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The Critical Teaching and Learning Forum

The Critical Teaching and Learning Forum

By Erik Jacobson

The Critical Teaching and Learning Forum is a group of educators who discuss and explore education from a left-perspective. Podcast episodes will focus on critical pedagogy and related issues in a variety of contexts.

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Teaching the Troubles

The Critical Teaching and Learning ForumOct 13, 2021

WE LEARN - History and Future
Feb 28, 202301:16:20
Rethinking Adult Education
Jan 28, 202301:21:13
Working With Conservative Students

Working With Conservative Students

This episode of the podcast features a conversation with four teachers who work in a range of contexts – elementary, middle school, high school and adult education. Although they work with different student populations, they deal with many of the same issues. One in particular arises again and again -when teaching from a critical or liberatory perspective, what is the best approach when you have students in the classroom who have conservative or reactionary world views and opinions? These students often actively resist considering new information, ideas or perspectives. If we remain committed to a pedagogy that does not simply dictate to students what they need to believe, that means we need to explore multiple ways of getting critical dialogue started. Each of the teachers in this discussion share their own experiences and insights, and a group we push ourselves to clarify our thinking.

Dec 23, 202201:19:32
Writing and Learning While Incarcerated

Writing and Learning While Incarcerated

The guests on this episode of the podcast are Cynthia Peters and Sergio Hyland. Cynthia Peters works at World Education where she is the editor of The Change Agent – a magazine featuring pieces written by adult learners, with a focus on social justice. Cynthia also provides professional development to adult education teachers and staff. Sergio Hyland is an author, speaker, and human rights activist. He also works as an organizer in Philadelphia for the Working Families Party. While incarcerated, Sergio was a frequent contributor to the Change Agent., and during the discussion Cynthia talks about how Sergio’s work is a great representation of the philosophy informing the magazine. Sergio then shares his experience of writing while incarcerated, talks about mentors who shaped his thinking and identifies systemic and structural issues that are at the root of so many problems.

The Change Agent:

May 22, 202254:20
An Update on Education in Brazil

An Update on Education in Brazil

Today’s guests on the Podcast are Karina and Laudo Nascimento, professors and education workers from Brazil. Their research focuses on teacher training, particularly with regards to the teaching and learning of English. Karina and Laudo are both interested in the ways that politics, culture and new technologies shape education. During the discussion, they provide an overview of the structure of the Brazilian educational system and an update on current conditions. As in other contexts, Brazilian classrooms are spaces for heated cultural and political struggles, and Karina and Laudo provide helpful insights into the implications of education policy and practice.
Apr 10, 202201:01:28
Women's Perspectives: Adult Learner Writers Share Their Work
Apr 01, 202258:50
Adult Literacy and Social Justice
Mar 25, 202201:10:56
Health Literacy and Communicative Justice

Health Literacy and Communicative Justice

Today’s guest on the Podcast is Maricel Santos, an adult educator, researcher and professor with extensive experience in the field of health literacy. During the episode, we discuss moving beyond decontextualized approaches to health literacy and towards education that is grounded in the lived experiences of patients. Maricel is particularly concerned with issues of communicative justice, and she centers her analysis on the interpretive burden that is put on some patients, particularly those from immigrant communities. This approach highlights the links between adult education, health literacy and social justice.

Nov 07, 202149:54
Teaching the Troubles
Oct 13, 202101:17:34
Teaching Palestine
Jul 23, 202101:02:35
The Politics of Everyday Literacy Practices

The Politics of Everyday Literacy Practices

The guests on this podcast are Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear, literacy scholars who have long been at the forefront of New Literacy studies. Their work has been a key part of efforts to re-examine the nature of everyday literacy practices. They are also interested in the opportunities that new digital technologies present for re-thinking learning and teaching. In the conversation, they discuss the politics of everyday literacy practices, how literacy research has been depoliticized and the ways in which neoliberalism domesticates and narrows what is possible in classrooms, schools and communities.

May 12, 202101:00:22
Using Music to Create Critical Dialogues in the Classroom

Using Music to Create Critical Dialogues in the Classroom

Today’s guest on the Podcast is Danné Davis, Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University. Danné works with pre-service elementary school teachers and much of her activity focuses on helping these future teachers recognize and be responsive to the diversity within their classrooms. A key interest of hers is using stories, poems and popular culture to start and frame critical dialogues. In the conversation, she discusses how she uses music to help her students make deeper connections to the topics they are discussing and to understand key aspects of the Black experience in the United States.

Apr 08, 202153:16
Comic Books and Critical Pedagogy
Mar 08, 202148:39
Immigrant Student Activists Fighting for Justice

Immigrant Student Activists Fighting for Justice

Today’s guest on the podcast is Giovana Castaneda, a youth leader at Make the Road New Jersey in Elizabeth, NJ and a student at Rutgers – Newark. Giovana has been an activist since she was 16 years old, focusing on immigrants' rights and workers' rights. She is currently involved in an effort to remove police from Elizabeth’s public schools. In the conversation, she discusses the criminalization of students, getting the receipts via Open Public Record Act (OPRA) requests and making unexpected connections.

Information about Make the Road New Jersey can be found here: 

Dec 19, 202057:29
Presence and Socioemotional Health in Correctional Education
Nov 26, 202055:09
Critical Pedagogy in the Suburbs
Nov 11, 202042:14