Beyond Apple Pies, Popsicles and Patriotism: Leveraging Digital Literacy to Unpack Matters of Race, Power, and Privilege


  • Crystal Shelby-Caffey Southern Illinois University



Social Justice, Equity, Digital Literacy, Educational Technology, Teacher Education


It is important for all educators, but especially those working in P-12 systems, to not only be prepared to navigate the digital terrain but to do so while taking a critical stance and encouraging students to critically examine and confront injustice. To that end, this article spotlights the work being done in a literacy methods course for preservice teachers. Consideration is given to efforts to engage preservice teachers in the integration of information communication technologies (ICTs) in ways that develop critical consciousness while promoting social justice and equity.

Author Biography

Crystal Shelby-Caffey, Southern Illinois University

Associate Professor of Language, Literacies, and Culture in the School of Education


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Shelby-Caffey, C. (2021). Beyond Apple Pies, Popsicles and Patriotism: Leveraging Digital Literacy to Unpack Matters of Race, Power, and Privilege. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 23(3), 25–42.