The First Annual
Vermont Progressive Educators and Activists Summit
in recognition of Vermont native, John
Dewey’s birthday and the efforts of educators and learners across the state
to enliven the democracy through education and learning.
Friday, October 19, 2001
Lafayette Building, University of Vermont
Keynote Speaker 6:30 Lafayette Room 207
Toward Education for Equality and Social Justice”
Saturday, October 20, 2001
Vermont Technical College
Join 80 to 120 Vermont educators, policy makers, parents, students and activists and invited out-of-state guests for one and a half days of dialogue and creative expression around renewing the democratic aims of education.
Registration requested. Click here to register.
Toward Education for Equality and Social Justice"
William "Bill" Watkins was born in Harlem,
New York and reared in South-central Los Angeles. Bill has been a factory
worker, high school teacher and currently serves as Associate Professor
of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Holding degrees
in Political Science , Education and Public Policy Analysis, Bill has committed
his life to the study and practice of social change. Bill is the author
of over 30 articles, co-editor of the book Race and Education (2001)
and author of The White Architects of Black Education (2001).
“Education is what happens to the other person, not what comes out of the mouth of the educator. You have to posit trust in the learner… If you believe in democracy, which I do, you have to believe that people have the capacity within themselves to develop the ability to govern themselves. You’ve got to believe in that potential, and to work as if it were true in the situation.” Miles Horton, Founder Highlander Folk School
Following in the tradition of the Highlander
Folk School, a “learning circle” format will be utilized throughout this
summit. Learning circles draw upon the indigenous expertise, stories
and interests of the group to set the tone and guide the directions of
the conversation. Trained facilitators will guide these learning
circles, focusing the conversations on such guiding questions as:
Friday, October 19
Lafayette Building, University of Vermont,
2:30 - 4:30 pmLafayette Rooms 102, 111, and 300.
Workshops highlighting current projects
in Vermont that are addressing issues of social justice:
6:30 pm Lafayette Room 207
Saturday, October 20
Vermont Technical College
9 am Morning Town Meeting
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Learning Circle—Session One
12:30 pm Networking Lunch—Meet with people
from your geographic region; exchange phone numbers, brainstorm ways of
1:30 pm Learning Circle—Session Two
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Closing Town Meeting
5:00 pm Adjourn