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Wednesday, April 8 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday - Workshop on Urban Education Policy Advocacy (Application required for participation)

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Interested? Please Apply for the Workshop
There is no fee for this workshop. We do however require that each participant complete a brief application form. This form will allow us to plan for the size of the group and determine our space needs. Please fill out this brief interest form so that you can be added to our contact list. The application deadline is February 23, 2015.

Questions? Please contact Barbara Ferman (bferman@temple.edu)

Summary

There is an emerging consensus among policy scholars, advocates, and policy makers, that education has become the civil rights issue for the 21st Century. Competing views of “rights” have created a divided landscape of policy reform. Growing inequities in funding across school districts, increases in the opportunity gap across racial lines, contested definitions of what constitutes “quality education,” and fervent debates over the “corporatization” of public education have inspired significant advocacy efforts in many larger urban areas. Paralleling these progressive efforts, but rarely intersecting them, are scholarly investigations of a myriad of issues in education. This workshop represents an attempt to bridge that chasm. It poses the overall question of how we, as researchers, can contribute work that supports a larger agenda of educational equity. Specifically, we are seeking researchers whose work addresses the following areas:


  • school financing (how money is spent on various educational agendas such as vouchers, test preparation business; standardized test administration; state take-over administration and the like);

  • composition of the teaching body (what does it look like and how can we diversify it to reflect the student population in public schools, changes in the preparation/experience base of the teaching labor force);

  • standardized testing (its impact on teaching and learning; pedagogy and issues surrounding the common core);

  • education policy and urban inequality

  • market-based reforms (e.g., vouchers, charter schools, teacher accountability policies)


Through this workshop we hope to bring together scholar activists who are conducting or want to conduct research in one of the areas listed above and related areas. Participants will briefly discuss their research, identify others who are conducting similar research with whom we can network, explore ways to support and collaborate with activists and identify venues for disseminating the work in ways that reach audiences beyond the academy. In addition, the workshop discussants will describe strategies for navigating the academic tenure/promotion system while engaging in policy advocacy and direct engagement outside of the academy.

Presenters
avatar for William (Fred) Ellis

William (Fred) Ellis

Holy Names University
Dr. Ellis was born the second son to a family enmeshed in the U.S. share-cropping system in an agricultural region of Georgia. He graduated from one of the most prestigious of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Morehouse College, and participated in the Southern Civil Rights Movement. He became an educator and taught in the San Francisco School District. He organized one of the most successful programs in the U.S. to diversify the... Read More →
avatar for Kitty Kelly Epstein

Kitty Kelly Epstein

Professor, Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University
In 2013 Kitty Kelly Epstein was honored with the Activist Scholar Award at the national conference of the Urban Affairs Association.  This was based on her work in Oakland, California where she led an innovation in democracy that consisted of 41 groups comprised of 800 people whose recommendations helped to change public policy on land use; the hiring of local residents on city-funded construction projects; the diversification of the teaching... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Ferman

Barbara Ferman

Professor, Temple University
Born and raised in Brooklyn (which is still the 4th largest city!), I had an early education about urban areas that was shaped by some very practical activities – turning empty lots into playgrounds, keeping the hand ball court for hours, dodging traffic, and learning the subway lines. Over the years, this practical education morphed into a concern with issues of housing and community development, neighborhood politics and community... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Mayfield Lynch

Kimberly Mayfield Lynch

Holy Names University
Kimberly Mayfield is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Holy Names University. She received her doctorate in Learning and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. Her research interests and activism include creating a permanent diverse teaching force, and the disproportionate over-representation of African American males in special education. From 2006-2011, Dr. Mayfield served as a co-convener of the... Read More →
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Julia Sass Rubin

Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Julia Sass Rubin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and an Associate Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She also is one of the founding members of Save Our Schools NJ, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of more than 29,000 parents and other concerned residents who believe that all New Jersey children should have access... Read More →


Wednesday April 8, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Raphael/Michelangelo (2nd floor)