CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS: Multicultural Perspectives
The Silver Anniversary Issue
Looking Back and Pushing Forward: Twenty Five Years of NAME
This special issue of Multicultural Perspectives is intended to celebrate as well as to investigate where we are 25 years into the founding of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Our organization has reached a quarter century milestone, which gives us an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on where we are now as an organization and our stewardship of multicultural education as a scholarly field of study. By necessity, such a reflection demands highlighting our accomplishments and successes as guardians of “wrong thinking.” At the same time, this is an opportunity for us to name the work that remains to be done. Can we challenge ourselves to name our elephants in the room and landmines on the battlefield that may directly (or inadvertently) serve to stymie our efforts in the years to come?
We invite submissions to any of three sections of the journal (Advancing the Conversation, Creating Multicultural Classrooms, or Personal Perspectives) on topics related to the 25th anniversary theme: Looking Back and Pushing Forward.
Continue reading Call for Manuscripts: NAME’s 25th Anniversary Journal
Announcing the Call for Proposals for the
PA-NAME – 17th Annual Conference – 2015
La Plume, PA
April 10-11, 2015
Inclusive Multicultural Education: Uniting for Political, Economic and Educational Empowerment
The 17th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education will focus on the various ways political, economic and educational issues intersect in the multicultural education movement. As NAME strives to be at the forefront of empowering individuals through education and community building, this conference will focus on the idea of inclusive education to inspire conference attendees to become critical thinkers and actors, find their voice, identify inequities, and advocate for social change.
- Dr. Bill Howe, Past President of NAME
- Arthur Breese, Director of Diversity, Geisinger Health System
- Dr. David Coppola, President, Keystone College
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
Presentations should be designed to analyze and generate conversation addressing various dimensions of diversity, social justice, and multicultural education. Proposals addressing the research and the application of concepts related to the theme are also invited. The deadline for priority consideration for received proposals is December 15, 2014. The final deadline is January 5, 2015. The conference committee, comprised of PA-NAME members, will review and select proposals based on applicability, creativity, and clarity. Accepted presenters will be notified by January 19, 2015. All presenters will be responsible for their own conference fees and travel expenses. Please click here to submit a conference presentation proposal.
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Muchas gracias, Tucson, for an INCREDIBLY POWERFUL
24th Annual NAME Conference!
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CALL for Papers for the 2015 International Conference
hosted by the Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME)
April 30 to May 2, 2015 at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
The theme of the 2015 KAME international conference is:
“For the Welfare of Humankind: Multicultural Citizenship Education in a Global Context”
The conference will provide a platform for researchers, students, policy makers and practitioners in the field of multicultural education from home and abroad to share ideas and research findings, and build up a worldwide network of scholarly discussions and friendship.
KAME invites submissions of manuscripts. Any presentation pertaining to the conference theme or related topics dealing with research agendas and policy issues in the field of multicultural education are welcome. Please submit the manuscript electronically with a short curricular vitae email@example.com (or firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 31, 2014. The KAME will inform the authors of whether the submitted paper is accepted by January 20, 2015.
Some prominent keynote speakers and invited presenters of the conference include:
Bill Ayers (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Cherry Banks (University of Washington, USA)
James Banks (University of Washington, USA)
Paul Gorski (EdChange, USA)
Carl Grant (University of Wisconsin-Madison, US A )
Rahil Ismail ( National Institute of Education, Singapore)
Ann Lopez (University of Toronto, Canada)
Darren Lund (University of Calgary, Canada)
Jabari Mahiri (University of California Berkeley, USA)
Wayne Martino (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Barbara Pamphilon (University of Canberra, Australia)
Christine Sleeter (California State University, Monterey Bay, USA)
Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex, UK)
Call for Submissions and Travel Awards:
Multicultural Education Review (MER), the peer-reviewed official international journal of the KAME, invites submissions of manuscripts. Any topics dealing with research agendas and policy issues in the field of multicultural education are welcome. Please submit the manuscript electronically to MER via theonline submission system of MER (journals.sfu.ca/mer). The Editor of MER guarantees an editorial decision within no more than six months, and the accepted articles will be published in MER within a year after the final decision is made.
