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Tara Bartlett

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Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Educational Policy and Evaluation
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


Tara Bartlett is a doctoral student in Arizona State University’s Educational Policy and Evaluation program. Her research focuses on youth participatory governance, community development, and civics efficacy. Before pursuing a doctoral degree, Tara was a public school educator for fourteen years and taught English Language Arts and Social Studies in Title I middle schools. The experience, coupled with the observed outcomes of civic programs in her classroom, led Tara to reimagine how K12 education can integrate participatory governance opportunities for youth and families and better equip youth with the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices to become political and civic changemakers within their own communities.


PhD, Education Policy and Evaluation | Arizona State University (in progress)

Certificate, Social Science Research Methods | Arizona State University 2021

MA, Social Cultural Pedagogy | Arizona State University 2015

Certificate, Social Entrepreneurship + Community Development | Arizona State University 2015

BA, Elementary Education | Arizona State University 2006

Research Interests: 

Participatory Governance, Civic Engagement, Civic Education, Inclusive Education, Educational Policy, Democratic Theory, Community Development, Mixed Methods


Bartlett, T., Rock, M., Tate, K., and Schugurensky, D. (2021). School Participatory Budgeting: 25 Frequently Asked Questions. Arizona State University Participatory Governance and the Center for the Future of Arizona.

Bartlett, T., and Schugurensky, D. (2021). Reinventing Freire in the 21st century: Citizenship education, student voice and school participatory budgeting. Comparative Issues in Education, 23(2), 55-79.

Bartlett, T., and Schugurensky, D. (2021). Reinventando Freire no século XXI: educação para a cidadania, protagonismo infanto-juvenil e Orçamento Participativo nas escolas. Revista Educação e Cultura Contemporânea, 18(55), 8-37.  

Bartlett, T., Law, L., Schugurensky, D., Diaz, M., and Wolfersteig, W. (2021). Reimagining School Safety Without Resource Officers: Discussing Alternative Programs and Practices. Arizona State University Participatory Governance Initiative and Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.

Gibbs, P., Bartlett, T., and Schugurensky, D. (2021). Does School Participatory Budgeting Increase Students’ Political Efficacy? Bandura’s ‘Sources’, Civic Pedagogy, and Education for Democracy. Curriculum and Teaching, 36(1), pp. 5-27.

Educating for American Democracy (EAD). (2021). “Educating for American Democracy: Excellence in History and Civics for All Learners.” iCivics.

Bartlett, T., and Schugurensky, D. (2020). Deschooling Society 50 Years Later: Revisiting Ivan Illich in the Era of COVID-19. Sisyphus Journal of Education, 8(3), pp. 65-84.

Bartlett, T., Rock, M., Schugurensky, D., and Tate, K. (2020). School Participatory Budgeting: A Toolkit for Inclusive Practice. The Center for the Future of Arizona and Arizona State University Participatory Governance Initiative.

Research Activity: 

Re-imagining School Safety with Participatory Budgeting, Arizona State University Participatory Governance Initiative, Arizona State University Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, Phoenix Union High School District, Participatory Budgeting Project   

Project Citizen Research Program, Center for Civic Education, Georgetown University, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education

Inclusive School Participatory Budgeting, Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council, Center for the Future of Arizona         

Honors / Awards: 

Arizona State University President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness 2021                                                                   

Center for Philosophical Technologies Cannibalization Fellowship Award 2021                                                             

Arizona Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher Award 2020

John J. Ross Award for Teacher Excellence in Law-Related Education 2019                                                       

Mesa Public Schools Service-Learning Teacher of the Year 2018               

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education Featured Teacher 2017                                                           

Mesa, Arizona Oriental Masonic Lodge Top Twenty Teachers 2016        

Shon Zelman Student Advocacy Award 2015                          

Professional Associations: 

Arizona Department of Education Civic Education and Community Engagement Program Co-Manager  

Arizona State University Graduate Women’s Association Internal Secretary

Social Pedagogy Association Treasurer