Inaugural School & Society Forum

The John Dewey Society for the Study of Education and Culture


The British Columbia Federation of Teachers

Cordially invite you to join in the


Inaugural School & Society Forum


Intent: A public space embracing dialogue, interaction, and deliberation

concerning school and society issues across multiple stakeholders—P-16

teachers, policymakers, administrators, scholars, parents, community educators,

& interest groups—drawing upon John Dewey’s thinking and contemporary

reinterpretations extending Dewey’s commitments to democratic schooling.


When:  Friday, April 13, 8:30am-11am

Where:  Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University, 500 Granville Street

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  (within close proximity to AERA headquarters hotels)


Teachers’ Unions Build Trust in Teachers

Panel:  Representatives from the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) will offer perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for the union in producing community trust in teachers and exercising teacher agency on behalf of learners and learning. Topics and speakers include:


Professional autonomyJoanna Larson is a member of the BCTF Executive Committee from Prince Rupert, BC, and has been a member of the BCTF Professional Issues Advisory Committee.


Advocacy for educators and educationKip Wood is a member of the BCTF Executive Committee from Nanaimo, BC.


Parent and community supportMarjorie Dumont is the Coordinator of the Aboriginal Education Program of the BCTF.


Panel Discussion: Audience participation will follow, facilitated by Dr. Paul Shaker, Professor Emeritus and immediate past Dean, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia