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Paulo Freire, author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, defines critical consciousness as the ability to intervene in reality as a means to change it, with a focus on equity and social justice.  Unfortunately, for students belonging to Black, Indigenous, Communities of Color, this has never been the reality in a school system that has continuously marginalized them in the U.S. classroom.  A critical consciousness journey begins with testimonio work.  By understanding what privilege we carry, what biases we have, how we exist and function in the world, and how best to use our privilege to serve others, educators and students alike, can continue to be critically self-reflective.  Participants in this session, through the use of children’s testimonio poetry, will engage in activities that can begin the decolonization of the status quo in most U.S. educational settings.


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