Using critical race theory and whiteness studies as theoretical frameworks, this book traces two Latina bilingual education teachers in three different professional phases: as paraprofessionals, teacher candidates, and certified teachers. Grounded in a longitudinal case study, this book sheds light on the effects of institutional racism when Latina/o educational professionals attempt inclusion in white dominant organizations, such as schools. Revealing and analyzing the structural racism present in schools and the obstacles it creates for professionals of color, the author exposes the racist practices that are hidden from view and offer practical solutions to combat them.
"Chronicling the educational trajectories of two Latina educators as they transition from paraprofessionals to classroom teachers, this book reveals their passion, strengths and the systemic oppression they face working to serve a growing population of Latinx students. Through humanizing narratives about their educational and professional experiences, Amos boldly names racism as a key barrier in their journey. This research is both timely and insightful as we are pushed to consider diversity in the teaching force as a racial justice issue."
- Rita Kohli, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education, University of California, Riverside, USA.
"In this comprehensive text critical race theory and LatCrit in education, Amos’s work will make a lasting contribution to Critical Race Theory and LatCrit to the scholarship- regarding the academic struggles of students of color in the United States educational system. And, this text, in fact substantially frames and highlights the obstacles faced by would be teachers of color as they navigate and negotiate the Teacher Education curriculum in the nation’s colleges and schools of education to become certified teachers."
- Keith M. Champagne, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA.
Chapter One: Introduction: Latina/o Teacher Career Pathway
Chapter Two: Growing Up, K-12 Schooling, and Working as Paraprofessionals
Chapter Three: Becoming Teachers of Color
Chapter Four: Teaching at Public Schools: Workplace Environment
Chapter Five: Teaching with Warmth and Demands
Chapter Six: Conclusion: Latina/o Teachers Advancing in the Profession