Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Journal of Educational Controversy Announces a New Call for Papers: Teaching for Social Justice in a Highly Politicized Historical Moment

 The Journal of Educational Controversy announces a new call for papers for Volume 15.

Theme: Teaching for Social Justice in a Highly Politicized Historical Moment

Controversy Addressed:

As the nation begins to reckon with its racial past, it is now experiencing a backlash by some states implementing laws and policies that will target how civics education, controversial topics, and divisive issues will be discussed from kindergarten through higher education.  From restrictions on the teaching of academic theories that analyze systemic racism to limiting other race-related discussions in the classroom, actions by these states pose not only a challenge and a danger to traditional academic freedom but also to the very definition of the role of education in a democratic society.

 This issue of the Journal of Educational Controversy asks authors to contribute their thoughts on issues such as:

 1.            How should racism be appropriately addressed at different age levels and the college classroom?  What social, historical, political, and cultural understandings should be brought to bear on the conversation?  How do we defend the educational significance for the choices we make?  How do we act in proactive ways to engage in such work so that we are not forced to be reactive?

2.            How are we to understand the political nature of the attacks against theories like Critical Race Theory and other current political actions by states to restrict and censor discussions on race in order for us to counter them more effectively?  What political dynamics and historical precedents are at play?  Can incidents from the past illuminate a response today?

3.            How should university professors prepare the next generation of teachers in confronting these issues?  

4.           What would it look like if a college of education took on the work of dismantling structural racism?

Deadline for manuscripts: February 15, 2022

Journal of Educational Controversy Website: https://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/

For questions, contact Lorraine.Kasprisin@wwu.edu

Monday, August 23, 2021



Conference Headquarters:

The University of Vermont

Old Mill Building 94 University Place

Burlington, VT 05405

Link to Interactive Campus Map and Downtown Burlington Map

University of Vermont Parking Information

University of Vermont COVID-19 Policies

Please note that we will strictly adhere to all UVM health and safety regulations as well as all CDC recommendations. All conference participants will mask while indoors. 

Vaccination is strongly urged for all visitors to UVM’s campus.

Thursday, 10/7/21

6pm-8pm                        Cocktail party at John Dewey house, hosted by Eric & Robin                                                        Gershman

                                        186 South Willard

                                        Burlington, VT 05401

                                        *Weather permitting. At 7pm, host and author Eric Gershman will be

                                        reading from his John Dewey based story, Alive in the Basement.                                                Sneak preview: https://www.wattpad.com/Eric_Wayne.

Friday, 10/08/21


Registration & Welcome Table (Old Mill Building/John Dewey Lounge)


Official Conference Welcome (John Dewey Lounge)


First Concurrent Paper Sessions


Coffee Break


Second Concurrent Paper Sessions


Lunch Break (on your own)


John Dewey Memorial Symposium (John Dewey Lounge)


Cynthia Belliveau, Lisa Heldke, & Raymond Boisvert

Third Concurrent Paper Sessions


Fourth Concurrent Paper Sessions


School & Society Forum (John Dewey Lounge)


NEPES Keynote Address and Coffee Reception (John Dewey Lounge)


Mariana Souto-Manning

NEPES Business Meeting (John Dewey Lounge)

Saturday, 10/9

8am-9:00am        Fellowship Walk of Dewey Sites with Sarah Stitzlein and Cara Furman

(Requires approximately two miles of walking total. Meet at Dewey’s gravesite beside Ira Allen Chapel on University Place for a prompt departure at 8:00am.)

9am-9:45am        Tour of the Dewey Collection at UVM Billings Library (Billings Library,

48 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405)

10:00am-12noon    Fifth Paper Session (John Dewey Lounge)

12noon-1:00pm    Lunch Break (on your own)

1pm-2:45pm       John Dewey Memorial Lecture and John Dewey Society Awards Ceremony (John Dewey Lounge)

Meira Levinson, Distilling the Spirit of Ethical Democratic Education: New Craft Cocktails of Challenges, or Old Politics in New Bottles?

In this talk, Meira Levinson will explore contemporary challenges in educational ethics, including conflicts over history and civic education, whether (and if so how) to measure COVID-related learning loss, and who should decide if (and if so, when) children and teachers should be required to attend schools in-person rather than remotely. She will argue that each of these challenges poses ethical questions that are specific to the current moment, but that they also collectively activate longer-term concerns about democratic decision-making and the distribution of power in a diverse polity. In the spirit of inclusive and Deweyan collaboration, Levinson will invite audience members to deliberate together about some of these dilemmas, in addition to offering her own ideas.

3pm-5:30pm       John Dewey Society Emerging Scholars Forum (John Dewey Lounge) 

6:30pm-7:30pm     John Dewey Society Business Meeting & Reception (John Dewey


8:00pm            Dinner and Drinks at local restaurant for those interested

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Saturday, 10/9

*Must Pre-Register with Kyle Greenwalt, greenwlt@msu.edu. Thanks to the generosity of our conference partners, all experiential sessions are free for participants.

**More information on the nature of experiences will be shared as it becomes available.

10am-12noon      Dewey Kitchen session (must pre-register, 16 participants per session)

Marsh Life Sciences Building 109 Carrigan Drive

Burlington, VT 05405

A Day on the Farm: Experiencing Place and Sustainability in Teacher Education

3:30pm-6:00pm, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. Together, Shelburne Farms and the University of Vermont are working to envision a new kind of teacher education that is place-based and attuned to global sustainability. In this workshop you will learn about the principles, pedagogies, and protocols that guide this work as we engage with the complexity of the Shelburne Farms landscape together. Dewey knew this landscape well as a child exploring the farms, forests, and mountains surrounding Lake Champlain.

