Jane Bolgatz is an associate professor of social studies education in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University Graduate School of Education. Before joining the Fordham faculty, she taught high school social studies and language arts for seven years, and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.
Jane researches how teachers, students, administrators, and parents address issues of race and racism, including how the use of interdependent groupwork can mitigate status differences in the classroom. A White woman, Jane often works with educators on issues of implicit bias and anti-bias pedagogy.
As a high school teacher, Jane wondered how she could have conversations with her students about race and racism. She wasn't sure of the language she should use or how to make sure students didn't offend each other. She decided to research what happens when teachers try to talk with their students about race and racism. What works? What are the challenges?
Since 1994, Jane has worked with schools, parent groups, universities, and other non-profit organizations to help them navigate incendiary questions of race, racism, academic performance, and school climate.
Jane is the author of Talking Race in the Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2005).
Whether conducting masters-level courses on teaching social studies, or doctoral courses on the sociopolitical dimensions of teaching, Jane Bolgatz has a message for educators....In helping others to see and address inequality in schools, Bolgatz leads by example.
- Kate Long, 100 Women We Love, Go! Magazine