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Agenda for Education
in a Democracy

Agenda para la Educacion
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The following videotapes are available for purchase from the Institute for Educational Inquiry. To order, please fill out an order form and mail it to the IEI (124 East Edgar Street, Seattle, WA 98102). All orders must be accompanied by payment (we do not accept credit cards). All prices include the cost of USPS parcel post shipping. (Orders from within the state of Washington must add King County sales tax.) Please contact Paula McMannon at 206-325-3010 or if you have any questions.

Topic-Oriented Videotapes with Accompanying Discussion Guides

  • Equity and Excellence (2000/$50.00)
    Roger Soder (moderator), Eugene Cota-Robles, Amy Gerstein, Vinetta Jones, Robert Schwartz, Warren Simmons, Theodore Sizer, Barbara Smith, Marilyn Watson

    In June 1999, school and university educators who are participating in the leading efforts to renew K-12 schools and teacher education assembled at a conference titled “In Praise of Education,” sponsored by the Institute for Educational Inquiry. On several panels during this conference, some of the nation's best known educational leaders addressed critical issues. One of those issues was ensuring equity in our renewing schools, the focus of this video. Our purpose in sharing the following excerpts from these panels is to encourage viewers to reflect on what needs to be done in our schools and in teacher education to ensure that there are equal opportunities to learn for all children. We want you to consider questions such as: What demands does a democratic society make of schools? and, What are the implications of equity-related matters for practices in schools and in teacher education?

  • Education and Journalism: Ensuring a Well-Informed Public (2000/$50.00)
    Pamela Katims Steele (moderator), Janet Bingham, Milton Chen, Bruce Christensen, Larry Cuban, Donna Dunning, Dale Mezzacappa

    At the June 1999 “In Praise of Education” conference, journalists joined with educators for a panel discussion of areas of mutual interest. This video contains excerpts from their discussion. It is presented along with accompanying position papers and discussion guide for the purpose of stimulating conversation among educators and journalists in local communities.

  • Standards and Educational Renewal (2000/$50.00)
    James Comer, Amy Gerstein, Carl Glickman, Linda Johannesen, Vinetta Jones, Henry Levin, George D. Nelson, Sophie Sa, Warren Simmons, Theodore Sizer, Patricia Wasley, Marilyn Watson

    At the “In Praise of Education” conference, several panels featured some of the nation's best known educational leaders. Panelists raised the issue of standards and renewal, the focus of this video. Our intention in sharing the panel excerpts that follow is to encourage viewers to reflect about what our schools need to do to ensure that students perform well. In what ways do standards offer promise for a better future? And, what needs to be done so that schools are continually engaged in renewal rather than assuming that if they have adopted the latest fad they have solved all their problems? And, what needs to be done to ensure that these two ideas-high standards and renewal-reinforce each other?

In Praise of Education Series

This series of videotapes is comprised of unedited versions of speeches and panel dialogues that took place at the In Praise of Education conference in June 1999.

  • Developing Democratic Character in the Young (1999/$55.00)
    John I. Goodlad (moderator), Mary Catherine Bateson, Beno Csapo, Robert Hoffert, Stanley Katz, Nel Noddings, Roger Soder, Kathleen Staudt, Paul Theobald, Julie Underwood

  • Renewing Schools: Students Are Learning (1999/$55.00)
    Patricia A. Wasley (moderator), James P. Comer, Carl D. Glickman, Linda Johannesen, Henry Levin, George D. Nelson, Sophie Sa, Theodore R. Sizer

  • Renewing Schools: Equity and Democracy (1999/$55.00)
    Roger Soder (moderator), Eugene Cota-Robles, Amy Gerstein, Vinetta Jones, Warren Simmons, Barbara Smith, Marilyn Watson

  • The University's Responsibility to its Community (1999/$55.00)
    Richard L. McCormick, President, University of Washington

  • Renewing Teacher Preparation: Making Progress (1999/$55.00)
    David G. Imig (moderator), Nancy Zimpher, Allen Glenn, Willis Hawley, Kenneth Howey, Richard Kunkel, Ann Lycdecker, Richard Wisniewski

