The Paulo Freire Democratic Project awards are given to individuals and organizations that embody the life and legacy of Paulo Freire, to those who, in his eyes, "dare to teach". They honor both individuals and organizations characterized by intellectual excellence, ethical concern and deep commitment to the creation, nurturing, and sustainability of fair and just communities regardless of location. Teachers herein is not restricted to those associated with formal educational institutions but rather refers to individuals described by Freire as “cultural workers”, as “those who dare to teach” in whatever context they find themselves. In this understanding, organizations themselves are viewed as doing cultural work as well. In both cases, such daring requires a commitment to love. To paraphrase Paulo, we must dare, in the full sense of the word, to speak of love without the fear of being called ridiculous, mawkish, or unscientific, if not antiscientific. We must dare to learn how to dare in order to say no to the bureaucratization of the mind to which we are exposed every day.
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+ - 2015 Paulo Freire Democratic Project Award of Social Justice Recipients
2015 Paulo Freire Democratic Projects Award of Social Justice by an Individual: Dr. Henry Giroux
Dr. Henry Giroux is an American and Canadian scholar and cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. In 2002, Routledge named Giroux as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.
A high-school social studies teacher in Barrington, Rhode Island, for six years, Giroux has held positions at Boston University, Miami University, and Penn State University. In 2005, Giroux began serving as the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has published more than 50 books and 300+ academic articles throughout education and cultural studies literature.
2015 Paulo Freire Democratic Projects Award of Social Justice by an Institution: Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School - Chicago, IL.
+ - 2014 Paulo Freire Democratic Project Award of Social Justice Recipients
The 2014 recipients of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project Award of Social Justice are Donaldo Macedo and the Paulo Freire Charter School (Newark NJ) Without question, the selections were based on each having met the following fundamental beliefs criteria:
- All educational processes should be directed toward optimal human development.
- Through literacy, in its broadest sense of reading the word to read the world, human agents come to know and act upon the world.
- Education is a political endeavor thus cannot be neutral.
- The aesthetic is critical for it allows us to see things new, to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange.
- It is absolutely necessary to reach out for pedagogical engagement with other democratic and justice oriented communities.
- Participatory action research is essential for educational transformation.
- Reflection without action is verbalism, alienating “blah” while action without reflection is action for actions sake, thus activism.
- All individuals are capable of deep intellectual and moral thought regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, cultural, and class backgrounds.
- There is hope, always hope buttressed by tenacity, love, and attention to the long haul.
+ - Paulo Freire Democratic Projects Award of Social Justice by an Individual
+ - Paulo Freire Democratic Projects Award of Social Justice by an Organization
|2015||Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, IL|
|2014||The Newark Paulo Freire Charter School; Newark, NJ|
|2013||1. The Right to Know Initiative
2. Klamath River Early College Redwoods Charter School; Crescent City, CA
|2012||Little Sister's Book Store; Vancouver, British Columbia; Canada|
|2011||Padres Unidos; Santa Ana, CA|
|2010||The Wooden Floor; Santa Ana, CA|
|2009||Rethinking Schools; Milwaukee, WI|
|2004||Pio Pico Elementary School; Santa Ana, CA|
|2003||Los Amigos of Anaheim; Orange County, CA|
+ - Those Who Dare To Teach 2014 Awards Recipients
|Patricia Huerta is the Founder and Executive Director of Padres Unidos, a collaborative organization that believes successful families breed successful communities. For the past 20 years, Patricia has daringly, if not tenaciously, worked with countless parents and their children in Orange County. Currently, more than 2,000 children and parents in Orange County are served lovingly through Padres Unidos’ parent training and kindergarten readiness programs.|
|Norma Valenzuela teaches at Martin Luther King School (MLK), SAUSD and studies in Chapman’s College of Educational Studies Ph.D program. In both roles, as a reflective and culturally responsive scholar activist, she daringly pursues academic justice for disenfranchised English learners. To illustrate, MLK faculty and parents have resisted the negative consequences of English only policies. The result has been a safe haven characterized by proficient bilingualism, high academic achievement and love.|
*Freire, P. (1998). Teachers as Cultural Workers: Letters to Those Who Dare Teach. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. p. 3.
+ - Outstanding Graduate Student: Master of Arts in Education
Each year the College of Educational Studies and the Paulo Freire Democratic Project award the Paulo Freire Award for Outstanding Graduate Student within the Master of Arts in Education program for both current and future contributions to the field of education.
|2012||Elizabeth M. Zarkos|
|2010||Erin M. Rivero|
|2009||Cathleen L. Sanchez|
|2008||Nicole M. DiRanna|
|2007||Renzzo F. Reyes|
|2002||Cheryl Lee King|