The Center for Equity and Justice in Teacher Education was established in 2019.
The CEJTE is partially funded through an $8 million dollar, U.S. Department of Education grant titled, Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED).
The center supports cross-school opportunities for teacher and school leader collaboration, reflection and professional learning.
Please check this site frequently for upcoming events. These events are free and open to the public, so please share widely. Find previous events below!
A Poetry Workshop & Open Mic
Come Celebrate with Me: A Poetry Workshop & Open Mic was an event co-sponsored by The Center for Equity & Justice in Teacher Education and The Crim Center at Georgia State University as a pre-conference event for the 15th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference!
This event was a space for visioning and exploring how educators and artists might center healing and celebration in this challenging time in our personal, national and global landscapes. We used poetry writing as a communal process to unpack these ideas. This was followed by an open mic where participants were invited to share any vocal self-expression. Two amazing featured poets, Qianna Cutts and Ogechi, also read live!
Meet the Speakers
Qiana M.Cutts, Ph.D., is a creative and educator whose work emerges at the intersections of teacher education, identity exploration, and Black women. Specifically, she’s an arts-based education researcher who utilizes various qualitative methods, including poetic inquiry, to explore teacher candidates’ critical consciousness and identities and Black women’s love and lived experiences. She’s authored several pieces, including her debut poetry collection, In Somebody Else’s Blood (2017) and a stage play, Alabama Moonstruck (2020). Cutts currently is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations at Mississippi State University.
An electric budding star, OGECHI is a culturally influential eclectic AstroAfro recording artist, dancer and poet. OG is known for her passionate expression and inspiring multitudes of art-forms representing the past, present and future sound of her generation. Well accomplished as an author and award-winning spoken word poet, Georgia State film alumni and creative director/producer, OGECHI has made quite an impact among her fans and the universe since 2017. 2020 and beyond she intends on taking that same universe by storm!
Critical Collaborative for English Language Arts Education Speaker Series
The CEJTE and the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic presented a virtual speaker series: Integrating Criticality into English Language Arts (ELA) Lessons. This featured two equity-centered literacy scholars, Gholdy Muhammad. Ph.D. and Noah Golden, Ph.D.
Criticality in education helps learners:
- Disrupt the commonplace
- Integrate multiple viewpoints
- Focus on socio-political issues
- Examine issues of race, gender and class and their intersections
- Take actions to address injustices
Eye See It! Professional Development Series
The CEJTE, with support from the Library of Congress, presented a professional development series for K-12 educators focused on examining history with a historian’s eye! These events were hosted by historian Larry Earl and teacher educator Chantee Earl, Ph.D. The foci will shift for each session, but general topics include:
- Engaging students in historical inquiry
- Investigating historical events using primary source documents
- Incorporating virtual field trips and artifacts into the classroom
“Urging all of us to open our minds and hearts so that we can know beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable, so that we can think and rethink, so that we can create new visions, I celebrate teaching that enables transgressions–a movement against and beyond boundaries.”
—bell hooks, from her 1994 book Teaching to Transgress