Public education advocates have a good problem this week in that there are two intriguing events to attend on April 9th: Barbara Miner’s speech and a workshop in Germantown to kick off development of an alternative to Common Core.
While surely the Germantown event will be dominated by conservatives, I do hope some center and left-of-center public education advocates will look past that and attend anyway.
Wednesday April 9, 4:30PM
University of Wisconsin-Waukesha
C101, Commons Building,
1500 N. University Drive
From UW Waukesha’s page:
WAUKESHA – Author and photographer Barbara Miner will present “Fighting for the Soul of Public Education” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.
The lecture, which takes place in Commons 101, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available during the lecture. UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha.
In her talk, Miner will consider how we can work together to create quality public schools across Wisconsin and what lessons from the past can help build a better future.
Miner is the author of the recently released book Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City (New York: New Press, 2013). The book won the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize, given annually by New Press to celebrate authors “who share Studs Terkel’s commitment to exploring aspects of America that are underrepresented by mainstream media.”
Miner has been a reporter, writer and editor for almost 40 years, for publications ranging from the New York Times to the Milwaukee Journal. The former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, Miner has co-edited numerous books on education, including Rethinking Columbus.
Miner has a BA in journalism, a master’s in English literature and an associate degree in photography. In 2008 she received a Mary L. Nohl Fellowship, which led to a 60-page photo essay on North Avenue, beginning at the lakefront in Milwaukee and ending 16 miles later in Pewaukee. Among her photography books is This is What Democracy Looks Like, a 40-page collection of scenes from the Madison uprising in the spring of 2011.
More information about Miner can be found atwww.barbarajminer.com.