Center for Anti-Oppressive Education





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Dates: 12-14 January 2007
Location: University of Illinois-Chicago, U.S.A.

Overview | Themes | Special Features | Tentative Schedule | Registration Information | Location | For More Information

Conference Overview

What does it mean to prepare teachers to teach toward social justice? Across the United States and around the world, 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 significant theories, practices, and coalitions. The 4th Annual Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice will offer rare opportunities to discuss cutting-edge research, develop innovative resources, build networks, and explore possibilities for new directions in teacher preparation with a diverse group of educators who share commitments and priorities.

Conference Themes

(A) Initiatives From the Right

The Conference will open with a presentation by the Director of CAOE on recent initiatives from the Right on such policy issues as funding, censorship, and teacher certification, and will focus on why politicians and the general public seem swayed by these initiatives, and how the Left can be proactive in advancing equity and justice. Featured sessions will expand this topic with analyses of other initiatives as well as anti-oppressive responses and resources.

(B) Innovations in Teacher-Education Curriculum Design

The Conference will highlight the innovative ways that teacher educators are preparing pre-service teachers to teach towards social justice. Featured sessions will describe, analyze, and model the ways that teacher educators are challenging oppressions and advancing social justice in the various courses found in teacher-preparation programs today, from courses on educational foundations to courses on curriculum and methods in the subject areas. These sessions will also provide handouts of conceptual, curricular, and cultural resources for re-designing curriculum and instruction in teacher preparation. Several of the presentations will showcase the groundbreaking and comprehensive Teacher Education Curriculum Resource Book that is currently being developed by CAOE.

Other Special Features of the Conference

Post-Conference Workshop on Publishing for Emerging Scholars: Designed for emerging scholars (graduate students and recent graduates) in the field of teacher education and social justice, this three-hour workshop offers invaluable tips and unravels the "unspoken rules" on publishing books and journal articles. Facilitated by the Director of CAOE, this popular workshop is free with conference pre-registration and is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 14th. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Information on registering for this workshop will be included on the Pre-Registration Form.

Book Sale and Signing: Save space in your bags for essential books and resources for educators, available at the Conference Booksale, run by Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools. Leading scholars in the field of education and social justice will be on hand for a special booksigning session on Friday evening, including William Ayers, Stacey Horn, Amanda Lewis, Pauline Lipman, Larry Nucci, William Schubert, William Watkins, and others!

Networking Reception: A highlight of previous conferences, the Networking Reception provides an opportunity to meet other conference participants in an informal setting with light refreshments and light-hearted entertainment. Scheduled for Friday evening, immediately following the opening plenary session.

Tentative Conference Schedule

The tentative conference schedule, as of December 22, is available here.

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 and a copy of the conference program booklet. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and meals (CAOE does not issue letters of invitation to participants from outside the United States). Pre-Registration ended December 15th. Onsite registration will be available:

On-site Registration Fee
(cash or check only; credit card payments will not be accepted)
U.S.$ 100.00
Registration Fee for Faculty/Students of Host Institution
(fee is waived for students and faculty members of UIC)
U.S.$ 0.00

Location and Lodging

The Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago in the EPASW (Education, Performing Arts, and Social Work) building, 1040 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607. Maps of the campus, as well as parking information, can be downloaded at

Conference participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and meals. The University of Illinois-Chicago campus is conveniently located near downtown Chicago and adjacent to the UIC station of Chicago's rapid transit, the "L".

The Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC, a preferred hotel of UIC, has offered a special conference rate of $109 for single or double (during the conference and three days before and after), as well as free shuttle service to and from the conference site. The Marriott at UIC is located at 625 South Ashland Avenue (half a mile from the conference site). To make reservations, please e-mail Norma Badal (, Sales Manager at the Marriott and mention that you are with the "International Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice." To take advantage of this rate, please make reservations by December 29.

Other nearby hotels that have union protection for employees include the following (this list is provided for information purposes only--no conference rates have been arranged at these hotels):

  • W Chicago City Center, 172 West Adams Street (1.1 miles away)
  • Travelodge Downtown Chicago, 65 East Harrison (1.4 miles away)
  • Westin Chicago, 909 North Michigan Avenue (2.3 miles away)
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive (2.4 miles away)
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 Martin Luther King Drive (2.4 miles away)

A recent search on Orbitz revealed affordable rates--book your rooms today!

For More Information

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