Students at commencement

Spring 2015 Islander Forum

Please join us for the Spring Islander Forum from Tuesday, January 13 to Thursday, January 15 in the Performing Arts Center and Dining Hall. This Spring's forum will showcase presentations and active discussions about Critical Pedagogy in the Twenty-first century.

The Islander Forum is a campus-wide opportunity to focus on critical issues in higher education at the beginning of each semester.

This Spring's featured keynote speaker will be Jeff Duncan-Andrade.  Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies at San Franscisco State University.  In addition to these duties, he continues 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. He currently teaches English at Mandela High School in East Oakland. Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Duncan-Andrade taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for 10 years, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, and school district officials nationally, and as far abroad as Brazil and New Zealand, to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings.

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