Advocacy, Education Policy, and Social Transformation

The landscape of education is constantly evolving. Shaped by a wide array of actors, the dynamic forces of educational advocacy and policy have the power to either maintain or radically transform the status quo. This year we hold particularly valuable critical perspectives on the ways in which marginalized learners contest unequal power structures through various advocacy and policy efforts.

When: March 8, 2024 | 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT

Where: Education Building, WI Idea Room 159, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706

Program Fee: Free; pre-registration required

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Conference Description

The 2024 EPS conference will delve into the relationship between advocacy, educational policy and social transformation. A wide, complex, and ever-shifting relationship such as it is, presentations throughout the day will show surprising connections from a diverse array of topics.

There is particular value this year in 1) critical perspectives on uneven power structures in which marginalized learners contest inequity through various advocacy and policy efforts, and 2) perspectives that examine the dynamic relationship between advocacy, educational policy and social transformation through time and space.

In celebration of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 175th anniversary, keynote panels this year will tease out the notions embedded in the university’s initiative, Our Shared Future. By looking both backward and forward, we hope they will enliven our present. We are particularly animated by the inclusion of Indigenous activists and advocates who will lead a keynote panel on Indigenous ways of knowing and language revitalization efforts.

I ka ʻōlelo no ke ola, i ka ʻōlelo no ka make— in language there is life, in language there is death. It is important to give life and space to Indigenous stories, language and knowledge. This keynote panel aims to lift up policy, advocacy, and the resulting social transformative work of Indigenous people, featuring Indigenous advocates and activists engaged in language revitalization efforts. Through this panel, we will be guided towards an understanding of the needs of Indigenous people, the current state of Indigenous language and ways of knowing, and the places in which the University bears responsibility to act.

Conference Highlights

The conference will feature Indigenous Language Advocates, EPS faculty, alumni, and student keynote speakers.

Language Revitalization: A Pathway for Self-Determination
Kahōkū Lindsey-Asing, Mailelani Nāmauʻu, Jessi Falcon, and Samson Falcon

WCER Panel
Dr. Annalee Good, Dr. Latoya Holiday, & Lavenia Vulpal

EPS Panel
Dr. Adam Nelson, Dr. Elena Ayadarova, & Dr. Erica Turner


8:15-8:45 a.m. Registration
Tea and coffee provided

8:45-9:00 a.m. Conference Welcome, 159 Wisconsin Idea Room

9:00-10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation – Language Revitalization: A Pathway for Self-Determination
Kahōkū Lindsey Asing, Dawnserly Ann Mailelani Nāmauʻu, Jessi Falcon and Samson Falcon
Moderator: Laura Red Eagle

10:00-10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15-11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions A

Thought Partnerships Session- Voices of Resistance: Intersecting Identities in Equity and Inclusion

  • When They Come for Us, Who all gon be There?
    Courtney Parker West
  • Transformational Policy Centering our Very Young and Most Marginalized Children
    Kristen Witzling
  • Unveiling exclusion: Utilizing critical discourse analysis to understand the role of discretion in disciplinary practices
    Ann L. Perepezko

Thought Partnerships Session- Educational and Social Environment: Relationships and Possibilities

  • Policy Initiatives in Changing Post-COVID-19 Climates Advanced to Improve the Culture in Education
    Gabriel De Los Reyes
  • Students’ Perception of Teachers’ Multicultural Competence in Nigeria
    Charity Okpara

Paper Session – Education and Citizenship: Times of Conflict and Transition

  • Fostering democratic citizenship through diverse perspectives: A critical content analysis of secondary social studies lessons on Iraqi refugees
    Priyanka Subramanian
  • Navigating Democratic Ideals Amidst Political Polarization: A Study of Colombian Teachers
    Lina Rangel
  • From being ‘at risk’ or to being ‘a risk’ to others: disciplinary procedures surrounding the drug market in urban schools
    Zaira Magana

Paper Session – Voice Matters: Centering Race and Youth

  • A Different Kind of Backlash: Race-Evasive Efforts to Undermine Restorative Practices
    Emily O. Miller
  • Black Girls Matter: Combatting Hyper in-visibility in K-12 Schools
    Angelica Euseary
  • Queer Youth and Legislative Erasure: Navigating Identity in the Shadow of Anti-Trans Athletic Policies
    Benjamin Lebovitz

