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The Education Department Common Read in Social Justice

Education students enrolled in their first semester at Elizabethtown College will begin to explore the department's social justice initiative through a common book selection.The department's common book for 2015-2016 is Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools by Laurie Olsen.

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Made in America provides an insightful look at the day-to-day difficulties immigrant children and their teachers face in American public schools.  As the United States reexamines its borders and immigration policies, the debate over educating immigrant students in our public schools has divided Americans. Few political issues are more compelling than the current policy on immigration. Even more explosive, especially in states where there are substantial immigrant populations, is how to effectively educate immigrant students. (Rosenberg, ED Update, 2012)  This book explores those key debates, including the foundational question - what can teachers and immigrant students learn from one another?  (Christian Science Monitor, 2015; Google Books, 2015)

Dr. Laurie Olsen is the Director of the Sobrato Early Academic Literacy (SEAL) initiative in the Redwood City and San Jose school districts. She has spent the last four decades researching, writing, advocating, and providing leadership development and technical assistance on educational equity. She has designed and implemented powerful PK-12 English Learner programs and services.   For 23 years, she directed California Tomorrow’s work in K-12 education. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from U.C. Berkeley, and serves on the Executive Board of Californians Together – a coalition to protect the rights of English Learners. (, 2015) 


Senior Seminar Common Read 

Education students enrolled in their final semester at Elizabethtown College will conclude the exploration of the department's social justice initiative through a common book selection.The department's common book for Senior Seminar 2015-2016 is Rethinking Multicultural Education, edited by Wayne Au.                                                        

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Moving beyond a simplistic focus on heroes and holidays, and foods and festivals, Rethinking Multicultural Education demonstrates a "powerful vision of anti-racist, social justice educaton". Through a series of essays, the text reclaims multicultural education as part of a larger struggle for justice and racism, colonization, and cultural oppression--in schools and society. It has been praised as an "essential text and resource" for teachers who strive for change in their schools and surrounding communities. (



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