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Social Justice in Language Education

CARLA’s Social Justice in Language Education initiative aims to improve teachers’ understanding and application of critical pedagogies as they teach social justice themes. The initiative has three components: research, resources, and professional development.

Initiative Background

The Social Justice in Language Educationinitiative was developedto address the important need for professional development and instructional materials anchored in social justice and critical pedagogies.


To understand teacher and student learning in social justice-oriented language classrooms, the Social Justice in Language Education initiative leaders are conductingtwo research studies, one on teacher understanding and enactment of social justice approaches, and one on students’ language development and social justice takeaways.

Resources for Teachers

Professional Development

CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

Each summer CARLA offers a wide array of professional development opportunities for K-16 language teachers.

CARLA Bibliography

The CARLA bibliography contains more information on publications and presentations by faculty and staff involved in the Social Justice in Language Education project.

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