Project Title: Building Sustainable Ethnic Studies Programs in K-12 Settings
In recent years, a growing number of public schools have implemented Ethnic Studies courses for middle and high school students. These programs respond grassroots organizing by communities of color who are demanding schools that better reflect, affirm, and serve local communities. There is research evidence to support the benefits of Ethnic Studies in K-12 settings; however, these programs remain controversial. While academic and political debate has centered on making the case for (or against) Ethnic Studies, scholars have yet to tackle questions about how to build and sustain high-quality programs after they are established. This includes attention to the preparation, recruitment, support, and retention of teachers who are capable of teaching Ethnic Studies well. This is where my research seeks to contribute.
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