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John Dewey Project on Progressive Education
presents a Summit of Progressive Educators and Activists
Renewing the Democratic Aims of Education

Workshops 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2001
Lafayette Building, University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Teachers Unions and Social Change
Workshop Leader: Ellen David Friedman

At moments in history -- both in the U.S. and around the world -- the collective power of teachers has operated as a singularly effective engine for social progress. Sitting, as teachers do, in the crossfire of many public debates -- between parents and children, between taxpayers and school boards, between progressive reformers and conservative ideologues -- they have a unique ability to shape social change. We will consider a range of social issues -- racism, immigration, health care, diversity, livable wage, privatization and more -- through the prism of teacher unionism to learn how best to support the potential  that exists for positive social transformation.

Democratic Education and the Testing Culture
Workshop Leader: Susan Ohanian
The workshop takes a critical look at a variety of standardized reading tests and asks participants to consider why the imposition of a national test should be of concern to people thinking about democracy and education. The workshop is hands-on, with participants discussing actual tests.
The Who, What and Why of Media literacy
Workshop leaders: Suzanne DeBrosse, Stephanie Flores, Eve Pranis

This workshop seeks to inform participants of the field of media literacy and its potential uses in classrooms and elsewhere.  Media literacy is defined as “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and communicate media in a variety of forms.”  The implications of this knowledge base enable citizens of all ages to begin to read media, from advertisements to news to sitcoms, in self-empowering ways to potentially contrast the dominant ideologies media often put forth.  Beyond a general introduction to the various aspects of media literacy, workshop participants will also learn about a media literacy project in a Vermont middle school, where students examined media representations of the Abenaki indians.

Youth Engaging Society Y.E.S.!!: Women’s Prison Project
Workshop leaders: Women who are or have been in the Dale Facility in Waterbury, Mike Bellizzi, Head of Dale Security, Twinfield high school students, Jean Lathrop and Carolyn Shapiro.

A short drama with music that reenacts some of the exchanges high school classes and the Dale women inmates have been having this past year and a half followed by discussion about the YES project. (This description is not final)

Queer Youth in Vermont Schools
Workshop leader: B.J. Rogers
Students today face specific and particular challenges that are not only substantial in nature but also potentially unique to their generation. Among the "general population" of our student body there exists and often is unrecognized, unsupported, and silent group: queer youth. We'll look at the challenges, and resulting struggles, facing this particularly vulnerable and high risk population as well as what we can do as educators to encourage higher resiliency. The workshop will be interactive and will encourage participants to examine and acknowledge their own privilege and power. Open and questioning minds required.
Cross Cultural Communication for Global Citizenship
Workshop leader: Gustavo Teran

This workshop will explore the teaching of civic virtues for global citizenship by engaging participants in discussions of key questions. What is the meaning of democracy and citizenship in the context of globalization? What do we mean by global citizenship and what are citizen’s responsibilities to others and to the environment beyond national boundaries? What competencies must we all develop to effectively manage relations across cultural differences? A useful background article for our discussion can be found in Progressive Perspectives, Vol. 1, No.2 (Spring 1999), “Education for Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility”, by Julie Andrzejewski and John Alessio. Also in this issue you will find Gustavo Teran’s response to the article.

The workshops will be followed by the
Keynote Speaker at 6:30 pm in Lafayette 207

William Watkins

“Reconstructing Society:
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).

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