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Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

Edinburgh Branch

Ethics, Education and Teaching: Perspectives on the Teacher in Contemporary Society

Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
October 2nd – 3rd, 2015

Keynote Speakers:
Nel Noddings, Professor Emerita, Stanford University
Penny Enslin, Professor, University of Glasgow
Paul Standish, Professor, Institute of Education, UCL
Tom Hamilton, Director of Education, Registration and PLD, The General Teaching Council for Scotland

This conference invites academics, teachers in schools, students and policy makers to come together to discuss the future of teaching and how philosophy can contribute to shared understandings of the teacher’s role in contemporary society.

Draft Programme
Day 1: Friday, October 2 2015
15:30 – 16:30
Registration and Coffee/Tea + Blackwell Bookstand (10% off for delegates)
16:30 – 16:45
Welcome Address: Andrea English
16:45 – 18:15 Keynote: Penny Enslin, “The Ethics of Charity”
Chair: Morwenna Griffiths

Day 2: Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 -10:00 Coffee/ Tea + Blackwell Bookstand
10:00 -10:15 Opening Address: Robbie Nicols
10:15-11:45 Keynote: Nel Noddings, “Care Ethics and Teaching. Teaching involves more
than instruction”
Chair: Andrea English
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:15
Keynote: Paul Standish, “Teaching exposed: Education in Denial”
Chair: TBA
2:15 – 2:30 Coffee/Tea
2:30 – 4:00
Keynote: Tom Hamilton, “Ethics, Integrity and Professional Standards for
Teachers in Scotland”
Chair: TBA
4:00 – 4:30
Closing Discussion Panel: Teacher Education in the UK and Beyond
Panelists: Morwenna Griffiths, Holly Linklater, Natasa Pantic
4:30 End

REGISTER NOW – Space is Limited: 
Fees: (incl. registration, coffee/tea and Sat. lunch, accommodation not included)
£35 standard; £29 registered teachers; £17 concessions (students/unwaged)

Organized and supported by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) in collaboration with the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Conference Organizer:
Dr Andrea R. English
Chancellor’s Fellow in Philosophy of Education
Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership
Moray House School of Education
The University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
tel: +44 (0)131 651 6172



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A Book Launch
Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education

Edited by Ruth Heilbronn and Lorraine Foreman-Peck
Date: Tuesday 30 June
Time: 5:30 – 7:00
Place: Institute of Education, UCL, 20 Bedford Way
Room: 604


What does it mean to be a teacher in today’s world? And what makes a “good” one?

Judging by the wide disparities in contemporary teacher training and educational practices, it would seem that no one is quite sure.

Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education presents a series of ell-argued, thought-provoking essays that pointg to the ethical considerations that should be addressed when proposing and implementing teacher training and educational policies and practices.
Janet Orchard, Bristol University
David Aldridge, Oxford Brookes University
Padraig Hogan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Colin Wringe , Keele University

Please see attached flyer for information about the book. Book details are hyperlinked.
All are welcome.

Wine reception will follow.

Lorraine Foreman-Peck

Lorraine Foreman-Peck


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Sunday 18 May

11.30am-5.30pm at No.88 Fleet Street, EC4 1DH (Blackfriars tube)


Sessions on:

WW1’s relevance today and why capitalism needs war

Mutinies, women’s protests and revolutions

Countering Cameron’s WW1 commemorations

Putin, Ukraine and war today?


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Welfare State

Welfare State


Brighton National Union of Teachers


Seamus Milne (Guardian),

Lindsey German (Stop the War),

Andy Stone (Defend School History).



Sunday 20th April, 8pm, Mercure, Kings Road, Brighton




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Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2014)
June 16-19, 2014
Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada

The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The CICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

The aim of CICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy.

