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Beth Sondel

Asst Professor

Poe Hall 317L

Bio

Dr. Beth Sondel's primary line of research partners critical theory and qualitative methods to investigate the potential for public schools to perpetuate and/or interrupt social inequalities. More specifically, she is interested in how teachers come to understand, attempt to implement, and advocate for equity and justice in their classrooms within their given socio-political context. She has addressed these questions in the context of market-based reforms in New Orleans and, more recently, in pre-service teacher programs and Social Studies Methods courses. Her secondary line of research addresses the role of entrepreneurial organizations, and more specifically Teach For America, in the expansion of market-based reform. She is currently in the process of completing a book for the Routledge Teaching/Learning Social Justice Series that combines both lines of her research. Prior to entering academia, she was a sixth grade English and Social Studies teacher.

Education

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
MEd in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Programs

Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Sondel, B. (in press). Neoliberal pedagogies: No excuses in New Orleans. The Educational Forum-Kappa Delta Pi.
  • Sondel, B. (2015) Raising citizens or raising test scores: The development of the neoliberal citizen in “no excuses” charter schools. Theory and Research in Social Education. 43(3), 289-313.
  • Sondel, B. (2015). Market based pedagogies: Assessment, instruction, and purpose at a “no excuses” charter school. In Miron, L., Beabout, B., and Boselovic, J., Only in New Orleans: School Choice and Equity Post Hurricane Katrina. Sense Publications. 109-128.
  • Sondel, B., Kretchmar, K., & Ferarre, J. (2015). Mapping the education entrepreneurial network: Teach For America, charter school reform, and corporate sponsorship. In Au, W., and Ferrare, J., Mapping Corporate Education Reform: Power and Policy Networks in the Neoliberal State. NY: Routledge. 65-85.
  • Sondel, B., Kretchmar, K., & Ferarre, J. (2014). Mapping the terrain: Teach For America, charter school reform, and corporate sponsorship. Journal of Education Policy. 29(6), 742-759.
  • Sondel, B. & Boselovic, J. (2014). “No Excuses” in New Orleans. Jacobin.
  • Sondel, B. & Kretchmar, K. (2014). Organizing resistance to Teach For America. Rethinking Schools. 28(3).

Courses Taught

  •  Special Topics in Social Justice Education: Critical Pedagogies
  •  Advanced Seminar in Educational Equity, The “Achievement Gap”, and Neoliberal Reform
  •  Social Studies Methods for the Young Learner
  •  Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Diverse Learners

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