Education and schooling must be spaces where all students can thrive
Change happens when we learn, unlearn & relearn
I believe in an education system where all students can learn and thrive. My approach is to create space where educators ask questions about what needs to change in thinking and practice, I believe in building relationships, as change is achieved through individual and collective agency.
My role as a critical scholar and educator is to encourage educators to be agentive on behalf of students, especially those who are marginalized and historically underserved by the education system. This requires educators to challenge exclusionary practices and seek out space for critical action.
I enter spaces with positive energy, drawing on my lived experiences as a Black woman, educator, and my ancestors. As the late Maya Angelou said "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style"
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Dr. Lopez has spent close to 30 years in education as a classroom teacher, administrator, teacher educator and professor of educational leadership. She is currently a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Lopez is a critical educator committed to transformative change in all aspects of education and schooling. She believes that education and schooling should be free of practices that marginalize and oppress some students, thwarting their educational outcomes.
She has presented her research at conferences across the globe, collaborated and conducted research with teachers and school leaders. She has written several books, book chapters and journal articles.
Prof Lopez is the co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of School Leadership and Co-Series Editor, Studies in Educational Administration.
She is a thoughtful and visionary leader who connects theory to practice. She is a reflective educator, story teller, seminar facilitator, TEDX Speaker, mommy, and grandmother.
Dr. Lopez draws her inspiration from her grandmother who she describes as her guiding light.
Gounding in Decolonial Praxis:
"A ‘must read’ for educational leadership, this book advances the theoretical foundations and proactive approaches for decolonizing education through clarity in one’s positionality, responsibilities and approaches in achieving a more cognitively just education for all students" - Marie Battiste Professor Emerita, Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan
"Grounded in historical context, Lopez draws on her experience as a practitioner and scholar to methodologically examine “the continued tensions in education and schooling”. Decolonizing education in these unprecedented times amid a pandemic and racial unrest is a call to action in schools and society. Indeed, this is a great textbook adoption to integrate in leadership preparation coursework"
Gaëtane Jean-Marie, Dean and Professor of Educational Leadership, Rowan University
"Amidst the current tensions of education, Decolonizing Educational Leadership: Exploring Alternative Approaches in Leading Schools draws on a rich body of literature on social justice and decolonization interwoven with unique personal and academic experience. This cutting-edge resource is a must-read for the 21st century educational leaders and policy makers who genuinely seek to make a difference through culturally responsive and decolonized educational leadership and policy as it studiously exposes one of the most somber global problems facing diversified societies". Prof. Khalid Arar, Associate editor, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Texas State University.
In this book teacher educators in collaboration with teachers and students and through their research have highlighted effective and transformative approaches to teacher education that will be impactful in classrooms, not only in North America but globally.
Authors explore issues of difference in ways that critically address issues of diversity and equity in teacher education
The book will benefit teacher educators, teachers, those in teacher education programs, administrators, school districts and all those involved in schooling
Dr. Lopez's chapter is entitled Examining Efficacy of Equity Education:Challenging Uncritical and Laminated Notions of Equity in Teacher Education. In this chapter Dr. Lopez posits a critical approach to equity, examines the difference between equity and equality and suggest the the following to support teacher development toward a critical approach to equity:
People are on the move all across the globe and the student population is becoming increasingly more diverse. This has brought about new opportunities and challenges for educators, and teachers. In this series teacher educators a) deconstruct and problematize what it means to educate new teachers for increasingly diverse schools and classroom contexts, and b) highlight experiences of teacher educators as they attempt to bridge the theory to practice divide often encountered in teacher education. In these challenging times when public education is under attack, culturally responsive, antiracist, critical multicultural, social justice and all forms of teaching that are inclusive and equitable must be supported and encouraged. As schools continue to be spaces where ideas and values that promote equity and justice in society are contested, teachers must be proactive in engaging in pedagogies that respond to the needs of a diverse student population. Transformative Pedagogies bring together the work of teachers, scholars, and activists from different countries and contexts who are seeking to transform teacher education. This book will be useful to all educators seeking alternative and innovative approaches to education and meeting the needs of students. Teacher educators examine what it means to be transformative and drawing on experiences from different contexts.
Dr. Lopez's chapter is entitled: Disruptive pedagogy: A critical approach to dealing with diversity in teacher education.
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