About the Book

This timely book features rich examples of students and teachers, defined as learning partners, disrupting hierarchy in education by collaborating on social change projects. At the book’s core is Paulo Freire’s theorization of students and teachers working together toward co-liberation. Co-written by learning partners, each chapter in this collection highlights a social change project that puts Freire’s theories into action. Projects span a range of academic disciplines and geographical locations from K–12, university/college, and nonformal educational contexts. Appropriate as both a textbook and a primer on collaborative social change-making, Disrupting Hierarchy in Education offers inspiration and models of community-engaged learning programs from across the globe. Topics include community education, public writing, using media for popular education, adolescent and youth development, climate change education, peace and justice leadership development, revolutionary nonviolence, literacy teacher education, citizenship education, development of Latin American studies, palliative care, reflections on identity and subjectivity, antiracism education, trauma-informed pedagogy, wellness, and art curation.

Book Features:

  • Real-world examples of teaching and learning for social justice in ways that disrupt traditional educational hierarchy.
  • Chapters co-written by diverse learning partners: educators (e.g. elementary school teachers and professors), undergraduate and graduate students, youth advocates, artists, curators, and founders and leaders of NGOs.
  • Projects that cover a wide terrain, including K–12 settings, university/college, wellness, arts, media, and popular education.
  • Examples from across the globe, including the United States, Brazil, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Jamaica.
  • Discussion questions and/or suggested activities at the end of each chapter.

Table of Contents:

Contents (Tentative)

Foreword: Decolonizing Hierarchy as a Revolutionary Act  Antonia Darder


Introduction: Modeling Prefigurative Praxes: Disruption for Social Change
Christina Noto, Hana Huskić, and Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams

Part I: Engaging Different Publics for Social Change

1.  ”Our Ideas Were Welcomed”: Disrupting the Teacher/Student Binary in a Collaborative Writing Project With High School Students in South Africa
Ashley Visagie, Helene Rousseau, Taahirah Hoosain, Imaan Adams, Jason Cloete, and Thea Mennas

2.  The Black Panthers, Multicultural Peace Education, and Power Sharing in a New York City Alternative High School
Krista Ambats and Matt Meyer

3.  Disrupting Hierarchies for New Landscapes of Learning by Action: Experiences and Reflections From a Climate Change Course
Jing Lin, Virginia Gomes, Joey Haavik, Maha Malik, Shue-kei Joanna Mok, Jordan Scanlon, Emmanuel Wanjala, and Anna Grigoryeva

4.  Cala-boca já morreu: Education Through Media
Grácia Lopes Lima, Mariana Casellato, and Milena Klinke

Part II Institutionalizing Social Change: Skills and Program Development

5.  Education for Revolutionary Nonviolence: Enacting Decolonial Praxis
Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, Christina Noto, and Daniel Jones

6.  From Transformative Pedagogy to Transforming Collegiate Spaces: Creating a Network for Multicultural Scholars
Roberto Garcia, Paulina S. Lim, Jacqueline Nguyen, and Natalie M. Schneider

7.  A Trio of Co-Conspirators: Teacher Educators, (Preservice) Teachers, and Elementary Students Working Together as Activist Researchers for Social Change
Katie Allison, Jessica Barnett, Vickie Godfrey, Jasmine Hashemi, James Hoffman, Beatrice Kyle, Catherine Lammert, Julie Mazur, and Theresa Nguyen

8.  Brooklyn Arts Council’s Wellness Studio: Educational Praxis in Slow Curating for Social Change
Chief Baba Neil Clarke, Daniela Fifi, Desiree Gordon, David Gumbs, Miguelina Rodriguez, Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon, and Zane Rodulfo

9.  Everybody Teach! Upending Traditional Disciplinary Curriculum to Create Co-Taught, Praxis-Based, Higher Education Courses
Alexander Fink, Bemnet Habtamu, Angela Kunkel-Linares, Morgan Pence, Kaiya Woller, and Ilene Dawn Alexander

10.  To Be “In and Not Of” the University, but Beyond: Estudios Rebeldes as Relational Disrupting for Change
Agustin “Tino” Diaz, Hannah Filizola Ruiz, Leandra Hernandez, Jose Coreas, Lydia Kerr, Jorge Garcia, Carlos Alarco, and Mari Claudia Linares

Part III: Reflexivity and Conscientization for Social Change

11.  ”Uncertaining” the Teacher and Student: Reflections between a Professor and a Medical Doctor
Nyna Amin and Laura Campbell

12.  Working Toward Trauma-Informed Praxis: Reflections on a Shared Learning Process
Juleus Ghunta and Ute Kelly


We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: Justice-Grounded Leadership
Hana Huskić, Christina Noto, and Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams

Afterword  Monisha Bajaj




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