Critical Pedagogy from Louisiana
Humanities Amped is an innovative curricular program at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a collection of English Language Arts, Social Studies, and elective classes based in critical participatory action research and culturally sustaining pedagogies.
Working with students, teachers, and communities, we transform public schools into collaborative learning spaces and generate grassroots action toward social justice. Through core and elective courses, restorative practices, critical participatory action research, and public engagement, we catalyze the critical potential of civics, literature, history, communication studies, and the arts.
We envision public schools as intergenerational spaces for critical inquiry and concrete action in collaboration with local communities. Young people's agency, well-being, and democratic participation drive the educational process. In such spaces, learning is pleasurable, generative, and rooted in relationship.