Episode 79 | Black Literacies w/ Patriann Smith

Season #2

In this episode of Our Classroom, host Roberto Germán engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Patriann Smith, an esteemed scholar and educator specializing in language, literacy, and exceptional education. The focus of their discussion is Dr. Smith's groundbreaking book, "Black Immigrant Literacies: Intersections of Race, Language, and Culture in the Classroom." Throughout the episode, Dr. Smith eloquently explains the concept of Black immigrant literacies and how they differ from traditional understandings of literacy. She also unpacks the five significant elements of the Black immigrant literacies framework and provides practical strategies for educators to better support Black immigrant students in the classroom. This illuminating conversation challenges us to rethink our perspectives on literacy and provides valuable insights for educators, policymakers, and the general public. Join us as we delve into the multifaceted world of literacy and education with Dr. Patriann Smith.


Dr. Patriann Smith is a distinguished scholar and educator, specializing in language and literacy.. She holds a position at the University of South Florida and her extensive academic journey includes a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Literacy Studies, and an MEd in Reading Education. She also holds a BSc in Elementary Education and an A.A. in Elementary Teacher Training. With a diverse career, she has served as a faculty member at various prestigious institutions, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, language, and immigration, with an emphasis on transculturally, transracially, and translinguistically responsive literacy and assessment practices. Dr. Smith's dedication to diversity and equity is evident through her leadership roles, numerous awards, and active involvement in academic organizations. Her work is characterized by a commitment to creating positive change and advancing equity in education. She is the author of the book, “Black Immigrant Literacies: Intersections of Race, Language, and Culture in the Classroom” (2023). and Affirming Black Students’ Lives and Literacies: Bearing Witness” (2022).