The “Featured Research Artivists” page highlights scholar-educator-artists and their own creative expressions of scholarship related to educational justice. Check out the following scholarship in creative forms to learn more about their research and process for design!

“I’m in a resocialization process right now in moving out of academia and into being a ‘business owner.” And what I’m having to remember is creativity. How do you innovate? How do you foresee what the market needs and build for it? I took Mai Pedagogy Project up as an invitation, as an opportunity to learn creativity, which is not what I was trained to do at any point of my education… I have all the critiques of capitalism, and one thing you learn with that mindset is how do you create something that doesn’t exist, that’s going to be useful and resonate with people?

Educational Consultant

The invitation to use multimodal resources as a teaching tool, and to create my own, catalyzed ideas I’ve had for a long time and made me feel like this work is possible to do now. So often when we think about teaching, the pedagogical is a little bit ignored. Part of pedagogy is people’s inspiration, how they connect with the lesson or what they’re teaching, how they bring themselves into the lesson, and how they bring in their intentions and what they’re thinking about.. that’s ALL part of your pedagogy. Part of what really got me motivated to create my own resource with teachers was seeing how scholars talk about justice-oriented teaching at scholarly conferences in reductive ways, like “What teachers need is example lesson plans!” But it’s gotta be so much MORE than just the lesson and just the material. The pedagogical approach is not something that is easily communicated or transferred to other teachers. I think every teacher has to explore their own approach and has to make it their own, so what I love about creating with teachers is how much you can see each teacher’s approach and who they are and their individual stories and connected to their family stories, which are part of their pedagogical approach. It’s just so much more than a lesson plan and their material: it’s their rationale, their reflections, their metacognition. That’s going to be helpful for new teachers who are still trying to figure that out. The expectation is not for them to reproduce their lessons but to realize that there are a variety of ways to think about teaching, and learn how to teach from their own perspectives approaches

Teacher Educator

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