Co-Founder of the Community Responsive Education (CRE) Group
If there is one thing that Jeff Duncan-Andrade knows for sure, it’s this: If you find something that’s not working, change it. And that’s exactly what he has done. The longtime urban educator, researcher and activist felt that students in his community in East Oakland, California, who are mostly Black and Latinx, weren’t getting the education they deserved. So Duncan-Andrade, a teacher and professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University, co-founded a new school—the Roses in Concrete Community School. It’s a school that centers the wellness of its students above everything else—responding to the unique needs of the community as the pathway to social and academic rigor. Duncan-Andrade also co-founded the Community Responsive Education Group and the Teaching Excellence Network (TEN) to support schools and districts to build and support similar practices in their communities. Read More >
Disrupting Systems of Social Reproduction
TEDx: Growing Roses in Concrete
Equality or Equity: Which One Will We Feed?
Equality or Equity? | Talks at Google
Raise Up Project | Youth Speaks
There has been little research and writing done by urban educators to document effective practices in urban schools. But Jeff Duncan-Andrade has committed to using his research to start to change that trend. He has been a teacher, educational leader and researcher of effective teaching practices in schools around the world for nearly 30 years. His practice and work provide insights to educators and school leaders into effective systems change, program building and daily educational practices. Read More >
In this talk, Duncan-Andrade discusses how inequality and inequity are toxic and how these conditions can be changed. He equips leaders and educators with time-honored, research-based strategies that make relationships, relevance and responsibility essential ingredients of education and youth wellness. These methods fundamentally alter the business-as-usual approach that continues to fail so many of our young people. Through the voices of students and educators, this discussion reissues license for community-responsive practices that transform engagement and educational outcomes for all children—relieving undeserved suffering in schools and communities. Read Less ^
What are the material conditions that affect urban youth before they even step foot in our classrooms? What does it mean to develop educational environments that are relevant and responsive to these circumstances? How should these educational spaces define success for students and teachers? In this presentation, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, founder of the ground-breaking Roses in Concrete Community School, provides solutions for these important questions. He shares how to develop educators who are better equipped to understand and create educational environments that respond to the social toxins that emerge from racism and poverty. He closely examines the types of social stressors young people face in the broader society and discusses the impact of these conditions on student identities and school performance. Duncan-Andrade draws from nearly 30 years as an urban educator to explore the concept of hope as essential for nurturing healthy and sustainable youth development. Through the voices of young people and their teachers, and the invocation of powerful metaphor and imagery, Duncan-Andrade proclaims hope as a foundational element for an education that replaces undeserved suffering in communities with wellness.
Why is success defined differently depending on your zip code? What happens to communities that define winning for their young people by how far away from the neighborhood they can get? How can we redefine success, so that our children understand how important they are to the project of improving the conditions in our communities? In this presentation, educator, researcher, author and activist Jeff Duncan-Andrade shares how critical our young people’s wellness is to the pursuit of democracy, justice and freedom for all people. Drawing from the late Tupac Shakur’s concept of “unconditional love,” this presentation tests the double standard that is frequently used to define success in this country. It challenges poor and working-class youth and their educators to redefine dominant notions of success that encourage them to “escape” their communities—distancing themselves from the struggles of their neighborhoods while simultaneously increasing resources in areas that are already well resourced. Using a range of popular cultural frameworks, the talk presents a new definition of success for young people in our country—one connected to changing the conditions of inequality that regularly crush dreams and squander the potential of this nation to be truly democratic and socially just.
Is it possible to have a staff that is productive, creative and happy with their jobs? Categorically yes, says author and activist Jeff Duncan-Andrade. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, professor, researcher and leader, Duncan-Andrade discusses why getting the best out of your team is not rocket science. He argues that study after study shows that creating a company culture that actually cares about employees is the key to sustainable growth. In this talk, Duncan-Andrade shares the secrets of developing a company culture where individuals and teams are more joyful, more productive and less likely to get sick. This is only possible with the kind of intentional leadership that prioritizes people over profit and sees clearly the promise of the triple bottom line. Allowing the long view to shape the present is the future of sustainable and profitable business in the 21st Century economy.
"I would like to thank you for your gift (knowledge) at the recent conference Tuia Te Ako. Having seen you first at Social Justice Education Symposium (Te Aroha College) I have used your stories (you and students) to promote a critical literacy student centered pedagogy (Freire). And now having seen a second presentation of yours, it has added to my own self and professional development. The wealth of knowledge that you share is inspiring. I look forward to the many gifts that you will share in the future. So thank you thank you thank you."
"I got the chills listening to your TED talk. Listening to the resilience many of your students continue to have to succeed resonated so much! I want to thank you for the work you're doing, truly it is empowering, especially the way you're delivering it in. In a time of uncertainty for me, your talk gave me a recharge."
"I was moved by your speech and I find myself in tears. You are a true, fine example of what our nation needs for our youth to show them that you care every day even if they don't want you to. I, obviously, am not exposed to urban youth or violence in our area but we do struggle with a vast socioeconomic gap, the haves and the have-nots. You were incredibly inspirational to me and again, I thank you for being in my life for one amazing hour."
"Even at the age of 22 when I read your words I knew that I too had to do something about the educational system and its strict structure of success. As I've gotten older and experienced life, as well as life within the walls of low-income schools, I find myself now in my 4th year of teaching having the deepest burning desire to follow in your footsteps. You are the first person I have as a role model and "hero" that I don't actually know in real life. I'm currently sitting at my desk unable to put the book down because it speaks the ugly truth and that is what makes it so beautiful to me. I figured out the game that education plays and I refuse to become part of the system as an educator. I have been put on this planet to fight for the opportunities ALL students deserve."
"Jeff hit the mark in a very different kind of way. Specifically, he was very forthcoming with the fact that he didn't have all the answers, BUT he would accompany them on their journey. His story included relatable examples. Just when I thought I couldn't love someone more than Chris Emdin, Jeff came along. At the end of the day, he delivered a powerful, motivational experience that had most running the gamut of emotions from laughter to tears."
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