Katherine Crawford-Garrett, assistant professor of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to New Zealand.
Crawford-Garrett’s research largely explores neoliberal contexts of schooling, teacher activism, critical literacy and arts integration.
“I am incredibly honored to be representing the U.S. with a Fulbright grant to New Zealand,” Crawford-Garrett said. “Specifically, I anticipate that this opportunity will allow me to add global dimensions to my current research which broadly focuses on Neoliberal school reform in the U.S. Most recently, my research has focused on the organization Teach for America (TFA) and explored how TFA corps members attempt to work across lines of difference (race, culture, socioeconomic status, etc.) in urban and rural settings.”
As part of the Fulbright, Crawford-Garrett said she will study the New Zealand iteration of TFA (as it has now become a global entity) in an attempt to understand how the participants in the program come to understand their work with marginalized youth in urban and indigenous communities.
“I hope to bring this work back to New Mexico by considering how Teach for America approaches its work in Navajo communities in and around Gallup and comparing this to how work with indigenous youth is taken up in New Zealand,” she said.
Crawford-Garrett has published work in Teacher Education Quarterly, Workplace, Educational Action Research and Critical Education and has written a book titled “Teach for America” and the “Struggle for Urban School Reform: Searching for Agency in an Era of Standardization” that traces the experiences of Teach for America corps members working in Philadelphia during an era of high-stakes accountability and privatization.
Her academic interests include practitioner inquiry, postmodernism, critical pedagogy and feminism.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The program has provided almost 300,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.