- 2013 Session
- Place Based Education Panel –
- Bart Eddy (Detroit CommunitySchools),
- Elizabeth Whittaker (Nsoroma Institute),
- Virgil Taylor (Peace Project), Cassidy Rosen and
- Fernando Abbud (Colorado)
Evening – Place-Based Education Panel (moderated by Shea Howell)
What happened? What did we learn? Who did we hear from?
- Bart Eddy: young people want to transform our city, and as an educator it’s our job to awaken that in them. Working on many hands-on community projects
- Virgil Taylor: Doing similar projects to Bart. Need to move away from awards, statistics and recognition. Gave story of gang members responding like kids when treated like them (versus being labeled).
- Elizabeth Whittaker: “We see children as ancestors returned” “We believe that children are inherently gifted” decentralizing the West; cultural framework – words are powerful – they change the world, the atmosphere → mediation at the beginning of the day; half male teaching staff. Part of framework: you are the creator of your own reality, which means you have a responsibility. Aquaponics and food justice. When children find value in themselves and their neighborhood, then they’ll take care of it.
- Cassidy and Fernando: discussed ‘Another City is Possible: Reimagining Detroit’ – course did readings on Boggs Center writing and worked with community organizations. Students were responsible for figuring out how to facilitate safe and open discussions. Regular writing and reflections.