Getting to Know a Pedagogy of Hope

Get to Know a Pedagogy of Hope


A Pedagogy of Hope is an approach to education based on Paulo Freire’s work, among others, that promotes a critical awareness of social reality through reflection and action (Freire 1970/1993).

The goal of this approach is to encourage students, faculty, and community members to be active participants in transformational change that offers access and opportunity to all members of the educational community.

Below are resources to help you get better acquainted with the mission and goal of our office.


Paulo Freire and the Development of Critical Pedagogy

Paulo Freire, founder of critical pedagogy, grew up with a passion for education and knowledge. This short, illustrated video walks the viewer through Freire’s life and how the concept of critical pedagogy was born.

Building Critical Consciousness for Educational Equity

Dr. Nicole West-Burns guides TEDx viewers through how marginalization in schools has affected generations of students, focusing on the transformative possibility social change can have on schools. Throughout the course of her talk, Dr. West-Burns paints a picture of a truly equitable educational system—and our role in achieving it.

Paulo Freire Documentary: Political Clarity, Change, and Humility

Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, is the inspiration for the work we do in the Office of a Pedagogy of Hope through Research and Practice. Freire has influenced people in many fields, including community health and development, but had a particular focus on education. This documentary explores how his work has impacted and helped shape the future of education.


An Introduction to Critical Pedagogy in the classroom

This episode of the TeachThought Podcast, hosted by Drew Perkins, discusses critical pedagogy with Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Deputy Director at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. In this conversation, Dr. Bishop focuses on social improvement, equity, and how teachers can begin to think about critical pedagogy for a more authentic and human educational experience.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The Red Library podcast, which focuses on political education, dives deep into Paulo Freire’s book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. In this episode the hosts focus on Freire's teaching methodology of revolution and hope, the banking model of education within capitalism, Freire's conception of the relationship between oppressor and the oppressed, and the general role of education in politics, anti-capitalism, and anti-colonial struggles.

Critical Pedagogy in the Suburbs

The Critical Teaching and Learning Forum podcast sits down with Andy Beutel, a middle-school social studies teacher working in suburban New Jersey. Andy discusses the need for critical pedagogy in contexts where students' experience of privilege limits their ability to empathize with communities with which they have had little contact.



Paulo Freire: The Pioneer of Critical Pedagogy

This article discusses some of the central concepts of Paulo Freire’s work with a focus on tips for applying critical pedagogy in the classroom. It offers a hope-filled perspective in which all learners can develop critical consciousness as a first step toward creating a more inclusive world.

How to Implement Critical Pedagogy into your Classroom

Due to its complex nature, deducing how to implement a critical pedagogy on a personal and professional level can pose a challenge to the sincerest of practitioners. This article from The Edvocate, provides educators with five steps that can be used to introduce critical pedagogy in their classrooms.

A Brief Biography of Paulo Freire

This article gives a brief background on educator and philosopher Paulo Freire and his life. Along with an overview of his childhood and the start of his career in education, this article highlights his work, activism, and writings.


Eagle Shield, A., Paris, D., Paris, R., & San Pedro (Eds.). (2020). Education in Movement Spaces: Standing Rock to Chicago Freedom Square. Routledge.

  • This book amplifies the intersecting and coalitional possibilities of education in the spaces of ongoing movements for Native and Black liberation.

Freire, P. (1989).  Learning to Question: A Pedagogy of Liberation. WCC Publications.

  • This dialogue between Paulo Freire and his colleague, Antonio Faundez, both exiles from their home countries, share their experiences both challenging and enriching.

Freire, P. (2018). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Freire’s seminal work, originally published in 1970 which outlines his perspective known as Critical Pedagogy.

Freire, P. (2005). Teachers as Cultural Workers: Letters to those who teach. Westview Press.

  • Originally published in 1997, cogently explains the implications for classroom practice on Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Giroux, H. A. (1998). Teachers as intellectuals: toward a critical pedagogy of learning. Bergin & Garvey.

  • A book for practitioners, Giroux demands involvement, transformation, and empowerment. He helps the reader understand that the political relationship between schools and society is neither artificial nor neutral nor necessarily negative.