The CICE-2014 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in CICE-2014 include but are not confined to the
following areas:

*Art Education

Music Education

Writing Education

Imaginative Education

Language Education


*Adult Education

Competitive Skills

Continuing Education

Higher Education

Vocational Education

Transferring Disciplines

*Business Education

Educational Administration

Human Resource Development 

Academic Advising and Counselling

Education Policy and Leadership

Industrial Cooperation  

Life-long Learning Experiences

Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning  

Work Employability

Educational Institution Government Partnership  

Patent Registration and Technology Transfer

University Spin-Off Companies

*Course Management

Accreditation and Quality Assurance

Academic Experiences and Best Practice Contributions


Digital Libraries and Repositories

Digital Rights Management

Evaluation and Assessment

E-content Management and Development

Open Content


Grading Methods  

Knowledge Management

Quality processes at National and International level

Security and Data Protection

Student Selection Criteria in Interdisciplinary Studies  

User-Generated Content

*Curriculum, Research and Development

Acoustics in Education Environment


Counsellor Education

Courses, Tutorials and Labs

Curriculum Design


*Educational Foundations

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Geographical Education

Health Education

Home Education

Rural Education

Science Education

Secondary Education

Second life Educators

Social Studies Education

Special Education

*Learning / Teaching Methodologies and Assessment

Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring

e-Testing and new Test Theories

Supervising and Managing Student Projects

Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning

Educating the Educators

Immersive Learning

Blended Learning

Computer-Aided Assessment

Metrics and Performance Measurement

Assessment Software Tools

Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments

*Global Issues In Education and Research

Education, Research and Globalization

Barriers to Learning (ethnicity, age, psychosocial factors, …)

Women and Minorities in Science and Technology

Indigenous and Diversity Issues

Government Policy issues

Organizational, Legal and Financial Aspects

Digital Divide

Increasing Affordability and Access to the Internet

Ethical issues in Education

Intellectual Property Rights and Plagiarism


Teacher Education

Cross-disciplinary areas of Education

Educational Psychology

Education practice trends and issues

Indigenous Education

Kinesiology and Leisure Science


Life-long Learning Education

Mathematics Education

Physical Education (PE)

Reading Education

Religion and Education Studies

*Research Management

Research Methodologies

Academic Research Projects

Joint-research programmes

Research on Technology in Education

Research Centres

Links between Education and Research

New Challenges in Education

ECTS experiences

The Bologna Process and its implementation

Joint-Degree Programmes

Erasmus and Exchange experiences in universities

Students and Teaching staff Exchange programmes

*Ubiquitous Learning

Accessibility to Disabled Users

Animation, 3D, and Web 3D Applications

Context Dependent Learning

Distance Education



Educational Technology

Educational Games and Software

Human Computer Interaction

ICT Education

Internet technologies

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Mobile Applications and Learning (M-learning)

Multi-Virtual Environment

Standards and Interoperability

Technology Enhanced Learning

Technology Support for Pervasive Learning

*Ubiquitous Computing

Videos for Learning and Educational Multimedia  

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

Web 2.0, Social Networking, Blogs and Wikis

Wireless Applications

*Research In Progress

Important dates

Research Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Deadline   

March 10, 2014

Notification of Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Acceptance Date      

March 25, 2014

Final Paper Submission Deadline for Conference Proceedings Publication

April 30, 2014

Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline

March 20, 2014

Notification of Workshop Proposal Acceptance/Rejection

March 30, 2014

Poster/Demo Proposal Submission

March 20, 2014

Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance

March 30, 2014

Participant(s) Registration (Open)

December 01, 2013 to June 15, 2014 

Early Bird Registration (Authors and Participants)

January 30 to April 15, 2014

Late Bird Registration (Authors only)

April 16 to May 18, 2014

Conference Dates

June 16-19, 2014

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Education System

Education System


Dear All

Please see below advance notice of our seminars planned for December.  Please contact me if you would like any further information.



