Critical Pedagogy and Resistance Now (Part I): The Classroom as a Space for Critique

Room: 
1.66
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Abstract: 
Critical pedagogy has traditionally focused on helping students and teachers alike develop their critical consciousness and find their voice. Because this can only be realized in particular situations, there is not a particular methodology that can simply be repeated across contexts. Each instance demands an approach that is sensitive to both historical and local conditions. The three panelists will present examples of how the classroom can become a space for critique and resistance. The first presenter from the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning will focus on an adult ESOL program that includes many undocumented students. The students and teachers together shaped a curriculum that focused on resisting current deportation efforts. The second presenters from the Arab American Association of New York will speak together about their efforts within the Advocacy and Adult Education programs of the community-based non-profit to build power from within the classroom through student story-telling, political education, and creating spaces for leadership and critique. The third panelist, a middle school History teacher will focus on helping middle school students to identify and resist discrimination, particularly against Muslims. In this case, rather than being marginalized, the students may themselves be the ones holding racist viewpoints. After these brief presentations, those in attendance will be asked to share their own experiences, analyses and questions about the potential critical pedagogy has for initiating and supporting resistance to corrosive rhetoric and policy. These will be taken up and further elaborated in the second workshop.
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 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Somia Elrowmeim is a Yemeni Muslim woman. She is the Women's Organizer and Advocacy Instructor at the 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.
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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