MISSION

To foster educational justice through critical professional learning for educators

FOCUS

To develop transformational learning experiences for educators, so that all students can receive a culturally relevant and just education

COMMITMENT

To equity in education by cultivating knowledgeable, reflective, and cultural-relevant educators

Dr. Natasha Thornton

Founder & Lead Consultant

Natasha Thornton is a teacher educator and educational consultant who is passionate about supporting teachers with cultivating the beliefs, practices, and dispositions needed to engage in teaching and learning through a culturally relevant and humanizing lens.  As the founder of Thornton Educational Consulting, Natasha develops and facilitates professional learning that is powerful and inspiring, and skillfully engages educators with thought-provoking dialogue and meaningful activities.

Natasha has 18 years of experience in the field of education and has served as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and college professor. She presents locally and nationally at research and teacher/practitioner conferences. Natasha has also authored and co-authored articles on topics related to equity, culturally relevant literacy, and teacher development. Natasha resides in the Metro-Atlanta area with her husband and 2 sons.

“I have never encountered any children in any group who are not geniuses. There is no mystery on how to teach them. The first thing you do is treat them like human beings and the second thing you do is love them.”

– Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III

Dr. Thornton’s Recent Publications

2018

Thornton, N.A. (2017). Culturally Relevant Teaching: The Impact of Beliefs on Practices. Culturally Relevant Teaching: Preparing Teachers to Include All Learners, Palgrave.

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2017

Wynter-Hoyte, K., Braden, E.G., Rodriguez, S., & Thornton, N.A. (2017). Disrupting the status quo: exploring culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies for young diverse learners. Race Ethnicity and Education.

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2018

Thornton, N.A. (2018). Opening up New Perspectives with literature. Edutopia.

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2015

It Happened to Me: Third graders writing toward critical perspectives. Journal of Language and Literacy in Education, 11(2), 23-43.

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2017

Thornton, N.A. (2017). Culturally Relevant Literacy Instruction: Promoting Shifts in Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices. In C. Martin & D. Polly (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education and Professional Development, (pp.310-338),PA; IGI Global.

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2018

Thornton, N.A. (2018). “I Want to Protect My Children”: Considerations that Lead to Culturally Relevant Collaborations. Perspectives and Provocations.

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