Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath earned her doctorate in education, with an emphasis in curriculum and teaching, from Teachers College, Columbia University and currently serves as Vice-President of the National Association of Multicultural Education, California Chapter. In addition to her 5+ years as an elementary school teacher in California and New York, she has many years experience preparing K-12 teachers and MA candidates in the fields of social studies and literacy. She has taught at universities throughout the bay area, including University of California, Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University. She has worked with multiple schools and organizations around issues of equity and developing culturally relevant justice-oriented pedagogy. Additionally, she has led seminars and workshops to large groups of administrators, teachers, and teacher educators about teaching the Common Core from a social justice perspective.
Her first book, Social Studies, Literacy, and Social Justice in the Common Core Classroom: A Guide for Teachers is a best selling textbook used in teacher education programs throughout the world. The book provides a practical framework for teachers to create and enact justice-oriented social studies and literacy curriculum with and despite the challenges of teaching in today’s Common Core era.
Ruchi’s second book, Preparing to Teach Social Studies for Social Justice: Becoming a Renegade, which she co-authored with Alison Dover and Nick Henning shares how veteran, justice-oriented social studies teachers are responding to the Common Core State Standards, focusing on how they build curriculum, support students’ literacy skills, and prepare students to think and act critically within and beyond the classroom. In order to provide direct classroom-to-classroom insights, the authors draw on letters written by veteran teachers addressed to new teachers entering the field. This book is co-authored with Alison Dover and Nick Henning. Learn more about this book at: socialstudiesforsocialjustice.com
Ruchi continues to actively engage in research that supports the development of teachers to work in culturally and linguistically diverse classroom environments. Her research has been presented at conferences such as AERA, NAME and AACTE. She has also published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Teacher Education, Urban Review, and Teaching and Teacher Education.
Ruchi currently lives in the Bay Area. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, and reading.