St. Clair Drake
Teaching Award

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Using writing as a pedagogical tool for thinking

Preparing teachers for diversity

Sociocultural theory and practices with graduate and undergraduate students

Dr. Ball is one of the nation's leading scholars conducting research on educational linguistics, urban education and the preparation of teachers who have the skills, knowledge and dispositions needed to make a difference in the educational lives of poor, underachieving and historically marginalized students in transnational contexts.


Recent Works

Raciolinguistics Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race (1st Edition)
Raciolinguistics reveals the central role that language plays in shaping our ideas about race and vice versa. The book brings together a team of leading scholars-working both within and beyond the United States-to share powerful, much-needed research that helps us understand the increasingly vexed relationships between race, ethnicity, and language in our rapidly changing world.



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  • "I believe that education is the civil rights issue of our generation. And if you care about promoting opportunity and reducing inequality, the classroom is the place to start. Great teaching is about so much more than education; it is a daily fight for social justice."

    Arne Duncan, American Education Administrator, United States Secretary of Education
  • "The end of all knowledge should be service to others."

    Cesar Chavez, Farm Worker Activist
  • "Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled 'file and forget."

    Ralph Ellison, Novelist, Literary Critic, Scholar and Writer.
  • "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."

    W. B. Yeats, Poet and Literary Author
  • "Education is a two-edged sword, which could be used to either liberate or subjugate specific social and cultural groups. "

    W. E. B. DuBois, Sociologist, Historian, Civil Rights activist,Author and Editor.
  • "The acceptance of our present condition is the only form of extremism that discredits us before our children."

    Lorraine Hansberry, Playwright
  • "I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. "

    Miriam Makeba, South African Singer and Activist
  • "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

    Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Racial Justice Activist
  • "Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."

    Malcolm X, Human Rights Activist
  • "You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun."

    James Weldon Johnson, Educator, Lawyer and Early Civil Rights Activitst
  • "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

    Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist and Humanitarian
  • "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

    President Barack Obama, 44th US President
  • "Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it."

    James Baldwin, Novelist and Social Critic
  • "Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain."

    John F. Kennedy, 35th US President
  • "If we could make the average teacher as good as the best teachers, the benefit to students would be phenomenal."

    William Henry “Bill” Gates, Business Magnate, Inventor and Philanthropist
  • "Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for the other cultures."

    Cesar Chavez, Farm Worker Activist
  • "Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Leader
  • "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."

    George Washington Carver, Scientist, Botanist, Educator, and Inventor.
  • "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

    Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  

    Nelson Mandela, Revolutionary
  • "We ask  you to make society's problems your laboratory.  We ask you to translate  your data into direction... direction for action." 

    Dr. Marin Luther King Jr, Humanitarian