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Get to Know Pedagogy of Hope

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A Pedagogy of Hope is for everyone. In the 1950s, Paulo Freire, a visionary educator, developed this method of teaching and learning to help oppressed people and those who oppress them. This practice is reciprocal; a Pedagogy of Hope teacher doesn't teach, but rather learns with their students. Students also learn while teaching. Unlike traditional pedagogies, students take part more than simply receiving, sorting, and storing information. Through this process, students can explore how they and others perceive the world and reimagine it as an equitable space for all. Every member of the community defines a Pedagogy of Hope as they work together to build a better, transformed future.

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


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Paulo Freire and the Development of Critical Pedagogy

This short, illustrated video walks the viewer through Freire's life and how the concept of critical pedagogy was born.

Nicole West-Burns, Ph.D. speaking at TEDxOshawaED

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.

Paulo Freire Documentary

This documentary explores how Paulo Freire's work has impacted and helped shape the future of education.


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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.

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The Red Library podcast, which focuses on political education, dives deep into Paulo Freire’s book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

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Critical Pedagogy in the Suburbs

The Critical Teaching and Learning Forum podcast sits down with Andy Beutel, and discusses the need for critical pedagogy in suburban contexts.

Selected Readings

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire, Continuum 30th anniversary cover

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Paulo Freire puts forth his methodology relating to critical pedagogy in this foundational text.

Teaching to Transgress, Education as the Practice of Freedom by: bell hooks, 1994 Routledge Cover

Teaching to Transgress

In this work, hooks explores her philosophy of the classroom as "education as the practice of freedom." Teaching her students to push racial, sexual, and class boundaries to achieve "freedom."

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim, New York: Teacher College Press 2017 Cover

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies

"Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies raises fundamental questions about the purpose of schooling in changing societies..." -- Publisher's description