Each year KAME will choose 10 accepted articles and offer travel awards to the authors, including airline ticket (maximum of US$800 reimbursement for scholars from North and South Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East; maximum of US$500 reimbursement for scholars from Asia) plus a hotel room for three nights during the any KAME annual international conference of the author’s choice.
Please send any inquiry to the following addresses:
Professor Seung-Hwan Ham, email@example.com or
Professor Yun-Kyung Cha, President, Korean Association for Multicultural Education (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WOW what a great conference!!
NAME 24th International ANNUAL Conference
in Tucson AZ – Nov. 5 – 9, 2014
Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education: Con Comunidad, Cariño y Coraje
Many fronteras (borders) aim to divide us as a human family. Most obvious are those geo-political fronteras that divide one nation from another, even when they separate people who share common socio-cultural histories. Some of the most problematic fronteras exist within the tacit ideologies that guide our actions and that have colonized our minds. Ideological fronteras are created to divide people and to reinforce hierarchies: Whites over Blacks, rich over poor, males over females, heterosexuals over LGBTQ, able bodied over disabled, citizen over recent arrival, English speakers over speakers of other languages, non-Indigenous over Indigenous. These hierarchies create “others” of those who are pushed to the margins. We recognize that fronteras while having been created can also be dismantled. Fronteras are, after all, constructed by people and as such can be dismantled by people. Dismantling fronteras is no easy task, as strong forces are at play to keep people divided and power in the hands of the privileged few. Dismantling them asks that we engage in meaningful interaction and respectful dialogue aimed at understanding each other, seeking places of commonality while affirming our social differences, and building capacity for social change. This requires that we build a sense of comunidad (community), filled with cariño (loving care) and the coraje (courage) to have the difficult but critical conversations at the heart of building our capacity for change. It asks that we reach across lines of difference to enter another’s world, building solidarity in a struggle for equity, inclusion, access and justice. We invite you (students, parents, educators, scholars, and community activists) to participate in the 2014 conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education in Tucson, Arizona, where we will seek ways in which a critical, social justice oriented multicultural education can serve as a tool aimed at dismantling false fronteras that divide us from ourselves. We especially invite those whose work moves between the P-16 classroom and the community to address pressing social challenges.
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Why is NAME going to Arizona???
Dear NAME Members,
It was great to see many of you last week in Oakland at NAME’s 23rd International Conference. We hope you were as re-energized by what occurred there as we were. We are planning the next conference for Tucson, AZ on November 5-9, 2014. Many of you are aware of the racist and mono-culturalist efforts by Arizona politicians and Tucson school board members to ban ethnic studies as well as a large number of books on critical education and Mexican American history. Because of these repressive measures, many of us had felt that it was our duty to boycott Arizona and Tucson. But in talking with activists there–including activists from the public-school classrooms, and those at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and those who have just founded the Tucson NAME chapter–one plea has been resoundingly clear: come to Tucson, act in solidarity, and create a presence of NAME as part of their efforts to fight back. There is urgency in this struggle, because the verdict of the right-wing school board has not been final and important changes are still taking place (see the Los Angeles Times article below). In fact, in fall 2014 the Ninth Circuit Court will once again take up the challenge to the ban on ethnic studies. We have heeded the call and we aim to organize a NAME conference that gathers us onsite to generate great energy and enthusiasm for the advancement of multicultural education and in support of ethnic studies in the Southwest. We know that NAME will receive an enthusiastic welcome from the deep and diverse community of Tucson and nearby southern Arizona communities reaching all the way to Nogales, Mexico. In Tucson we will have an opportunity to explore the struggle of the border, beginning with the US-Mexico border but also the borders that separate and oppress–from continuing Jim Crow voting practices to gender oppression to the barriers of class and power. We call on all of you, the entire NAME membership, to join us in envisioning the kind of transformative and inspiring gathering that the Tucson conference could be. We are needed now and there as much as ever. More information on the conference, including the conference theme and ways to get involved, will be announced soon. Sincerely, NAME Board of Directors More info from the Los Angeles Times: “Fighting to end Tucson ‘ban’ on books, Latino activist wins” http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-latino-activist-tucson-ban-on-books-20131107,0,4089395.story#axzz2kO3Mq8fi ***
Date: September 27, 2014
To: Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
Office of the Board
333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
From: National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
Re: Statement of Support for Ethnic Studies in the Los Angeles Unified School District
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) supports the campaign (http://www.EthnicStudiesNow.com) to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Since its founding almost a quarter century ago NAME has advocated for equity and justice, particularly for groups most underserved in our public school systems. We believe that education can rise to the highest levels of quality and equity when it is centered on multicultural curriculum and instruction. That is, education can offer a strong foundation for building communities that reflect core American values of democracy and ideals of educational success for all children when it (a) reflects and values the many ways that we are similar to and different from one another, (b) prepares all children to flourish in their personal and professional lives amidst this diversity, and (c) refuses to ignore the inequities that often accompany differences along lines of race, ethnicity, nation, social class, gender, sexuality, language, religion, disability, and other dimensions. Such ideals manifest in the core goals and principles of Ethnic Studies, and as such, we support the proposal for LAUSD to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement.