Giroux, H. A. (2001). Theory and resistance in education: towards a pedagogy for the opposition. Bergin & Garvey.

  • Giroux provides new theoretical and political tools for addressing how pedagogy, knowledge, resistance, and power can be analyzed within and across a variety of cultural spheres.

Hammond, Z. (2015). Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Corwin.

  • This book includes how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships. It also focuses on teacher self-reflection and valuable action.

hooks, b. (2000). All about Love. HarperCollins.

  • What causes a polarized society and how do we heal those divisions that cause suffering?

hooks, b. (1994). Teaching to Transgress: education as the practice of freedom. Routledge.

Paris, D., & Alim, S. (Eds.). (2017). Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World. Teacher College Press.

  • Contributors to this piece raises questions about the purpose of schooling in changing societies. They propose that schooling should be a site for sustaining the cultural practices of communities of color.

Pollack, M. (2017). Schooltalk: Laying a foundation for equity: Rethinking what we say about-and to-students every day. The New Press.

  • The author offers tools with scenarios to assist with educators matching their speech to their values, fostering equity in schools.

Watkins, C. S. (2018). The digital edge: how Black and Latino youth navigate digital inequality. New York University Press.

  • This in-depth look at how digital practices of students of color have adapted as a wider diffusion of the internet. This change forces new possibilities of learning and the collective power of youth.

Watson, D., Hagopian, J., & Au, W. (Eds.). (2018). Teaching for Black Lives. Rethinking Schools, Ltd.

  • This handbook delves into the critical framework and underlying issues with equity in public education. Incredibly easy to use with specific examples for the classroom teacher.

Resources from Previous Events

Hope Talk: Mirrors and Windows 

Event date: 3/18/2021

General Resources:

School Climate for Transgender Students

Trans Equality WA State Report

GSA Article

GLSEN Washington Snapshot

Trans Equality Youth Students

Genderbread Person

Elementary Supports:

 HRC Welcoming Schools Resources

GLSEN's Ready, Set, Respect!GLSEN’s elementary toolkit has common-core aligned lessons that focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBTQ-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity.

Reading the Rainbow: LGBTQ Inclusive Literacy in the Elementary Classroom - This book offers comprehensive resources, curriculum development, resource materials, and a pathway between existing literature and current LGBTQ resources.

GLSEN’s Inclusive Curriculum Guide

Gender Inclusive Biology:

Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People by Joan Roughgarden

Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling

The Spectrum of Sex: The Science of Male, Female, and Intersex by Hida Viloria and Maria Nieto


Hope Dialogue: Disrupting Us vs. Them (Feat. Erin Jones)

Event date: 03/24/2021

Dr. Erin Jones lead us in examining the story of community--the narratives we tell as a nation about different communities and about community as whole. As those stories are unpacked, we discover how to disrupt narratives and open up dialogue between communities across our various differences.



General Resources:

Power of Personal Story -- PowerPoint

Personal Cultural Inventory

"The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture"
From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001

More by Erin Jones:

All The Things—PNW (podcast)

Bridges (TEDx Talk)


Conference: Re-Thinking Ourselves in a Time of Truth and Healing

Event Date: 04/23/2021

Through presentations, conversations, and reflections, we considered how invisible structures of an unjust past impact us today, specifically as they relate to the First Peoples of this land, and how we might work together for a more just present and future.

The Legacy of Christian Supremacy

Jeannine Hill Fletcher, PhD, is a constructive theologian at Fordham University and author of The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in America.

View the slides from the presentation here.

Disrupting Constructions of Western Knowledge

Samuel Torres (Mexica/Nahua), EdD, is the Director of Research and Programs at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and author of Beyond Colonizing Epistemicides: Toward a Decolonizing Framework for Indigenous Education [dissertation and forthcoming book]. 



Event Date: 09/16/2021

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington CEO and President Dr. Rob McCann discussed the realities and consequences of intergenerational poverty within our community and the structures that create and sustain it. Attendees participated in a Q&A after the main lecture.

For more information on Catholic Charities and the work that they do, please visit their website.