Episode 186: A Critical Place-based Partnership for Antiracist Elementary Social Studies Teacher Education with Emma Thacker and Aaron Bodle

In episode 186, Dan and Michael chat with friend of the pod Emma Thacker and Aaron Bodle about their study published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “Seizing the moment: A critical place-based partnership for antiracist elementary social studies teacher education.”


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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Thacker, E. S., & Bodle, A. T. (2022). Seizing the moment: A critical place-based partnership for antiracist elementary social studies teacher education. Theory & Research in Social Education, 50(3), 402-430. https://doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2022.2075296
  2. Emma has been on our podcast a million times:
    1. Episode 84: Inquiry in Elementary Education with Emma Thacker, Erin Casey, Katie Knapp, & Carly Muetterties
    2. Episode 106: Getting Inquiry Design Just Right with Wayne Journell, Adam Friedman, & Emma Thacker
    3. Episode 144: Reading, Analyzing, & Creating Informational Graphics in the Elementary Classroom by Emma Thacker & Jeremy Stoddard
  3. Kendi, I. X. (2019). How to be an antiracist. Random House Publishing Group.
  4. Gruenewald, D. (2003). The best of both worlds: A critical pedagogy of place. Educational Researcher, 23(4), 3-12.   
  5. Dan mentioned the Greenwood Rising in Tulsa
  6. Emma and Aaron mentioned the recent Montelier board controversy. Here is a press release from Montpelier describing positive steps forward and a recent story featuring members of the Montpelier Descendant Committee
  7. Course reading list: 

Adichie (2009, July). The danger of a single story [Video]. TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en

Busey, C. L., & Walker, I. (2017). A dream and a bus: Black critical patriotism in elementary social studies standards. Theory & Research in Social Education, 45(4), 456-488. DOI: 10.1080/00933104.2017.1320251

King, L. J., Vickery, A. E., & Caffrey, G. E. (2018). A pathway to racial literacy: Using the LETS ACT framework to teach controversial issues. Social Education, 82(4), 316-322.         

Love, B. (2019), Theory over gimmicks: Finding your North Star. In B. Love, We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom (pp. 124-149). Beacon Press.

Pitts, J. (2019). Don’t say nothing. In L. Delpit (Ed.), Teaching when the world is on fire (pp. 81-85). The New Press.

Stone (2020, June 8), Don’t just read about racism: Read stories about Black people living. Cosmopolitan. https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/books/a32770951/read-black-books-nic-stone/     

Woodson, A.N., King, L., & Kim, E. (2019). Real recognize real: Thoughts on race, fake news, and naming our truths. In W. Journell (Ed.), Unpacking fake news: An Educator’s guide to navigating the media with students (pp. 41-52). Teachers College Press.

Woodson, A. N. (2016). We’re just ordinary people: Messianic master narratives and Black youths’ civic agency. Theory & Research in Social Education, 44(2), 184-211. DOI: 10.1080/00933104.2016.1170645


Emma S. Thacker is an Associate Professor in the department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education at James Madison University, with an emphasis in social studies education. Dr. Thacker serves on the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) as well as the advisory board of Social Studies and the Young Learner. At JMU, Thacker has been honored with the College of Education Distinguished Teaching Award (2022-23), the Provost Award for Excellence in Inclusivity (2022), the Essie Glass Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching (2019), and the Parker and Major Faculty Endowment (2020-2022) to support her research in elementary social studies inquiry. She teaches a variety of courses in social studies pedagogy and curriculum design at the undergraduate and graduate level, and her research interests include social studies teacher professional learning, the design and implementation of social studies inquiries in K-12 classrooms, and pre-service teacher education. Dr. Thacker’s research, teaching, and service address the need to prepare all students for civic life as a necessary component of a more equitable, democratic society.

Aaron Bodle is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at James Madison University where he teaches social studies methods, creativity, and qualitative inquiry to beginning elementary educators. Using film, animation, and traditional methods of data generation and (re)presentation, his research explores changing conceptions of citizenship in relationship to place; students’ and teachers’ perceptions of their connections to global, national, and local contexts; and antiracist education in theory and practice. Dr. Bodle serves on the Executive Board of the Arts and Inquiry Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and is a member of the Youth Theatre Journal (YTJ) editorial board. Dr. Bodle has been honored with the the JMU College of Education Distinguished Service Award (2022-23), The Madison Scholar Award (2016-17), and the Karen Santos Award for Faculty Innovation (2016).

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