• Donna DeGennaro obtained her undergraduate degree from Susquehanna University, her master's from Chestnut Hill College and her Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for creating socially-just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven fueled her work with youth in informal learning environments in the U.S. and abroad for the past 10 years. During this time, she developed an innovative pedagogical model that simultaneously addresses the digital divide, culturally responsive learning and social justice education. She recently founded Unlocking Silent Histories, a nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices and identities of indigenous youth. She likes to travel and learn about new cultures from the people she meets in new places.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022-07-01 Unlocking Silent Histories of the Lumbee Community: Supporting Educational Sovereignty through Video Ethnographies.Journal of American Indian Education.2022-07-01
    2018-01-01 Toward transformative praxis: Fostering a teacher|leader|learner disposition.Journal of Transformative Education.  16:220-245.. 2018-01-01
    2014-01-01 Unlocking Silent Histories: Critical and Creative Expression for Indigenous Youthedutopia.org/blog2014-01-01
    2013-01-01 Critical Pedagogy: Under the Radar and Off the GridThe International Journal of Critical Pedagogy.  4. 2013-01-01
    2011-01-01 Deepening roots: Building a task-centered peer mentoring communityNational Women's Study Association2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Looking to Transform Learning: From Social Transformation in the Public Sphere to Authentic Learning in the ClassroomJournal of Applied Computing.  6:23-30. 2011-01-01
    2010-11-01 Opening Digital DoorsEducational Leadership.  68:73-76. 2010-11-01
    2010-01-01 Grounded in theory: Immersing preservice teachers in technology-mediated learning. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education.  10. 2010-01-01
    2009-01-01 Emergent fields through adaptation and identity: Overcoming social distanceCultural Studies in Science Education.  4:77-87. 2009-01-01
    2009-01-01 Racial and ethnic socialization and African American adolescent academic achievement: Teasing out the role of genderJournal of Youth and Adolescence.  38:214-227. 2009-01-01
    2009-01-01 Youth voices: Exploring connections between history agency and identity in a digital divide initiativeCultural Studies of Science Education.  4:13-39. 2009-01-01
    2008-01-01 Learning designs: Tapping technology fluency of the Net GenerationJournal of Research on Technology in Education.  40:81-100. 2008-01-01
    2008-01-01 Sociotechnical cultural activity: Expanding an understanding of developing technology practicesJournal of Curriculum Studies.  40:329-351. 2008-01-01
    2008-01-01 The Dialectics Informing Identity in an Urban Youth Digital Storytelling WorkshopeLearning.  5:429-444. 2008-01-01


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    2016-01-01 Unlocking Silent Histories: Youth Media Productions in Context..  Sense Publishers.. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 Designing Critical and Creative Learning with Indigenous Youth: A Personal Journey.  Sense Publishers. 2015-01-01


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    2021-01-01 Deflecting echoes of settler-colonialism: resilience and healing while working with Maya youth..  Bloomsbury.. 2021-01-01
    2015-01-01 Youth Media Productions: Deconstructing "difference" or reifying norms?.  Sociocultural Studies and Implications for Science Education: The Experiential and the Virtual. 257-276. 2015-01-01
    2014-01-01 Youth Media Productions: Deconstructing “difference” or reifying norms?.  Springer.. 2014-01-01
    2013-01-01 Video of the Oppressed: Insights into Local Knowledge, Perspectives, and Interests with Youth.  Challenging Status Quo Retrenchment: New Directions in Critical Qualitative Research; Information Age Publishers. 2013-01-01
    2012-01-01 You Are Not Alone: Radically Redefining 'Place' as Community.  We Saved the Best for you: Letters of Hope, Imagination and Wisdom for 21st Century Teachers; Sense Publishers. 2012-01-01
    2011-01-01 Chapter Three: The Great Balancing Act: Urban Universities in Global Times.  Routledge & AACTE. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Scaling the Classroom Walls: Lessons Learned Outside of Schools About Social Media Activism and Education.  Information Age Publishers. 2011-01-01
    2010-11-01 Evolving learning designs and emerging technologies.  International handbook of science education. 2010-11-01
    2010-01-01 History, culture, emergence: Informing learning designs.  Netherlands: Springer. 59-68. 2010-01-01
    2010-01-01 Leisure and Technological Influences.  Elsevier Adolescent Development. 2010-01-01
    2009-01-01 Technology: From tool to learning design.  Sense Publishing. 2009-01-01
    2006-01-01 Teaching and Learning in a 1-to-1 Environment.  International Society of Technology in Education. 111-121. 2006-01-01
    2006-01-01 The Practices and Process of Developing Technology Fluency Across Boundaries of Race, Gender, Age and Space.  Peter Lang. 149-163. 2006-01-01
    2006-01-01 The interrelationship between technology fluency and scientific literacy.  Peter Lang. 132-135. 2006-01-01


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    2015-01-01 Sociocultural studies and implications for science education: The Experiential and the VirtualDordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. 2015-01-01
    2014-01-01 Unlocking Silent Histories: Critical and Creative Expression for Indigenous Youth. 2014-01-01


    Research Overview

  • Decolonizing Methodologies & Transformative praxis, Video Ethnography Practices in Support of Youth Voice & Agency, Critical Media Pedagogy Informing Social Justice Education
  • Teaching Overview

  • Topics in Social Justice, Qualitative Research, Technology supported learning
  • Full Name

  • Donna DeGennaro