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Julia Kantor

Alternative Licensure Instructor

My Story

I started my career in elementary education, teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders in a New York City public school. I became deeply interested in the larger questions related to schooling, including those related to student voice, equity and diversity in education. I went on to receive my PhD in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction at CU Boulder with a focus on the use of narratives in the preservice teacher classroom that is centered on issues of diversity and difference. I am also interested in the new media and digital literacy practices of K-12 students as they relate to equity oriented curriculum development.

My students at CU Denver:

My hope is that teachers in my courses feel as though they are not only learning how to navigate the complex terrain of teaching and learning but also reflecting upon how they are changing as a result, both personally and professionally. I stress vulnerability and honesty in my classes, encouraging all members of the learning community to acknowledge how their experiences have influenced their perceptions of what counts as teaching and learning, the curriculum and pedagogy they deem the most beneficial for students, and how they are positioning kids, families and communities.

Classes I teach:

  • Culture of Ed Policy (EDUC 5240)

My research interests:

Social justice focused classrooms; race, class, gender, sexuality and literacy; children’s literature; teacher education; teacher research; feminist theory; narrative inquiry and theory; student voice; teacher evaluation; poststructural theories; critical literacy; new literacies; emotional dimensions of literacy engagement.

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