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Atwood Receives National Social Justice Award

Dr. Erin Atwood (far right) receiving her award at AERA’s annual meeting

Erin Atwood has received a national award for Social Justice Teaching Award in Educational Administration. The award, given by the American Educational Research Association, recognizes an individual “who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.”

Atwood received the honor at the organization’s annual meeting in April in Toronto, Canada, where she also participated in three roundtable sessions on developing social justice leaders, understanding student concepts of place and identifying diverse schools.

Doctoral student Trevon Jones has taken some of Atwood’s classes and presented with her on using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping as a framework for discussion, teaching and learning around race and class equity in schools. He said her classes have broadened his views on social issues.

“I was challenged to think about the type of leader I wanted to be, the assumptions I made about my school community, and the role I would play in fighting for equity on my campus,” Jones said.

Atwood joined the TCU College of Education in 2016 as an assistant professor in Educational Leadership. Her teaching emphasizes transformative social justice and interdisciplinary approaches to preparing educational leaders and her research centers on the broad goal of understanding and promoting equity in education.