Our students are faced with an ever-changing world, with a variety of daunting issues including climate, economic disparity, social justice, uncertain job futures, and more. Teachers are affected by this, as students demonstrate anxiety and increased apathy toward learning.
In five weeks, we discuss some of the major challenges, approaches and strategies for adopting critical action as a pedagogical paradigm for addressing pressing, complex socio-environmental issues in the classroom. Each week, we will explore ways in which your teaching can empower students as transformative agents in these challenging times. We will hear from educators from around the world about diverse examples of critical action curriculum, as well as have guest experts leading us to deeper dives in concepts and perspectives important to your growth as a critical educator. We will also present a pedagogical framework for critical action curriculum design that will help you create lessons, units, and courses with broader scope and deeper impact.
In addition to the regular weekly videos, readings, and activities, CAL101x students can optionally join a "design strand", in which they will be grouped in small design teams to collaboratively design actual critical action curriculum that they can later enact in their classrooms.
CAL101x is designed with K-12 teachers in mind. Teacher candidates, higher education instructors, educational leaders, curriculum designers and others interested in education, critical action, and social justice may also find it relevant.