Veronica Burton: Administrator for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ


020 8223 2834


5 December 2013

Robbins Remembered and Dismembered, Contextualizing the anniversary

Professor Patrick Ainley

University of Greenwich

1 – 2 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building ED2.04


12 December 2013

Teacher Subjectivity as a site of struggle: refusing neoliberalisation

Professor Stephen J Ball

Institute of Education, University of London

5 – 6 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building 5 – 6 pm




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Precarious Education

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FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 55 Number 3, 2013, ISSN 0963-8253



Clyde Chitty. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Clyde Chitty. Secondary School Examinations: a historical perspective

Martin Allen. ‘Raising Standards’ or Reducing Aspirations and Opportunities Still Further? Michael Gove and Examination Reforms

Tony Cooper. You May Start Writing Now

Patrick Yarker. Gove’s War

Bernard Barker. The Enigmatic Mr Gove

Derek Gillard. Turning in Their Graves? A Tale of Two Coalitions – and What Happened in Between

David Kitchener. What Price Free Schools? The Continued Insidious Privatisation of UK State Education.

Howard Stevenson. Teachers on Strike: a struggle for the future of teaching?

Jess Edwards. Fighting Gove’s Nightmare Vision for Primary Education: A Charter for Primary Education

John Wadsworth. Like an ‘Uncontrolled Toddler’ Elizabeth Truss Risks Causing Chaos in England’s Nursery Education and Child Care Sector

Clare Kelly & Maggie Pitfield. School Direct: a hastily constructed model or a systematically designed campaign?

Michael Fielding. Still ‘Learning to Be Human’: the radical educational legacy of John MacMurray

Gary McCulloch. The Cause of Nowadays and the End of History? School History and the Centenary of the First World War

Philip Huckin. Memories of The CherwellSchool

Tom Buzzard. I Do Not Believe in ‘Intelligence’ or ‘Ability’ or ‘Aptitude’- and Neither Should You

Fiona Carnie. Developing Relationships between Parents and Schools

John Black. ‘Varmits and Turnips’: personal experiences of a secondary modern education, 1958-1962

An Aims-based Curriculum: the significance of human flourishing for schools (Michael J. Reiss & John White), reviewed by Mary Jane Drummond
New Labour and Secondary Education, 1994-2010 (Clyde Chitty), reviewed by Derek Gillard
New Labour and Secondary Education, 1994-2010 (Clyde Chitty), reviewed by Roy Lowe
Modernity Britain: opening the box, 1957-1959 (David Kynaston), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

Access to the full texts of articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION Subscription to the three printed 2013 issues (including online access to ALL back issues, from Volume 1, 1958 to the present day) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £45.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at

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Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum Dispatch is updated here:
Details on the Rouge Forum Conference 2014 are here:

and below:

Call for Proposals — Rouge Forum 2014
The Struggle for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom
June 5-7, 2014
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
Join Us!!!

The core issue of our time is the clash of the real threat for perpetual war, climate chaos and catastrophe, and booming inequality met by the potential of connecting reason to power with organized mass class conscious resistance geared to the construction of a society grounded in substantive democracy.   The vital role schools play within communities brings forth its role as a central organizing site of community wide and global resistance.

To deepen and clarify our understanding of social justice and to develop pedagogies that will lead to organized mass class conscious resistance within schools and communities to overcome injustices, the Rouge Forum’s national conference brings together academic presentations, panel discussions, performances, dialogue, community building, and cultural events.

This year’s national conference, The Struggle for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom, is intended to bring forward that interconnectedness between what happens inside and outside classrooms.   The economic polarization over the past thirty years has enriched and empowered the ruling class.  The central role schools play for the ruling class in the (re)production of unequal social relations and its reinforcing ideological structure has become more intense as inequality expands.  However, schools have the possibility to resist this ruling class domination by challenging the historical role of schools and turning them into sites of resistance and transformation.  In other words, schools can become central sites in the class struggle.  Thus, what we do as students, educators and community members counts because we can either take the side of increased inequality and authoritarianism, or work to bring about social justice.   Join us at the Rouge Forum in Denver.  

