Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz
(813) 974-3837 Fax
College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620-5650
Global Schools Project
America's Spanish Heritage
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Bachelor's: University of Miami
Master's: Florida International University
Doctorate: Florida International University
Bárbara C. Cruz is Professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida.
Social Studies Education
Multicultural and Global Perspectives in Education
Diversity Issues in Education
English Language Learners
Education in Urban Settings and for At-Risk Youth
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The Arts across the Curriculum
Dr. Cruz has been a faculty member at USF since 1991, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in social studies education.
Dr. Cruz has published and presented extensively, focusing her scholarship on diversity and equity issues. For her role as an activist-scholar she has received several awards including the Hispanic Pathways Award (2004), Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (2003), the FCSS International Relations Award (2002), and the Carter G. Woodson Book Award for Multiethnic Teens and Cultural Identity (2001) and César Chávez: A Voice for Farmworkers (2006). In addition to academic publications, she is the author of several Hispanic biographies and young adult books on educational issues such as school dress codes, single sex education, school violence, and civil rights.
Recent, Selected Publications
Cruz, B. (2015). The problem we continue to live with: Advancing diversity conversations in our classrooms. Educational Leadership 72(6), 16-21.
Cruz, B.C. (2015). The Fight for Latino Civil Rights. New Jersey: Enslow Publishers.
Cruz, B.C., Ellerbrock, C.R., Vásquez, A., & Howes, E.V. (Editors). (2014). Talking Diversity with Teachers and Teacher Educators: Exercises and Critical Conversations across the Curriculum. New York: Teachers College Press.
Cruz, B.C. (2014). Social Studies Teacher Education: Promoting and Developing Inclusive Perspectives. Talking Diversity with Teachers and Teacher Educators: Exercises and Critical Conversations across the Curriculum (pp. 99-114). New York: Teachers College Press.
Ellerbrock, C.R., & Cruz, B.C. (2014). A Vision of Diversity in Teacher Education. Talking Diversity with Teachers and Teacher Educators: Exercises and Critical Conversations across the Curriculum (pp. 13-27) New York: Teachers College Press.
Bailey, R., & Cruz, B.C. (2013). Using Precedent to Improve Understanding: A Case Study of Gay Civil Rights and Marriage Equality, Social Education 77(6), 298-303.
Cruz, B.C. (2013). A Novel Approach: Historical Fiction in the Elementary Social Studies Classroom, Social Education 77(3), 122-126.
Cruz, B.C., & Smith, N. (2013). Mark Dion’s Troubleshooting: Empowering Students to Create and Act, Art Education Journal 66(3), 29-38.
Cruz, B.C., Thornton, S.J. (2013). Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners, 2nd edition. New York: Routledge Publishers.
Cruz, B.C., Thornton, S.J. (2013). Gateway to Social Studies. Boston, MA: Cengage/National Geographic.
Cruz, B. (2013). Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Never Land for more than 14,000 Children, Social Education 77(1), 358-362.
O’Brien, J.L., & Cruz, B.C. (2013). Making Social Studies both Accessible and Engaging for English Language Learners,” in Timothy Lintner (Ed.) Integrative Strategies in the K-12 Social Studies Classroom (pp, 63-82). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Cruz, B., & O’Brien, J.L. (2012). Teaching and Learning about the President of the United States: Election Year Pedagogy for the Elementary Classroom,” Social Studies and the Young Learner 25(1), 22-26.
Sheffield, C., & Cruz, B. (2012). Using Children’s and Young Adult Literature to Teach about Human Rights, Social Education 76(5), 272-274.
Cruz, B., & Thornton, S.J. (2012). Using Visuals to Teach Social Studies Content and Skills to English Language Learners, Social Studies Research and Practice, 7(3), http://www.socstrpr.org.
Cruz, B.C., Berson, M.J., & Falls, D. (2012). Swimming Not Allowed: Teaching about Segregated Public Beaches and Pools, The History Teacher 103(6), 252-259.
Cruz, B. & Duplass, J. (2010). Professional Dispositions: What’s a Social Studies Education Professor to do? The Social Studies 101(4), 140-151.
Cruz, B. & Thornton, S. (2009). Social Studies for English Language Learners: Teaching Social Studies that Matters. Social Education 73(6), 270-273.
Cruz, B. & Duplass, J. (2009). Making Sense of ‘Race’ in the History Classroom: A Literary Approach. The History Teacher 42(4), 425-440.
Cruz, B. & Bermudez, P. (2009). A Retrospective on the Global Awareness Program: 1986-2006: Challenges and Future Directions, in Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker (Ed), Leadership and Vision in Global Education: The Globalization of Curriculum and Pedagogy in Teacher Education and Schools (pp. 90-115). New York: Peter Long.
Cruz, B. & Bermudez, P. (2009). Continuing the Dream: A Case Study of Mentoring in Global Education, in Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker (Ed), Leadership and Vision in Global Education: The Globalization of Curriculum and Pedagogy in Teacher Education and Schools (pp. 256-269). New York: Peter Long.
Cruz, B. & Thornton, S. (2008). Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners, New York: Routledge Publishers.
Cruz, B. (2008). Triumphs and Struggles for Latino Civil Rights. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers.
Cruz, B. & Thornton, S. (2008). Social Studies for All: ESOL Strategies for the Elementary Classroom, Social Studies and the Young Learner 21(2), 11-16.
Wilkins, K., Ford, M. Sheffield, C., & Cruz, B. (2008). Images of Struggle and Triumph: Using Picture Books to Teach about the Civil Rights Movement in the Secondary Classroom, Social Education 72(3), 178-181.
Cruz, B. (2008). “School Textbooks,” Battleground Schools: An Encyclopedia of Conflict and Controversy, edited by Sandra Mathison and E. Wayne Ross (pp. 655-661). Greenwood Press.
Cruz, B. (2008). “Operation Pedro Pan” and “Latina Scientists,” lessons for CD-ROM accompanying the Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Cruz, B. (2007). Stories from Afar: Using Children’s and Young Adult Literature to Teach about Latin America, Social Education 71(4), 170-176.
Cruz, B. (2007). Guest Editor, Special Issue on the Humanities in Latin American Studies, Social Education 71(4).
Cruz, B. & Duplass, J. (2007). The Elementary Teacher’s Guide to the Best Internet Resources: Content, Lesson Plans, Resources, and Standards. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
America's Spanish Heritage
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Inside Art is an innovative web-based visual literacy program that integrates social studies with contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues. This secondary school program is provided free of charge to all teachers by the Institute for Research in Art at the University of South Florida, Tampa. http://usfcam.usf.edu/InsideART/index.html