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5.) The 2015 Annual UOTeachOUT Leadership Summit

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in an Era of Standards and Accountability
a conversation with Dr. Kevin Kumashiro
May 15, 2015

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The Education Leadership Summit is a multi-institutional Curriculum and Instruction leadership summit on sociocultural issues in education.

IMG_93792015 was the sixth year of commitment on the part of the UOTeachOUT faculty to bring together faculty from the Department of Education Studies, the College of Education Dean’s Office, the University of Oregon President’s Office, the Eugene School District, the Bethel School District, the Springfield School District, Lane Community College leadership, faculty from Lewis and Clark College, faculty from Pacific University, statewide leadership from the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Education Investment Board, the Oregon Leadership Network, national scholars of curriculum studies and gender and sexuality studies in education, youth advocacy organizations including the Community Alliance of Lane County, Basic Rights Oregon, Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition, HRC Welcoming Schools, the Pride Foundation, and the ASUO Women’s Center and LGBT ESSP to further knowledge of education equity issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation.

While the central focus of the UOTeachOUT Education Leadership summit each year is curricular engagements related to gender identity and sexual orientation minority studies in education these issues are addressed as part of the complex identities in operation in the classroom and throughout public education.  Therefore, a multidimensional approach to anti-oppressive education is taken at every leadership summit.  Race, language, social class, citizenship status, and issues of embodiment are addressed  in each annual anti-oppression curriculum and instruction UOTeachOUT summit.  A brief history of summit topics can be seen here.

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2015 UOTeachOUT Teacher Education Leadership Summit Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in an Era of Standards and Accountability Keynote: Dr. Kevin Kumashiro

The 2015 UOTeachOUT Teacher Education Leadership Summit focus is on:

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in an Era of Standards and Accountability

With keynote speaker:  Dr. Kevin Kumashiro

Dr. Kevin Kumashiro is the Dean of the College of Education at San Francisco State University, founder of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education, former President of National Association for Multicultural Education, and award winning author of 10 books on social justice and education.

The summit is an invitational seminar and work session for a team of educators who work across education sectors to further professional practice related to anti-oppressive teacher education and excellence in education for all of our multidimensional youth.

A video recording of the 2015 Summit from Friday, MAY 15, 2015 can be viewed here:

Questions about the annual summit can be addressed to Julia Heffernan, PhD.
Director of UOTeach Master’s Degrees and Licensure Program
at   uoteachout@uoregon.edu

The following excerpt from Dr. Kumashiro’s book Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice inspired the title for the 2015 event and helped to frame the workshop that day.


“Teaching towards social justice does not mean teaching the “better” curriculum or the better story; rather, it means teaching students to think independently, critically, and creatively about whatever story is being taught, whether that is the dominant narrative or any number of alternative perspectives from the margins.

Furthermore, teaching towards social justice involves preparing students to succeed in whatever context they find themselves, including contexts that privilege and value the dominant narratives, the mainstream culture, the “traditional values,” and the rules for succeeding that often are unspoken and taken-for-granted.

Curriculum standards are one way that schools can make such rules explicit and accessible.  

Therefore, while schools should not uncritically teach standards, it is also the case that schools should not reject curriculum standards as antithetical to social justice education.

Rather, schools should use standards in paradoxical ways, namely, by teaching students to reach them but simultaneously supporting students in seeing where and how the standards have gaps, where they include and exclude certain perspectives and experiences, advance certain goals, privilege certain groups, and so on.

Kevin Kumashiro
Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice


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