peaceComparing Cultures
by Karin Blair (1997)

peaceFreedom's Road Is Long and Hard
by Marquetta L. Goodwine (1997)

peaceBlack Community/Black America
by Calvin O. L. Henry (1997)

peaceArticles by Caleb Rosado

peaceDeath by Discrimination?
by Joe Feagin of the University of Florida (1998)

peaceBlinding Sight: A Question of Color
by Gene-Tey Shin (1998)

peaceCultural Liberation: East-West Biculturalism for a New Century
by Steve McCarty (1998)

peaceThe Language of Closet Racism
by Paul Gorski (1995)

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I am seeking essays and articles on multicultural education and related topics to include in the Research Room. You need not be an established author to submit your work. In fact, I highly encourage classroom teachers and other practitioners to contribute your ideas and philosophies to the literature through this site.

To submit an item send a short e-mail describing it to Questions, comments, and submissions can be addressed to me, Paul Gorski. Happy writing!

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