Center for Anti-Oppressive Education





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Dates: 7-8 June 2008
Location: University of Illinois-Chicago, U.S.A.

Overview | Theme | Special Features | TENTATIVE SCHEDULE |
Registration Information
| Location & Lodging | 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 5th International 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. The Conference draws together hundreds of educators from around the world with diverse experiences but with shared commitments and priorities.

Conference Theme

Innovative Curriculum in Teacher Education: 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.

Special Features of the 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 two-hour workshop offers invaluable tips and unravels the "unspoken rules" for publishing books and journal articles. Facilitated by the Director of CAOE, this popular workshop is free with conference pre-registration and is scheduled to be held at the end of the conference.

Networking Reception and Film Screening: A highlight of previous conferences, the Networking Reception provides an opportunity to meet other conference participants in an informal setting with light refreshments. More information on the films to be screened will be posted soon.

Tentative Schedule

The tentative conference schedule 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, light refreshments, a copy of the conference program booklet, and selected resources. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and meals. CAOE does not issue letters of invitation to participants from outside of the United States. Pre-Registration ended on May 10th; onsite registration begins at 9:00am on June 7th.

On-site Registration Fee
(cash or check only; credit card payments will not be accepted)
U.S.$ 100.00

Registration Fee for Individuals with Limited Income

U.S.$ 50.00
Pre-Registration Fee for Faculty/Students of Host Institution
(fee is waived for UIC students and UIC faculty members)
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/Halsted station of Chicago's rapid transit, the "L".

The Conference has arranged for a limited number of rooms to be available to participants at the Marriott Chicago Medical District/UIC at a special conference rate of $159 for the nights of June 6, 7, and 8. Located at 625 S. Ashland Avenue, the Marriott is one mile from the conference site, and provides complimentary shuttle service to and from UIC. To take advantage of this rate, reservations must be made by May 10th. Please call toll-free at 1-800-356-3641 or call direct at 312-491-1234 and mention "the international conference on teacher education and social justice." Questions may be directed to the onsite sales manager, Norma Badal, at (Please note that this rate is available for a limited number of rooms, so please make your reservations soon.)

For More Information

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