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GSOE Welcomes Education Pioneer Deborah Meier and Educator Emily Gasoi on February 21

RSVP HERE by Feb 15.

The Graduate School of Education will host longtime educators and authors Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi during an upcoming installment of the GSOE Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Please join us for a moderated discussion and book signing with Meier and Gasoi focused on their recently released book, “The Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools.”

In their book, the authors describe how the last two decades of education reform have been characterized by “a disconnect” between the original purpose of education and anything remotely resembling foundational ideas about democracy. “Schools that have pioneered and that have attempted to sustain their innovative, democratic, or just demonstrably good practices—are in danger of disappearing,” the authors caution. “In 2017, our very institution of free, universal education is at risk of succumbing to the forces of free-market ideology, which have overtaken our national sensibilities.”

WHO: Dean Thomas Smith will give an introduction to a conversation with veteran educators and authors, Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi, moderated by GSOE professor Leigh Patel

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Barn at UCR. Complimentary parking provided with RSVP.

About the authors: 

Deborah Meier, author of the acclaimed books The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust, has spent more than five decades working in public education as a parent, school-board member, teacher, principal, writer, and advocate. Meier ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the United States. Among her numerous accomplishments, she helped found the Coalition of Essential Schools in the 1980s, under the leadership of Ted Sizer. In 1987, she received a MacArthur award for her work in public education.



Emily Gasoi has been an educator for more than two decades and was a founding teacher at Mission Hill School in Boston. In 2012 she earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Gasoi currently lives in Washington, DC, where she adjuncts at Georgetown University and is cofounder of Artful Education, an organization focused on helping schools and arts organizations improve practices related to creative teaching and learning.

To learn more about the democratically governed school that Meier and Gasoi discuss in the book, see this series of 10 shorts entitled A Year at Mission Hill School.

Moderator/GSOE Professor Leigh Patel is an educator, writer, and sociologist. She is the author four books, including the award winning “Youth Held at the Border and Decolonizing Educational Research: From ownership to answerability.” She is a proud member of the grassroots organization Education for Liberation which sponsors the Free Minds Free People conference. Prior to working in the academy, she was a teacher, journalist, and state level policymaker.