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Equity in Education (MERN, Jan 21, 2011)


Presentation at MERN conference held at the University of Manitoba. January 21, 2011. Details a vision and plan to bring a focus on social justice to a Faculty of Education.

Presentation at MERN conference held at the University of Manitoba. January 21, 2011. Details a vision and plan to bring a focus on social justice to a Faculty of Education.

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  • 1. "Understanding diversity includes knowing how diminished we all are when voices go unheard"
    (Preskill & Brookfield, 2009, p. 11)
  • 2. Creating a Culture of Critique, Justice & Care: Vision and Action in Teacher Education
    Mike Nantais and Lark Gamey
    Faculty of Education
    Brandon University
  • 3. Social Justice ???
  • 4.
  • 5. Our Vision
  • 6. Results we hope for!
    Faculty Dialogue
    Meaningful, ongoing, dialogue
    Climate of critical consciousness
    Climate of self reflection
    Focus beyond “technical” aspects
    Teachers as “Change agents”
    Balanced demographics
  • 7. Existing Conditions in Schools & Society
  • 8. Critique
  • 9. Action Plan
    “I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful”
    Albert Einstein
  • 10. Strategies
    Share advocacy presentation
    Invite folks to Blog
    Hold focus group sessions
    Provide reading
    Establish a faculty SJ Committee
    Coordinate Speakers/symposium
  • 11. Multi-mediaPresentation
    To create reflection & awareness.
    Invitation to join in the conversation.
  • 12. Blog
  • 13. Challenges
    My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.
    Muhammad Yunus
  • 14. Commitment
    Vision without action is a daydream.
    Action without vision is a nightmare.
    Japanese proverb
  • 15. Our Progress
  • 16. Questions,Discussion, Comments
  • 17. Thank Youfor attending!Please join the conversation on our blog!
  • 18. Image Credits
    Banner images adapted from an original image by David Niblack (CC license @ ImageBase.com)
    Eye sculpture: dbking, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bootbearwdc/14411534/sizes/l/
    Splat eyes: http://lh3.ggpht.com/_S1Gu2hX9S6c/SnDhOpQQ51I/AAAAAAAAL1A/CARyiLXNDts/Windows%207.jpg
    Education building, Einstein figure, Mt. Rundle, clouds: taken by Mike Nantais
    Painted stones: honokana.balansu, http://www.flickr.com/photos/wendybush/2660486248/
    Think: Davide Vestivo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/somemixedstuff/2403249501/sizes/l/
    i love to Share: http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativecommons/2294317199/sizes/o/
  • 19. References
    • Einstein quote: http://www.sfu.ca/cfrj/quotes.html
    • 20. Japanese proverb: http://quotations.about.com/cs/inspirationquotes/a/Vision1.htm
    • 21. Preskill, S., & Brookfield, S. D. (2009). Learning as a way of leading: lessons from the struggle for social justice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    • 22. Starratt, R. J. (2009). Building an ethical school system: Ethical challenges for superintendents. M.A.S.S. Journal,10(2), 12-15.
    • 23. Yunusquote: http://4.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/muhammadyu228663.html
    Other references we have used can be found in our paper, which we hope will be published in an upcoming MERN Journal. Our reference list is also available on request.