WERA focal group meeting July 1 – 3, 2020 in Santiago de Compostela

The WERA 2020 focal group meeting will be held in Northern Spain at the University of Santiago de Compostela in July, 2020.  Our WERA research network for educational advocacy will be presenting an invited symposium at the conference. If you are interested in submitting a paper to be considered for the symposium, please contact Lauri Johnson (lauri.johnson@bc.edu) by December 1, 2019.

Invited Symposium: Researching Educational Advocacy From Multiple Perspectives: Findings from the WERA International Research Network

Our WERA IRN will be presenting an invited symposium at the WERA focal group in Tokyo

Future of Democracy and Education:
Realizing Equity and Social Justice Worldwide

on Tuesday Aug 6, 2:45 PM- 4:15 PM Central Building 401  Gakushuin University

If you are attending the WERA conference, please join us.

Papers include:

#1) Families as Codesigners of Educational Justice with/in the SystemAnn Ishimaru, University of Washington, USA

#2) The Crucial but Often Overlooked Role of Students in Educational Advocacy Work

Katherine Cumings Mansfield, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA (presenter)

Anjale Welton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Mark Halx, Illinois Wesleyan University, USA

3) Private Actors and Public Goods: A Comparative Case Study of Funding and Governance in Three Global Cities

Emma Rowe, Deakin University, Australia (presenter)

Samantha Hedges, Indiana University, USA

Sue Winton, York University, Canada

Christopher Lubienski, Indiana University USA


Discussant: Lauri Johnson, Boston College and University of Nottingham

WERA Focal Group meeting in Tokyo, August 5 – 8, 2019

Please see the call for the 2019 WERA focal group meeting in Tokyo, August 5 – 8:
If there is sufficient interest we can put together a panel (or two) of papers from our WERA network on educational advocacy.  Please indicate your interest and the topic of your paper by emailing Lauri Johnson (lauri.johnson@bc.edu) by January 14th.

The theme is “Future of Democracy and Education: Realizing Equity and Social Justice Worldwide”

The University of Tokyo (August 5)
Gakushuin University (August 6-8)



Two invited symposiums at the 2018 WERA World Congress in Capetown, August 3 – 5, 2018

Our WERA network will present two invited symposiums at the WERA World Congress. If you are attending the WERA World Congress in August, join us:

1st Symposium: August 3rd 1:30 – 3:00 PM Ballroom East

Decolonizing Research on Family-School –Community-University Partnerships: Reimagining Conceptual Frameworks

This invited symposium goes beyond school centric approaches by examining how issues of class, race, ethnicity, culture, and indigeneity influence how families and communities interact with educational institutions both within and across national contexts.

1) Decolonizing Westernized Notions of Epistemology and Care to Promote Equity and Inclusion in Culturally Diverse School Communities

Camille M. WilsonUniversity of Michigan, USA, Muhammad Khalifa, University of Minnesota, and Ann M. Ishimaru, University of Washington

2) Reimagining Community-Engaged Research: From Critical Policy Analysis to Political Action

Katherine Cumings Mansfield (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) and Anjalé D. Welton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

 3) Towards Culturally Sustaining/Revitalizing Family-School-Community Partnership Policies and Practices in Indigenous Contexts Around the World

Shanee Wangia, Boston College, USA


4) Parent Advocacy and Pupil Participation in School Life: A Polish Perspective

Joanna Leek, University of Lodz, Poland


Second Invited Symposium: August 5 8:30 – 10:00 AM Ballroom West

Reimaging Leadership and Partnerships in Black and Latinx Communities: Advocating Across the Diaspora

1) “Making a Way Out of No Way”: Historical Portraits of Black Women Leaders in the UK

Lauri Johnson, Boston College (USA)/University of Nottingham (UK)

2) Valuing the Racial and Linguistic Motherwork of African American and Latinx Families in U.S. School Communities

Camille M. Wilson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA); Lucila D. Ek, University of Texas at San Antonio (USA)

3) Designing Better: A Case Study of Partnerships, Design-based Research and Cultural Historical Activity Theory for Educational Design

Renata Love Jones, Meredith Moore, and Patrick Proctor, Boston College (USA)




Join our WERA network on ed advocacy in Mexico City at CIES on March 28 and 29, 2018

On March 28th our WERA network is presenting a symposium

Educational Advocacy in a Globalized World: Cross National Perspectives from the WERA International Research Network

from 3 – 4:30 PM at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Don Diego 1, Section D, at the Hilton Reforma, Mexico City.

In addition, we will be participating in a book launch on March 29th from 3 – 4:30 PM at Don Alberto, Hilton Reforma for our new edited volume

Engaging Families, Educators and Communities as Educational Advocates (Winton & Johnson, 2018, Routledge).

If you plan to be at CIES in Mexico City in March, join us!


Symposium Proposal for CIES (Comparative and International Education Society), Mexico City, March 25 -29, 2018

We will be putting together a symposium proposal on educational advocacy for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference in Mexico City in March. The conference theme is “Remapping Global Education: North-South Dialogue” and proposals are due October 11th.  If you are interested in presenting a paper as part of this symposium,  please contact Lauri Johnson (lauri.johnson@bc.edu).

Community Advocacy in/for Education, CSSE Preconference May 27, 2017 OISE, Room 5-230, Toronto

Join us from 9 – 4:30 for a working conference on ed advocacy. Speakers include:

Wake Up York Region!: Profiling the Voices of Youth Pushed Out of the Education System Herleen Singh, Laidlaw Foundation Fellow

Listening to Indigenous Children in Care with Multiple School Changes: Lessons for Educators Landy Ing-Anderson, York University

Measuring What Matters: Broadening How We Define Success for Students in Schools Dave Cameron, People for Education

How Does Context Impact Policy Advocacy in/for Education? Sue Winton, York University

Interrupting Systemic Classism in Education,  Yvonne Kelly, Community Resource Facilitator, York Region District School Board

Advocacy from the Inside Out: Employing School Board Data to Advance System Change Gillian Parekh, Toronto District School Board

Advocacy for Social Justice in Schools in Spain, Charles L. Slater, California State University Long Beach

Recognizing Colonial Complicity & Reclaiming the Treaty Partner Identity in Canadian Classrooms, Janet Csontos, York University

School Principal’s Leadership in Francophone Minority and Ethnocultural, Linguistic and Religious Diversity Settings, J.-S. Landry, & A. Gélinas-Proulx, Université du Québec en Outaouais

Welcoming Communities to Support Our Children, Cathy Hands & Karen Julien, Brock University

Teachers’ Perspectives on the Impact of Contemporary Policy on Professional Autonomy, Paul Bocking, York University

Re-forming School Technology: Thinking about Advocacy as Assemblage Work, Terry Wilkinson, York University

Educational Advocacy: Working on School-Community Connections, Patricia Briscoe, Niagara University

Furthering Community-Based, Educational Activism amid U.S. Government Repression, Camille M. Wilson, Naomi Mae, & Carolyn Hetrick, University of Michigan

Responsibility, Fantasy, Conflict: Researching the Emotional Significance of Parents’ Educational Policy Advocacy, Lauren Jervis, York University

Parent Advocacy and Empowerment in a Globalized World,  Lauri Johnson, Boston College