I have been a professional educator for over 26 years. Prior to joining the academy, I was an elementary teacher and taught first,second, and third grades. As a teacher educator, I draw upon my own classroom teaching experiences focusing on the complexities of teaching diverse learners and attending to social justice issues pertaining to the marginalization of children in U.S. schools.
I consider myself a scholar-activist and am committed to social justice issues pertaining to the historical and contemporary oppression, miseducation, and liberation of children of Color in U.S. schools. My teaching, scholarship and service is a means of activism. I explicitly apply my knowledge and understanding of my field to interrupt institutional inequity and promote social justice in education.
My scholarly agenda coheres around equity methodologies aimed at improving schooling outcomes for culturally and linguisticallydiverse students through teacher development and learning from the teacher identities and praxis of Black women educators andfaculty. I design research projects and situate my research, teaching, and service within spaces that acknowledge the perspectives and voices of historically oppressed and marginalized populations.
My most recent research and grant projects center the nexus of ethnic studies and teacher education, Freedom Schools as sites of liberation for Black children, education for liberation through the development of culturally relevant/sustaining practices, and the teacher identities and praxis of Black mother educators.
- Ph.D. Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. (2006)
- M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. (1998)
B.S. Elementary Education K-8. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. (1996)
Teacher learning and development across the professional continuum (preservice, induction, and continued professional development) specifically focused on preparing teachers for diversity; teaching for social justice; culturally responsive pedagogy; teachers of Color; urban education; identities and praxis of Black women educators and faculty.
Jackson, T.O. (Ed.) (2021). Black Mother Educators: Advancing Praxis for Access, Equity, and Achievement. Information AgePublishing.
Kazembe, L.D., Etienne, L.K., & Jackson, T.O. (2021). Teaching our children about Blackness in the world. In G.S. Boutte, J.E. King, G. Johnson, & L. King (Eds.), We Be Lovin’ Black Children: Learning to Be Literate About the African Diaspora (pp. 77-87). Myers Education Press. (*2022 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award)
Boutte, G.S., Jackson, T.O., Johnson, G., & Etienne, L.K. (2021). Centering blackness as freedom scholarship: Case studies from freedom scholars. International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education.
Jackson, T.O., Kazembe, L.D., & Morgan, L. (2021). Internalized racism and the pursuit of cultural relevancy: Decolonizing practices for critical consciousness with preservice teachers of color. Theory Into Practice, 60(3), 291-300.
Shen-Berro, J. & Darville, S. (2023, February 2). Advanced Placement debate feels high-stakes for teachers of African American history. Chalkbeat Indiana.
Wang, S. (2022, June 13). These Indiana schools made racial equity their mission. Now they face hostile legislation. Chalkbeat Indiana.
Pough, N.O. (Spring 2021). A flaw in the foundation. Teaching Tolerance, 66.
Grants and Funding:
PI. (with Co-PI Dr. Annela Teemant). IUPUI Cultural Competency: Leading Radical Change. Indiana Department of Administration on behalf of Indiana Department of Education Request for Services 19-072 Cultural Competency Training and Support. Project Period: June 2019-April 2021. Award: $498,236
Indianapolis Freedom School Partnership
School of Education at IUPUI receives grant to train 300 Indiana schools in cultural competency
American Educational Research Association
Division G: Social Context of Education
Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education
SIG-Research Focus on Black Education
National Association for Multicultural Education
National Council of Teachers of English