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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.

Peggy Albers, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Bess Altwerger, Towson University
JuliAnna Ávila, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Nancy Carlson Paige, Lesley University, Emeritus
Caryl Crowell, Borton Primary Magnet School, Tucson, AZ
Susan Dufrane,
Barbara Flores, California State University, San Bernardino
Andrea Garcia, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Oscar Hernandez,
Sherick Hughes, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Denisha Jones, Howard University, Washington, DC
Stephen Krashen, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Cynthia Lewis,
Donaldo Macedo, University of Massachusetts, Boston
John Marsh,
Cindy Martin,
Rick Meyer, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Elizabeth Moje, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Emeritus
Jessica Pandya, CSU Long Beach College
Becca Ritchie,
Peggy Robertson,
Armondo Rodriguez
Mariana Souto-Manning, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY

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