Equity in Education (MERN, Jan 21, 2011)


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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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Equity in Education (MERN, Jan 21, 2011)

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