Lisa Arrastia

Degrees:  M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, National Louis University; 

M.A. in Education, Antioch University; 

Candidate for the PhD in American Studies, University of Minnesota

Brief Bio: Originally from New York City, Lisa's fields of concentration are critical childhood studies, critical education studies, critical ethnic studies, and cultural studies, and her research examines the intersections of race, social class, and education policy. Lisa has worked as a middle and high school principal, a consultant, and a teacher in independent, public, charter, and international schools. She is the winner of the Coordinating Council for Women in History Fellowship, the American Association of University Women Fellowship, a Big Picture Learning Principal Fellowship, and a Cohort II New Leaders Principal Fellowship among other awards and honors.

Lisa is the editor with Marvin Hoffman of Starting Up: Critical Lessons from 10 New Schools (Teachers College Press, 2012). She is currently working on an oral history/photo-essay book on young people from New York, and her articles have appeared in several journals including Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Antipode, Exposure, and the Huffington Post. Lisa is a consulting editor for the journal Schools; an assistant editor for the journal XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics; President of the Board of Directors at Kite's Nest, a center for liberatory education in Hudson, NY; a member of the Executive Advisory Board of NYU's PACH (Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity); the founder of the Ed Factory and a designer and senior consultant for its Teacher's Institute, a fellowship program for practicing teachers dedicated to building a network of critical educators committed to creative, democratic classrooms.

In all of her work with schools, Lisa focuses on the development of empathic communities where young people have the freedom to think, question, and innovate as they wrestle with the tangled complexities of self, other, and difference.