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Joel Westheimer
University of Ottawa
Ontario, Canada

What Kind of Citizen?  Educating Our Children for the Common Good

April 20, 2016

Joel Westheimer Presentation

3 pm - Meet and Greet the Speaker
3 - 5 pm - Presentation
Millennium Student Center (MSC)

Century Room A (3rd Floor)
University of Missouri-St. Louis (directions)

No registration required for the event
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How can schools teach the skills required for a strong democracy to flourish? Joel Westheimer, in his most recent critically acclaimed book What Kind of Citizen?, asks readers to imagine the kind of society they would like to live in-and then shows the ways in which schools can be used to make that vision a reality. Westheimer draws on groundbreaking research on school programs and policies to sharply critique the current direction of school reform.

About the speaker:
Dr. Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa. He is also the education columnist for CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning and Ontario Today shows. He began his career teaching in the New York City Public School system before obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is currently directing (with John Rogers, UCLA) The Inequality Project, investigating what schools in North America are teaching about economic inequality. Westheimer lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife and two children and a dog named Farley. In Winter, he ice-skates to and from work. Farley stays home.

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