Proposal Title

Critical Friends Group: Unpacking Cultural Dilemmas in Special Education Teaching and Learning

Proposal Abstract

This sessions focuses on the complex process of facilitating a Critical Friends Group as a form of a professional learning community for Higher Education Special Education. During a two-year initiative, doctoral students and university faculty created a forum to meaningfully collaborate and facilitate opportunities and support for unpacking cultural dilemmas in activist-centered culturally responsive teaching and learning in the field of Special Education. Critical Friends Groups use protocol guides to actively engage its members in learning, thinking, reading and discussing dilemmas from multiple perspectives. This session reviews the literature of Critical Friends Groups, the work of this particular Critical Friends Group and concludes by providing a rationale and methods for sustainability of culturally and linguistically responsive Critical Friends Groups in Institutions of Higher Education.

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Room 2010

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 26th, 2:00 PM Mar 26th, 2:45 PM

Critical Friends Group: Unpacking Cultural Dilemmas in Special Education Teaching and Learning

Room 2010

This sessions focuses on the complex process of facilitating a Critical Friends Group as a form of a professional learning community for Higher Education Special Education. During a two-year initiative, doctoral students and university faculty created a forum to meaningfully collaborate and facilitate opportunities and support for unpacking cultural dilemmas in activist-centered culturally responsive teaching and learning in the field of Special Education. Critical Friends Groups use protocol guides to actively engage its members in learning, thinking, reading and discussing dilemmas from multiple perspectives. This session reviews the literature of Critical Friends Groups, the work of this particular Critical Friends Group and concludes by providing a rationale and methods for sustainability of culturally and linguistically responsive Critical Friends Groups in Institutions of Higher Education.