Call for Manuscripts: Education in a Democracy, A Journal of the National Network for Educational Renewal
The Role of Women & Girls in Fostering Democracy in Schools
Volume 11 | October 2019
Despite periods of focus on women’s access and achievement within the educational arena, the field of education has yet to make central an inclusive study of the issues, challenges, and social gains (contemporary and historic) impacting the educational experience of women and girls. Feminist Studies have largely been isolated to disciplines such as Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Ethnic Studies. The advancement and achievement of women and girls will remain limited unless we are committed to educational transformation that is comprehensive and centers a multidisciplinary study of women and girls, both domestic and global.
Exposing the Inequities
What are the issues? What are the needs? If balance across fundamental social issues is critical to the publics’ perceived road to success, we must first seek balance in our education leadership. The superintendency in P-12 education is one of the most impactful positions in education, and while research suggests that educational preparation, professional mentorship, response to job demands, personal life status, and career trajectory for men and women is similar, “men are still four times more likely than women to serve in the most powerful position in education, and both women and men of color are still grossly underrepresented” (Robinson, Shakeshaft, Grogan & Newcomb, 2017, np). Furthermore, women make up an average of 75% of education professionals, but only 30% of the leadership positions in education are held by women (Morey, 2017).
Beyond issues concerning women in positions of educational leadership, we also wrestle with significant problems of school pushout among African American girls. In the 2012 report, Race, Gender and the School to Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to include Black Girls, Monique Morris argues that the traditional framework of the “school to prison pipeline” has largely focused on the experiences and conditions affecting black males. We continue to find that adopting a one-dimensional gender lens to study and address important work on inequality, exclusion, and the pushing out of students away from schools and into systems of criminal justice invariably limits our full understanding of this phenomenon.
Moving beyond issues affecting specific populations, there are also broad challenges that impact all women in education:
- Diversifying the teaching profession, including how we address and respond to issues of race, culture, and gender;
- The dynamics of difference, which include explorations of women’s ways of knowing, cultural diversity among educators, the impact of economics on teachers, students, schools and communities, and social insecurity among students; and,
- Diving deeper into culturally relevant teaching & learning to explore changing ideologies and historic success models such as African American Colored Schools or Jewish Day Schools.
We know an either/or approach to social topics that impact a vastly diverse population, leaves our society largely uninformed. We are in need of information, from both research and practice, that helps us to understand all of the various issues that serve to sustain the continued oppression of women and girls. This must include the myriad ways that all of these issues intersect and impact the entire field of education. We are also in need of answers—stories of successes and gains toward resisting this oppression. Channeling our work on activism, how might movements like #MeTooand #YesAllWomendrive our efforts toward increased intervention and change for women and girls.
And beyond these movements, what other important efforts are happening across our nation?
We invite potential authors to submit articles that accomplish one of the following:
- Share insight and information on the issues impacting women and girls
- Tell stories of students and schools that help illuminate not only what the issues are, but how we live these issues
- Study and critique current or historic women’s social movements
- Take a multidisciplinary approach to help us understand the intersections of broader issues with education (such as healthcare and education).
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We are delighted to announce the following:
> The 2019 Summer Institute will be held in NYC July 15-18. More details will be released soon.
> The 2019 Annual Conference of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) to be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, October 16-18, at the Hilton Fort Collins.
Co-hosted by NNER settings, The Wyoming School – University Partnership and Colorado State University, the conference will serve to re-connect and engage Network partners in co-learning the ways in which school-university partnerships honor, advance, and provoke fresh relationships with local culture and community while negotiating the limitations and possibilities inherent in the practices, policies and mandates of School.
The conference theme and call for proposals will be announced soon!
Co-Hosted by our Lehman College/CUNY and Montclair State University settings, the National Network for Educational Renewal’s (NNER) Summer Symposium will take place July 16-19, 2018 in the Bronx, New York.
The Symposium is designed to deepen participant understanding of the NNER mission and Agenda for Education in a Democracy, which emphasizes the moral dimensions of schooling in a democracy and promotes a view of educators as ethical decision-makers responsible for disrupting inequities in school and assuring the engagement and learning of all students. The Symposium will be a place where NNER colleagues from across the nation demonstrate their commitment to civic responsibility and to critically examining the nature, causes, and means for eradicating social and institutional inequalities as well as to fostering the development of best practices for supporting productive learning for all students.
Symposium participants will engage in interactive sessions and shared learning experiences in the NYC area, such as a tour of the African Burial Ground National Monument located in Lower Manhattan. The sessions and activities will be used to emphasize the distinctive NNER structures, practices, and activities that promote the simultaneous renewal of the public schools and those who educate educators. Participants will leave with a shared understanding and common language based on the four NNER moral dimensions and obtain a renewed vision about why we engage in the work of NNER and how current events and educational policy environments impact public education.
If you are interested in sending participants to this intensive professional development opportunity, we must receive registrations no later than June 22nd, including the registration fee.
Fee: $600 per participant (includes travel between hotel and event space and most meals)
Please make checks payable to the National Network for Educational Renewal
Mail to: NNER c/o Linda Sedlacek
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A block of rooms has been reserved for July 15, 2018 – July 22, 2018. The special NNER Symposium room rate of $144 + tax/night will be available until June 27th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Rooms are reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Yonkers, NY (160 Corporate Blvd.).
Click here to reserve your room or call 866-868-9120 and mention group code “LCS” or Lehman College Summer Conference.
Please make your travel arrangements to consider the following:
- The Symposium will begin at 8:00am on Monday, July 16th.
- The Symposium will adjourn at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 19th.
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