Learning from Our History: The Role of the New York Collective of Radical Educators in Movements for Educational Justice


K-12 teachers
teacher activism
critical professional development
radical teachers

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Queenan, J., Ortiz, N., Segura, P., Frascella, R., Troiano, A., & Velazquez, L. (2024). Learning from Our History: The Role of the New York Collective of Radical Educators in Movements for Educational Justice. Radical Teacher, 128. https://doi.org/10.5195/rt.2024.1010


Educator activists can play an important role in transforming not only what happens inside classrooms but also larger educational systems. While recent focus in research has been on social justice caucuses in teacher unions, there are also radical educator collectives like the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) that organize outside of union spaces. In this article, we (the current NYCoRE leadership body) analyze the historical impact of NYCoRE to theorize about the role of educator collectives in educational justice movements. Using oral history interviews with founding members of NYCoRE, we found that NYCoRE has provided a political home for radical educators, supported critical professional development, and prepared educators to contribute to educational justice movements. National implications are discussed.




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