Publications & Press

  • Identified as a leading expert on social justice education in Swalwell, K., Rodríguez, N. N., Updegraff, A., & Winters, L. A. (2023). Distracting, Erasing, and Othering: A Critical Analysis of the Teachers Pay Teachers’ Teach for Justice Collection. Harvard Educational Review93(1), 104-130.
  • Featured in WAMU’s Morning Edition “Teens From Two Very Different D.C. Schools Hold Tough Conversations on Race” by Mikaela Lefrak, April 12, 2017. Re-broadcasted on NPR´s Here and Now on April 30, 2017. Link
  • Presented “A Public-Private School Conversation About Race and Policing” at the 2017 Private Schools with Public Purpose (PSPP) Conference, March 2017, Washington DC.
  • Featured in McAvoy, P. (Fall 2016). “Polarized classrooms: Understanding political divides can help students learn to bridge them”. Teaching Tolerance (54): 19-22. Link
  • Invited to give remarks at a Conference presentation by Professors Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy at the John Dewey Society Centennial Conference on Democracy and Education, April 7, 2016
  • Authored the chapter “Not Perfect for All, But Perfect for Some,” in the book Dilemmas of Educational Ethics. Cases and Commentaries. Eds. Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay, Harvard Education Press, 2016.
  • Invited to speak on an educator’s panel at the “Researching Elite Education: Addressing the Conceptual, Methodological and Ethical Challenges” Researchers Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 30, 2015. 
  • Mentioned in Teaching for Change blog, “Selma Film Sparks Youth Dialogue,” January 2014 for helping to organize a small interschool discussion between students from public, charter and independent schools. Link
  • Co-authored the article “Using Conceptual Tensions and Supreme Court Cases to Increase Critical Thinking in Government and Civics Classrooms”, in Social Education Vol. 77 No. 4, Sep 2013. Link.
  • Featured in Mathews, Jay, “Two D.C. High Schools Dare to Require Deep Research”, Education column in the Washington Post, May 9, 2013. Link
  • Featured in Spatz, Virginia, “Students Create Advocacy Archives”, Hill Rag, May 2013. Link
  • Featured in Colvin, Richard Lee, “Creating Capital Citizens. Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy and Civic Education”. AEI Program on American Citizenship Policy Brief No. 8, April 2013 Link
  • Recipient of 2013 Street Law Educator of the year, granted annually to an “exceptional law-related education teacher”. Top of 4th page on this Link
  • Appointed to Civics Standing Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2012.
  • Presented the session “Using Conceptual Tensions to increase Higher Order Thinking and Engagement in the Social Studies Classroom” at the 2012 MSCSS Annual Conference.
  • Co-presented the session “I too, Sing America: The Increasing Relevance of U.S. History/Government” at the 2011 NCSS Annual Conference, Washington DC.
  • Awarded an American University Ganek Student Teacher Mini-Grant for a Student Civics project in 2009-10.
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