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2016 WLU Summer Institute

Preconference Workshop - Previous Revision

CELTCELT / WLU Cosponsored Preconference Workshops
Continuing the tradition of political activism and advocacy

Thursday, July 17:  11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sustaining Communities of Conscience: Political Realities of Teaching and Learning Together
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$65.00 (lunch included)

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore avenues for creating communities of professional conscience in the context of their local schools. Communities of Professional Conscience endorse the principles outlined in Goodman’s Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers. Within the current corporate reform context, communities may choose to focus on such issues as alternative literacy assessment, creating responsive inquiry-based curriculum, honoring the languages and cultures of students, and resisting standards-based teacher evaluation.

A panel of education activists and theorists will dialogue with participants regarding the principles included in the Declaration and help to brainstorm a range of realistic and effective strategies and actions that can be implemented by families, teachers and students as they move toward becoming a Community of Conscience. The intent of the planners is to sustain the momentum of the workshop by establishing on-going communication across community sites throughout the following school year via e-conferencing and social media. Participants will be encouraged to bring other members of their school community to the workshop and/or involve them in follow-up on-line meetings to facilitate site-based planning.

The goals of our Preconference Workshop include:

  • Intensely studying Goodman’s Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers and expand our understanding into communities of professional conscience that will include teachers, families, students, and supporters of public education;
  • Initiating the construction of multiple communities of conscience throughout the world;
  • Developing sustained support structures that maintain commitments, connectedness, and participation within and across communities of conscience;
  • Planning strategies that will help local communities of conscience expand their membership;
  • Planning strategies that will help local communities of conscience initiate and sustain actions of professional conscience.

Bess Altwerger, Towson University
Rick Meyer, University of New Mexico

Sonia Nieto, Nancy Carlson Paige, Barbara Flores, Sherick Huges, Cynthia Lewis, John Marsh, Elizabeth Moje, Peggy Albers, Peggy Robertson, Denisha Jones, Donaldo Macedo, Krashen, Becca Ritchie, Susan Dufrane, Caryl Crowell, Andrea Garcia, Jessica Pandya, JuliAnna Ávila, Cindy Martin, Mariana Souto Manning, Oscar Hernandez, Armondo Rodriguez.

Bess AltwergerBess Altwerger is a founding member of Save Our Schools, a current Steering Committee member, and a key organizer of the summer 2011 SOS rally, march and conference in Washington, DC. As a former elementary teacher, longtime teacher educator/researcher, and lifelong education activist, Bess has devoted her life’s work to exposing and opposing the inequities and injustices of U.S. public education. Her books include Reading for Profit: How the Bottom Line Leaves Kids Behind, which exposes the corporate agenda behind federal literacy policies and the negative impact of mandated commercial reading programs on the literacy development of young children in urban schools.

Rick MeyerRick Meyer is a professor at the University of New Mexico where he teaches courses in reading process, family literacy research, and writing. He taught young children for almost twenty years before earning his doctorate at the University of Arizona. Rick is committed to progressive literacy practices and works to help children, teachers, and families understand the importance of identity, relationships, power, and agency in every literacy activity in which they engage. He is the past president of the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT) and past president of the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU).


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