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What is Community Responsive Education?

Community Responsive Education was cofounded by three activist academics — Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Jeff Duncan-Andrade and Glenda Macatangay — offering “professional and curriculum development services for community organizations and educational institutions to begin or sustain the journey of becoming community responsive.”

Duncan-Andrade is a professor of “Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies” at San Francisco State University and founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a lab school in East Oakland, California. 

It is a consulting group that opposed changes to the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, working closely with the Save Arab American Studies coalition and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, based in San Francisco, according to a media account in the Jewish News of Northern California.

Tintiangco-Cubales has numerous profiles online with other organizations, including one with

What services does Community Responsive Education offer?  

Some of the services sold include:

  • “Community Responsive Teacher Development”
  • “Ethnic Studies Teacher and Curriculum Development”
  • “Equity Audits and Systems Change Strategic Planning and Coaching”
  • “Trauma Informed Systems to Healing Centered Spaces”
  • “Youth Wellness ‘Edumetric’ and Development”

What K-12 work has Community Responsive Education done?

  • “A Talk with Teachers,” featuring Jeff Duncan-Andrade, at the University of California, Irvine School of Education
  • “Equality or Equity?” by Jeff Duncan-Andrade at “Talks at Google”
  • “The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools”


Cajon Valley Union School District

On June 16, 2018, the official Twitter account of WD Hall Elementary in Cajon Valley Union School District, @Hall_Hawks, posted a video with the message: “Such a powerful speaker. Jeff Duncan-Andrade – ‘Hope is our only hope.’ #dlp2018.”

Chino Valley Unified School District

On June 16, 2018, the principal at Magnolia Elementary School in Chino Valley Unified School District posted a tweet, gushing about a talk by Jeff Duncan-Andrade, writing, “We can’t get in their heads, until we get in their hearts ❤️ #DLPCoaching @MagnoliaCVUSD this speaker is speaking our truth. Check out the work of @JDuncanAndrade.”

Jefferson Elementary School District

In February 2020, Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City, California, south of San Francisco, signed a $40,000 contract for “ethnic studies development” with Community Responsive Education. 

On Feb. 28, 2020, Jefferson Elementary School District board member Clayton Koo posted a Twitter message, writing, “Thank you Community Responsive Education & @JeffersonElemSD teachers on the informative session this evening on the district’s efforts and progress made to create an Ethnic Studies curriculum for our students! #JESD.”

Robert Cruz Leadership Academy

On the first day of August 2018, the official Twitter account of Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy, a public charter school in San Jose, California, posted a tweet, “Getting ready for the start of the school year at the Community Responsive Education symposium.”

San Diego Unified School District

In early February 2019, the principal of Lincoln High School in San Diego Unified School Districted posted a message on Twitter, quoting Jeff Duncan-Andrade saying, “It’s hard to have an institutional response to a human need.”

San Francisco Unified School District

An online bio about Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales states: “She has worked with several school districts throughout the nation, including the San Francisco Unified School District, to co-develop Ethnic Studies, Social Justice, and Filipino Language curriculum.”

Santa Barbara Unified School District

In mid-August 2020, the executive director of diversity, equity and family engagement in the Santa Barbara Unified School District posted a message on Twitter, stating, “Thank you, @JDuncanAndrade for inspiring our @sbunified #hopedealers today! We are energized and ready to receive our students!”


Schenectady City School District

On Nov. 6, 2018, Jeff Duncan-Andrade delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Urban Schools Conference, according to an announcement by Schnectady City School District. 


Allentown School District

In early March 2018, Allentown School District posted a message on Twitter from its official account stating, “Today middle school teachers and admin had a great professional development guest speaker! Dr. Jeff Andrade spoke on Community Responsive Education at @asdtrexler,” the handle for Trexler Middle School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 


Lexington County School District 1

In mid-June 2018, the chief technology and innovation officer at Lexington County School District 1 posted a tweet, writing, “Children are not broken, just reflecting back the system that they’re in,” and tagging Jeff Duncan-Andrade. 


San Antonio Independent School District

In early May 2021, an official account from the Office of Organizational Learning and Support Services in the San Diego Independent School District posted a tweet saying the school district was “excited to welcome Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade to our May PD in PJs! Dr. Duncan-Andrade is an Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. Welcome, @JDuncanAndrade ! @PattiSalzmann @SAISDAcademics#racialequity #saisd.”