Sixth Annual Summer Institute for Educational Justice
Educational and social justice and multiculturalism will be the focus of the Sixth Annual Summer Institute for Educational Justice at 8 a.m., July 13 at the Orton Center, University of Redlands. Registration is $80 per person or $65 for people from districts or organizations with five or more attendees and is open to the public.
• Keynote presentation: Donald Macedo, a full professor of English and a distinguished professor of liberal arts and education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will discuss current research and events in the fields of educational and social justice, and multiculturalism.
He is the graduate program director of the applied linguistics masters of arts program, and published extensively in areas including linguistics, critical literacy and bilingual and multicultural education. He has co-authored publications with a number of forerunners in critical theory, including Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux and Noam Chomsky.
• Breakout sessions: Topics to include poverty’s influence on academic achievement, ways to engage at-risk learners, and the power of students and families’ stories to bring about change.
The annual event also is a kick-off for a new cohort of doctoral students at the university. Ed.D. students spend four days participating in discussions, considering the latest education research, hearing from regional and national educational leaders and taking classes as part of the institute.
The university’s Doctorate for Leadership in Educational Justice is a nationally unique program with a focus on educational and social justice.
Students study and explore ways to help create more equitable classrooms and school settings, where all students, regardless of their backgrounds, have access to a quality education.
The university launched the program, which is the university’s only doctorate program, in 2006. Its one-of-a-kind emphasis on educational justice sets it apart from other educational leadership doctorates in Southern California and beyond.
The doctorate is structured to accommodate the lives of working educators and has drawn students from a variety of backgrounds, including teaching, counseling, administration, higher education and the non-profit sector.