Multiple Subject Social Justice Education Framework & Resources

Our Multiple Subject Social Justice Education Framework is guided by three pillars: (1) identities, (2) ideologies and practices, and (3) action and engagement. Over the course of our program, teacher candidates engage in these ideas through both coursework and clinical field experiences.



    • Identify how bias, prejudice, power, and privileges inform our views of self and others.


    • Analyze how institutional practices and ideologies can reinforce or disrupt patterns of oppression and inequity in schools.


    • Engage in teaching and learning opportunities that are culturally sustaining, co-constructed with the community, and seek to disrupt inequities.

    Core Texts Used in Coursework

    Social Studies for a Better World is used in Social Studies Methods.


    Love's text is used in Clinical Practice II & III Seminar.


    Kleinrock's text is used in Clinical Practice III Seminar.


    Jewell's text is used in Clinical Practice I Seminar.


    Teaching Math to Multilingual Students is used in Math Methods.



    Social Justice Book Circles

    The School of Education, in partnership with our grants, offers book circles for our teacher candidates, local teachers, and staff and faculty of Cal Poly. Below are a few examples of past books offered. 


    Social Justice Speaker Series

    The School of Education is excited to host speakers each quarter on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education. This series highlights phenomenal guests each year and all School of Education affiliates are invited to attend these events.

    Below are the speakers who joined us during the '21-22 academic year.

    Dr. Jose Medina focuses his work on meeting the needs of emergent bilingual students through culturally responsive teaching. 


    Liz Kleinrock (she/her) is an anti-bias and anti-racist educator of both children and adults, and creates curriculum for K-12 students, specializing in designing inquiry-based units of study. In the Spring of 2021, Liz released her first book, Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community.


    Dr. Bettina Love is the author of We Want to Do More Than Survive, and advocates for education reform, anti-racism, and abolition. 



    Annual Social Justice Education Conference

    The School of Education in collaboration with the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success hosted the 6th Annual Social Justice Education Conference in May of 2023!

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