Friday May 21, 2021

Vancouver Mexico/Chicago Ontario  
15h30 – 16h30 17h30 – 18h30 18h30 – 19h30 Opening
16h30 – 16h45 18h30 – 18h45 19h30 – 19h45 Celebrating our leaders
16h45 – 17h45 18h45 – 19h45 19h45 – 20h45 Keynote and discussion - Fighting for public education during a pandemic
What has advocating for public education looked like over the past year?
17h45 – 19h00 19h45 – 21h00 20h45 – 22h00 Solidarity and connections

Saturday May 22, 2021

Vancouver Mexico/Chicago Ontario  
9h00 – 10h00 11h00 – 12h00 12h00 – 13h00 Keynote and discussion: Privatization of education and the global agenda

How global agendas are shaping public education and pandemic responses? What is the role of international organisations, such as the IMF and OECD? What is the role of social movements in resisting? How do we center schools as centers of community? How can teacher unions and labor alliances help advance a more just social vision?

10h00 – 10h15 12h00 – 12h15 13h00 – 13h15 Break
10h15 – 11h15 12h15 – 13h15 13h15 – 14h15 Plenary and discussion: Transformation of teachers’ work and curriculum

How has the pandemic intensified and amplified the use of digital technologies and the accompanying privatisation in public education? What have been the impacts on teachers’ work in navigating and engaging with technologies? What are the strategic implications from these new developments? What is needed to continue the fight for equitable access to democratically controlled quality public education for all?

11h15 – 12h15 13h15 – 14h15 14h15 – 15h15 Break
12h15 – 13h30 14h15 – 15h30 15h15 – 16h30 Plenary and discussion: Decolonizing, Emancipatory Education and Alternative Curriculums

What is an emancipatory education?  How do alternative curriculums build our public education system?

13h30 – 13h45 15h30 – 15h45 16h30 – 16h45 Break
13h45 – 14h45 15h45 – 16h45 16h45 – 17h45 Plenary and discussion: A just recovery and teacher advocacy

What kind of world do we want to build? How do we build solidarity for our vision within the broader labor movement? What strategies can we use to transform public education to meet ongoing challenges?

14h45 – 15h00 16h45 – 17h00 17h45 – 18h00 Break
15h00 – 15h20 17h00 – 17h20 18h00 – 18h20 Interventions from other countries
15h20 – 15h50 17h20 – 17h50 18h20 – 18h50 Discussions: Towards a declaration
15h50 – 16h20 17h50 – 18h20 18h50 – 19h20 Declaration and closing