PROGRAMME. Advocacy and the activist professional: Public education in tough times

Venue and date: Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), 35 Parnell Sq, Dublin 1. Monday August 22, 2016.

The event is organised by WERA Researching families, educators and communities as educational advocates: cross national perspectives research network. For further details about the network visit

This event is FREE. We are very grateful to INTO for hosting and supporting this event.

There is still time to register. REGISTER HERE.


9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee/tea.

10.00-11.00 Opening presentation and discussion.

Howard Stevenson (University of Nottingham) Why, if it’s kicking off everywhere, is it not kicking off where I am? Making sense of ‘resistance’ in the neoliberal school system.

This will be a presentation, followed by questions and structured small group discussion.


Sue Winton (York University, Toronto) Equity Is not enough: Seeking persuasive arguments for policy change


Short comfort break


Lauri Johnson (Boston College, MA) Rethinking “advocacy” and “activism” in parent empowerment: What do we mean across national contexts?




Nina Bascia (OISE, Toronto) Teacher unionism in Scotland: union renewal as co-construction

Alison Gilliland (Irish National Teachers’ Organisation) Getting actively involved in a trade union: the experiences of young teacher activists.


Patricia Silva (University of Llerida), Serafin Antunez (University of Barcelona) and Charles Slater (California State University Long Beach) Social Justice and Migrant Families in Spain.

Plenary – panel and discussion.

An opportunity to reflect on the day, further discuss the issues arising and think through the implications for the Network’s research agenda.

Abstracts can be accessed here.


Close, followed by . . .

Following the formal events we will retire to the Teachers’ Club for much more informal discussion of the day’s proceedings. The Teachers’ Club is located in the same building as the seminar. Everyone attending the seminar is welcome.

The Network will then be having an early evening meal in Dublin centre. Again, all are welcome, but please email in advance so we can make a reservation. Restaurant details will be provided on the day.


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