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During the 2012 – 2013 academic year, seven faculty engaged in reading, reflection, and conversations with themselves and others as part of the Global Education Seminar, a faculty development program designed to support intercultural and global initiatives. The seminar culminated in a three-week trip to Argentina and Peru, during which the cohort visited schools, universities, and the streets of Buenos Aires and Lima. The stories of five schools, some affluent, some located in the midst of poverty, offer a window into the intersection of education and social justice. The stories offer food for thought around three themes: 1) social justice is embedded in the very fabric of the schools; 2) teaching English is a social justice project; and 3) direct experiences in unfamiliar settings have the potential to transform how we teach others.

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Reflections on five Schools: Education and Social Justice