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Skidmore College
Education Studies

Kenneth SiderKenneth Sider


Office: Palamountain Hall, 214
Telephone: 518-580-5145


  • Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany (SUNY)
  • M.S., B.A. in Elementary Education, SUNY College at Oneonta
  • NYS Certification, School Counselor, K-6

Ken Sider began his teaching career with brief stints in the U.S. Job Corps system and New York City public schools but devoted 33 years to teaching in rural public elementary schools of Upstate New York. As an elementary school teacher, his classroom was a space for liberatory pedagogy through experiential learning, student-initiated social justice campaigns, projects to promote social responsibility, thematic instruction, arts-integration, artist residencies, community collaborations, disability awareness and advocacy, and democratic classroom principles. Dr. Sider served as an adjunct lecturer at Hartwick College (1 year) and the SUNY College at Oneonta (16 years) where he taught courses in foundations, philosophy, diversity and inclusion, critical literacy, and social studies. He has been awarded 12 artist residency grants from the NYS Council on the Arts, 3 private grants to fund drumming in the elementary classroom, and the NY African Studies Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Sider’s work has been featured in various media including the Washington Post, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, The Asia Society, The Beacon Center (a NSF organization), CBS Evening News, Parent Today (Capital District BOCES magazine), On Board (NYS School Board Association’s magazine), educational journals, several edited collections, and books by other authors.


  • White Educational Discourse
  • White Privilege in Teacher Education
  • Critical Pedagogy and Critical Race Theory
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy


  • Sider, Kenneth (2019). White double-consciousness: An analysis of discourse in teacher education. Lexington Books.
  • Sider, Kenneth. (2015). The courage to teach. In Bloom, B., Van Slyke-Briggs, K., and Boudet, D. (Eds.), Resisting reform: Reclaiming public education through grassroots activism (17-30), Information Age Publishing.
  • Sider, Kenneth. (2013, September 25). Teacher Ken Sider’s not-to-miss perspective on classroom modules. The Plain Satisfactions.
  • Sider, Kenneth. (2011). Third graders campaigning as disability advocates.  The Social Science Docket: A Joint Publication of the New York and New Jersey State Councils for the Social Studies, (11)2, 60-62.
  • Sider, Kenneth. (2010). Through children’s eyes: Community collaboration for social justice. Social Studies for Young Learners (23)2, 13-17.
  • Sider, Kenneth. (2008). Compassion’s echo: Learning about India through experiential. Social Studies for Young Learners, March/April (V)I, 26-29.