Dr. Kevin Kumashiro is an award-winning scholar who has published widely on education and social justice. His articles appear in such premier research journals as Educational Researcher, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Teacher Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, and Review of Educational Research, and his recent research briefs have been published by CARE-ED and by the National Education Policy Center. He has authored or edited ten books that include:
Teaching toward Democracy: Educators as Agents of Change, Second Edition (2016, Routledge) examines the contested space of schooling and school reform with a focus on the unique challenges and opportunities that teaching in a democratic society provides. This revised edition includes additional dialogues amongst the authors to further explore how they have individually and collectively reflected on the qualities of mind that teachers explore and work to develop as they become more effective educators. Co-authored by Drs. William Ayers, Erica Meiners, Therese Quinn, and David Stovall. More information is available here or at www.routledge.com.
"Teaching Toward Democracy challenges our core beliefs on today's pressing issues both inside our public schools and beyond them, too. The book is a must-read for teachers, parents, policymakers, university faculty, and students." - Deborah Meier, New York University
Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, 3rd Edition (2015, Routledge) celebrates the tenth anniversary of the original publication of this go-to, best-selling resources for K-12 teachers and teacher educators. The phrase "teaching for social justice" is often used, but not always explained. What does it look like to teach for social justice? What are the implications for anti-oppressive teaching across different areas of the curriculum? Drawing on his own experiences teaching diverse grades and subjects, leading author and educator Kevin Kumashiro examines various aspects of anti-oppressive teaching and learning in six different subject areas. More information available here or at www.routledge.com.
"An intellectually sound and inspiring work. Kumashiro brilliantly integrates theory and practice and provides teachers with a model, not only for social justice, but student achievement as well. This book is a must-read for all educators who care about students, equity, and democracy." – Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, author of Educating Teachers for Diversity
Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers (2014, Routledge) grows from work we have been doing on narrowing the demographic gap between who teaches and who populates U.S. classrooms. This edited collection brings together leading scholars to examine why the teaching force is predominantly White from historical as well as contemporary perspectives, showcase and report available data on a variety of ways this problem is being tackled at the pre-service and teacher credentialing levels, and examine how a diverse and high-quality teaching force can be retained and thrive. Co-edited by Drs. Christine Sleeter and LaVonne Neal. More information available here or at www.routledge.com.
"This is an important call to action for a diverse and well-qualified teaching force that reflects the next generation of American students. As the authors make clear, segregation takes many forms, and we must extend our focus beyond just the students in the classroom". - Benjamin Todd Jealous, former President & CEO, NAACP
Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education: Partial Stories, Improbable Conversations, Second Edition (2014, Peter Lang) spotlights six themes or "lenses" for understanding and analyzing education and its relation to oppression and anti-oppressive transformation. The chapters provide readers with diverse perspectives for considering anti-oppressive education from a range of content areas in K-12, postsecondary, and community contexts; student and educator populations; social differences; activities; and research methodology. Co-edited by Dr. Bic Ngo. More information available here or at www.peterlang.com.
"The authors provide powerful teaching insights based upon authentic classroom knowledge and understanding of schooling that is valuable learning for educators and students. Kumashiro and Ngo have greatly advanced the anti-oppressive education discourse within the discussions of transformative education." - Carl C. Grant, Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture (2012, Teachers College Press) takes aim at the current debate on education reform, paying particular attention to the ways that scapegoating public-school teachers, teacher unions, and teacher education masks the real, systemic problems. It demonstrates how current trends, like market-based reforms and fast-track teacher certification programs are creating overwhelming obstacles to achieving an equitable education for all children. Bad Teacher! highlights the common ways that both the public and influential leaders think about the problems and solutions for public education, and suggests ways to help us see the bigger picture and reframe the debate. More information is available here or at www.tcpress.com.
“Kumashiro is a remarkable sleuth who … shows us how the deck is stacked, how the game is played, who gains, and who loses. Join him in a clarion call to build a Movement to reclaim public education.” - Robert P. Moses, The Algebra Project
The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right Has Framed the Debate on America's Schools (2008, Teachers College Press) offers a powerful examination of current education policy initiatives as framed by the rhetoric of the political Right and the political Left. Critical of both sides, Kumashiro first provides a searching look at the Right and shows why it has succeeded so well in winning the debate about the purposes and possibilities of education. Turning then to the Left he shows how it has failed to win support for its initiatives and goals, especially regarding racial disparities in schools. This is must-reading for anyone concerned about the future of public education, especially right now. More information is available here or at www.tcpress.com.
"This is one of the most thoughtful books on education I have ever read. Kevin Kumashiro condemns fear as a hallmark in our conversations about schools, and promotes instead a spirit of freedom and democracy." - Studs Terkel, Pulitzer-prize-winning author and oral historian
Troubling Education: Queer Activism and Antioppressive Pedagogy (2002, Routledge) draws on interviews with anti-oppressive activists as it provides educational models for transforming classrooms. As this book explores new approaches to education, it troubles those very explorations by examining multiple ways of reading activism and its pedagogical role. Kumashiro demonstrates that how we read is as important as what we read; in doing so, he offers ways of "doing" research that complement curricular reform. More information is available here or at www.routledge.com. Recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.
"Troubling Education offers a rare alternative to oversimplified, highly abstract, or technologizing approaches to social and cultural difference. Kumashiro grapples with concrete questions of classroom practice in context -- a task informed throughout by his innovative take on theorizing difference and social change." - Elizabeth Ellsworth, author of Teaching Positions: Difference, Pedagogy, and the Power of Address
Troubling Intersections of Race and Sexuality: Queer Students of Color and Anti-Oppressive Education (2001, Rowman & Littlefield) combines autobiographical accounts with qualitative and quantitative research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students of different racial backgrounds to examine the unique experiences of students who are both queer and of color. These essays not only trouble the ways that we think about the intersections of race and sexuality, but also offer theoretical insights and educational strategies to educators committed to bringing about change. More information is available here or at https://rowman.com.
"This is a critical anthology that stands as the first of its kind in that it deals with queer youths of color in articles written by, for, and about these young people within the context of education." - Didi Khayatt, York University