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Urban Education - Bernardo Pohl

Bernardo Pohl

Associate Professor of Education

Office: C-440V

Curriculum Vitae

​Dr. Bernardo Pohl, Co-Pi, is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Houston-Downtown. He currently teaches critical issues in social studies and social studies methods. Previously, he was a special education and social studies teacher at Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Northwest Houston for 10 years. He earned his Doctorate in Education from University of Houston-Main.


Dr. Pohl began his career in education as a substitute teacher in Cypress Fairbanks ISD in 1999. He was also an inner city TAKS tutor for Houston ISD. During his graduate studies, he served as a grant assistant, archivist, and special education advisor to the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast American History Academy—a federally funded teacher professional development project from the University of Houston-Main and Region IV Educational Services. He is an active and participating member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum, the Texas Council of Social Studies, the Canadian Association of Disability Studies, and the Texas Council of Exceptional Children. Dr. Pohl currently serves as the College Representative and Past-President of Friends of Geography of Houston (FOG). He is the author of the book The Moral Debate on Special Education published by Peter Lang, which has been nominated for 2015 Outstanding Book of the Year at the American Education Research Association. 

Dr. Pohl research focuses on moral and ethical issues on social studies and special education, and his research has been presented nationally and internationally. Currently, he is a fellow researcher at the New Faculty Academy - a multi-campus university research in the Houston area, and his work focuses in the mentoring/induction experience of novice special education teachers. Preliminary findings for this project were presented at the 2015 Invisible Academy at the American Education Research Association annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, and at the 2016 Ethnographic Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years, he has implemented research-based literacy techniques into the social studies curriculum. His successful implementation of this practices has been published in the Social Studies Texan and at the annual conference of the Texas Council of Social Studies. 

B.Arch (University of Houston-Main)

M.Ed. (University of Houston-Main)

Ed.D. (University of Houston-Main)

​Social Studies Methods-EED 3311

Critical Issues in Social Studies-SOSE 3310

Cultures in Urban Schools-SOSE 3306

Graduate Level Instructional Methods-MAT 5316

Graduate Level Social Studies Methods-MAT 5319


Pohl, B. (2013). The moral debate on special education. New York, NY: Peter Lang.


Pohl, B. (2015). At the Margins of Social Justice: The Debate on Special Education and the Other Latino. In J. Martin (Ed), Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. (225-240)

Pohl, B. (2015). The Critical Debate on Special Education: At the Margin of Social Justice. In C. White (Ed), Critical Qualitative Research in Social Studies. Information Age Publishing. (113-129)


Kelly, J. and Pohl, B. (2017). Using Structured Positive and Negative Reinforcement to Change Student Behavior in Educational Settings in order to Achieve Student Academic Success. Multidisciplinary Journal for Education, Social and Technological Sciences. In Press

        Pohl, B. and Kelly, J. (2016). Examining the Mentoring and Induction Experience of                                                      Novice Special Education Teachers: Perspective from the Field. The Forum for                                                       Texas Teacher. Volume 6. (37-51)

Pohl, B. (2016). Social Education for the Disabled: Standing at the Margin of Social Justice. Journal of Social Studies and History Education. Volume 2, Issue 2. (1-21)

Pohl, B. and Beaudry, C. (2015). Critical Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom: A Case for the 21st Century. Journal of Family Strengths. Volume 15, Issue 5. (1-13)

Pohl, B. (2015). Meet Me at the Flagpole: Thoughts About Houston's Legacy of Obscurity and Silence in the Fight of Segregation and Civil Right Struggles. Journal of Social Studies and History Education. Volume 1, Issue 1. (1-19)

Pohl, B. (2008). Voices of Empowerment. The English Record. Volume 83; Issue 1. (18-22)

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