To address the Struggle for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom, the Rouge Forum’s national conference will center on such questions as:
* How does inequality affect our classrooms, schools and communities?
* What is behind the intensification of K-12 factory schooling especially with the increased mania for core curriculum and the accompanying high stakes standardized testing? How are teachers responding to this intensification?
* What role do capitalism, imperialism and war play in our classrooms, schools and communities?
* What can we learn from our daily individual actions, more concerted actions within the United States such as the Occupy Movement and the Chicago teacher strike, and international actions to make us smarter and stronger in our struggle for social justice?
* What do we envision as a better society and how can we root that vision in the past to guide our actions in the present?
* What pedagogies are necessary to liberate ourselves from the oppressive structures and social relations that give rise to inequality?

Consider participating in the Rouge Forum in Denver and submit a proposal addressing the conference themes.

Individual Proposal (30 minutes)
The Rouge Forum welcomes individual proposals, with the understanding that those accepted might be grouped together around common or overlapping themes.   Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes to present with ten minutes for interaction and discussion with audience members.  Individual paper submissions will be considered for panels with the same topic/theme.   A 250-750 word abstract will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Panel Proposal (60-75 minutes)
A panel discussion is another venue available presenters. A panel discussion is typically composed of three to six participants who discuss their work within the context of a dialogue or conversation on a topic or theme related to the conference theme.  Typically, each panelist is given 10 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair should be identified who introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions being addressed. In addition to the chair, we encourage (but do not require) organizers of panels to name a discussant to the comments of the panelists. Individual proposal submissions will be combined into panels with the same theme/topic. A 250-750 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Alternative Format and Special Interest Groups (30-60 minutes)
Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations are encouraged.   We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. A 250-750 word abstract of the proposal will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Dialogues (30 minutes) A dialogue session would provide an opportunity for a “presenter” to facilitate a conversation around a particular issue.  A 250-750 word abstract of the proposal will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

SUBMISSIONS:  Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014.  To submit a proposal click here.
QUESTIONS: For questions, contact Faith Wilson at

Good luck to our side

Rich Gibson




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Attention Toronto book fans! Charlie Angus, author of the 2013 book “Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War” will be speaking at the Toronto Word on the Street Festival, Sunday, September 28th. Time TBA. Admission is free.

About the book: For twenty-two years politicians and businessmen pushed for the Adams Mine landfill as a solution to Ontario’s garbage disposal crisis. This plan to dump millions of tonnes of waste into the fractured pits of the Adams Mine prompted five separate civil resistance campaigns by a rural region of 35,000 in Northern Ontario. Unlikely Radicals traces the compelling history of the First Nations people and farmers, environmentalists and miners, retirees and volunteers, Anglophones and Francophones who stood side by side to defend their community with mass demonstrations, blockades, and non-violent resistance.

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October 23-24, 2013
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
155 College Street
Toronto, ON

Call for Participation

We will hold a one-day symposium to learn about and celebrate community action, education, and research, oriented to improving health and well-being in cities and communities, locally and beyond. The keynote speaker is Trevor Hancock, a scholar and advocate on healthier cities for over 20 years and we seek to have a mix of presentations on exciting research and practice, and open space time for discussion.

We seek your input to contribute to shaping the symposium. Through the symposium, you will have the opportunity to:
– identify and address ‘burning questions’ arising from your work and mutual interests in solutions-focused research and practice for healthier cities and communities
– interact with and learn from others engaged in work aimed at improving urban and community health
– shape the development, priorities and focus of the Healthier Cities and Communities thematic concentration in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
– join or initiate new ‘constellations’ of focused interest on specific topics and/or burning questions (subgroups driven by the interest and enthusiasm of members)

We are currently requesting proposals for participation in the symposium in the form of presentations. If you are interested in learning more about this process, please contact us by filling out the contact form here:



Friday September 20th, 2013
Doors: 7:00pm
Event: 7:30pm
Bloor United Church
300 Bloor Street W—Toronto

Introductions by Simon Black and CAW Economist Jim Stanford
Q & A moderated by Punam Khosla
This is an accessible event.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and writer Chris Hedges will be speaking about his experience with the on-the-ground reportage and writing of days of destruction, days of revolt as he travelled to depressed pockets of the United States to report on recession-era America. What follows is a terrifying glimpse of the future for America and the nations that follow its lead — a future that will be avoided with nothing short of revolution. This publication addresses occupy Wall Street in Hedges’s first book since the international protests began.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON

Join us on August 8 as David Austin launches his new book “Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex and Security in Sixties Montreal”.

