CELT / WLU Cosponsored Preconference Workshops
Continuing the tradition of political activism and advocacy
Sustaining Communities of Conscience: Political Realities of Teaching and Learning Together
$65.00 (lunch included)
The preconference 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, dealing with high stakes tests, 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 we move toward becoming Communities of Conscience around the country and possibly the world. The intent of the planners is to sustain the momentum of the workshop by establishing on-going communication across community sites throughout the 2014-15 school year via e-conferencing and social media. Participants are encouraged to bring other members of their school community to the workshop and/or involve them in follow-up online and face-to-face meetings in order to remain energized and active as we struggle to regain the democratic control of our schools in a progressive literacy tradition.
Bess Altwerger, Towson University
Rick Meyer, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Other speakers will be announced soon