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Routledge Education Authors of the Month, March:  Stephen Thornton & Bárbara Cruz

The second edition of Cruz and Thornton’s Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners is being published by Routledge this month.

Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz is Professor of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida. Her teaching and research interests include the preparation of social studies teachers, diversity issues in education, and the teaching of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Stephen J. Thornton is professor and chair of the Department of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida. Since his first days as a classroom teacher he has been intrigued by what happens to “official” curriculum in classrooms.

For the past five years, Dr. Barbara Cruz has worked closely with Dr. Stephen Thornton. Together, they have published a number of journal articles on social studies instruction and English language learners. Their book, Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners, is now in its second edition. Many of the strategies called for in their book are evident in Gateway to Social Studies, their textbook for middle school students. They are also editors of the Routledge series, “Teaching ELLs across the Content Areas,” the first of its kind.

Starting with his Ph.D. dissertation at Stanford, which won the Association for Supervision and Curriculum award for Outstanding Dissertation in Curriculum, Dr. Thornton has explored and written about the enacted curriculum of classrooms. His Teaching Social Studies That Matters (Teachers College Press, 2005), which traces the ramifications of curricular-instructional gatekeeping, won a Choice Award from the American Library Association. He has been invited to speak about curricular-instructional gatekeeping across much of the world, including Spain, Japan, and Singapore.

In addition to scholarly works, Dr. Cruz has published a number of young adult biographies of inspirational Hispanics (such as Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and Rubén Blades) and developed curriculums on Latin America and the Caribbean. She is the author of César Chávez: A Voice for Farm Workers and Multiethnic Teens and Cultural Identity, for which she received the Carter G. Woodson Book Award.

Dr. Cruz is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, colloquia, and K-12 schools. With the goal of serving as a Latina role model and mentor as well as familiarizing people with the important contributions of Hispanics, Dr. Cruz participates in annual Hispanic Heritage celebrations. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, research and service awards.

Dr. Thornton is also, with David J. Flinders, editor of the Curriculum Studies Reader. Also with Routledge, the fourth edition of the Reader was published in November 2012.

Related Products

  1. Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners

    2nd Edition

    By Stephen J. Thornton, Bárbara C. Cruz

    Series: Teaching English Language Learners across the Curriculum

    Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of both the challenges that face English language learners (ELLs) and ways in which educators might address them in the social studies classroom. The authors offer context-specific strategies...

    Published March 11th 2013 by Routledge

  2. The Curriculum Studies Reader

    4th Edition

    Edited by David J. Flinders, Stephen J. Thornton

    For fifteen years, The Curriculum Studies Reader has been a field-defining anthology, bringing together the best scholarship from curriculum studies’ past and present. From John Dewey’s nineteenth-century creed to Nel Noddings’ twenty-first century aims, this thoughtful combination of new and...

    Published November 5th 2012 by Routledge