Liberated Learning Environments

Teaching Artists need specific tools and teaching strategies as well as a foundation in intersectional anti-ableist approaches in order to work successfully in inclusion settings like ICT classrooms. Resources in this section focus on promising practices related to community building, co-generation, and anti-racist, inclusive practices built on shared power among students and facilitators in inclusion settings.

Liberated Learning Environments are environments free from restrictive and limiting barriers imposed by racist and ableist societal structures, and are collaborative and co-generative, intersectional settings guided by anti-racist, anti-abelist, stigma free, anti-colonial practices.  Liberated Learning Environments are not static, they change and evolve to meet the ongoing needs of students and facilitators as a community.

This term is inspired by Paolo Friere’s work, which can be learned more about in Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Explore Liberated Learning Environments Resources

  • Building Collective Knowledge

    Liberated Learning Environments

    Discover ways to honor and build on the knowledge, routines, and shared language that already exists in your classroom.

  • Co-Generating Goals with Students

    Liberated Learning Environments

    Discover ways to co-generate goals with your students to help build investment, connection, and support.

  • Creating Stigma-Free Classrooms

    Liberated Learning Environments

    Learn about the impact stigma can have on your students and develop the awareness and tools you need to work against stigma.

  • Developing Positive Relationships Among Students

    Liberated Learning Environments

    Find strategies to develop connection and collaboration between students so everyone in the classroom can contribute to an inclusive environment.

  • Disability Rights & Education History

    Liberated Learning Environments

    Explore a brief history of the ongoing fight for disability rights and for free quality education in the United States.

  • Inclusive Curriculum & Showcasing Artists with Disabilities

    Liberated Learning Environments

    Make your curriculum more inclusive by showcasing a diverse representation of artists and art in your classroom.

  • Inclusive Language Guide

    Liberated Learning Environments

    Learn how you can be more inclusive and respectful in your language with common do's and don'ts as well as alternative phrases for teaching.

  • Inclusive Performances: Supporting Performers and Audience Members

    Practical Tips & Accommodations, Liberated Learning Environments

    Make your performance welcoming for performers and audience members with a range of needs with these ideas for an inclusive event.