American public schools have entered a new demographic era. Today more than half of all children enrolled in K-12 public schools are students of color. Schools, both urban and suburban, are becoming increasingly diverse. But diversity alone does not lead to integration.
To create truly integrated schools, educators need to embrace new and innovative ways to engage students and prepare them for a global society. We need to reimagine teaching and learning.
Designed for educators, policy makers, parents, and all stakeholders in K-12 schools, the Reimagining Education Summer Institute will explore the opportunities and challenges of creating and sustaining racially, ethnically and socio-economically integrated schools. The institute will feature presentations and panels, interactive workshops, and deep dialogue sessions led by curriculum and pedagogy experts from Teachers College and around the nation.
In a supportive environment of the Institute, you will connect with people from across the country and the world who are committed to integrated schools and classrooms. And you can come away with strategies and resources for implementation in your local schools and context.
2017 Video Highlights
Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas-Austin, will present the Gordon Lecture: "Liberating Ways of Knowing: The Struggle for Ethnic Studies and the Educators We Need." Dr. Valenzuela is a leader of grassroots efforts to develop ethnic studies curriculum, provide professional development and inspire young people to teach.
Dr. Valenzuela has written and edited several books, including Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth (2016), Subtractive Schooling: U.S. - Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring (2010), and Leaving Children Behind: How "Texas-style" Accountability Fails Latino Youth (2004).
Scholars have called her work "thoughtful and thorough" (Harvard Educational Review) and "powerfully documented work of scholarship, but wonderfully accessible" (Jonathan Kozol). And students and teachers have said that Dr. Valenzuela's research is "interesting and insightful," "compelling," and "powerful."
For more on Dr. Valenzuela's work, visit her website: http://www.angelavalenzuela.com/
Would recommend the Institute to a friend or colleague
Were impressed with the invited speakers
Were impressed with the quantity and variety of workshops
Would return to the Institute in 2018.
The plenary sessions from every day - they were all OUTSTANDING…all the speakers were inspirational!
The collective experiences of all the sessions has impacted me in ways that I am continuing to process and share with others.
It felt like an environment built on the promise of abolition, imagination, and education.
The themes spoke to the work I'm doing in my school and that we need in our district.
There were honestly too many to name. The trajectory of the entire four days was the star.
A chance to reflect individually AND collaborate with other educators.
The range of research and practice presented.
Practicable, implementable strategies.
To see and hear student’s voice
recognized in these issues that affect them.