EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

The Education for Democracy Conference brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to strengthen the movement for democracy in all of education, from kindergarten through higher education. As the attack on public education continues to escalate, with hundreds of schools closed, thousands of teachers laid off, scores of student and labor unions shut down, and higher education evermore inaccessible and unaccountable, the need is immediate for an effective national coordinated movement to overcome corporatization and to fight for the democratic alternative.

The 2013 Education for Democracy Conference will focus on this critical moment and work to develop actions for the coming year. It will also educate about the long term underlying problems in education today. And it will raise up examples of successful reforms and organizing at all levels of education. The conference will feature case studies, panel discussions, roundtable workshops, and skill-shares about:

  • Understanding the corporatization and privatization of education
  • Resistance to public school closings
  • Student debt emancipation, tuition abolition, and full funding for public education
  • Community participation and control in education
  • Democratizing governance of education
  • Academic freedom, the right to organize, and free speech in schools
  • Building a movement for democracy in education in 2013-14

The Education for Democracy Organizing Committee is the principal convener of the Education for Democracy Conference.  Contact Roshan Bliss at roshan.bliss@gmail.com for more info.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to register now!

Full Conference Agenda Below:

OPENING CONFERENCE PLENARY: Flashpoints in the Year Ahead in Public Education

What do you need to be on the lookout for in the coming 2013-14 academic year? We all need to see the whole picture, as well as the parts we each play in it. This opening plenary sets the stage for the Education for Democracy Conference by raising up key emerging struggles across the U.S. in the coming year for our public schools, colleges, and universities.

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College D229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Bryan Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Julie Woestehoff
Speaker(s): 
Kimberly King
Speaker(s): 
Maxwell Love

One Big Union, One Big Strike: Student, Labor and Education Unionism in the Struggle for Control of the Knowledge Economy

Education unions are in struggle all across this country. They are rising and they are getting busted, sometimes at the same time. And the stakes for education keep getting more serious. What will it take to organize unions of students, faculty, staff, and community members that can, when needed, take total control of production in our schools and colleges?

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Jolie Lizotte
Speaker(s): 
Katie Zaman
Speaker(s): 
Leland Pan

Planning to Respond to School Closings in an Time of Austerity & Mayoral Control

This session will include stories from the frontlines where mayoral takeover and an austerity agenda have devastated school and communities leading to the current phase of massive, sweeping restructuring, takeovers, outsourcing and often literal closing of neighborhood schools. Participants will offer their insights and solicit feedback in how to make sense of this phenomena, the recent attacks on public education, and how to move our struggles forward in the interests of parents, students, teachers and the broader community.

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D227
Session type: 
Roundtable
Speaker(s): 
Justin Wedes
Speaker(s): 
Todd Price

Attacks on Tenure, Shared Governance, and Academic Freedom in Higher Education: Adjuncts & the Academic Labor Force

This session will consider the key vital legs upon which the university stands (or falls): promotion and tenure, shared governance, academic freedom. The session presenters will discuss lessons learned in struggles around these issues and include a discussion on the role of full time faculty, adjunct faculty and organizing for the future.

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D227
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ana M. Fores Tamayo
Speaker(s): 
Todd Price

Youth Organizing and the National Student Bill of Rights

When it comes to educational justice, young people are the group most heavily affected. So why shouldn't youth be at the front and center of our campaigns? This workshop led by members of the Alliance for Educational Justice will explore the importance and practice of youth-led organizing. We will talk about how making space for youth to organize shapes policy as well as the membership on the ground and in the field. In this workshop, we will discuss the growing campaign push for the National Student Bill of Rights, that can empower youth in their schools and communities.

Presented by Alliance for Educational Justice members

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D229
Session type: 
Workshop

CONVENTION OPENING PLENARY with Gar Alperovitz

KEYNOTE: Gar Alperovitz on “The Next American Revolution”

with Medea Benjamin as the MC and Wisconsin Welcome by Bryan Kennedy

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Madison Masonic Center
301 Wisconsin Ave
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Bryan Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Gar Alperovitz
Speaker(s): 
Medea Benjamin

PLENARY: Unity in Action - Making plans for collective action in the coming academic year

How will we work together in the coming year to strengthen each other's campaigns and to unite them further in a common push for democratic education? This plenary of the Education for Democracy Conference will task us with identifying specific actions and opportunities for solidarity in the coming year.

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Isabel Nunez
Speaker(s): 
Jackson Potter
Speaker(s): 
Kimberly King
Speaker(s): 
Leland Pan
Speaker(s): 
Sangita Nayak

Multiracial Organizing in Our Segregated Education System

This workshop will be focused on discussing challenges and opportunities of multi-racial racial organizing. We will talk about the impact current school conditions have with our leaders and our campaigns. In this interactive workshops participants will get an opportunity to explore their own experiences and leave with strategies that work in their communities.

Presented by Alliance for Educational Justice members

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D303
Session type: 
Workshop

Whose Schools? Our Schools!: The Radical Possibilities of Sharing the Curriculum with Students

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D306
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Jolie Lizotte
Speaker(s): 
Roshan Bliss

PreK through PostDoc - Bridging the Gaps between the Higher Ed and K-12 Public Ed Movements

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location

Madison College D229
Session type: 
Roundtable
Speaker(s): 
Bryan Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Roshan Bliss

The Global Student Movement: Perspectives on Building International Student Solidarity

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Frank Lévesque-Nicol
Speaker(s): 
Mo Schmidt
Speaker(s): 
Roshan Bliss
Speaker(s): 
Vukasin Grozdanovic

The New Apartheid in Higher Education: Issues of Class and Race

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D303
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Kimberly King

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College D302
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ananda Mirilli

PLENARY: In the Crosshairs - How Corporations are Transforming Education and Work in America

This panel discussion will examine the relationship between the changing conditions of the economy and our public education system, at all levels. Our panelists will discuss how the corporate assault attempts to dismantle the educational system, and to remake it under corporate designs in order to conform to conditions of austerity via: turn around schools, school closures, voucherization and charterization of neighborhood schools, cuts to electives and remedial programs, vocationalization of adult education, and corporatization of research universities driving the transformation of education which leads to the disenfranchisement of faculty and staff, and students, especially first generation college students of color.

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College D306
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Kimberly King
Speaker(s): 
Todd Price
Speaker(s): 
William "Bill" Watkins

Strategic Campaign Planning using the Federal Higher Education Reauthorization bill as a Case-Study

In this skills building workshop, learn how to create a strategic direct action campaign plan using the Midwest Academy organizing model for direct action campaigns on a college or high school campus. We will use this year's Higher Education Act Reauthorization as a case study for how to develop a campaign plan around national student issues on an individual campus.

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College D303
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Jolie Lizotte

CONVENTION ROUNDTABLE PLENARY

One delegate from each of the nine Democracy Convention conferences join in an animated discussion of the years ahead in the U.S. democracy movement.

Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll, Wisconsin Hall

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
George Friday
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Leah Bolger
Speaker(s): 
Leland Pan
Speaker(s): 
Margaret Flowers
Speaker(s): 
Norm Stockwell
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Roshan Bliss
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Local Food Democracy Reception

Sample and purchase local produce from South Central Wisconsin

Madison College Downtown Patio ~ Organized by Family Farm Defenders

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
General

CONVENTION CLOSING PLENARY: Call to Action

The keynote address will be followed by a facilitated discussion to give each conference a chance
to share the big ideas that came out of their event as well as the next steps everyone can take to further the democracy movement in the months and years ahead.

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Debra White Plume

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