My justice-orientation to education grew out of public school teaching in rural, urban, and suburban schools, teacher and curriculum development, and two years as a Colorado Department of Education volunteer teacher to a refugee family from Laos. Other experiences contributing to a justice-orientation were two Literacy-Arts summer programs I created in low-income neighborhoods for children and youth learning English. Both received Community Service Awards. My sustainability-orientation evolved through hiking, camping, and food growing; applying permaculture, biodynamic, and Transition Totnes principles; and exploring environmental issues in socio-cultural, economic, and political contexts.

At Regis, I integrated my justice- and sustainability-orientations in teacher preparation courses and in transdisciplinary core courses in school gardens, community spaces, and on farms, particularly where food deserts exist. My research focuses on justice- and sustainability-oriented literacy and reciprocal mentoring in classrooms and in community-based service-learning fieldwork with farmers in the Denver area and southern Colorado. Prioritizing Sustainability Education, a book edited with Stephen Scoffham at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and Chara Armon at Villanova University, US, is being published by Routledge and will appear in autumn, 2019.

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