2014 Transformative Researchers and Educators for Democracy Conference

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2014 Transformative Researchers and Educators for Democracy Conference

Download the conference program

Where to stay

Fairfield Inn and Suites
New Bedford
185 MacArthur Drive
New Bedford, MA 02740

Be sure to ask for the UMass visitor rate

How Public is Public Education?

3rd Annual TRED Conference 
November 14 and 15, 2014
Woodland Commons
UMass Dartmouth

Hosted by the Doctoral Students of the Department of Educational Leadership

On November 14-15, Educational Leadership and Policy Department at UMass Dartmouth will be hosting the third annual TRED Conference, How Public is Public Education? (Download the conference program.)

Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on November 14th, and, then, MTA President Barbara Madeloni will commence the conference, followed by Wayne Au's keynote address. On Saturday, registration will begin 8:00 am and Pauline Lipman will deliver her keynote address at 8:45. The conference consists of paper presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions. Register for the conference now.

TRED recognizes that public education is a pillar of our democratic society. Current efforts for educational “reform” seem focused on bringing the free market into America's public schools; creating competition, holding teachers accountable through high stakes testing, and homogenizing curriculum standards regardless of community circumstances or student population. Vouchers and charter schools are two of the “reforms” proposed by private foundations and for-profit mega-media corporations.

What is the future of our public schools if we continue down this road toward privatization? This leads to the question: How public is public education? The 2014 TRED Conference will look at this question from several critical perspectives and provide a forum for participants to examine and discuss current and prospective issues.

TRED (Transformative Research Educators for Democracy)
Through this conferences and our community and school engagements, TRED aims to address public issues in educational policies and practices that are both local and global. We hope that you will encourage your colleagues and/or students to attend this event. 

TRED Conference 2013

TRED Conference 2013

TRED Conference 2013

TRED Conference 2013

TRED Conference 2013


Wayne Au
Professor of Education
Chair of the Diversity Council
University of Washington, Bothell

Pauline Lipman
Professor of Educational Policy Studies
Director of the Collaborative for Equity
and Justice in Education
University of Illinois, Chicago

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Janson