Debbie will lead us in considering the questions: What is the place of parents in the schooling and education of their children?
How might attending to the learning of children in the context of families and communities change the current nature of our school systems, and enhance educational outcomes for students and all other stakeholders?
In exploring these questions, Debbie will discuss attributes of authentic parent engagement, attributes which are critical markers in the meaningful position of parents in their children’s teaching and learning.
Debbie Pushor, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In her program of research, Debbie has engaged in narrative inquiries into ‘parent knowledge’ and into ‘parent engagement and leadership.’ In her undergraduate and graduate teaching, Debbie makes central an often absent or underrepresented conversation about the positioning of parents in relation to school landscapes.
Debbie published a book, written with 14 graduate students, entitled Portals of Promise: Transforming Beliefs and Practices through a Curriculum of Parents (Sent Pulblishers, 2013). She has another in press with a second cohort of graduate students, Living as Mapmakers: Charting a Course with Children Guided by Parent Knowledge, which is expected to be released in April 2015. Debbie may be reached at [email protected]