*Families are invited to walk and explore the Farm during the workshop.

Number of Participants: 25 under current COVID protocols; 12 if more strict social-distancing is required. Pre-registration is first come, first serve. Participants must have their own transportation (though JDS can help with carpooling).

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

John Dewey Society Nominations & Awards 2021: Nominees Sought


Nominations & Recognition


JDS President-Elect & Board of Directors

Nominees are sought for the office of President-Elect and Board of Directors as well as the JDS Lifetime Achievement and JDS Outstanding Achievement Awards. Any JDS member may nominate a candidate for any of the JDS awards or offices, and members are free to self-nominate. Nominees for the awards do not need to be members of JDS, but nominees for the offices must be JDS members. Please submit the nomination before June 30, 2021 to Anthony DeCeasare, chair of the Nominating Committee, at ADECESA1@depaul.edu (additional committee members include Kalyan Das and David Hildebrand). Please also include a letter explaining how the candidate qualifies for such an award/office, taking into consideration the specified criteria below.


John Dewey Society Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

The Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to the individual who, in the judgment of the committee, exemplifies, over a lifetime of work, the Deweyan tradition of connecting theory and practice. Each year, the award will recognize: a scholar-practitioner who, in the Deweyan tradition, connects the worlds of theory and practice in promoting the development of democratic citizens; or an exceptional explicator and interpreter of Dewey’s philosophy and educational theory. This award is not limited to scholars working specifically in or on Dewey studies, though such scholars obviously should be considered. Rather, the intent of the committee is to recognize a lifetime of accumulated scholarship that exemplifies a Deweyan approach to educational practice, educational theory, and the public sphere. The nominating letter for this award should include a description of the cumulative record of scholarship and/or practice that makes the nominee deserving of the award. The criteria the committee will be keeping in mind are: (1) the congruence between the work of Dewey and the work of the nominee, and (2) the achievement of a coherent body of work over a lifetime of practice and scholarship. Inclusion of the nominee’s c.v. will be helpful for the committee, and additional letters of support from colleagues are encouraged.



John Dewey Society Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement will be awarded to those individuals who, in the judgment of the committee, have most strongly exemplified the Deweyan tradition of connecting theory and practice. Each year, the awards will recognize significant achievements in scholarship and/or in social, cultural, or educational practice accomplished within the two previous calendar years (January – December). This award is not limited to scholars working specifically in or on Dewey studies, though such scholars obviously should be considered. Rather, the intent of the committee is to recognize a particular achievement, in scholarship or in practice, that exemplifies, expands, develops, or contributes to Dewey’s view of education for democratic life. The letter for this award should provide sufficient detail about the achievement and its connection to Deweyan scholarship and/or practice for the committee to make its decision, and additional letters of support from colleagues are encouraged.


 All replies should go to Anthony DeCeasare, chair of the Nominating Committee, at ADECESA1@depaul.edu.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

John Dewey Memorial Conference: A Joint Meeting of the John Dewey Society and the North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society with the UVM Department of Education - Call for Proposals

John Dewey Memorial Conference

 A Joint Meeting of the John Dewey Society and the North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society with the UVM Department of Education

Due: June 1, 2021



 The John Dewey Society aims to foster intelligent inquiry into the pressing social
problems of our time, especially pertaining to the place and function of education in
resolving such problems, as well as to share, discuss, and disseminate the results of
such inquiries.


The John Dewey Society invites paper proposals for its annual meeting, to be held in Burlington, Vermont on October 8-9, 2021. Come join us for a weekend of scholarship, community, and experiential learning—all in the place that Dewey once called home.

To acknowledge the wide impact of Dewey’s work across philosophical scholarship, community organizing, education, and more, we issue a broad and open call. We seek submissions that take up the ideas and spirit of Dewey in new and creative ways. We welcome papers that apply Deweyan approaches to engage philosophical issues and analyze social, political, and educational situations. We request papers that use a Deweyan lens to provide directives through challenging times and environments. We invite papers that continue the Deweyan legacy by opening new conversations about the continued relevance of the American Pragmatist tradition.

Accepted submissions will also be considered for publication in one of the journals sponsored by the John Dewey Society, including Education & Culture, the Journal of School & Society, and Dewey Studies.

How to Submit

Submit all proposals via email with an attachment as a Word document. All proposals are due by midnight EST, June 1, 2021, via email to Kyle Greenwalt, John Dewey Society President-Elect, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, greenwlt@msu.edu. Any questions should be directed to Kyle. Proposals accepted for presentation will be notified no later than July 1, 2021. Full papers will be due by September 15, 2021 for the discussants to prepare remarks.

Proposal Guidelines

Part 1

Using the subject line, “JDS Proposal,” send an email to greenwlt@msu.edu with the following information included in the body of the message:

(1.) The title of your paper
(2.) Your name, title, and institutional affiliation (if any)
(3.) Your address, phone, and email address
(4.) An abstract of up to 100 words
(5.) The status of your JDS membership (current member, interested in
joining, needs more information, etc.)
(6.) Are you a graduate student who is interested in being considered for
the John Dewey Society Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award?

Part 2
Attach a Word document to your email. That document should have all identifying information removed for anonymous review. In that Word document, please provide the following:

(1.) The title of your paper
(2.) A descriptive summary of your paper (maximum length 1000 words), explaining your paper and its significance. List several references to place your contribution in the broader scholarly conversation.

Learn more at: https://www.johndeweysociety.org/

Thank you for your interest in progressive education, social
amelioration, and the John Dewey Society!