A Conversation with Judith Dunkerly-Bean

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Dr. Judith Dunkerly-Bean talks to us about advocacy, representation, blind spots, and preparing preservice teachers for what could be seen as difficult conversations. Judith is known for her work in the areas of critical literacies, young adult literature, social justice, and human rights education. She is a fierce advocate for women, girls, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Dr. Dunkerly-Bean is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Old Dominion University.


Education research has a problem. The work of brilliant education researchers often doesn’t reach the practice of brilliant teachers. Classroom Caffeine is here to help. Each week, I invite a top education researcher to sit down and talk with teachers about what they have learned from years of study.

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