Paper Session – Empowering Voices: Transformation through Multilingual and Racial Literacy Education

  • Asian Male Teachers of Color & Racial Literacy Development: A counterstory centering the NYC Men Teach Asian American initiative
    Tony DelaRosa
  • Multilingual and Critical Intercultural Education
    Leidy Catalina Jaramillo Cárdenas
  • Language of instruction in schools in low‐ and middle‐income countries: A systematic review
    Yasmina Haddad

11:15-11:30 a.m. BREAK

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. WCER Panel
Dr. Annalee Good, Dr. Latoya Holiday, Lavenia Vulpal

12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:20-2:20 p.m. Keynote Presentation- History In Education: the humanities, the academy, and Hōlualoa
Dr. Derek Taira

2:20-2:30 p.m.  BREAK

2:30-3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions B

Paper Session- Unveiling Higher Education Realms: Perspectives on Identity, Access, and Evolution

  • Critical Construction of Space: lenses of gender and race in higher education
    Elijah Lin
  • Striving for Eliteness: African Immigrant Youth and College-Going
    Lisa Oyolu
  • The Rise and Fall of Liberal Arts Education in Russia
    Max Yakubovskiy

Thought Partnerships Session – Transforming Education: Global Strategies and Innovations Post-Pandemic

  • An Empirical Investigation into the Impact of University Support Services on the Academic Experiences of International Students – A Case Study Analysis
    Weijun Wang
  • The Path of Transformational Development of Regional Newly Established Undergraduate Colleges and Universities in China
    Fei Gao
  • The Role Transformation of Universities in Cultivating Top Innovative Talent
    Qiong Yang

Paper Session – Ways to Teach, Ways to Lead: School Reform in the International Context

  • School Leadership in Multi-Grade Schools in the Global South: Understanding Teachers’ Perspectives in Rural Peru
    Micaela Wensjoe
  • Distributed Leadership Practices According to the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) in Taiwan’s Public Elementary Schools
    Yi-jung Wu
  • Gendered Math Attitudes in Latin America: Exploring the Role of ICTs
    Carla Z. Glave

Paper Session – Advocacy, Policy and Social Transformation: Stories from Past and Present

  • The Educational Application of Organism Metaphor (1890-1920s)
    Lanhui Wang
  • Contemplations about the intellectual function of the policy analyst
    Batuhan Aydagul
  • The Battle over the Braille Presumption in the IDEA
    Justin Mark Hideaki Salisbury

Panel Session – How to Remodel the Majority: Listening to the Invisible Race
Chundou Her, Priyanka Subramanian, Amelia Catacutan, Lily Varilla

Panel Session – How and Why to Include Philosophy in Your Education Classes
Anna Nelson, Teresa Nelson, Genesis Liriano-Terrero, Harry Brighouse, Carrie Welsh

Panel Session – Education Transformation: Beyond the Global North Perspective

  • Taiwan: Top Performer? Recent Reform in Taiwanese Educational Context
    Ting-Ya Chen
  • Vietnam Higher Education System Overview
    Thao Pham
  • Understanding Turkish Education System within Neoliberal and Neoconservative Frameworks
    Aydın Kaan Şenel

3:30-3:45 p.m. BREAK

3:45-4:45 p.m. Keynote: EPS Faculty Panel

  • Machine Learning, Then and Now
    Dr. Adam Nelson
  • Caught in a Story: Science of Reading Advocacy and the Educational Reform Movement
    Dr. Elena Aydarova
  • Beyond documenting disparities: Critical policy analysis as a lens on the school-prison nexus
    Dr. Erica Turner

4:45-4:50 p.m. Closing Remarks
Dr. Taylor Odle

2024 EPS Conference Committee

Aaron Aguilar, Adalberto Castrejon, Makamae Sniffen, Mili Bhatnagar, Siyun Gan, Thao Pham

2024 EPS Co-sponsors

This event is hosted by the UW–Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE). This partnership was made possible by the generosity of the School of Education Dean’s Office.

Additional co-sponsors include:
University Lecturer Funds, IRIS NRC, Centre for South Asia, and Teacher Education Center