Critical Pedagogy and Resistance Now (Part 2): Past Lessons and Opportunities for Action Now

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As always, education is an ideological battleground. The Trump Administration and its allies are not only waging war against the very idea of public school, they are explicitly and systematically attempting to silence those who would question them. For this reason, critical pedagogy may be an essential aspect of resistance to their agenda, as it prioritizes questions about who gets to speak and what counts as truth. Continuing a conversation begun in a previous session (Critical Pedagogy and Resistance Now (I): The Classroom as a Space for Critique), the presenters will make brief remarks about what they see as the potential for critical pedagogy in this particular moment, what lessons can be drawn from the past, and what questions we need to wrestle with. After these remarks, we will facilitate an open-dialogue with those in attendance about what possibilities are for action in their particular context and what opportunities we have to work across contexts to support each other in this critical moment. You don’t have to attend the first workshop to participate in this dialogue.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Erik
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Jacobson
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Erik Jacobson is a literacy professor with a background in community-based adult education focused on social justice. He is currently active with Make the Road New Jersey, focused on issued related to immigrant justice.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Susannah
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Bien-Gund
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Arab American Association of New York
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Susannah Bien-Gund is the Adult Education Program Manager at the Arab American Association, a community-based non-profit based in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Somia
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Elrowmeim
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Arab American Association of New York
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Andy
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Beutel
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Mahwah School District
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Andy Beutel is a 7th grade social studies teacher at Ramapo Ridge Middle School in Mahwah, New Jersey. He embraces critical pedagogy in the classroom and promotes teaching for social justice. He is also active in the teachers’ union as the Vice President of the Mahwah Education Association and a member of the Bergen County Education Association’s Legislative Action Team.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Brandon
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Rippey
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Newark Public School System
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Branden Rippey is a high school history teacher in Newark, New Jersey, member of the Newark Education Workers (NEW) Caucus, and active in socialist politics.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Greg
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Gallet
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Critical Teaching and Learning Forum
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Biography: 
Gregory Gallet is a high school teacher in New Jersey who teaches social studies as well as students with disabilities. His pedagogy emphasizes culturally responsive teaching, critical analysis, and ongoing conversations about social justice.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Erik
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Jacobson
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning
 

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