Teachers Making a Difference: A Social Justice Curriculum

Posted Jun 16, 2021

We welcomed a recent Master of Arts in Education (MAE) graduate as the keynote speaker at our spring Graduate Student Conference. Sara Barkley, a fifth-grade teacher in the Hilliard School District, was chosen because of her work in researching and developing a social justice curriculum for young students. Her curriculum will be applied immediately in her classroom, helping her students understand and talk about the racial protests across the United States.

The curriculum is the result of her MAE capstone project, “A Curriculum Creation for Revolutionary Change:  Using Diverse Mentor Text to Teach Literary Elements through a Social Justice Lens.”   

Barkley’s project and curriculum demonstrates the value of our capstone projects, which allow MAE students to choose research that is personal and relevant to each individual student/practicing teacher. 

Dee Knoblauch
Education Graduate Director

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