Rick Ayers

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Rick Ayers

Richard (Rick) James Ayers is a Professor in Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco. He received his PhD in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. He has his Masters in Education from Mills College and taught at Berkeley High School from 1995 to 2006. He has worked as a Master Teacher for KQED Education Department, on the Teacher Advisory Board for Youth Speaks, and as a core team member of the Berkeley High School Diversity Project. He received the Berkeley Community Award, Berkeley Community Fund (2004), the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award, Occidental College (2004), and the Distinguished Adviser Award, Journalism Education Association (2000).

Rick Ayers grew up in Chicago and is married to Ilene Abrams (College Advisor at Oakland’s Envision Academy) and has three children, Aisha, Sonia, and Max. [1]


Rick is co-author (with Bill Ayers) of Teaching the Taboo (2010, Teachers College Press) and of the book Zero Tolerance: Resisting the drive for punishment, A handbook for parents, students, educators and citizens (2001, New Press). He is co-author (with Amy Crawford) of Great Books for High School Kids: A Teacher’s Guide to Books That Can Change Teens’ Lives (2004, Beacon Press), author of Studs Terkel’s Working, a Teaching Guide (2000, New Press) and co-creator (with students) of the Berkeley High Slang Dictionary (self published 2000, North Atlantic Book published, 2003.)

He is co-editor of a special education edition of Monthly Review, “Education under fire: The US corporate attack on students, teachers, and schools.” (Summer, 2011). He is the author of numerous articles including “Both Sides of the Mic: Community Literacies in the Age of Hip Hop” in The Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative and Visual Arts, “La Silent, What is To Be Done? Profile of a Chicana student in trouble,” in Democracy and Education.[2]

Iraq War "teach-in"

1968 The Great Rehearsal was a " Symposium and Week of Events on the Long ‘68 " held at the University of California, Berkeley September 17-25, 2008.

The revolutionary upheaval of 1968 was seen as a 'rehearsal' for the looming revolutionary events of the coming era.

The "National Teach-In on the Iraq War" event was run by a Working Group, consisting of;

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Rick Ayers of the UC Berkeley signed the statement.[4]


  1. Huffington Post bio, accessed October 25, 2011]
  2. Huffington Post bio, accessed October 25, 2011]
  3. http://www.greatrehearsal.org/
  4. Liberal Education website: Bill Ayers supporters