Barbara Madeloni has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Equity and Social Justice Award.
Barbara completed her Psy.D. at the University of Denver and practiced psychotherapy before entering education. Increasingly alarmed by the erosion of our democratic potential, she returned to school for a Masters in English Education and then taught high school English before entering teacher education. She is committed to teaching, scholarship, and activism for education as liberation, a commitment exemplified by her willingness to remain steadfast to her pedagogical principles at the expense of her employment.
In 2012, Barbara supported her students in questioning, and ultimately refusing to participate in, the standardized teacher certification examination then known as TPA (it has since been renamed edTPA). Her refusal to accede to the demands of the edTPA, demands that contradicted her own beliefs about education, led to the non-renewal of her teaching contract.
Barbara’s courage in the face of threats to her livelihood and the power of tremendous corporate influence is inspirational. She is reflective, compassionate, articulate, and wise. Most of all, she is relentlessly, unswervingly dedicated to serving the interests of students through critical pedagogical approaches that lead to social justice.