By the people for the people
1650 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn NY, 11225
Saturday February 27th, 2010
10:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m.
Introduction (10:00 - 11:00)
Welcome: Symposium Planning Committee
Opening Remarks: Marty Markowitz
Video Presentation: Dedication to Howard Zinn
Keynote Speakers (11:00 - 12:30)
Chris Mercogliano: Mr. Mercogliano recently concluded a 35-year career at the Albany Free School the oldest inner-city alternative school in the U.S. He has been featured in nationally syndicated radio shows, such as National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and his essays, commentaries and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as six anthologies.
He is the author of Making It Up As We Go Along: The Story of the Albany Free School (1998), Teaching the Restless: One School's Remarkable No- Ritalin Approach to Helping Children Learn and Succeed (2004), How to Grow a School: Starting and Sustaining Schools That Work (2006), and In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness (2007).
Dr. Jean Anyon: Dr. Anyon is currently a professor of the Urban Education program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her focus is on policy, race, and social class. Her work investigates political economy and urban education. One of her of well-known books, Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform (1997), has been reviewed in The New York Times and is widely used as reference in other books. Her recent book is entitled Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement (2004).
PRESIDENT’S CONFERENCE ROOM: PANEL I
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: PRIVATIZATION AND INEQUITY
Michelle Fine: Professor CUNY Graduate Center
Perla Placencia and Lucidania Mejia: The Center for Immigrant Families
Edwin Mayorga: The New York City Coalition of Radical Educators
Guido Girgente and Antonia Perez: Beacon High School students
Break Out Session I (2:00-3:30)
FOUNDER’S AUDITORIUM: PANEL II
Necessary Crisis: Addressing Power, Privilege, and Normativity in Teacher Education Courses
Amber Pabon: Teacher Educator at Brooklyn College, Hunter, and Pace University.
Nelson Flores: Teacher Educator at the College of Staten Island
Shannon Allen: Teacher Educator at Brooklyn College and Hunter College
Patricia Krueger: Associate Professor in Teacher Education program at Montclair Sate University in New Jersey
Jeremy Benson: Teacher Educator at Hunter College
PRESIDENT’S CONFERENCE ROOM: STUDENT LED DISCUSSION
Brooklyn Free School Student Discussion Group
Michael Peterson and The Action Center - Youth Performance
John W. Kimball Learning Center 5th Graders: “What We Want from School”.
ROOM 1025: PANEL III
DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION: MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD
Dana Bennis: Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Education in America
Jonah Canner: Director of the Fertile Grounds Project
ROOM 1028: INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS
Democratizing Education for Marginalized Children: Role of transformative pedagogy in Math Empowerment
Dr. Rupam Saran: Associate Professor of Math Education at Medgar Evers College
Mathematics and the Gender divide
Dr. James Johnson: Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Medgar Evers College
Creating Inclusive Science Learning Environments
Dr. Jennifer Adams: Associate Professor of Science Education at Brooklyn College
ROOM 2025: WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS
What is Democratic Education: How we can move it to NYC schools
Roger Dennis: Retired New York City School teacher & long time advocate for student’s rights and democratic schools. Education Chair of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
How to do Democratic Process anywhere
Jerry Mintz: Founder of the Alternative Educational Resource Organization (AERO).
Former Democratic Education School Founder and Director
Former NYC Public School Teacher
An Organic Curriculum for 2-12 year olds
Karen Green: Retired NYC School Teacher - Early Childhood Education, M.A.
Department of Youth and Community Development
Break Out Session II (3:30-5:00)
FOUNDER’S AUDITORIUM: PANEL IV
Education to the left of Klein: Ideas to Promote Democracy and People’s Public Education
Sam Anderson: Activist Educator who has taught Math and Black History in many colleges in the New York City Metropolitan Area.
Barbara Barnes: Professor at Brooklyn College
Roger Dennis: Former NYC School teacher & long time advocate for student’s rights & democratic schools
Janet Gerson: Education Director of the International Institute on Peace Education
Co-director of the Peace Education Center at Colombia Teachers College
PRESIDENT’S CONFERENCE ROOM: GROUP PRESENTATIONS
Action Research as Democratic Education
Daniel Walsh: PhD Candidate of the CUNY Graduate Center
NYC Public School Teacher
Veronica Hurtado: Brooklyn International High School Student
Mahnoor Latif: Brooklyn International High School Student
Tashi Palmo: Brooklyn International High School Student
ROOM 1025: INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS
Racism and Classism in Schools: How the Conventional Model of Education Reinforces Privilege at every turn
Chris Mercogliano: Author and Teacher in Education.
Leadership in the 21st Century: Creating a Democratic Environment in a School Complex
Juliet C. Adams: Assistant Principal of Prospect Heights High School Campus
A Framework for Curricular Design: An Approach for incorporating Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic into a 21st Century Curriculum
Professor Charles Ray III Ed.M. - Education Department, Medgar Evers College
ROOM 1028: INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS
Is Education for Democracy becoming Obsolete?
Joel Shatsky: Professor Emeritus at SUNY Cortland
Adjunct Associate Professor at Kingsborough Community College
Confrontation Education for Liberation and the Question of Action
Elizabeth Bishop: Doctoral Student of Language, Literacy and Culture in the Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh.
Against the Banality of Evil: Using the Political Theory of Hannah Arendt as a Teaching tool
Martin Haber: NYC School Teacher, John Dewey HS, & Adjunct Instructor/Teacher trainer of the UFT professional development program/NYSUT
WHAT WE WANT FROM SCHOOL: A fifth grader’s perspectiveStudents from John W. Kimball Learning Center (P.S. 107)
ROOM 2025: PARENT LED DISCUSSION GROUP
Tamika Styles: Teacher Candidate at Medgar Evers College; Major in Childhood Education
Jacqueline Abdhur-Rahim: Teacher Candidate at Medgar Evers College; Major in Childhood Education
Brooklyn Free School Parent
CLOSING/ FAREWELL: FOUNDER’S AUDITOROIUM (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
Howard Zinn Presentation