On Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Foundation Hall’s Manzulli Boardroom, please join us for a lecture and discussion, “Educational Leadership for a Humane Culture in a Globalizing Reality,” featuring keynote speaker Caryn McTighe Musil and panelists from the Wagner Education Department and visiting faculty from the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv, Israel. This fascinating discussion about civic engagement, transformational leadership and humane, socially responsible education will be followed by a reception. The two parts of the program are described below.
Part 1: 5 to 6 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Topic and discussion with Kibbutzim College faculty: Our rapidly globalizing world presents challenges for diverse cultures to talk to one another and to find common ground around values. This is especially a concern in diverse democracies that rely on deliberation. Despite the pressing need for people across cultures to learn from the values embedded in each others' world views, the current educational context in the United States too often shies away from controversial cross-cultural explorations and emphasizes a values-neutral, information-oriented approach to pedagogy.
Increasingly, however, there is a need to understand and lead within value-laden social, political and economic frameworks that have not yet been fully articulated. How, then, might current P-16 educators conceptualize and promote the educational goals for the next generation of citizens dedicated to pluralistic democracy through which people can more effectively deliberate and act across and through differences to address pressing common challenges?
Kibbutzim faculty will respond to the following questions:
- Why is education -- from preschool through graduate school -- such a critical place to develop practices and commitments that promote leadership for a humane society in a globalizing world?
- What should committed practitioners contemplate as key actions to create change within our educational systems?
- What can we at Wagner College learn from Kibbutzim College that might help us realize the goal of helping create a humane, democratic world through our students' experiences in higher education?
Part 2: Breakout Sessions, 6 to 7 p.m.
Wagner and Kibbutzim faculty will lead break-out discussions with all participants on four topics:
- Evaluating teachers and teaching
- Educating educators in political contexts