Teaching and Learning When the World is on Fire: Education and Justice Movements

Winter 2021
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
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Popular educator Myles Horton once claimed that time could be separated into two categories: organizational periods when people come together to analyze and strategize and social movement periods when calls for justice move large segments of people to act. We have entered a social movement period, with millions of people around the United States occupying physical and digital spaces to assert that Black Lives Matter, that Water is Life, and that No Human is Illegal. There are movements to dismantle gender binaries, to abolish the police, and to build a Green New Deal. Of course, there is also concerted opposition to these justice movements.

Whether you’re an aspiring teacher, a community educator, an active participant in justice movements , and/or someone who wants to learn more, this program explores the intersection of education and justice movements through the lenses of history, youth development, teaching, and learning.

Through text seminars, film screenings, curriculum analyses, conversations with activist-educators, and reflective projects, we will explore these central questions:

  1. What are the contexts out of which justice movements have formed?
  2. What is the role of educators– broadly conceived– and youth in justice movements? What should it be?
  3. What can we learn from contemporary and historical educators that might inform our way forward?
  4. What is the role of education (teaching and learning) within the movements themselves?

In addition, for those interested, this program can provide materials to support future applications to the Masters in Teaching (MiT) program. 

In these uncertain times, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact program faculty.

Technology needs:

For this fully remote program, students will need access to Zoom and Canvas.

Synchronous meeting hours:

You can expect 7 hours of synchronous meetings each week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays). Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.  


Winter 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20180
Fr (16): 20183
(1 - 16): 20253

Academic details

Preparatory For

Education-related fields

Community organizing

Community-based organizations


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$25 fee for online entrance fees


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