In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, Montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of Black Power and the Caribbean left. In October 1968 the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean—people like C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney. Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) exploded on the front pages of newspapers across the country—raising state security fears about Montreal as the new hotbed of international Black radical politics.

David Austin is the editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James. He is a community organizer and teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion Department at John Abbott College, Montreal.

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By Michael D. Yates, The Bullet

The U.S. working-class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Finally, however, in February, 2011, workers in Wisconsin began the famous uprising that electrified the country, revolting in large numbers against Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to destroy the state’s public employee labour unions.

A few months later, the Occupy Wall Street movement, which supported many working-class efforts, spread from New York City to the rest of the nation and the world. Then, in September 2012, Chicago’s public school teachers struck, in defiance of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to destroy the teachers’ union and put the city’s schools firmly on the path of neoliberal austerity and privatization.

These three rebellions shared the growing awareness that economic and political power in the United States are firmly in the hands of a tiny minority of fantastically wealthy individuals whose avarice knows no bounds. These titans of finance want to eviscerate working men and women, making them as insecure as possible and wholly dependent on the dog-eat-dog logic of the marketplace, while at the same time converting any and all aspects of life into opportunities for capital accumulation.

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The Ontario Federation of Labour has produced a handy training manual for running workshops on democratic and economic rights through the prism of labour activism. The workshop aims to give interested labour activists the tools to teach people in their networks and communities about their rights and, what is more, participants will also learn how they can organize their own seminars. We can only nurture our communities and foster progressive change is we all take on the challenge of being both teachers and students. Knowledge sharing and popular education are invaluable. Thanks to this OFL workshop those of us without teaching experience can get in on the game!

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By Sarah Jaffe, In These Times

A group of about 20 well-dressed people huddled on a street corner at lunchtime in Midtown Manhattan, receiving last-minute instructions from a tattooed organizer in a Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) shirt.

They were about to take part in a national day of action for a higher federal minimum wage, with rallies in 15 states and 22 cities. Targets include low-wage employers such as Wal-Mart, fast food restaurants, car washes, airports and other restaurants. The actions are focused on a push for the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). This bill would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to inflation, and raise the subminimum wage for tipped workers as well.

But many of the worker organizations that joined today’s [July 24] action are interested in moving beyond just a minimum-wage increase—like Fast Food Forward, New York’s wing of the national fast-food worker organizing campaign, which has consistently called for a $15-an-hour wage and union recognition for the workers.

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American singer-songwriter David Rovics has just released Into a Prism, a collection of 15 new songs. It’s named after the NSA global spying program revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. In addition to the title song (“Prism”)  Rovics skewers Barack Obama and other bought-off politicians, attacks (with characteristic wit) American chauvinism and cultural imperialism, and celebrates heroes like exiled African-American activist Assata Shakur and Vasili Arkhipov, the Soviet submarine commander who literally saved the world during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Rovics has an impressive ability to balance righteous indignation with compassion and ironic humour. He excels at incorporating historical events into his songs and making them relevant. Into a Prism is an acoustic album, and the artist’s voice and guitar work are in fine form. Why is this guy not headlining the summer folk festivals? For info:



By LabourStart

The war to set global labour standards in the brewing industry is being fought in the Canadian city of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

On one side, the Canadian division of the world’s largest (and very profitable) brewing corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). On the other, one of the global giant’s smallest and most vulnerable local unions in what appears to be an attempt to establish a pattern of concessions and roll-backs that the corporation could then try to impose on all of its other unionized workers around the world.

