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Cortez, Arturo

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Arturo Cortez is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Learning, Research and Practice at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Broadly, his work is animated by cultural historical activity to explore how teachers collectively design for transformative and humanizing learning environments that leverage the everyday cultural practices of nondominant youth in urban settings. In his work with novice teachers, he intentionally designs for equity to understand the learning processes that emerge as teachers learn how to break away from dominant forms of schooling, opening up opportunities for new relationships between teachers, students, school administration, and community members.


  • Learning, Teacher Learning, Teacher Agency, Micro-interactional Analysis, Social Interaction Analysis


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courses taught

  • EDUC 2050 - Step Up to Social Justice Teaching
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Engages students in theory and practice for justice-centered teaching. This first required course for majors introduces the principles guiding the elementary program and provides opportunities for students to enact those principles in collaboration with children and teachers in public school classrooms. Meets weekly on CU campus (1.25 hours/week). Involves additional visits to local schools.
  • EDUC 3570 - Learning With Technology In and Out of School
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Examines ways digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, make friends, and participate in civic life. Studies widely implemented digital tools intended to support literary, math, and science learning of children ages 4-18. Involves brief internship (5 hours outside class) and design projects that integrate these tools to transform in either a classroom or after-school program.
  • EDUC 4435 - Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies for Bilingual Learners
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores multicultural education, critical pedagogy, and culturally sustaining pedagogies, including their underlying theories, curriculum design, and curriculum examples. Students will analyze curriculum with a focus on its representation of different socio-cultural groups, identities, points of view, relationship to different communities, and ideology. Students will also begin planning, teaching, and evaluating instruction anchored in critical, culturally sustaining pedagogies.
  • EDUC 5800 - Master's Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020
    Designed to meet needs of students with topics of pertinent interest. May be repeated up to 18.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
  • EDUC 8135 - Theories of Teacher Learning and Teacher Education
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2022
    Examines the potential range and roles of theory in analyzing prospective and practicing teachers' learning (experiences). Explores various conceptions of teacher learning, including, but not limited to: teacher learning as a knowledge-centric phenomenon; teacher learning as a process of assembling a repertoire of practice; teacher learning as an identity-work phenomenon; and teacher learning as an activist/action-in-the-world phenomenon.
  • EDUC 8358 - Seminar: Human Learning
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Intensive study of selected topics in human learning.The focus of the seminar will vary depending on the instructor's expertise and students' interest. Recent topics include sociocultural and social practice theories, STEM learning in and out of school. Repeatable for credit up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: EDUC 6318 or EDUC 8210 or instructor consent.
  • EDUC 8730 - Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2024
    Requires students begin semester with qualitative data already collected (from class project, pilot study, dissertation). Instructors present diverse methods of analyzing data and writing about interpretations. Instructors customize part of course to address specific topic of expertise, e.g., discourse analysis, video analysis, textual analysis, ethnographic analysis. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 8804 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Designed to meet needs of graduate students with topics of pertinent interest.
  • GRTE 5010 - Graduate Humanities for Teachers
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020
    Addresses special topics in arts and humanities with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding of content and enhancing teacher's practice in teaching this content.


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