A Lecture Response: Promoting Justice by Dr. Jacqueline Temple

Tonight I was privileged to attend the retirement presentation of one of our faculty at Portland State University. She spoke on inclusion and her experiences with thought leaders throughout her career. As a consummate educator she provided question prompts on each table and had us respond and ask those questions.

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She shared personal stories of her own lived experience as a person of color. Her travails as a women of color pursuing a life in academia might seem like fantastical stories from ancient history to students today. Her ethnography documents momentous changes in our society but also illuminates how much further we have to go.

She defined Inclusion and Diversity:

Platforms for critical conversations and courageous actions across differences that are pervasive… Where diverse knowledge, experiences, histories, and cultures are affirmed.

She also described obstacles to inclusion:

Push back: the space between the ‘talk and walk’

She went on to describe her framework for inclusion as something that looks different wherever you go. It is situational. Not only this, but it is knowledge dependent. She defined knowledge on the institutions, people within them, community, students, parents, and policy makers.

Too many children have been marginalized.

Education depends on inclusion and diversity. Our curriculum, whether textbooks or lesson plans or another artifact, must be examined closely. Referring to Paulo Freire Dr. Temple discusses how she wants more than integration but participation that leads to transformation.

During her Fulbright experience she worked in Finland on their burgeoning needs related to diversity. Her scholarly inquiry there became both an expiration outside but also introspection around her own life.

From visiting a K market and discovering challenges unknown:

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To living overseas during the attacks on the World Trade Towers and Pentagon – worrying for her daughter in Washington DC:

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Through this experience she found herself othered and yet accepted. This led to literacy programs between two elementary schools in both countries. Two multi-lingual schools exchanging thoughts, ideas, and people.

Dr. Temple ended her talk with thank you in several languages and asked for our reflections. It was a somber, informative and transformative retirement experience.

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Explore Social Media – Non-Educationally

Thinking in text today.Recently I have begun encouraging my students and consultancy to explore social media tools for fun. To use them for the same purposes they imagine their students using social media. One of the major benefits of this exercise is that folks tend to delve more deeply into the features of a tool. Already I am hearing back from individuals about affordances that they did not realize were available. Youtube is a prime example. Now that I have a few students using it socially they are seeing how they might leverage a simple YouTube channel and Google Plus page as their entire portfolio. Sure there are more sophisticated and professional ways to package this material but at this point they are still developing the content. That is another thing, content developed in one form of media can often be easily converted and shared in another format.

I think this all goes back to one of my main tenants regarding using technology. Technology education must be approached with a playful mindset. If the goal is all business you miss the frivolous yet revolutionary possibilities.

ORATE Conference!

I don’t know how this happened but I almost forgot I am presenting at the Oregon Association for Teacher Educators (ORATE) conference! This is something I should be looking forward to but I think I was a little overwhelmed with thinking about the Mexico City trip which I have withdrawn from.

I am actually looking forward to this conference as it is located at the college where I studied for my undergraduate degree. Western Oregon University! Home of the wolves. I think. It will be slightly eerie visiting the campus as I had professors who have since passed on or left the campus. The change in make-up with be interesting to experience.

Dr. Doris McEwen - Keynote for Orate.

Dr. Doris McEwen – Keynote for Orate.

Looking forward to the panel presentation and having a great time with fellow teacher educators from Oregon! Although…the keynote is a mystery to me. Clearly my distraction has cost me valuable pre-conference research time!

Hopefully she is as engaging as an upcoming lecture I am attending by Dr. Jacqueline Temple, a recent retiree from Portland State University who I had as an instructor last year. She probably won’t be as exciting as the social comedian W. Kamau Bell who I am going to see in March. Then again the academic language often forbids the raw persuasive power of a bit of comedy.

Ah…I am thankful once again for diversity in discourse styles….

Grants & Scholarships…Grants & Scholarships

My funds do not equal the costs of my studies!

My funds do not equal the costs of my studies!

Grants and Scholarships – My Focus for the Month!

This month I need to really buckle down and hunt out new scholarships or grants to support my doctoral studies. Until now I have been supported by a series of graduate assistantships which will not be available next year since my course work will be complete and I plan to take part time credits. Not a big deal and something I actually enjoy doing.

The entertaining aspect of this is that my change in status has meant I am able to apply for full time positions. Many of these want grant writing experience. I have nothing I can document beyond the funding for my own studies. Note to self: write some grants. I wonder if the travel money I obtained last year counts as a grant? It was granted by the Dean….

Secondary note to self: research what distinguishes a grant from departmental money tossed to send poor graduate students to expensive conferences.

Today:

Search Grants

Tomorrow:

Repeat Today