  • Collaborating in the Schools: Partnerships for Progress (1999/$55.00)
    Mona Bailey (moderator), Richard Barnes, Michael Fullan, Anne Hallett, Paul Heckman, Jeffrey Patchen, Steve Seidel

  • Journalists, Educators, and the Renewal of Schools and Teacher Education (1999/$55.00)
    Pamela Katims Steele (moderator), Janet Bingham, Milton Chen, Bruce Christensen, Larry Cuban, Donna Dunning, Dale Mezzacappa

  • Technology and What it Means to Be Human (1999/$55.00)
    Neil Postman, Author and Professor, New York University

  • The Educated Citizen of Tomorrow's World (1999/$55.00)
    Diana Natalicio and Susana Navarro, University of Texas at El Paso

  • In Praise of Education (1999/$55.00)
    John I. Goodlad, President, Institute for Educational Inquiry

Leadership Program Conversations Series

  • The Public Purpose of Education and Schooling: A Symposium
    (VID1/1997/$89.00 per set of 2 VHS cassettes and accompanying User's Guide)

    The accompanying videotape of the symposium is an ideal vehicle by which to expand the thinking of teachers, teacher educators, school board members, preservice students, policymakers, school administrators, and concerned citizens on matters pertaining to schooling and education as they relate to democracy, equity, and civil society.

  • The Mission of Schooling and Teacher Education in a Democratic Society: A Conversation with John I. Goodlad

    John Goodlad outlines the major components of the Agenda for Education in a Democracy, touching on the moral dimensions of teaching, how schools and teacher education programs fit into the construct of a democracy, and what it means to simultaneously renew schooling and the education of educators.

  • Evaluation and the Ecology of Schooling: A Conversation with Kenneth A. Sirotnik

    In this presentation, Ken Sirotnik, professor of education at the University of Washington, examines assessment and self-assessment issues prevalent in educational change. He also discusses the importance and implications of viewing the school as an ecological model where it is the center of change, not as a static entity.

  • What School Leaders Can Do to Help Improve Teacher Education
    (VID4/1995/$25.00 with accompanying Study Guide)

    Eight superintendents from around the nation came together in Seattle to examine the role that school leaders can play in improving schools and the education of educators. The participants discuss concrete actions that should be taken by educational leaders and their colleagues. A study guide, included with the videotape, has been prepared with questions and suggestions for guiding conversation. A booklet of the same name, written by Richard W. Clark, can be purchased from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (202.293.2450).

  • Better Teachers, Better Schools: An Introduction to the Institute for Educational Inquiry's Leadership Program

    In 1992, the Institute for Educational Inquiry developed a leadership program as a means to cultivate a cadre of leaders in the settings of the National Network for Educational Renewal who are immersed in and committed to the Agenda for Education in a Democracy. This video describes the mission and structure of the Institute's acclaimed leadership development program and the NNER agenda.

  • Access to Knowledge and the Human Conversation: A Conversation with Gary D Fenstermacher

    Fenstermacher, an educational philosopher currently at the University of Michigan, informally discusses with a group of educators his notions about what knowledge is, how knowledge is determined, who has "it," and how people get it. He provides a useful historical context on the nature of knowledge. This video is an excellent accompaniment to Fenstermacher's Work in Progress No. 6, On Knowledge and its Relation to the Human Conversation.

  • Creating Renewing Schools: A Conversation with Linda Darling-Hammond

    In this presentation, Darling-Hammond, director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Columbia University, lays out her thoughts on how to create and sustain a renewing school that is beneficial for students, faculty, and parents alike.

  • Multiple Intelligences: A Conversation with Howard Gardner

    Dr. Howard Gardner, creator of the multiple intelligences theory, describes his theories about learning as they relate to schooling in this presentation to a small group of educators.

  • School Power: A Conversation with James Comer

    Dr. James Comer, a child psychologist at Yale University and the author of School Power and Maggie's American Dream, explains his comprehensive plan to involve parents and community in schooling according to the developmental stages of the child.

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