National teachers’ conference to focus on social justice and social action in Canadian schools

May 03, 2007

Ottawa – A national conference organized by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will challenge students, educators, parents, communities, researchers, policymakers and unions to remake their schools and organizations in the image of social justice and as sites for social action.

The three-day CTF conference entitled Education for Social Justice: From the Margin to the Mainstream will be held May 4-6 at the Marriott Hotel in Ottawa.

“CTF is a long time advocate for social justice in the education system”, says Winston Carter, CTF President. “We believe that teaching the concepts of equity, democracy, human rights, global citizenship, and a respect for differences is critical to the creation of a more socially just society.”

“Two years ago, our national conference focused on creating inclusive schools; schools that did not exclude children and youth by virtue of their culture, race, language, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or ability. This year’s conference is a continuation of that theme. Just what does it mean to be a social justice school or classroom? What are the roles and structures of a social justice teacher organization? These are the questions being asked this year and we have a dynamic range of sessions and knowledgeable speakers that will provide answers.”

Keynote speakers include Roméo Dallaire, Tom Jackson, Henri Giroux, Paul Shaker, and Mary Gordon. Workshop highlights include:

  • Social justice pedagogy
  • Multi-literacies and equity in Canadian schools
  • Democratic global citizenship
  • Schools committed to peace
  • Bargaining rights as human rights
  • An examination of specific social justice issues including social class, poverty, racism, Aboriginal education, anti-homophobia

“Many Students experience racism, discrimination and prejudice in school and, as a result, have more difficulty learning”, says Carter. “This conference builds on the important idea that to teach and to learn, all teachers and students have a right to a safe and welcoming school environment that reflects values of social justice.”

For conference details and registration information visit www.ctf-fce.ca

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member Organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.

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Winston Carter, President

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Linda Hiles, Interim Director of Communications, 613-232-1505, ext. 130