School of Education ‘Transformative Learning’ Conference June 11-12 Honors Centennial Educator SL Eschen

| June 4, 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, Ohio State University’s Elaine Richardson and the University of San Francisco’s Kevin Kumashiro. A full schedule of events is available online [PDF].

Centennial Educator
Carole Eschen SL

Carole Eschen SL

Webster alumna Carole Eschen, SL ’65 will be honored as a centennial educator during the conference, following the opening welcome on June 12 by School of Education dean Brenda Fyfe and the conference keynote presentation. Eschen has served as a teacher for more than 50 years, most recently at Kansas City Academy of Learning, where since 1986 she has taught middle school mathematics and science and high school biology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, with minors in theology and science, in 1965 from then-Webster College and a master’s in biology in 1975 from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota. Her teaching career began at St. Mary’s Academy High School, Englewood, Colorado. Carole also has taught at Loretto Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, and Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, Kansas.

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.

“Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy”

Additionally, on June 10, the School of Education will present “An Evening with Dr. Kevin Kumashiro: A Presentation and Discussion of Four Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy”  in the Emerson Library Conference Room from 7-9 p.m.

About the Keynote Speakers

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 the dean of the School of Education at University of San Francisco. He is a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments nationally and internationally as a scholar, educator, leader and advocate. Kumashiro has taught in schools and colleges across the United States and abroad, and has served as a consultant for school districts, organizations, and state and federal agencies. He has published influential works in educational reform, anti-oppressive education and teaching for social justice. Kumashiro is an award-winning author and editor of ten books, including Troubling Education (recipient of the 2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award), Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice, and Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture. Kumashiro is the president of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education, and founding member of the Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE).


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