Farima Pour-Khorshid is a proud Bay Area educator-organizer-scholar. She taught at the elementary grade levels in her community for over a decade, and supported educators locally, nationally, and internationally through her roles as a university professor, teacher supervisor, educational consultant, and community organizer. She is deeply committed to bridging abolition- and healing-centered engagement in education. Much of her work is rooted in grassroots organizing as she serves in leadership roles within the Teachers 4 Social Justice organization, the Abolitionist Teaching Network, and the National Education for Liberation Network, which organizes the Free Minds Free People conference.
Professor Pour-Khorshid is one of the editors, authors, and organizers collaborating on the upcoming book Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for K-12 Educators, which will be published through AK Press and released in the summer of 2021. This toolkit is a collaboration between the Education for Liberation, Critical Resistance, and several other grassroots abolitionist and justice centered collectives. Research interests of Professor Pour-Khorshid include: critical and healing-centered racial affinity approaches, grassroots teacher organizing, critical professional development, abolitionist teaching, and healing-centered approaches to supporting 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