Associated Initiative

Contesting Public Education: Opting Out, Activism, and Dissent in Education Policy

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Center for Advanced Study
Levis Faculty Center--Room 210
919 W. Illinois Street

Event Description
Each year, the journal Educational Theory, brings leading scholars to campus to address fundamental questions about fundamental educational concepts and their implications for policy and practice. This year’s institute explore such questions as:
  • What values and claims are at stake when parents and students opt out of education?
  • How do these claims intersect with public goals for education, including equity?
  • How might opting out be understood as a form of dissent, activism and political action?

The conference is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments provided. Please RSVP to Emily Comer (ecomer3@illinois.edu) to help us estimate attendance.


8:30-9:00 Coffee and pastries

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:15-10:45 Panel 1: The History and Politics of Opting Out
Terri Wilson & Michele Moses (UC Boulder)
Quentin Wheeler-Bell (Indiana Univ.)
Response by David Blacker (Univ. of Delaware)

11:00-12:30 Panel 2: Student Resistance and Teacher Activism
Ashley Taylor (Colgate)
Terrenda White (UC Boulder)
Response by Kaine Osburn (Lake Zurich CUSD 95)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Panel 3: The Democratic Dimensions of Dissent
Amy Shuffelton (Loyola Univ., Chicago)
Sarah Stitzlein (Univ. of Cincinnati)
Response by Paula McAvoy (UW Madison)

COSPONSORED by the Learning Publics Initiative (Center for Advanced Study), The State of Learning: The University in a Divided Nation (A Provost's Office Initiative, supported by the Center for Advanced Study), The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership.