The Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO) is an urban education consulting collective and a program of the Center for Community Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization. XITO is committed to assisting urban school districts, higher education institutions, school administrators and classroom teachers to create inclusive, vibrant and dynamic learning environments. XITO consultants offer support to achieve this goal through the use of culturally responsive, rehumanizing pedagogy, and rigorous/relevant curriculum that inspires every student to thrive.
As nationally renowned urban education experts whose years of work effectively serving minoritized students, the XITO educational consultant team will support your institution to transform through the elimination of "achievement gaps" as evidenced through both quantitative and qualitative peer reviewed studies of our work (Cabrera, et al., 2014; Capellucci et al., 2011; Sleeter, 2011).
XITO's consulting sites have included Berkeley Unified School District (CA), Napa Valley College (CA), Gavilan College (CA), New Haven Unified School District (CA), Edmonds School District (WA), Highline School District (WA), La Cima (WA Association of School Principals), L.A. Mission College (CA), Sacramento City College (CA), Evergreen State College (WA) Denver Public Schools (CO), and Albuquerque Public Schools (NM) among others.
XITO strives to support the Xicanx/Latinx community through teacher preparation, social justice pedagogy, and community organizing. XITO's practices are steeped in Xicanx Indigenous epistemology which drives the intentions, structures, and practices of the institute.
There are a lack of opportunities for teachers to improve their practices in meeting the needs of students of color through culturally responsive, authentic and research based methodology. The Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing is an urban educational institute that will fill a gap in Xicanx/Latinx schooling for students and practitioners with the goal of impacting future education policy.
Arizona is a testing ground for anti-Latinx laws, policies and practices, including HB2281, an anti-Ethnic Studies law banning Mexican American courses in public schools. Given that many such political “experiments" have been successfully exported from Arizona to the larger nation, XITO addresses the implications of this legislation by offering workshops in community organizing and critical teaching to counter this trend. In addition to workshops, XITO supports the continued teaching of Xicanx Literature and Xicanx Studies in Tucson, Arizona. XITO strives to support Mexican Americans and other Latinxs, the largest minority group in the nation, by coordinating a viable way of affecting policy on the local, state, regional or national level.