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About Laura Vernikoff, Ed.D.

Laura Vernikoff is an assistant professor of special education at Touro University Graduate School of Education. She previously taught middle and high school special education in New York City. Her current research interests include teacher preparation, intersectionality, assets-based pedagogies and pursuing social justice through education. Her new book, Disabling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: The Relationship Between Special Education and Arrest, is available through Rowman & Littlefield.

Show Highlights

  • The lack of antisemitism education in teacher preparation programs
  • What the research says
  • What is missing from teacher prep programs
  • Christian norms in school

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The Anti-Defamation League's Antisemitism Resources

Southern Poverty Law Center's Antisemitism Resources

Blumenfeld, W.J. (2006) Christian privilege and the promotion of “secular” and not-so “secular” mainline Christianity in public schooling and in the larger society. Equity & Excellence in Education, 39(3), 195-210, DOI10.1080/10665680600788024

White Christian Privilege (book) by Khyati Y. Joshi

My Jewish Learning site with information about Jewish culture, history, and religion

Disabling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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