The 41st Annual Meeting of the New York State Foundations of Education Associations recently convened at the Colleges. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Access for Whom, to What? Changing Contexts and Purposes of Education.” The conference provided a wide variety of presentations and roundtable discussions, including by HWS faculty, staff and students as well as those from SUNY Geneseo, Hartwick College, Nazareth College, Colgate University, and Syracuse University. Undergraduate and graduate students and K-12 teachers attended the event, which the organization describes as “intimate” and “activist oriented.”
Remarks before dinner were presented by Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department Jamie MaKinster. Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain and Mark Stern, visiting assistant professor in educational studies at Colgate University presented, “Rhetorics of Access and the Black Intellectual Tradition.” Ruth Shields, assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning presented a paper, “Second chances?: Re-envisioning Access.” Additionally, Hobart and William Smith faculty and students participated in a roundtable discussion, “Activating Teacher Agency Amidst Current Education Reform.”
The keynote address, “How Even Great Urban Schools Can Fail, and What We Can do About it,” was provided by Dan Drmacich. He is the former principal of Rochester’s School Without Walls, and chair of Rochester’s Coalition for Justice in Education and the School Without Walls Community Board. He is also a member of Rochester’s Parent and Community Coalition forEducation Change.