Summer Institute on Educational Justice

Speaker from previous event

Dr. David Berliner speaks during the 2012 Summer Institute on Educational Justice.

Now in its ninth year, the Summer Institute on Educational Justice is sure to inspire and motivate the educators attending.

The July 9 event, sponsored by the School of Education’s Center for Educational Justice (CEJ), will feature a keynote address by internationally known speaker and author Dr. Marilyn Cochran-Smith on “Preparing Educators: Learning to Teach for Social Justice.” The audience will also hear a panel conversation of superintendents on issues related to diversity and access in the era of common core, take part in workshops led by scholars and practitioners, and attend a poster session highlighting current research dissertations by new doctoral graduates.

“The Center addresses the what, why, and how questions about educational justice,” Dr. Jose Lalas, director of the CEJ, said. “For this purpose, the Center holds a summer institute where we invite expert theorists and researchers on a variety of issues that could inform us and could inform educators, teachers, administrators, counselors, and the broader school community about their work and how their work enriches our view of educational and social justice.”

The CEJ evolved from a series of workshops initiated by Lalas. The first summer institute was held in 2005, before the School of Education had its first cohort of doctoral students, with Dr. James Banks providing the keynote address. During the 2005-2006 school year, it was decided that doctoral students would spend a week in the summer attending intensive sessions with expert speakers. 

“The faculty and the Dean agreed to have Tuesday as one of the days during the week to invite a nationally and/or internationally known speaker who can address the issue of leadership for social justice,” Lalas said. “In 2008, with Dr. James Banks coming back as the keynote speaker, this Tuesday Summer Institute became a one-day conference with keynote presentation, featured plenary session, and concurrent workshops. The format of a one-day summer institute or conference continues today.”

The institute is open to those in the world of education, as well as members of community groups, students and individuals interested in learning more about social justice.

“I like to view our Center for Educational Justice as the cultural arm of the School of Education and the University of Redlands, whose job is to articulate what educational justice/social justice is, why it is a significant mission and vision of the SOE to nurture socially and educationally just learning and teaching environments, and how adherence to educational justice must guide our delivery of curriculum and instruction to our students,” Lalas said.

Posted: June 28, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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