Author Biographies

Noah Borrero is professor of Urban Education and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. His research and teaching are grounded in the belief that the cultural strengths of communities provide unique opportunities for learning, teaching, and social transformation. He is a teacher, teacher educator, and scholar dedicated to the exploration of these strengths-cultural assets-as educational and pedagogical opportunities.

Eleanor Scott MFA from Bard College; MAT from USF is an artist, writer and high school teacher on Ohlone Ramayatush lands. Her hand-drawn deck of writing/reading/drawing cards, On the Daily, are curriculum that celebrate and center our brilliance. Eleanor believes creativity and critical thinking are the same thing.


As ELA teachers and teacher educators, we present a classroom project—On the Daily Cards—in an attempt to showcase possibilities for reimagining in-person instruction in the wake of the COVID-19 school shutdowns and forced distance learning. We present a theoretical framework to connect contemporary learning theory with current calls for substantive changes in the ways we envision classroom learning. We focus on youths’ lived experiences and stories as classroom texts and attempt to honor the cultural assets that young people bring with them to school.

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