EPISODE 2 – Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World

Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World is a four part series podcast that launched on 28th April. In episode 2 we meet Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade, talking about growing roses in concrete in wounded and vulnerable communities.

EPISODE 2. Growing Roses in Concrete in Wounded and Vulnerable Communities

Guest: Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade

Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade is Professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies, San Francisco State University, USA, and the co-founder of the  School Lab Roses in Concrete, based in Eastern Oakland, California, USA.

Duncan-Andrade’s pedagogical approach is called Community Responsive Pedagogy. It is known for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students in schools serving poor and working-class children and youth. In  this interview, we ask him about the key ingredients of his pedagogical approach.

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared. – Tupac, The Rose That Grew From Concrete

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  • Duncan-Andrade, Jeffrey M., Ernest Morrell 2017 The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools.

See full schedule for the upcoming podcast in the series.

Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World  

Teresa Cappiali, creator and host

Teresa is a Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights (RWI) in Sweden. She is also the founder of the start-up NOIWE- NO INNOVATION WITHOUT EDUCATION, a company offering training and toolkits to public and private organisations via the use of educational models based on principles of critical and transformative pedagogy.

Francesca Cerri, co-producer 

Francesca is a multimedia storyteller who works with community engagement to challenge mainstream narratives. She uses a diversity of approaches and platforms (planning practice, research, artistic projects, and teaching) to highlight the knowledge of underrepresented groups and validate their experience.


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