Wednesday Lunch Hour - Teachers as Political Actors

Public discourse about K-12 education is saturated with political controversy, with issues ranging from the intensification of high-stakes testing and use of standardized test data to evaluate teachers to the propensity of policy makers to inequitably fund high-needs schools, and then castigate teachers and administrators in those schools for low performance. Yet classroom teachers – particularly early-career teachers – sometimes resist or struggle with the suggestion that they are political actors. This conversation will feature a brief presentation on current research that demonstrates the political roles of classroom teachers, followed by an interactive discussion about the responsibilities of teacher educators to prepare K-12 teachers to act politically in their schools and within the broader institution of public education.

The conversation will be facilitated by Kevin Meuwissen, assistant professor and director of the social studies teacher preparation program.  As background for the session, guests are invited to read Prof. Meuwissen's recent blog post on the subject.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Genrich-Rusling Room (Level 2), LeChase Hall

Light lunch served. No reservation necessary.




Tags: Kevin Meuwissen, social studies, teacher preparation, teaching and curriculum, Wednesday Lunch Hour



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