I have spent nearly all of my adult life teaching. I have facilitated learning in a variety of settings, including traditional university classrooms, online courses, public middle and high schools, social service agencies catering to homeless youth, outdoor education programs, and community-based settings that bring people with a wide variety of educational backgrounds together.
In all of these venues, I draw on Paolo Freire’s popular education learning model to cultivate a student-centered, experiential learning environment. In Freire’s framework, learners first reflect on and activate the knowledge they already possess, which has been acquired through a lifetime of formal and informal experiences. They build on this prior knowledge to ask questions about a given topic, pursuing additional learning in real-world context to deepen understanding. This refined understanding, in turn, contributes to a course of action, and to new cycles of learning.
COMMUNITY-BASED POPULAR EDUCATION FACILITATION (selected - past and present)
Anti-Displacement Pdx Coalition
Community Alliance of Tenants
East European Coalition
Gitga'at Nation - Groundwork Portland Annual Youth Exchange
Larkin Street Youth Services
Living Cully Coalition
Multnomah Youth Commission
Parkrose Community United Church of Christ
Portland Harbor Community Coalition
Right 2 Survive / Right 2 Dream Too