School of Education ‘Transformative Learning’ Conference June 11-12

| March 26, 2015

As part of Webster University’s Centennial celebration, the School of Education will host the conference, “Educators as Agents of Change Through Transformative Learning and Leadership,” June 11-12 in the East Academic Building’s Edward Jones Commons.

The conference will feature panel discussions on urban school change and transformative learning. Conference activities will also include two distinguished keynote speakers, Elaine Richardson and Kevin Kumashiro. A full schedule of events is available online [PDF].

This event is sponsored by the School of Education and the Beatrice and David Kornblum Institute for Teaching Excellence. The conference co-chairs include School of Education dean Brenda Fyfe and professors Mary Bevel, Yin Lam Lee-Johnson and Virginia Altrogge.

Click here to register for the conference.

Open Call for Proposals

Academics, teachers, graduate students, researchers, administrators, counselors, librarians, parents and all who engage any aspect of education are invited to submit proposals for this first annual conference.

About the Keynote Speakers

Richardson and Kumashiro

Richardson and Kumashiro

Elaine Richardson is a professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology of the Ohio State University. Her research interests include hip-hop literacies, Afro diasporic studies, sociolinguistics and critical discourse analysis. Richardson’s expertise is in using hip-hop literacies and her personal life stories to relate to minority young adults and to inspire them to take agency and change their lives. She has received numerous awards such as the Edward Fry Book Award, Fulbright Scholar Award and the Outstanding Book Award. Her book PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D: How Education Saved My Life, is a testimonial to how education offered her the agency to change from an addicted prostitute to an education researcher and scholar. Her other published books include Hip Hop Literacies, African American Literacies, Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology (co-editor), African American Rhetoric(s): Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-editor) and Understanding African American Rhetoric: Classic Origins to Contemporary Innovations (co-editor).

Kevin Kumashiro is a Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. He has published influential works in educational reform, anti-oppressive and teaching for social justice. His book, Trouble Education, earned him the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award in 2003. His other published books include: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture, Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right Has Framed the Debate on America’s Schools, Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education and Troubling Intersections of Rance and Sexuality. Kumashiro is the president of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education and a founding member of the Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE).

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