Professor Farima Pour-Khorshid is a teacher educator, community organizer, and critical scholar who was born and raised in the Bay Area. After teaching elementary grade levels for over a decade in the Hayward Unified School District, where she also completed her K-12 education, she is now an assistant professor and teacher supervisor at USF. She holds leadership roles in San Francisco’s Teachers 4 Social Justice, the Education for Liberation Network, the Abolitionist Teaching Network, and the Radical Healing Collective at Flourish Agenda.
Professor Pour-Khorshid’s research interests and areas of expertise include: critical and healing-centered racial affinity spaces, grassroots social justice teacher organizing, critical professional development, elementary social justice pedagogies, and healing centered approaches to support educators within and outside of the field.
- Chabot College, A.A. in Liberal Arts, 2004
- California State University, East Bay, B.A. in Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Childhood Studies, 2007
- California State University, East Bay, California State Teacher Credential with English Learner Authorization, 2007
- California State University, East Bay, M.S. Education, Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, 2009
- University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. in Education, Emphasis in Language, Literacy and Culture, 2015
- University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D. in Education, Emphasis in Language, Literacy and Culture, 2018
- Selected Publications
Pour-Khorshid, F. (2020). Teaching to Heal, Healing to Teach: Ethnic Studies as a Healing Endeavor in and out of the Classroom, Planting the Seeds of Equity: Ethnic Studies and Social Justice in the K–2 Classroom, Teachers College Press.
Valdez, C., Pour-Khorshid, F., & Cariaga, C. (2020, July). Crisis, Change, and Canceling the Teacher Performance Assessment, Rethinking Schools, Volume 34, No. 4.
Pour-Khorshid, F. (2018). Cultivating sacred spaces: a racial affinity approach to support critical educators of color, Teaching Education, 29:4, 318-329.
Valdez, C., Curammeng, E., Pour-Khorshid, F., Kohli, R., Nikundiwe, T., Picower, B., ... & Stovall, D. (2018). We Are Victorious: Educator Activism as a Shared Struggle for Human Being. In The Educational Forum (Vol. 82, No. 3, pp. 244-258). Routledge.
Anderson-Zavala, C., Krueger-Henney, P., Meiners, E., & Pour-Khorshid, F. (2017). Fierce Urgency of Now: Building Movements to End the Prison Industrial Complex in Our Schools. Multicultural Perspectives, 19(3), 151-154.
Pour-Khorshid, F., Reynolds, A., & Laura, C. (2017). The People’s March.In R. Meiners, E., & Quinn, T. (2017). Dissenting Images: Engaging the Pedagogy of Protest. Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, 27(1), 65-76.
Pour-Khorshid, F. (2016). HELLA: Collective Testimonio that Speak to the Healing, Empowerment, Love, Liberation, and Action Embodied by Social Justice Educators of Color. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 10(2).
Casas, M. M., Smith, H., & Pour-Khorshid, F. (2016). El lenguaje como problema, derecho, recurso y resistencia identitaria:: las realidades de la plurilengüe Costa Atlántica de Nicaragua. Berceo, (171), 133-146.
Pour-Khorshid, F. (2016). El Valor de Programas Enfocados en Familias y Estudiantes Latinos. In Ramirez, L. and Ada, A.F. (Eds.), No Estás Solo: Recetas Para Obtener Éxito, De Padres Para Padres (pp. 247-250). Velázquez Press.
Pour-Khorshid, F. & Machado-Casas, M. (2016). Los Beneficios de Educación Bilingüe.In Ramirez, L. and Ada, A.F. (Eds.), No Estás Solo: Recetas Para Obtener Éxito, De Padres Para Padres (pp. 181-184). Velázquez Press.
- Awards & Distinctions
The University of California, Davis Educational Opportunity Program’s Award for Significant Impact on First-Generation Undergraduate Students Cultivating Growth, Performance and Educational Equity, 2020.
Outstanding Global Glimpse Educator, 2019
International Award Winning Author for "No Estas Solo", Latino Book Award, 2018
Engaging Scholarship and Activism Award, 2017
California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition for contributions to the You Are Not Alone book, presented by California Member of the Senate, Bob Weieckowski, District 10, 2016
Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, Graduate Division, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2015