The workers, who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees (NAPE/NUPGE), have been on strike since April 10. Before they were in a legal position to exercise their right to strike, the company attempted to force the workers to train the scabs who are now doing their jobs.

Please write to AB InBev and demand that they treat their workers, and their workers’ communities, with fairness and respect. To send a message to AB InBev, visit:




Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations, has one of the world’s leading faculties in the field of Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER). The LSER Department is soliciting applications for one or two tenure-track professor positions. One position will be at the assistant and the other, which depends on available funding, is at the assistant or associate professor level. While we are particularly interested in scholars with a specialization in the labor market and work experiences of ethnic and racial minorities, Latin American employment relations, employment relations in sports and entertainment, social movements or political economy/institutional labor economics, we are open to other areas of study in the broad fields of labor studies and employment relations. We are seeking a broadly trained scholar who is an excellent researcher and can teach graduate and undergraduate level courses – both on and off campus in the relevant field of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and who can contribute to our continuing education and/or online courses. The positions are expected to begin September 2014.

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Applications should be submitted no later than October 15, 2013 to Ms. Laura Walkoviak at; however, the positions will remain open until filled.



Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. Founded in 1986 by the Labour Arts Media Committee of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks is Canada’s largest and oldest labour arts festival. The Festival was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture. Mayworks’ goal is to promote the interests of cultural workers and trade unionists, and to bring working-class culture from the margins of cultural activity onto centre stage.

Mayworks Festival is seeking a Fundraiser for 9 months beginning October 1, 2013, who will have the following responsibilities:
– Work with the Festival Director, board and Fundraising Committee to implement a fundraising plan and strategy
– Responsible for the production of the yearly private donor (labour movement and individual/membership) fundraising campaigns
– Act as the liaison with private donors and do follow-up telephone calls to potential contributors
– Create, with assistance from the staff and board, private donor prospect lists
– Sell program advertising in the Mayworks program guide
– Keep clear records of all donations and responses and provide these to the Festival Director as requested
– Submit a final fundraising report to the board including accounts receivable and an updated version of the fundraising database
– Other related duties as assigned

Start Date: October 1, 2013, training ongoing

Rate of pay: $25.90 per hour

Term Position: 9 months for a total of 275 hours, temporary replacement and non-permanent, with contract ending June 30, 2014

Union Membership:  Mayworks is a unionized workplace as a sublocal of CUPE 1281.  This temporary position is in the bargaining unit for 9 months, and the person hired will become a dues-paying member who is eligible for all of the rights, benefits and protections included in the Collective Agreement.

Please send in your application by August 31, 2013, end of business day via email to



Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit

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Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar

Raising Pupil Attainment


Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Ofsted


Dame Sally Coates, London; Tim Dracup, Independent Gifted and Talented Consultant; Professor Becky Francis, King’s College London; Conor Ryan, The Sutton Trust and Denise Yates, Potential Plus UK

Chaired by:

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment and Rt Hon David Lammy MP, former Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This event is CPD certified

Morning, Thursday, 7th November 2013

Central London

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This seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess initiatives from Government intended to raise the attainment of pupils of all abilities, and follows a series of Ofsted reports focusing on these issues.

Delegates will consider the impact of measures such as the Pupil Premium and the catch-up premium for numeracy and literacy, and other support for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Discussion will be informed by Ofsted’s decennial Review of Urban Education, due to be published later this year, and the related challenges for educational achievement in rural, northern and coastal areas.

Further sessions will focus on how well schools cater for highly-able pupils, including discussion of Ofsted’s recent survey of such provision in state schools, as well as how the perceived problem of ‘coasting’ schools can be tackled.


