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Mariana Souto-Manning

President, Erikson Institute

Education
  • Ph.D. in Language Education, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Education at The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • B.S. Ed., Early Childhood Special Education (major), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (minor) The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Area of Expertise
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Immigrant Education
  • Literacy
  • Teacher Education
Professional Highlights
  • 2022-2025 Vice President, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education); 2021-22 (Vice President-Elect).
  • 2022 The CAFÉ (Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education) Women in Leadership
  • 2021-present, Member, International Advisory Board, Global Childhoods Research Centre University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2020 Distinguished Mid-Career Researcher Alumni Award. Presented by the University of Georgia.
  • 2019-present, Member, The International Research Network on Equity in Education Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland.
  • 2018-present, Member, International Advisory Board, Early Childhood Research Centre, Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland.
  • 2017 AERA Teaching and Teacher Education (Division K) Mid-Career Award.
  • 2016 Critics Choice Book Award for Reading, writing, and talk: Inclusive teaching strategies for diverse learners, K-2 (with co-author Jessica Martell). Presented by the American Educational Studies Association (AESA).
  • 2016 Dean’s Faculty Diversity Research Award. Presented by Teachers College, Columbia University.
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Recent Publications

Books

  • Souto-Manning, M. (Ed.). (2020). In the pursuit of justice: Students’ rights to read and write in elementary school. National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Bentley, D. F., & Souto-Manning, M. (2019). PreK stories: Playing with authorship and integrating curriculum in early childhood. Teachers College Press.
  • Souto-Manning, M., & Yoon, H. S. (2018). Reading and rewriting worlds: Rethinking early literacies. Routledge.
  • Souto-Manning, M., Lugo Llerena, C., Martell, J., Salas Maguire, A., & Arce-Boardman, A. (2018). No more culturally irrelevant teaching. Heinemann.

 

Edited Journal Entries

  • Souto-Manning, M. (Ed.). (2021). The Pandemic as Portal: On Transformative Ruptures and Possible Futures for Education. Bank Street Occasional Papers, 46.
  • Souto-Manning, M., & Stillman, J. (Eds.). (2020). Rethinking the preparation of teacher educators: Centering equity and justice. The New Educator, 16(1).
  • Souto-Manning, M., & Philip, T. (Eds.). (2019). Preparing asset, equity, and social justice oriented teachers within the contemporary political challenges to university-based teacher education. Teachers College Record, 121(6).
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Articles

  • Souto-Manning, M., & Melvin, S. (in press). Early childhood teachers of color in New York City: Heightened stress, lower quality of life, declining health, and compromised sleep amidst COVID-19. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • Rodriguez, V., Rojas, N., Rabadi-Raol, A., Souto-Manning, M., & Brotman, L. (in press). Silent expectations: An exploration of women pre-kindergarten teachers’ mental health and wellness during Covid-19 and beyond. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • Souto-Manning, M. (in press). On the exploitation of cooperating teachers of color: Clinical practice as racial capitalism. Teaching and Teacher Education.
  • Souto-Manning, M. (in press). On the abolition of belonging as property: Toward justice for immigrant children and children of immigrants of color. Urban Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/00420859211017967
  • The Teacher of Color Collective & Souto-Manning, M. (2022). On the mis-education of teachers of Color: A letter to teacher educators. Journal of Teacher Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/00224871211057487
  • Souto-Manning, M., Martell, J., Pérez, A., & Pión, P. (2022). Translanguaging as norm: Rejecting narrow and restrictive notions of reading. The Reading Teacher. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.2022
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021). Critical race self-study: An abolitionist methodology. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2021.1980862
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Recent Presentations

Invited Keynote Addresses

  • Souto-Manning, M. (2022, April). American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2022, February). ESSA/Multilingual Illinois Conference Combined Keynote Address
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2022, February). NABE Keynote/National Association for Bilingual Education
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2022, January). Bank Street Library Salon #27 The Pandemic as a Portal to New Futures in Education
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, October). Northeastern Philosophy of Education Society Keynote Address
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, July). Let’s talk about literacy. Keynote Address delivered at the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) Conference. Online (scheduled for Oxford, England).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, April). Teaching young children in the pursuit of justice: From microaggressions to racial microaffirmations. Plenary Address delivered at the International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference. Online (scheduled for Palestine).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, April). Teaching in the pursuit of justice: Building curricular spaces for microaffirmations. Keynote Address delivered at the New York State My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Summit. Online.
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, February). Toward critically transformative possibilities in teacher education. Keynote Address delivered at the University of Maryland. Online (scheduled for College Park, MD).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, February). Transformative justice in early childhood education. Keynote Address delivered at the Oregon Early Childhood Council. Online (scheduled for Portland, OR).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, February). Damage, desire, harm, and healing: Important considerations for early childhood teacher educators. Keynote Address delivered at Portland State University. Online (scheduled for Portland, OR).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, February). From diversity and inclusion to justice and belonging: Teaching young children in the pursuit of justice. Helen Gordon Keynote Address delivered at Portland State University. Online (scheduled for Portland, OR).

