Arturo Cortez
Assistant Professor
Teacher Learning, Research & Practice

School of Education, Room 314
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Arturo Cortez is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Learning, Research and Practice at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Broadly, his research explores how teachers design transformative and humanizing learning environments that leverage the everyday spatial and cultural practices of nondominant youth in urban settings.  In this respect, he explores how to organize learning in teacher education classrooms to support, develop, and expand how novice teachers see and design for robust and consequential forms of learning through the use of video and virtual reality technologies. Professor Cortez’s early commitments to amplifying the everyday practices of youth were jointly-honed and developed while he was a middle school teacher in East Palo Alto and a high school teacher in San Francisco. Prior to earning his Ph.D. at UC, Berkeley, Professor Cortez co-founded Xóchitl Justice Press (XJP), a research project and publishing press, that works with young people to conceptualize, write and produce nonfiction books for beginning readers that are educational and representative of young peoples’ lives. He holds a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a M.A.T. from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.