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About Jason Irizarry

Dr. Irizarry has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, culturally responsive curriculum development, participatory action research, and urban education. His research interests include urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, youth participatory action research, and Latino/a students in U.S. schools. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with teacher education. Manuscripts documenting the findings of his research have been published or accepted for publication in a variety of peer-reviewed journals in the field including the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Education and Urban Society, Multicultural Perspectives, the Journal of Latinos and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Centro Journal of Puerto Rican Studies and others appearing as chapters in various books. His first book, The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts (Paradigm Publishers, 2011), was recently awarded the Phillip C. Chin Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Director of Urban Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Furcolo Hall, Room 14
813 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003


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