The Symposium offered education faculty and college leaders the opportunity to reflect on our central question: How can 21st-century colleges of education prepare educators to build an informed citizenry? In an era of high-stakes testing, DePaul and Facing History agree that we must not lose sight of one of the core obligations of a college of education: to prepare educational professionals to address complex social issues such as ostracism, racism, and violence by developing safe and inclusive schools that integrate ethical reflection, intellectual rigor, and emotional engagement.
During the Symposium, participants learned more about the DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration; examined with their colleagues the underlying themes, strategies, and pedagogy that they experienced during the Institute; reflected about how these complex ideas apply in their own lives and practice; and considered how they might apply what they have learned in their home institution.
The Symposium focused on the following topics:
- How the DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration engages with pre-service educators, in-service educational professionals, and education faculty.
- How the various ideas and resources presented in the Summer Institute may be integrated into colleges of education.
- How methods for enhancing curriculum and professional development programming help educators create safe and inclusive classrooms and foster respectful dialogue about sensitive topics.
- How to achieve faculty buy-in.
- How to secure resources in order to develop and maintain programs and activities.
- How to evaluate the impact of collaboration programming on teacher practice and student learning.
- How to apply the Summer Institute/Symposium ideas, resources, and strategies at home institutions.
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