Ethnic Studies programs contribute to the educational enterprise significantly in a number of ways. For ethnic groups that have historically been marginalized in schools and society, Ethnic Studies fosters a more positive sense of self, which in turn affects engagement and improves academic performance and social engagement. For all ethnic groups, Ethnic Studies fills deep gaps in traditional curriculum, offering to all students, regardless of ethnic identity, an opportunity to learn about more diverse experiences and perspectives, ask different kinds of questions, and grapple with more contradictions and complexities. Ethnic Studies is essential for any student to flourish as well as to develop critical thinking skills that can address the increasingly complex problems in our diverse society.
Unfortunately, many so-called “reforms” and initiatives are underway across the United States that move curriculum and instruction in the exact opposite direction from what research tells us to be most effective. High-stakes testing is increasing the amount of time that students spend preparing for standardized tests that assess narrowly what students know and can do, often with curriculum that includes a narrow range of subject areas, a lower level of cognitive skills, and an inability to make connections to the lives and communities of our students, despite the research that shows the importance of offering curriculum that is engaged, interdisciplinary, and challenging. Overlapping with calls for curriculum standards is a deep and widespread belief that education can and should be racially neutral or “color-blind,” despite compelling research that reveals how curriculum cannot help but to include only some perspectives and experiences and not others. Such color-blind ideology helps us to understand why some critics of Ethnic Studies argue that such curriculum is “biased” or “un-American.” The controversy in Tucson is illustrative. The critics of the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District argued that Mexican American Studies is biased but failed to see the reverse, namely, that a curriculum with deep gaps in the history and literature of Mexican Americans is necessarily one that centers and normalizes White Americans, but which is insidiously framed as un-biased. In 2010, NAME issued a statement (available on our website, http://nameorg.org) that assails the state of Arizona’s banning of Ethnic Studies in schools. Over the past year, as the struggles moved to the courts, we have continued to support Tucson’s students, educators, and community members in their fight for the right to democratic education in their schools.
The School Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District stands at a key historical juncture, where your decision to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in the third largest school district in the United States can serve as a model for districts everywhere. We urge the School Board to adopt this requirement, and we urge our membership and allies to support this struggle to make the goals of Ethnic Studies central to public education in Los Angeles and beyond.
Cool off with the latest newsletter from GA NAME for Spring 2014, entitled “What’s the IDEA?”
A publication of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education
Inside this issue:
- Exploring Education & Politics
- Spotlight on GA NAME’s Learn In on Education Reform in Georgia
- Understanding the Consequences of Standardized Tests and Test Validity
- Examining the Neo-Civil War on the Common Core
- A Review of 2014 Legislation
- Open Call for Submissions onWellness. Submit today! See our submission guidelines.
Dear NAME Community:
In light of the troubling Arizona State University police incident in which an African American professor experienced harassment and violent aggression, the NAME Board would like to remind our community of the importance of being vigilant against racism in all its forms. We cannot presume to know what went through the mind of the university police officer, but we do know the official response from Arizona State University has thus far all but ignored the larger context of U.S.-sanctioned violence against people of color, and police brutality against African Americans in particular. The point is not about who this happened to or even who may have extended the reach of the law, but rather that public funded educational institutions have once again failed to model civility, dignity, and critical examination of the historical structures of racism that foster such violently charged interactions with people of color.
Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies has written a statement of concern calling for an independent and thorough investigation of the incident. The NAME Board of Directors voted to co-sign this statement on behalf of the NAME community.
We encourage you to access the statement of concern via the link below. Please read the statement and consider responses to such occurrences, which will continue to be part of our daily lives until we disrupt the systems that validate them.
AZCES Statement of Concern: http://azethnicstudies.com/archives/565
Additional links of interest:
“AZCES Poses Questions for Announced External Audit in Ore Case”:http://azethnicstudies.com/archives/588
MoveOn Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/justice-for-professor
Friends of Ersula Ore Supporters’ Website: http://www.erslegaldefense.com
Announcing the launch of NAME’s 2014 Annual Campaign…
…for donations and gifts that will
significantly increase the capacity of NAME to sustain our work and expand our reach.
From the announcement by President Kevin Kumashiro:
“For over twenty years, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) has boldly advocated for equity and social justice in schools and society, and has provided invaluable support to thousands of educators, counselors, school leaders, community members, and young people who embrace and engage in multicultural education. In these challenging times for schools, NAME is more committed than ever before to expand its initiatives and resources … and we need your help to do so.
Today, we are launching an Annual Campaign for donations and gifts that will significantly increase the capacity of NAME to sustain our work and expand our reach.
Why donate? As the president of NAME, whether I am visiting our local chapters or greeting attendees at our regional and national conferences, I am fortunate to hear from people across the country. In these stories of struggles and challenges, and of innovations and accomplishments, I am struck by the various roles that NAME has played as a source of support and community. From our conferences and professional development opportunities to our publications and online resources, NAME is striving to provide the resources that you need to make our schools and society better places for all.
But we can and must do more. The attacks on public education, the scapegoating of teachers, the “reforms” that purport to support struggling communities but that actually widen inequities—these are becoming more and more pervasive, to a point where teachers are telling us that they feel more demoralized and less able to truly teach than ever before. NAME has recently launched new initiatives that reflect our commitment to building a stronger movement for equity and justice in education: from our media toolkit on teacher evaluation, and our summer institute and forthcoming book on diversifying the teacher workforce, to our support for the legal struggles to protect ethnic studies, and our partnerships with local and national organizations on common causes.
We need your help to do even more than ever. Please help to kick off our Annual Campaign by making your tax-deductible donation today, and please encourage others to become a member of NAME and/or to support this Campaign.”
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February 25, 2014 — The Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) has just released the following position statement opposing the passage of Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill, and we encourage NAME members and other advocates for equity and civil rights to read, discuss, share, and act:
NAME Position Statement on Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) joins with advocates of civil rights across the state of Arizona and amplifies our nation’s founding principles of liberty and justice for all by calling on Arizona Governor Brewer to veto the pending “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (House Bill 2153/Senate Bill 1062).
Known by many as the “right to discriminate” or the “do not serve gays” bill, this anti-gay legislation uses the concept of religious freedom to make it illegal to sue a business (including an individual, company, or church) for refusing to serve gay and other customers if the business owner believes that doing so violates their religious beliefs. That is, discriminating against such groups as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals because of religious beliefs would be allowable if this bill becomes law.
NAME condemns Arizona lawmakers for using the constitutional right of free exercise of religion, which we cherish and hold dearly, as a cover for discriminating against certain groups in society. The truly American value of religious freedom has everything to do with protecting the dignity, liberty, and agency of every human being, and should not be the basis for denying such protections for anyone, including and especially those groups that already experience discrimination and injustice.
NAME chose Arizona as the site of our 2014 annual conference in order to support the important work of educators, students, and advocates who are defending the right to a quality, relevant, empowering education in a time when ethnic studies is under intense attack in the Tucson Unified School District and beyond. We will be shining a national spotlight on ways that Arizona leads the nation in its racially unjust approach to education. We hope that Arizona will not again lead the nation in undermining the rights and dignity of its very own communities with the proposed, unjust approach to legalizing discrimination against LGBT Arizonans.
Governor Brewer has the opportunity to hold Arizona lawmakers accountable by reprimanding the legislature for even imagining this bill, and NAME calls on her to veto the bill and, instead, to insist that Arizona reaffirm its commitment to nurturing every one of its communities and peoples.
NAME urges its members and allies to raise your voice and demand the veto of this bill.
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