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Whitworth University Welcomes Acclaimed Author and Lecturer Dr. Maria del Carmen Salazar

October 23, 2018
The Whitworth University Office of Academic Affairs presents a lecture by Maria del Carmen Salazar, Ph.D. entitled “A Humanizing Pedagogy: Nurturing the Roses in the Concrete” on Thurs., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall, RTT.

This is an inclusive university classroom lecture that will address the experiences of marginalized youth and their families from the perspective of a rose that grew in the beauty and the harshness of the concrete. Salazar will provide strategies for educators to engage in a humanizing pedagogy to “grow roses in the concrete.”

Salazar’s research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation through empirical research on equitable and effective teaching. Salazar has authored numerous publications on humanizing pedagogies, equitable and effective teaching, culturally responsive teaching, and college access and success for Latino students. She has given over 150 scholarly presentations and 25 national and international keynote presentations on her research areas.

In addition, she is the lead author of a widely circulated policy document titled, "The State of Latinos 2008: Defining an Agenda for the Future." This document was presented to members of the U.S. Congress in 2008.

Salazar served on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), a national collaborative to revise model content standards and develop learning progressions for teacher licensure, assessment, and development. She was a key contributor in the development of the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions. She also served on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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