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The Center for Anti-Oppressive Education (CAOE) is pleased to invite educators, researchers, and educational leaders and advocates throughout the United States and the world and from all levels and disciplines to its

2nd Annual

Dates: 23-25 July 2004
Location: San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, California, U.S.A.

Description | Tentative Program | Pre-Conference Workshop | Registration Information | Financial Assistance | Location | Attractions | For More Information


Across the United States and around the world, teacher educators face many challenges. Especially troublesome are the economic, social, and political contexts that make difficult our attempts to address differences and oppressions in schools and society. Yet, in the face of these challenges, teacher educators are continuing to produce new and innovative theories, practices, and coalitions. At stake: What does it mean to prepare teachers to teach toward social justice?

The 2nd Annual International Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice will offer rare opportunities to exchange ideas, develop resources, build networks, and explore possibilities for new directions in teacher preparation with a diverse group of educators who share commitments and priorities. Hands-on workshops, panel discussions, informal gatherings, and video screenings will fill the schedule.

This year's conference will highlight four themes:

  • Grassroots Organizing of Teacher Educators: How have teacher educators come together to affect policy and legislation, and what barriers have they encountered? What can be learned from their experiences? How might research on community or grassroots activism suggest different ways to organize our work?

  • Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Populations among Teachers and Teacher Educators: How are various groups (including racial and gender "minorities") experiencing the work of teachers and teacher educators? What are barriers to recruitment and retention of diverse populations, and how have various programs responded? Where might we turn to imagine different approaches to recruitment and retention?

  • Preparing Educators to Address Homophobia and Heterosexism in Schools: What does it mean to prepare educators to address homophobia and heterosexism in school curriculum, pedagogy, and environment? How might teacher educators prepare themselves for such work, and where might they turn for resources? What are problems with various strategies?

  • Anti-Oppressive Perspectives on Teacher-Education Policy, Curriculum, or Reform: What are different ways to make sense of current policies, common curriculums, and proposals for reform? What do different perspectives make possible, and impossible, regarding the questions we can ask, the practices we can enact, and the changes we can imagine?

Tentative Program

For three days, conference participants will have the difficult task of choosing from among a range of exciting sessions with presenters from around the world. Please click on the date below to view the tentative program:

Friday, July 23 | Saturday, July 24 | Sunday, July 25

Pre-Conference Workshop on Publishing for Emerging Scholars of Color

The Center for Anti-Oppressive Education hopes to see more people of color entering the field of teacher education. Towards this end, it is pleased to announce a pre-conference workshop for emerging scholars of color (graduate students and recent Ph.D. graduates) doing work in the field of teacher education and social justice. Facilitated by the Center's Director, this three-hour workshop shares tips on publishing books and journal articles. The workshop will be held in the conference hotel on the afternoon of Thursday, July 22nd, and is free with conference pre-registration. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please mark the appropriate box on the Pre-Registration Form (download as an HTML form or an MSWord document).

Registration Information

All educators, researchers, and educational leaders and advocates throughout the United States and the world and from all levels and disciplines are invited to register. The registration Fee covers admission to all sessions, a copy of the conference program, selected resources, and light refreshments. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and meals.

Pre-Registration Fee (received by June 30)
U.S.$ 75.00
On-site Registration Fee
U.S.$ 100.00

To pre-register, please complete the Pre-Registration Form (download as an HTML form or an MSWord document) and mail with a check or money order for U.S.$75.00 to the address on the form by 30 June 2004. Credit card payments are not being accepted.

Financial Assistance: Scholarships, Fee Waivers, and Shared Housing

Two forms of financial assistance are available on a first-come, first-served basis:

1) A limited number of $75 Scholarships are available to individuals in financial need to cover their registration fees. To apply for these scholarships, please e-mail the Director with a brief paragraph explaining your situation. The Director will respond as soon as possible.

2) A larger number of Fee Waivers are available to individuals who volunteer to help staff the conference. Volunteers will be asked to assist the conference organizers several hours each day with such tasks as staffing the registration table, setting up displays, running errands, and/or other fun projects. To apply to be one of the volunteers, please e-mail the Director with a brief resume, including your full name and contact information.

Also available are opportunities to reduce travel costs by sharing a hotel room with another conference participant for the duration of the conference. To join the list of participants looking for roommates, please mark the appropriate box on the Pre-Registration Form (download as an HTML form or an MSWord document). The conference organizers do not guarantee that everyone interested in finding a roommate will be able to find one.


The Conference will be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, California. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging; however, a special conference rate is available to participants: $89/night for a single or double, $99 for a triple, $109 for a quad. A limited number of rooms is available--please make your reservations early.

Room reservations can be made either by telephone or internet. To reserve by telephone, please call Marriott's toll-free number (1-800-228-9290) and ask for the group rate for the "Center for Anti-Oppressive Education Meeting." To reserve by internet, please visit and use the group conference code "CAOCAOA."

The hotel is a four-star, four-diamond property that is both affordable and convenient for travelers. It offers ample parking, restaurants, internet access, an indoor pool and health club, and a seven-mile running trail along the San Francisco Bay. In walking distance of the hotel are additional restaurants, lounges, and hotel properties, and a movie theater.

The hotel is five minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport and offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Parking costs $1 per hour ($10 per day for overnight guests). To drive from the airport, enter highway 101 south, continue one mile to Millbrae Avenue East, cross the freeway overpass, turn right onto Old Bayshore Highway, and the hotel is on the left. Bay Area commuters can reach the hotel on CalTrain or BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), with stations a half mile away and complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel.

Bay Area Attractions

The Bay Area offers a vast array of venues for entertainment and relaxation, as well as a wealth of resources on social justice. A new BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station has opened in walking distance to the hotel, making transportation to downtown San Francisco and Oakland affordable and convenient. Some of the many cultural and historical resources include:

For more information on resources, attractions, and events in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area, please visit the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of San Francisco and Oakland.

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, the Director of CAOE.