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Shannon-Baker, Peggy; Porfilio, Brad J.; Plough, Bobbie – Educational Foundations, 2020
The purpose of this study is to examine the school selection process of parents whose children attended an urban school district in Northern California. Like numerous urban school districts across the United States, the district highlighted in this study also encountered students exiting its schools for the past decade. The findings shared in this…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Declining Enrollment, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Porfilio, Brad J.; Strom, Katie; Lupinacci, John – Educational Foundations, 2019
Through a case study of two doctoral programs situated in the United States, this essay highlights how doctoral programs designed to prepare leaders in K-16 institutions and other contexts can be "framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice" (CPED, 2016; Buss,…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Doctoral Programs, Neoliberalism, Equal Education
Porfilio, Brad J.; Malott, Curry S. – Educational Foundations, 2011
This essay documents a few key examples of the critical pedagogy and curriculum that the authors employ to challenge pre-service and in-service teachers to consider the concrete and theoretical contexts of taking on a social-activist-teacher persona. Their vision of social justice is rooted firmly in the critical tradition, as it is anchored in…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Critical Theory