Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2014 Classroom Fellow
Fort Collins, CO
Bio/Overview: Antero Garcia is a 2010 Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow serving as a 2014 Classroom Fellow from his position training teachers as an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. Prior to this, Garcia spent nine years teaching English, ESL and serving as literacy coach for Manual Arts High School in South Central Los Angeles. At the same time, Garcia completed a Ph.D. in Urban Schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he focused on critical literacies and civic identity through the use of participatory media and gameplay in formal learning environments. In every role, Garcia has worked to support historically under-served students with the necessary tools to engage in civic participation and to critically read and write in their post-secondary careers. As a 2014 Fellow, Garcia is working to promote the needs of Hispanic and English Language learning students in connection with key offices at the Department as well as bringing his writing and educational technology experience to bear.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Garcia has carefully sought to infuse his literary instruction with culturally relevant curriculum and Socratic dialogue to guide students toward a nuanced understanding of their need to accept the challenge of succeeding in high school. He explores ways to integrate mobile media and social networking in his classroom to help students develop the skills they will need in a 21st century work environment or college campus. Garcia’s classroom serves as a hub of youth participatory action research; as co-creators of inquiry topics, Garcia and his students jointly create and assess the needs of their community and are pushing toward democratic, lasting change through English curriculum.
Achievements: Garcia’s research has appeared in numerous journals including The Harvard Educational Review, English Journal, and Rethinking Schools. He is the author of several book chapters and the books Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature: Challenging Genres (Sense, 2013) and Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom (Digital Media Hub, 2014). In 2009 he earned the UCLA Graduate School of Education George Kneller Prize, and in 2010 completed two fellowships: the Elwood H. Sizllitt and Mildred B. Finney Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.
Leadership Experience: In his role at the University of Colorado, Garcia spends the bulk of his time teaching pre-service teachers and conducting research related to educational equity, technology, literacies, and gameplay. As a 2010 Fellow, Garcia conducted roundtables with teachers on the 2010 Blueprint for Reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act among other activities. At Manual Arts, Garcia was on the School Site Council, a Lead Teacher for the School of Communication and Global Awareness Small Learning Community, and mentored student teachers in the UCLA and USC teacher preparation programs. He developed an alternate reality game to develop environmental literacy skills which was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge. The Black Cloud Game, designed with Greg Niemeyer at UC Berkeley, provoked students to take real time assessment of air quality in their community. Using custom-developed sensors that accurately measure and send data online about Carbon Dioxide, Volatile Organic Compounds, Light, Sound, and Temperature, students critically analyzed the role pollution played in their daily lives.
Affiliations: National Council of Teachers of English, American Educational Research Association, Digital Media and Learning, Modern Language Association, National Writing Project, UCLA Writing Project Tech Team.
Education: Garcia received a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of California-Los Angeles. He went on to earn his Master’s in Education, also from UCLA. In 2012 Antero earned his Ph.D at UCLA in the Urban Schooling Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His dissertation research focused on developing critical literacies and civic identity through utilizing mobile media in formal learning environments.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Digital media and learning
- English/writing teaching
- Teacher effectiveness
- Urban education