Social justice teacher education programs aim to prepare teachers with the knowledge, dispositions, and practices for teaching all students, for advocating not only for change within their own classrooms but for the transformation of whole schools and districts, and for viewing their efforts as teachers as connected to and part of larger movements for justice and equity. Over the past 40 years, the number of university-sponsored teacher education programs focused on preparing teachers from a social justice perspective has increased in the United States.

Beginning in the 1970s, with institutional support from organizations like the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, which urged teacher education programs to attend to issues of diversity, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which in 1976 included ...

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