Current Issue - URBAN Special Issue

LGBTQ+: An Imagined Community

Jan. 14, 2022

This short, reflexive prose essay offers a series of “I” statements along with critical self-reflection and inquiries. These statements reflect the author’s process of learning, acknowledging, and disrupting taken-for-granted language. This contribution is meant for anyone who uses “LGBTQ+ community” in writing and everyday speech.

Educators Moving towards Collective Liberation-Conference Presenter’s Perspective

Jan. 13, 2022

This essay summarizes one facilitator’s conference presentation and their overall perspective of the conference. The presentation was intended for teachers and parents to work towards developing support for LGBTQ+ students in learning environments. The summary is written as an overview to spark the seed toward becoming anti-biased individuals.

Preparing a New Wave of Critical and Socially Just Educators: Reflections of a Teacher Educator

Jan. 12, 2022

This reflection provides insight into how a common literacy practice in an elementary school classroom, such as a read aloud, can be used to spark critical conversations and to show solidarity with historically underrepresented students.

Co-designing Educator Spaces for Collective Liberation: A Photographic Essay

Jan. 12, 2022

This photographic essay features pictures and short reflections from members of the Educator Institute for Equity and Justice team. These photographs and reflections represent the intentionally designed spaces at the institute.

Back to School: A Collective Zine from A Queer Endeavor EIEJ

Jan. 12, 2022

This submission features a collaborative zine created during the Meet in the Middle session at the 2021 Educator Institute for Equity and Justice.