Jessica Powell

  • Assistant Professor, Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Courses: 
  • ED 131 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Communities
  • ED 411/412 Inclusive Intermediate Curriculum & Methods
  • ED 450 Strategies for Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities
  • ED 320 Emergent Literacy
  • ED 350 Strategies for Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • ED 311/312 Inclusive Primary Curriculum & Methods
  • ED 495 Reflective Practioner (Capstone)
Jessica Powell
Division(s): 
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Contact: 
Contact Information Available
Office Location: 
Eddy Hall 307
Telephone: 
315.655.7794
Email: 
jpowell@cazenovia.edu
The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand ourselves and our comrades an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine a way to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.
~bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress


Prior to joining Cazenovia in 2013, Professor Powell was an instructor of elementary and early childhood education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also served as the Site Coordinator for the Children's Defense Fund Freedom School at Duke University, a non-profit program that serves children and families from low income communities. Before her work with UNC and Duke, Professor Powell was an inclusive first grade teacher and literacy support specialist at a Title I school in Durham, North Carolina. Professor Powell received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her research and teaching focused on the intersection of families, schools and culture. Her dissertation explored the intergenerational oral histories of segregation, desegregation, schooling and education among African American families in the South. ​ Her current research investigates perspectives of school choice and educational decision-making among low income families and communities of color. 

Research & Teaching Interests:

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 
Family-School-Community Partnerships 
Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education
Qualitative Methods
Critical Theories of Education
Education: 
  • Ph.D. in Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, August 2013
  • Program Strand: Culture, Curriculum and Change
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Inclusive Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, May 2004
  • B.A.E. in Special Education-Inclusion, University of Florida, Gainesville, May 2003
Conferences: 
  • National/International Conferences
  • Johnson, R. & Powell, J (2015) How, Where, and Why to Educate my Child: Choosing Schools in the Era of Ed Reform. Paper accepted to the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.
  • Powell, J. (2014) “I Don’t Have Anything Against Public Schools… But My Grandkids Are Where They Need To Be”: Intergenerational Family Pedagogy, Mobility, and School Choice. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association. Toronto, ON.
  • Powell, J. (2014) "You Don't Just Stay in One Place": The Intergenerational Pedagogy of Two African American Families in the South. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Powell, J. (2013) Moving Other People's Stories: Contradictions & (Im)possibilities. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association. Baltimore, MD.
  • Powell, J. (2011) Other(ing) Families: Reconceptualizing the Relationships Among Families, Education, and School. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.
  • Job, J., Powell, J. , Vaughan, K., Huddelston, G., Schubert, B., Slattery, P. (2011) Discussion on the Coalition for Curriculum and Policy: A Response to the Core Standards. Panel presented at the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.
  • Morrison, S., Noblit, G., Powell, J., Sams, B., Todd, A. (October, 2010). Moving Stories: Narratives in Our Lives, Classrooms, and Research. Panel presented at American Educational Studies Association. Denver, CO.
  • Charpentier, A., Powell, J., Sams, B. (October 2009). Emancipating Emotion in Qualitative Research. Paper presented at Curriculum & Pedagogy, Decatur, GA.
  • Powell, J., Charpentier, A. (October, 2008). The Paradoxical Nature of Scholar Activism. Paper presented at American Educational Studies Association. Savannah, GA.
  • Powell, J. Charpentier, A., Grumet, M. (October, 2008). Scholarly Resistance: Activists in the Academy. Panel presented at the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing Conference at Bergamo, Dayton, OH.
  • Powell, J. (March, 2008). The Irony of Educational Isolation in a Connected World: Pedagogical Love, Eros and Liberation in the Transactional Curriculum. Panel presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies. New York, NY.
  • Regional Conferences:
  • Powell, J. (2010, February). Reflections of my Grandmother: Moving Stories through Autoethnography. Paper presented at the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies, Charlotte, NC.
  • Powell, J. (2008, February). Education as the Practice of Freedom: The Role of Pedagogical Love in the Curriculum Paper presented at the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies, Columbia, SC.
Memberships: 
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Studies Association
  • College and University Faculty Assembly of NCSS
  • National Council for Social Studies