Past Transforming Education for Social Justice Conferences

Past Transforming Education for Social Justice Conferences

2018 Conference

Centering Youth Voice, Experience, and Power

The second Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference: Centering Youth Voice, Experience, and Power was held on March 10, 2018, at Easthampton High School. The conference was sponsored by GLSEN

Keynote: Cyphers for Justice Youth and Dr. Jamila Lyiscott 

Pedagogy on Fire! Centering Youth Voices for Social Justice

On the other side of this national struggle, how will students remember the state of our classrooms? This talk, led by Cyphers for Justice youth researchers and Dr. Jamila Lyiscott calls for all educators to set their pedagogies on fire! To lean into the heat of this political moment, center student voice, and allow the fire to forge another, more substantive level of engagement that is not afraid to incorporate the sociopolitical elephants in the classroom for teaching and learning. It is a call to uproot the Eurocentric pedagogical approaches that not only under-prepare students for the realities of our increasingly multiethnic, multilingual, globalized society, but are also rooted in colonial and racist ideologies that stifle the voices, identities, and realities of students.

To watch video of the 2018 Keynote, click here

2016 Conference

Creating Equity, Strengthening Community, and Engaging Identity

The first Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference: Creating Equity, Strengthening Community, and Engaging Identity was held on October 15, 2016, at Holyoke Community College.

Following the 2016 Conference, CES continued with efforts toward transformational work across the region through the Transforming Education for Social Justice Regional Initiatve.

Keynote: Pa'lante

Towards Transformative Justice

The Restorative Justice movement in schools is continuing to expand as laws and policies mandate that schools find alternative approaches to exclusionary discipline. At Holyoke High School young people have created a model program that seeks to engage youth and adults in practices such as community building, support, and accountability circles and through their work with circle practice, they are challenging traditional paradigms of power that often leave youth voice out of the decision-making process around discipline and whole-school climate and culture.

Instead of simply working to "restore" existing oppressive conditions, which is a common approach to Restorative Justice work in schools, the youth in Pa'Lante are working to make their school truly responsive to the needs of students. Youth in Pa'lante see their work as part of a long legacy of youth movements in communities of color that have always been at the forefront of work for educational justice. As such, they ground their work as circle keepers in an analysis of systems of oppression and consistently work to confront these oppressive systems as they play out in schools.  In addition to their work with circles, they currently run workshops for teachers and youth to raise awareness about how the school to prison pipeline works and how it can be interrupted through meaningful educational practices and meaningful partnerships with youth.

For more information, contact: 
Social Justice and Equity in Schools Specialist
413.586.4900 x5929