Jeff Duncan-Andrade will deliver his critically acclaimed and inspirational presentation titled Note to Educators: Hope Required when Growing Roses in Concrete. In this presentation, he will explore the concept of hope as an essential element for nurturing and educating urban youth. He will discuss different types of “false hope” that are pervasive in urban education. He will then explain critical hope and how to utilize important educational practices that produce and sustain true hope among our students. The concept of hope is an essential element for teaching community college students, especially those who come from urban and poor communities, because they are exposed to overwhelming obstacles, including violence, hunger, unstable housing, and the broader effects of poverty and racism, which inevitably affect their educational success. As part of the breakout sessions, attendees will explore how to apply the concept of hope in their classroom, and what strategies they can use to instill hope in their students.
Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdiscipli- nary Studies at San Francisco State University. In addition to these duties, he continues working as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 18 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools as well as the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class students. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, and school district officials nationally to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self- confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students.
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