Keynote: Equality or Equity: Toward a Model of Community-Responsive Education

About the Keynote

Equality or Equity: Toward a Model of Community-Responsive Education

There is too little research and writing done by community responsive educators to document effective practices in schools serving vulnerable and wounded youth. Duncan-Andrade draws from 30 years of teaching and research on effective teaching practices in educational systems around the world to provide insights to educators and educational leaders on effective systems change, program building, and daily educational practices. Based on his 2022 book of the same title with Harvard Press, this discussion equips leaders and educators to leverage research-based critiques of up-by-your-bootstraps theories of individualized success being pedaled to educational institutions. In their place, it offers concrete, time-honored, research-based strategies that foreground relationships, relevance, and responsibility as essential ingredients to fundamentally altering the business-as-usual approach that continues to fail so many of our students. Through the voices of students, educators, and cross-disciplinary research this talk reissues license for community responsive practices that transform engagement and educational outcomes for all students, relieving undeserved suffering in schools and communities.


About the Keynote Speaker

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He was a founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland ( and has been a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland (CA) for the past 30 years. Duncan-Andrade’s pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. He lectures around the world and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. He has written three books, his most recent just being released with Harvard Press in August 2022. In 2016, Duncan-Andrade was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama, and in 2019 he was chosen as the Laureate for the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education. In 2021, he was selected to join the Board of Prevent Child Abuse America. Duncan-Andrade is also ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings.

Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand. His research interests and publications span the areas of youth wellness, culturally and community responsive pedagogy, trauma responsiveness, curriculum change, teacher development and retention, and cultural and Ethnic Studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders and school district officials to help them develop community responsive classroom practices and school cultures that foster wellness, self-love, confidence, and academic success among all students. Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.

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