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Associate Professor of Teacher Education Yolanda (Jolie) Medina teaches Social Foundations of Education and Art Education courses and is Coordinator of the department’s Childhood and Bilingual Childhood Education Programs.
She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is the author of Critical Aesthetic Pedagogy: Toward a Theory of Self and Social Empowerment (2012), and co-author of Latinos/as on the East Coast (2015), and Social Foundations: Critical Essays on Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the 21st Century (2015).
Professor Medina’s contribution to the teaching and learning environment at BMCC has been as varied as moderating the panel Latinos and Education: New Findings on East Coast Diaspora, which explored the disparity between the gap in enrollment and graduation for Latino youth, to leading Mask-Making sessions in teacher education classes to examine the role of visual arts in elementary school curricula.
She is the President of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), and Vice President of the newly established Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination.
- Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Cultural Studies in Education,
- This course provides an overview of the social context of schooling within the diversity of American society. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, social, and political foundations of education, especially in urban settings. The following topics are explored in depth: the notion of schooling, multicultural education, tracking, funding, school reform, and issues of inequality and privilege. Students participate in a minimum of 15 hours of course-related fieldwork.
Prerequisite: EDU 201 or EDS 201
- This course is an introduction to the theories, methods and materials for integrating visual arts into the elementary school curriculum. Through reading, writing, and viewing of visual art and participation in hands-on studio projects, student will explore the intellectual and emotional importance of expressing creativity through visual art.