Topics for discussion include:

* Schools’ use of the Pupil Premium, and the implications for its increase to £900 per eligible pupil from September 2013;

* The potential role of ‘National Service Teachers’ in supporting pupils in disadvantaged areas;

* Support for highly-able pupils, including how they can best be identified and encouraged to reach their potential;

* The introduction and initial impact of ‘summer schools’ in easing the transition from primary to secondary school; and

* Initiatives to incentivise ‘coasting’ schools to improve their performance.



We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from: Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Ofsted.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dame Sally Coates, Principal, Burlington Danes Academy, London; Tim Dracup, Independent Gifted and Talented Consultant; Professor Becky Francis, Professor of Education and Social Justice, King’s College London; Conor Ryan, Director of Research and Communications, The Sutton Trust and Denise Yates, Chief Executive, Potential Plus UK.

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment and Rt Hon David Lammy MP, former Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have kindly agreed to chair this seminar. Additional senior participants are being approached.


Westminster Education Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details). Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from the DfE and other relevant Departments, as well as school and college leaders, representatives of local authorities, social mobility charities, teaching unions, education consultancies, academics, and members of the national and trade press.

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A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out within a week of the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at DfE and other government departments; officials at Ofsted, Ofqual and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda and sponsor information. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

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To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

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Places at Raising pupil attainment (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £190 plus VAT;

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For those who cannot attend:

Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 7 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;

Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

I do hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most useful morning, and look forward to hearing from you soon.


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Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Raising pupil attainment

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 7th November 2013

Venue: Central London


Draft agenda subject to change


8.30 – 9.00

Registration and coffee



9.00 – 9.05

Chairman’s opening remarks

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment



9.05 – 9.35

Raising pupil attainment

Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Ofsted

Questions and comments from the floor



9.35 – 10.35

Realising potential: improving provision for high-ability pupils and tackling ‘coasting’ schools

What further steps can schools take to identify and stretch particularly talented pupils, including those who excel only in particular subjects? How should the success of schools’ provision for high-ability pupils be measured and made accountable? In what ways do schools currently track the progress of high-ability pupils, and how could this be improved? Should schools encourage able pupils to take certain exams early, and what challenges does this raise for timetabling and staffing? Will reforms to school accountability measures provide incentives for schools to drive for improvement across the ability range; will the new value added performance measure be implemented to support a focus on high-ability pupils? Will replacing Ofsted’s ‘satisfactory’ rating with ‘requires improvement’ tackle the problem of schools deemed to be ‘coasting’?

Denise Yates, Chief Executive, Potential Plus UK

Tim Dracup, Independent Gifted and Talented Consultant

Dame Sally Coates, Principal, BurlingtonDanesAcademy, London

Headteacher, primary school

Senior representative, local authority

Questions and comments from the floor



10.35 – 10.40

Chairman’s closing remarks

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment



10.40 – 11.10




11.10 – 11.15

Chairman’s opening remarks

Rt Hon David Lammy MP, former Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills



11.15 – 11.25

Using the Pupil Premium effectively: a case study

Senior speaker to be confirmed



11.25 – 12.25

Supporting low-achieving pupils and those from disadvantaged backgrounds

How can schools and Government best support pupils in areas of deprivation, including coastal and rural areas and former industrial centres?  What role could Regional Challenges, on the model of the London Challenge, play in this? How can Government encourage highly-qualified teachers to remain in deprived areas; should ‘National Service Teachers’ be employed by central government to teach in schools in parts of the country that are failing their disadvantaged pupils, as suggested by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector? Will changes to school accountability measures give schools greater incentives to support disadvantaged pupils? What has been the initial impact of Pupil Premium funding and the Year 7 catch-up premium, and is there a role for regional bodies to co-ordinate effective initiatives across schools? What roles can independent schools play in supporting disadvantaged children? How can schools increase parental engagement with their children’s education? Has the introduction of ‘summer schools’ succeeded in preparing pupils for the transition from primary to secondary school?

