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.


Arnetha F. Ball, Stanford University Professor Emerita

  1. Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education (Emerita)
  2. Member, National Academy of Education
  3. Fellow, American Education Research Association
  • Full list of titles

Read Stanford University Research Stories "Dr. Arnetha Ball directs the new cross-disciplinary program that studies issues of race, language and inequality in education."


  • Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled 'file and forget.

    Ralph Ellison,
  • Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.

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

    W. E. B. DuBois,
  • The acceptance of our present condition is the only form of extremism that discredits us before our children.

    Lorraine Hansberry,
  • Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

    Frederick Douglass,
  • Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

    Malcolm X,
  • you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

    Harriet Tubman,
  • We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change we seek.

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

    James Baldwin,
  • Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.

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

    Bill Gates,
  • Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

    George Washington Carver,
  • 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,
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    Nelson Mandela,
  • We ask  you to make society's problems your laboratory.

    Dr. Marin Luther King Jr,




Model of Generative Change Collection

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.