WERA symposium at AERA 2016-Monday, April 11, 11:45AM – 1:15 PM-Convention Center, Level One, Room 154 B

If you plan to be at AERA in Washington DC in April join us for our first WERA symposium which brings together scholarship and perspectives on educational advocacy from seven national contexts:

“International Scholarship And Perspectives On/For Educational Advocacy”

Papers include:

1) Challenging Special Education Assessment Policy In Ontario, Canada’s Public Schools

The first paper presents findings from a critical policy analysis of the ways People for Education (P4E), a CBO in Ontario, Canada, has engaged in a decades-long struggle over special education assessment policy in the province.

Sue Winton and Lauren Jervis, York University, Canada

2) The Lives and Identities of Black and South Asian Headteachers in the UK: 1968 – 2015

The second paper examines how headteachers of color in the UK construct their role as leaders and advocates and how their professional identities and practices are shaped by their life experiences and the contexts in which they lead.

Lauri Johnson, Boston College, USA

3) Changing Unions in Challenging Times: Advocacy, Democracy and Union Renewal

The third paper reports findings from an international study exploring how teachers’ unions in New Zealand and Scotland are changing as they adapt to changed circumstances and how they are finding new ways to protect teacher professionalism in difficult times.

Howard Stevenson, University of Nottingham, UK and Nina Bascia, University of Toronto, Canada

4) Everyday Activism In Extraordinary Times: School Leaders Advocating For Public Education In England

The final paper examines how school leaders in England advocate for public education in a neoliberal policy context.

Steven Courtney and Ruth McGinity, University of Manchester, UK

Discussants will provide commentary on educational advocacy from their own national context:

Camille Wilson, University of Michigan, USA

Radhika Gorur, Deakin University, Australia

John Williamson, University of Tasmania, Australia

Maija Salokangas, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland



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