Conference Presentations (National)

  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, April). Problematizing injustices, examining complicity, centering community, and doing the work: Educators as advocates for social justice. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Online (scheduled for Orlando, FL).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, April). Decentering whiteness and monolingual/monoglossic ideologies, practices and identities in teacher education. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Online (scheduled for Orlando, FL).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, April). Belonging as property and its politics of exclusion: Toward justice for immigrant children and families. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Online (scheduled for Orlando, FL).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, April). Transforming pedagogy and practice: In the pursuit of justice for multilingual students of color. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Online (scheduled for Orlando, FL).
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2021, April). It’s our responsibility as teacher educators: Toward justice in Brazilian public schooling. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Online (scheduled for Orlando, FL).

Conference Presentations (International)

  • Souto-Manning, M. (2019, April). Moving our work into public spaces: Centering race, gender, and inequality in teacher education research. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Toronto, Canada.
  • Souto-Manning, M. (2019, April). What’s “core” to teacher education pedagogy: (Re)Considering the meaning of practice in teacher educator development. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Toronto, Canada.
  • Souto-Manning, M., Falk, B., Lopez, D., Bradt, N.K., Barros Cruz, L., Cardwell, N., McGowan, N., Perez, A.Y., Rabadi-Raol, A., & Rollins, E.R. (2019, April). A transdisciplinary approach to changing inequitable teaching practice in early childhood education. American Educational Research Association Meeting. Toronto, Canada.
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Related Professional Experience

  • Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education 2021-present Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL
  • Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education 2019-2021 Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York
    • Founding Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development, CITED (2018-2021)
    • Director, Early Childhood Education Program (2013-2021)
    • Director, Integrated Early Childhood/Special Education Programs (2013-2021)
    • Director, Department of Curriculum & Teaching Doctoral Programs (2016-2020)
  • Guest Professor 2018-2021 Háskóli Íslands / University of Iceland Menntavísindasvið / School of Education Stakkahlíð, Reykjavík, Iceland (2018-2021)
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Throughout her career in Early Childhood Education, Mariana Souto-Manning, Ph.D., has used her passion for equity and justice to envision and build learning environments that support the unique brilliance of multi-lingual students. She has dedicated herself to developing educators who support the development of children, their families, and their communities.

Dr. Souto-Manning’s personal life experiences have shaped her into an advocate for children and championing change in classrooms and systems that continue to oppress children of Color. Dr. Souto-Manning began her career as a teacher in public preschools in Brazil, where, as a Brazilian woman of Color, she observed the need for change. That mission took her to the University of Georgia at Athens, where she completed her undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.
Dr. Souto-Manning has developed and taught courses in Teacher Education, Integrated Early Childhood Education and Special Education Programs, Child Development, Linguistics, and Early Childhood Education. A vision for equity and justice drives Dr. Souto-Manning. Her work examines the wrongs of the past from a restorative point of view that seeks societal healing to create more holistic educators, clinicians, parents, and lifelong learners.

As President of Erikson Institute, Dr. Souto-Manning takes a hands-on approach by actively communicating with Erikson faculty, staff, students, trustees, and community partners. She has an open-door policy where students, faculty, and staff can come to chat with her. As an Afro-Latina, Dr. Souto-Manning joins a distinguished group of women of Color who currently make up just 5 percent of all presidents in higher education. Dr. Souto-Manning seeks to use her role to highlight the importance of diversity in Erikson’s academic programs as well as across the organization.

“Erikson is poised to deliver an extraordinary, high-quality educational experience, make programs more accessible to diverse populations, expand the knowledge base, and influence systemic change. I envision a future where all children experience equity, inclusion, belonging, justice, and opportunity,” Dr. Souto-Manning said as she embarked on her presidency at Erikson.
Dr. Souto-Manning is molding Erikson’s graduate programs to be more inclusive, equitable, and community-focused. Dr. Souto-Manning wholeheartedly understands the importance of an environment that invites students to learn from each other, and from the children they teach. They can better apply their knowledge to meet children’s unique needs while highlighting the innate brilliance children bring to the classroom.