Empowerment Starts Here

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The Case of Student Power (Ep29)

Empowerment Starts Here with the host, Angela Dye (cick here to listen to the episode).


After running two schools, one that I birthed and another that I inherited, I could clearly see some unknown barriers associated with teacher performance (as relating to marginalized learners).  Teachers were coming to the table with the scientific knowledge that makes an empowerment practice possible.  But, there was some kind of blockage that kept resurfacing between what teachers knew from training and what they did in practice.

In this episode, I talk about student power as the blockage and the scientific process that helped me to discover what it really means as relating to my commitment to student empowerment.

Key Points Discussed:

  • My three convictions for teaching students in the margins
  • My charter school, why we opened, and why we closed
  • My theory of practice for student empowerment
  • Student agency
  • Culturally relevant teaching
  • Student learning as demonstrated by application, transfer and transformation
  • The Education Set from Season 2 and how it inspired today’s episode

Notable/Specific Names Mentioned:

  • Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • Eldon (Cap) Lee
  • Paulo Freire

Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:

The Empowerment Framework

Student Power as Student Resistance

Cap Lee

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Other  ESHpodcast Episodes Mentioned

Ep06- The Case of Hating High School (with the informant Nikhil Goyal)

Ep24- The Case of Learning and Moving (with the informant Justin Schlieder)

Ep25- The Case of Technology and Schooling from the Margins (with the informant Dr. Sarah Thomas)

Ep26- The Case of Taking a Knee in Math (with the informant Marian Dingle)

Ep27- The Case of the Black Female Educator

Ep28- The Case of Integrity and Its Price

Terms and Concepts Mentioned

  • Student Power
  • Culturally Relevant Teaching
  • Problem Posing Education


I gave the wrong episode number for The Case of Hating High School.  It is Episode 06 (and not Episode 05 as I said).

I also gave the wrong episode number for The Case of the Black Female Educator. It is Episode 27 (and not Episode 28 as I said).

Something happened to the recording toward the end of the episode.  Not sure why it happened but the volume dropped.

Please feel free to let me if you catch any more mistakes.  Thanks!!

The Full Link for the Episode…


Please visit our Episodes at a Glance page to get a full episode list for Seasons 1 and 2.





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