Federico R. WaitollerSep 9, 2020
Excluded by Choice
Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace
Teachers College Press 2020
In this episode, I speak with Federico R. Waitoller about his book, Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace (Teachers College Press). This book highlights the challenges faced by students of color who have special needs and their parents who evaluate their educational options.
We discuss the services to which students with disabilities are entitled, how they are manifested in neighborhood and charter schools, and how they may be in tension with practices sometimes found in schools marketing themselves based on high test scores and college enrollment numbers. You can follow him on Twitter at @Waitollerf.
His recommended books included the following:
- Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve L. Ewing (University of Chicago Press, 2018)
- Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World by Djano Paris and H. Samy Alim (Teachers College Press, 2017)
- Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol (Broadway Books, 2012)
Federico R. Waitoller is an associate professor in the department of special education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Trevor Mattea is an educational consultant and speaker. His areas of expertise include deeper learning, parent involvement, project-based learning, and technology integration. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @tsmattea.