Recap and Photo Essay: Towards a Pedagogy of Equality

By Lisa Tagliaferri|August 31, 2015|Event Recap, Reflection|0 comments

On Friday, August 28, the Futures Initiative kicked off its first workshop event in the University Worth Fighting For series that will run in the 2015-2016 academic year. All photos from the event are available here. Featuring the voices of members of the Futures Initiative team, an invited guest speaker, and audience participants, this workshop was an interactive session of tool-sharing to ensure equality in the university classroom. With over

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Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|0 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   Why Student-Centered Learning Needs An Alternative Credentialing Mechanism This is the sixth in a series of blog posts I’m writing based on

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Getting Started 5: First Class: Collectively Writing a Constitution

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|1 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   In this fifth in the series on getting started with student-centered, progressive, or open learning, I will talk about what it means

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Getting Started 4: Students (What if students are an obstacle to student-centered learning?)

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|3 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   What do you do if one of your biggest obstacles to student-centered learning is the students?  This fourth post in my personal,

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Futures Initiative Mentoring Workshop Day 2: Photo Essay

By Lisa Tagliaferri|August 24, 2015|FI Events, Peer mentoring, Reflection|0 comments

Everybody raise your hand! #futuresed pic.twitter.com/yhID1PEemy — Futures Initiative (@FuturesED) August 19, 2015 The Futures Initiative Mentoring Workshop continued on August 19, 2015 at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Undergraduate students continued to work with graduate students and the FI team to think through mentoring and higher education.

Futures Initiative Mentoring Workshop Day 1: Photo Essay

By Lisa Tagliaferri|August 20, 2015|FI Events, Peer mentoring, Reflection|2 comments

  It was a real privilege to be part of the Futures Initiative Mentoring Workshop the past two days, hosted by the Graduate Center with participants from 8 additional CUNY campuses. As part of the Futures Initiative course offerings, undergraduate mentors from the first FI course (“Mapping the Futures of Higher Education“) will mentor incoming undergraduate students for the 2015-2015 academic year. These students, hailing from New York City’s five

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FI Mentoring Workshop

By Danica Savonick|August 18, 2015|FI Events|0 comments

Today (Tuesday August 18) and tomorrow we have 35 undergraduates from across the CUNY undergraduate campuses joining us at the CUNY Graduate Center for a two-day mentoring workshop. Check out what we’re up to here.

Now through 8/28: Towards a Pedagogy of Equality #fight4edu

By Danica Savonick|August 17, 2015|FI Events|1 comments

  You are invited to join the Futures Initiative for a live-streamed, one-hour workshop on engaged pedagogy as a way of modeling a more egalitarian society.  The workshop will take place on August 28 at 1 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center, rm. 9204, and will be facilitated by Professor Cathy Davidson. This workshop opens The University Worth Fighting For, a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to

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Recent podcasts on racial injustice in schools

By Danica Savonick|August 14, 2015|Of interest|0 comments

Discipline in schools and the school-to-prison pipeline: This American Life, “Is This Working?” – see also Huffington Post 3/20/15 “As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police.”  Schools are increasingly relying on police officers to solve routine problems. This increases the likelihood that students will end up in prison. Students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately targeted. Segregated schools: “Three Miles” and “The

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Cathy Davidson featured in Binghamton University magazine

By Danica Savonick|August 10, 2015|Of interest|0 comments

Professor Cathy Davidson is featured as an important alumna in Binghamton University’s magazine, especially for her work as a “mover, shaker, [and] educator.” Thomas Frazier writes: Ask Cathy N. Davidson about the state of education, and she will tell you that while today’s students are the first generation of the 21st century, they’re still being trained for the 20th century. For much of her career, Davidson, MA ’73, PhD ’74, hasn’t

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