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Responding to Anti-AAPI Racism in Educator Preparation: Seizing the Present Moment

Racial relations challenge and social or society race tension as two black and white human heads facing each other in crisis as they both burn as a society and social relationship troubleAsian American educator Elizath Kleinrock described her mindset after the reading about the anti-Asian hate crimes in Atlanta last March as, “[un]able to express my sadness, frustration and rage … how could I face my students in class when my body and voice are noticeably shaking?”  With anti-Asian hate crimes up 149% in major cities due to increased negative stereotyping amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the educator preparation community must increase its awareness and efforts by teaching true allyship in U.S. schools and communities.

In AACTE’s next Combating Racism in Educator Prep series webinar, a distinguished panel will guide a conversation that addresses the often-omitted civil rights history of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) here in the United States and resources for teaching that history and why it’s essential in our collective fight to combat systemic racial oppression in our education system. AACTE is ready to seize this present moment to respond to Anti-AAPI racism as an association and hopes you join in these efforts.

Register today to attend the webinar on April 29, 3:30 p.m. EST.

Nicholas D. Hartlep

Nicholas D HartlepNicholas D. Hartlep (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) is the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education at Berea College where he chairs the Department of Education Studies. Before arriving at Berea College, Hartlep chaired the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Metropolitan State University, an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also served as the graduate program coordinator at Metropolitan State University. Hartlep has published 24 books, and his book, Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty: Perspectives and Lessons from Higher Education (2019, Routledge), recently received an Outstanding Book award from the Society of Professors of Education. Hartlep’s latest book (Teachers College Press, 2021) is Teacher Educators as Critical Storytellers: Effective Teachers as Windows and Mirrors.

 Valerie Ooka Pang

Dr. Valerie Ooka PangValerie Ooka Pang, former elementary teacher in rural and urban schools, is a professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. Recently, Pang published Diversity and Equity in the Classroom (Cengage, 2018) sharing culturally relevant and ethnic studies curriculum. She also was series editor with E. Wayne Ross of Race, Ethnicity, and Education (2006), four volumes. She was editor of Struggling to Be Heard: The Unmet Needs of Asian American Children with L. Cheng (1998). As senior editor of an instructional text for the National Council for the Social Studies, The Human Impact of Natural Disasters: Issues for the Inquiry-Based Classroom, she integrated global and human rights education. She has published in a variety of journals and has been honored by organizations such as the American Educational Research Associations Standing Committee on the Role and Status of Minorities in Education, National Association for Multicultural Education, and the University of Washington’s College of Education. Her areas of interest are teacher education, culturally relevant education, social studies education, multicultural education, and Asian American and Pacific American education.

Shuhui Fan

Dr. Shuhui FanShuhui Fan is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Northern State University. She received her Ph.D. degree in counselor education and supervision at William & Mary. She is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and China. Her research interests include international counseling students and faculty, globalization of counselor education, and multicultural counseling training. 

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