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 (


See you tomorrow in Toronto!

If you are Toronto for CSSE, join us tomorrow for the WERA IRN on Ed Advocacy Preconference, Community Advocacy in/for Education, May 27, 2017, 9:00 – 4:30 PM, OISE, Room 5-230


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


Network Meetup at AERA on Friday April 28th, 4 PM, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 212B

For those of you who will be at AERA next week in San Antonio, we are having an informal network meeting on Friday 28 April at 4pm in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 212B. Please join us to connect and share your latest research on ed advocacy.

Hope to see you there!!

Lauri and Sue


WERA focal group meeting at the Education University of Hong Kong, November 30 – December 2, 2017

  • There will be a WERA focal group meeting at the University of Hong Kong on November 30 – December 2, 2017. If you are interested in presenting a paper, we will be organizing at least one symposium from our WERA research network on educational advocacy, maybe more depending on interest. Contact Lauri Johnson ( ASAP if you are interested.  Paper summaries are just 150 words. Symposium proposals must be submitted online by March 31, 2017.

WERA preconference proposal extension until March 1, 2017

  • We have extended the deadline until March 1, 2017 for one paragraph proposals about presentations at our Toronto WERA research network preconference in late May as we are still waiting to hear about CSSE (Canadian Society for the Study of Education) paper acceptances. Please contact Sue Winton ( with your ideas. For those of you who haven’t been to Toronto (it’s a short trip for many of my US colleagues) I would urge you to join us and experience the most diverse city in North America and a progressive immigration policy #WelcometoCanada

Join the WERA Network at OISE for a CSSE Preconference on Community Advocacy in/for Education, Toronto, May 2017

Join us for an international dialogue on Community Advocacy in/for Education!

As a co-director of the WERA International Research Network on Families, Educators and Communities as Educational Advocates, I’m very pleased to invite you to participate in a unique discussion between advocates in/for education and academic researchers who study educational advocacy.  The free day-long event will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Canadian Society for Studies in Education’s (CSSE) annual conference at Ryerson University begins the following day.

We envision a series of roundtable discussions that involve researchers and advocates from across and beyond Canada sharing their current work in educational advocacy, providing constructive feedback to each other, and developing questions for future work.  Everyone who attends should come prepared to share their expertise and experiences.

If you would like to contribute to this exciting day, please send me, Sue Winton, a brief paragraph that outlines how your work relates to educational advocacy to by January 31, 2017 (email: Please note that our Network adopts a very broad definition of community, and we welcome people from diverse organizations and sectors. If you know others who might be interested in participating, please let Sue know.  A formal acceptance and an agenda for the day will be sent to all participants once contributors are confirmed.  We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!




WERA symposia at CSSE, May 27-31, 2017, Toronto

If you would like to present a paper as part of a symposia with other members of our Network at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE), please send Sue Winton a 250 word abstract by September 15, 2016 (  Sue. Lauri, and Howard will then review the nature and number of submissions and determine if/how to put together one or more symposia around our Network’s theme of educational advocacy.  Abstracts should include the paper’s  (a) purpose; (b) perspective(s) or theoretical framework; (c) methods and/or techniques; (d) data source(s); (e) results, conclusions and/or interpretations; and (f) educational importance of the study.

We will let you know by September 17, 2016, what we have decided based on the submissions from our network. At that time, we may ask for modifications to your abstract to enable cohesion across multiple papers or ask you to submit an individual paper proposal.

Please contact Sue if you have any questions. We hope to see you in Toronto in May 2017!