School of Education Faculty Presents at International Conference on Education and Social Justice

Han Nee Chong, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and Instructional Designer-School of Education, joined higher education colleagues at this 9th annual conference held at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, from Nov. 9-11. Their panel presented on the topic, "Preparing Teachers and Leaders for Advocacy." 

Chong’s presentation was entitled “The Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Social Justice from Behind a Screen.” Her presentation explored the challenges of teaching social justice as an online course and the seven affordances of e-learning ecologies that facilitates transformative learning. Technology has afforded us with many opportunities in education. However, there are many promises and pitfalls with online learning. Can an online course effectively prepare prospective teacher leaders in learning critical discourse on issues of educational equity and social justice? What are the pedagogies and affordances of digital technology that facilitates transformative learning in an online course? Chong’s proposal draws on the theoretical perspectives of multiculturalism, constructivism, transformative learning, and electronic pedagogy. 

Chong’s co-panelists presentations include: 

  • Responding to Trauma with Mindfulness Tools
    Mikela Bjork, University of Redlands
  • The X-Factor: Centering Equity in Teacher Preparation Programs
    Shanyce Campbell, University of California at Irvine
  • Developing an Educational Leadership Program for Social Justice, Educational Equity, and Culturally & Linguistic Responsive Leadership
    Gerardo Mancilla, Edgewood College
  • Leaders of Social Justice in Education: Theory to Practice
    Ger Thao, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Pictured from left to right are:  Gerardo Mancilla, Shanyce Campbell, Ger Thao, Mikela Bjork, and Han Nee Chong