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2019 Social Justice Award Recipient
The NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 “Social Justice Award,” to Valente' Gibson. Mr. Gibson is a 5th grade teacher in Columbia, SC. He has focused on the brilliance of Black students and their families as an anti-racist pedagogy. As one of his nominees stated, “He has offered his students opportunities to participate in civic-minded education by constantly using a number of culturally sustaining pedagogical moves. On any given day, one might hear Valente' seamlessly integrating historical and contemporary issues, including engagements and lectures around Black Codes and #BlackLivesMatter. He is not afraid to touch on the difficult histories and topics so many teachers shy away from day in and day out.” The Early Childhood Education Assembly is honored to bestow this Social Justice award upon such a deserving educator.