Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference

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Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference

The Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference is a regional conference that brings together people in Western Massachusetts who are interested in social justice and equity in K-12 schools, early childhood classrooms, and the surrounding communities. 

Participants will co-create a space for young people, educators, activists, administrators, and scholars to connect and network, share and learn, dream and envision possibilities for developing education as a tool for equity and social justice. In this space, participants will have the opportunity to examine the specific regional challenges that young people are facing in our education system which are central to their lives and to the vitality of our communities. As we examine the challenges, we will also look to each other for visions and practices that can guide our work towards transforming education for social justice.

Features of the Conference

  • 1.5 hour workshops focused on regional topics and initiatives related to social justice and equity in education
  • Opportunities for powerful networking and connections with local educators and administrators as you share curriculum, lunch and facilitated conversation  
  • Youth-led sessions that provide opportunities to learn from young people and support the development of student leadership.
  • Pa'lante, the TE4SJ 2016 keynote speakers, will return to lead two sessions relating to Youth-Led Restorative Justice and their work within their community.
  • Participants may earn 10 PDPs by attending the full day conference and completing an additional assignment. Click here to read the full guidelines and see assignment examples.


The 2018 conference theme was Centering Youth Voice, Experience, and Power. Conference sessions will cover a variety of social justice and equity topics as they relate to K-12 schools. 

Keynote Address

The 2018 keynote address was entitled Pedagogy on Fire! Centering Youth Voices for Social Justice and will be delivered by Cyphers for Justice and Dr. Jamila Lyiscott. Read more here.

Conference Sessions and Schedule

Use your cursor to hover over each session below to see descriptions and basic session info. Click the "link" button to click through to the online scheduler and learn more about sessions you're interested in.


For more information, contact:

Safire DeJong
Social Justice and Equity in Schools Specialist
413.586.4900 x5929