Conor Ryan, Director of Research and Communications, The Sutton Trust

Professor Becky Francis, Professor of Education and Social Justice, King’s College London


Senior representative, summer school

Senior representative, independent school

Questions and comments from the floor with senior speaker to be confirmed



12.25 – 12.55

Next steps for raising pupil attainment

Senior speaker to be confirmed

Questions and comments from the floor



12.55 – 13.00

Chairman’s and Westminster Education Forum closing remarks

Rt Hon David Lammy MP, former Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Jonny Roberts, Senior Producer, Westminster Education Forum




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*Call for Submissions*

*Voices for Social Justice in Education: A Literary Anthology*
Editors: Julie Landsman, Rosanna Salcedo, & Paul Gorski
Deadline for submissions: Midnight, January 15th , 2014

What we are looking for: Poetry (including spoken word), creative non-fiction, memoir, short stories, images of visual art, and other types of writing or visual art that paint a picture of what justice and injustice look like in our schools.

Please read this Call for Submissions fully and, if you choose to submit one or more manuscripts, email them as Word documents, */following the specifications below/*, to: **

Stories make meaning for us. We can read “scholarly” articles, abstract theories, or collections of research and all of this is important. However, it is the stories, the poems, the music, the memoir, the essays, the fiction, that bring to life all of the information, all of the declarations about what is good, what is not working, what is needed. In this /Voices for Social Justice in Education/ anthology we desire writing that brings the reality of schooling to life. We want poems about 3rd period physics, short stories about recess in the second grade one hot spring afternoon. We want memoir about your best and worst teachers. We want essays about what is working now, at this moment, in your classroom—what makes a difference in the lives of your students, what is making your school a place that students want to be or don’t want to be. We want to know in vivid language, be it from memories or journal entries, in the form of spoken word or in a carefully constructed short story, what social justice means in schools today. What are your hopes and how do they play out? What matters to you when you walk in the door of your building, when you stand up in front of class, when you are late for your last class of the day?

We are writers ourselves. We love language and we know how powerful it can be, how it can move people, to reach those who can make change. We want your words, your language, your passion to help provoke that change.

Guidelines and Specifications for Contributors:
(1) Poets may submit up to 5 poems at once; please submit each in a separate document with your full contact information on /each one /(see #4 below)
(2) Prose writers may submit up to 15 pages
a) Times New Roman 12-pt font
b) Double-spaced
(3) Images of visual art should be submitted in .pdf or .jpg format
(4) Include author/artist name(s) and email address(es) /on each piece submitted/
(5) Remember, we are looking for work explicitly about /social justice in education and schools/, so great work about social justice that is not explicitly relevant to education schools will not be considered

*/Please feel free to share this Call for Submissions widely!/*




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Date – 9 July 2013: 12.30-16.00 (lunch included)

Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier Street, LondonN1 9BE


Professor Penny Jane Burke, University of Sussex
Professor Gill Crozier, University of Roehampton

Developing inclusive teaching and learning practices in higher education is a key component of widening participation (WP) strategy. Pedagogies in higher education have the potential to contribute to creating inclusive spaces where all students can develop a sense of belonging and fitting in. This is strongly emphasised in the recent HEFCE/OFFA interim report, and is anticipated to form a central dimension of the national strategy for widening participation.

This timely seminar will launch Teaching Inclusively: Changing Pedagogical Spaces, a new continuing professional development resource pack that draws on the key findings of the Higher Education Academy funded project: ‘Formations of Gender and Higher Education Pedagogies (GaP)’. It is designed for lecturers, academic developers, WP directors and managers and policy makers to critically reflect on the complex processes in which inequalities might unwittingly be reproduced through HE pedagogies.  It offers a range of ‘think pieces’ as conceptual tools to help address complex issues of difference, diversity and inequalities and to consider the ways that teaching and learning practices are intimately connected with identity formations and the subtle processes of exclusion and misrecognition within different pedagogical spaces.

The seminar will provide an overview of the key findings of GaP to illuminate the important relationship between widening participation and HE pedagogies. It will introduce Teaching Inclusively and the ways it has been specifically designed to support HE lecturers in contributing to WP through developing inclusive teaching practices.

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