Marginal Syllabus (May)—“We Are Not Dirt”: Freirean Counternarratives and Rhetorical Literacies for Student Voice in Schooling

May 07, 2019
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm PST
By Educator Innovator

Our May, 2019 reading for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN looks at activism in a high school English classroom where students challenge a school policy as a “problematic text.” In a piece written for the English Journal, authors Everardo Pedraza and R. Joseph Rodriguez spotlight the youth participatory action research of Pedraza’s students, and the way their writing of Freirean counternarratives became a vehicle for them to speak truth to power and enact policy change.


  • Everardo Pedraza, Teacher, Sunnyside High School
  • R. Joseph Rodriguez, Professor, CSU Fresno
  • Joe Dillon, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Teacher, Rangeview High School in Aurora Public Schools in Colorado; Denver Writing Project Teacher-Consultant
  • Remi Kalir, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development

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