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Moral Mondays leader to receive Dewey Award

Last chance to get tickets for Spring Education Conference

The Rev. William Barber will receive the UFT's John Dewey Award at the Spring Ed El-Wise Noisette

The Rev. William Barber will receive the UFT's John Dewey Award at the Spring Education Conference, led by activists in Albany in early 2015 to call for an end to attacks on teachers and to demand fair and equitable funding for public schools.

Rev. William Barber, the president of the North Carolina NAACP and the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, will receive the UFT’s most prestigious award at the union’s Spring Education Conference on May 13 at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

The John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education will honor Rev. Barber for his success in bringing together thousands of people from all economic backgrounds and ethnicities in nonviolent protest against voter suppression, cuts to public education and social programs, gun violence and environmental harms.

When he addressed the Democratic National Convention this past summer, Barber brought the audience to its feet with his call to action to challenge the forces intent on stopping “the heart of our democracy.”

“We are being called, like our forefathers and foremothers, to be the moral defibrillators of our time,” Barber said.

Rev. Barber joins a long list of distinguished educators and education advocates who have received the Dewey Award including Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and former President Bill Clinton.

The daylong conference, the union’s signature education event of the year, will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by a morning town hall, workshops and a large and varied exhibit hall. It concludes with a gala luncheon and the presentation of the Dewey Award, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $50. To register for the Spring Education Conference, sign up here »

Participants can choose from among eight workshops for CTLE hours. The one-hour workshops will focus on building restorative practices in your school, creating safe spaces at school and how students can use cutting-edge technology to collaborate and create exciting projects.

One two-hour workshop will show educators how they can use theater and visual arts to help students build context for the Middle Passage. For educators who teach English language learners, there will be a two-hour workshop on using language proficiency levels to plan targeted instruction. Another two-hour workshop will explore implicit bias and how educators jeopardize student trust if it is not addressed. Mindfulness meditation and using questioning and discussion techniques to create a more student-centered classroom will be the focuses of the other two-hour workshops.

See full descriptions of the workshops »

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