Critical pedagogy, informed by critical theorist Paulo Freire (1970) and Henry Giroux (2009), is a teaching approach which attempts to help students question and challenge domination, and the beliefs and practices that dominate. Viewing pedagogy from a critical perspective leads educators to question practices they never doubted before. As a result, educators implement strategies that promote a holistic view of education in consideration of the effects of race, culture, class, gender and language on student learning experience. This workshop will explore inquiry-based instruction as a pedagogical framework for teaching for social justice. Using primary source analysis and Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards, educators will analyze instructional materials from a critical pedagogical perspective and consider ways to engage students in critical inquiry. Act 48 credits are available to participants upon completion of the workshop. Sessions will not be recorded.
Intended audience: K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators
Instructor: Andrea G. Kolb, Statewide Multilingual Education Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities