10:30 AM10:30

Getting Down to Business: How Neoliberalism is Eroding the Democratic Mission of K-12 Public Education

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This presentation is part of the Friday Forum, an on-going series about education offered to the Michigan State University community.

With the goal of preparing educated and engaged citizens, public schooling has long been a cornerstone of a democratic society. But the creeping influence of neoliberalism has recast students as workers and consumers, narrowing the focus to economic competitiveness. At the same time, levels of segregation and inequity rival those before the Brown vs. Board decision declared segregation “inherently unequal.”

This talk will examine how neoliberal ideology affects K-12 policy and classroom practice, and the implications for educational equity. The talk will look at current and past policies, the lead-up to test-based accountability, the clout of corporate interests, and the hidden ways inequities are replicated in classrooms.

To counter these trends, the speaker will present ways to reclaim the public mission of schooling, with an emphasis on classroom practice.

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2:00 PM14:00

Celebrating Diversity is not Enough: Teaching Social Justice (free webinar)

Social justice and equity are a prominent dimensions of sustainability that can be overlooked or under-taught across the curriculum. Well-meaning instructors may focus on “celebrating diversity” or exceptional individuals rather than a critical examination of social structures. This webinar will show ways to move towards a social justice perspective in teaching. Topics will include critical inquiry, culturally responsive teaching, and ways to introduce institutional discrimination and social change. Participants will receive sample rubrics to assess and strengthen their courses.

Learn more and register.

This webinar is presented with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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3:00 PM15:00

Free webinar: "Understanding Sustainability Through Transdisciplinary Narratives"

The concepts of “more” and “better” drive social narratives about they kind of world we’re creating: a future of more stuff and strife, or one based on a better life. This webinar will explain sustainability in terms of these narratives and show how to use them as a framework for teaching sustainability and social justice across any discipline. Participants will receive resources describing activities and strategies to leverage the More and Better narratives as teaching tools. Learn more and register.

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to May 24

Challenging Neoclassical Narratives through Education and Communication about Ecological Economics

Special workshop: The Canadian Society for Ecological Economics Conference

In this hands-on session, I’ll lead participants in comparing the philosophical underpinnings of neoclassical economics (i.e., the “get more” narrative); and ecological economics (the “get better” counter-narrative). Participants will dig into the beliefs and learn how to use the ‘stories’ as a relatable framework for teaching socio-ecological problems, including conceptions of “progress,” human-environmental relationships, and socio/cultural power relations. Details forthcoming. Learn about the conference here.

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12:30 PM12:30

Online Course: Introduction to Social Justice

Introduction to Social Justice is a new online new course that provides an overview of key social justice principles and guides educators to reframe curriculum with this lens. The 9-hour, self-paced course is co-developed by Kappa Delta Pi, an international education organization. The course includes The interactive course includes activities, videos, journaling, online conversations,  content from my book, Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability (Routledge, 2018). Enrollment is ongoing. Learn more and register.

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4:30 PM16:30

Panel: Equity as a Critical Component in Sustainability

In this panel, featured at the Green Schools National Conference, I will focus on the often-neglected equity dimension of sustainability by clarifying its meaning, examining its connections to other dimensions of sustainability, and highlighting the work of districts that are implementing equity initiatives to improve access and opportunity for all students.

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6:00 PM18:00

Webinar: Introduction to Sustainability

“Sustainability” is a frequently used but commonly misunderstood term. While it’s typically associated with environmental concerns (such as recycling), sustainability is actually a broader issue rooted in concepts such as democracy, community, and equity.

In this webinar, presented in partnership with Kappa Delta Pi (my book’s co-publisher), I will provide an overview of sustainability that goes beyond environmental issues, emphasizing clear ways to communicate about the concept to a range of audiences.

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