Fall Forum 2013: San Francisco

Nov 8 - 10, 2013 San Francisco, California Mission High School 3750 18th Street, SF, CA 94114

Making the Invisible Visible

stories and counterstories for educational equity


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CES Inside

For more than a quarter century, The Coalition of Essential Schools has gathered its members and our larger community for its annual meeting – The Fall Forum – to continue what our founder, Ted Sizer, coined as “a conversation among friends”.  This ongoing dialogue has served our schools and the larger educational community quite well as is evidenced by the countless communities and organizations that thrive with CES and our cornerstone 10 Common Principles explicitly or implicitly inside their values and design.

Whether we are talking about Advisory programs for personalization; Exhibitions and Portfolios as authentic and alternative assessments; Project-Based Learning as culturally relevant curricula; or Equity-Based Critical Friends Groups for making adult learning transparent and results-focused, CES is inside.

Making the Invisible Visible 

When we consider the impact of power (as influenced by race, gender, class, language, sexuality, etc.), what are the counterstories that can inform or transform our practice?  

Even with the strides we have made, we continue to be part of an educational system that, by default, favors some voices over others despite the fact that our schools and classrooms hold within them multiple, diverse and unequal experiences. "Making the Invisible Visible" is about creating conditions for us to surface, share and hear those voices from our classrooms, schools and communities that traditionally (and systemically) are unheard. "Making the Invisible Visible"will require us to consider these diverse and sometimes competing perspectives and beliefs as they relate to education and school in order to fully transform our own practices.  

At Fall Forum 2013, we will continue to hear from educators who have made and continue to make progress in improving education for our students regardless of social demographics. We will offer nearly 100 engaging and action-oriented workshops (here and here) that move beyond the status quo and challenge participants to question and reconsider our current beliefs about schools and education. On Sunday, we will create space for students, teachers and all educators to employ what they learned on Saturday when any attendee will be able to bring and share their own work or dilemma to a group of peers for critical friendship.   

Please join us, November 8-10 in San Francisco, as we not only continue, but expand the conversation, reflect on our own practice, and commit to new actions in service of our students.

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Click here for Conference-At-A-Glance, an overview of Fall Forum 2013 


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