CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference on Equity and Social Justice
2013 Conference Theme
Testing Our Limits: Teaching and Learning
with Courage and Conviction
March 2, 2013 at State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
Conference Theme Description
Testing Our Limits: Teaching and Learning with Courage and Conviction The stakes could not be higher. Educators today – as well as their students – are working in a world that is being overrun by standardized accountability initiatives that threaten to diminish learning endeavors aimed toward social justice. As K-12 schools and institutions of higher education are increasingly influenced by the implementation of data-driven, privatized and corporate reforms, educators and educational leaders at all levels must strive to ensure that learning and teaching are not reduced to ranked results that are frequently tied to economic outcomes. Authentic teaching and learning cannot be easily quantified: it intends to provide opportunities for
empowerment, agency, and self-actualization. Education in a democratic society is meant to foster the development of active citizens who think critically and act equitably, and educators are charged to keep that promise alive.
Proposals might address topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
• What kinds of data are meaningful in the quest for social justice through education?
• How is standardization affecting pre-service and practicing teachers? Students? Administrators?
• How might the experiences of students, teachers, and administrators in alternative settings inform traditional classrooms?
• How are efforts to achieve social justice and equity affected by the current reforms?
• How can educators use data to resist the negative effects of standardization?
• What is measured by standardized assessments? How can classroom assessments amplify and/or negate the results of standardized assessments?
• Teaching and Learning for Equity and Social Justice
• Critical Race Studies
• Critical Youth Studies
• Urban Education & Community Partnerships
• Genocide and Human Rights
• Educational Reform in the 21st Century