Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now

[Forwarded from JDS – to Friends of The John Dewey Society]

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing as director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to invite you to participate in a conference we are hosting in Chicago from May 2-4, 2019, the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now. The conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of a transformative two-year trip to China made by University of Chicago Laboratory Schools founder John Dewey. As a member of the John Dewey Society, I believe this conference will be of interest to you, and that the conference will be enriched by your presence.

Event Webpage: http://www.cvent.com/events/centennial-colloquium-on-dewey-then-and-now/event-summary-e2399535a5e14f2db5883f1464c216ce.aspx?dvce=1

Educator and philosopher John Dewey and his wife, Alice, founded the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1896. Today, as then, Lab is a community of educators who, reflecting the intellectual rigor and evidence-based research of the University of Chicago, advocate for best practices to prepare students for fulfilling lives. In our classrooms, we honor, explore, and interpret Dewey’s ideas about teaching and learning—ideas that Dewey shared in a series of lectures at schools and universities across China from 1919 to 1921. The Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now will bring together international researchers, policy-makers, and school-level educators to examine Dewey’s impact and further our understanding of how education has evolved.

The conference features 18 speakers from the United States and China, including keynote speakers University of Chicago Nobel laureate James J. Heckman and Professor Shi Zhongying of Beijing Normal University. Session topics range from Dewey’s past and present impact in the US and China to current challenges in Chinese education, meeting the needs of rural students, and progressive approaches to art and education.

True to Dewey’s philosophies, the conference also includes a variety of hands-on experiences. Participants can observe classes at the Lab Schools and UChicago charter schools, reflect on issues of civic engagement by visiting organizations that serve Chicago’s South Side, screen a documentary film made by high school students from Chicago and Beijing about their trip retracing Dewey’s path through China, and participate in an art activation project.

The full schedule, information on registration and accommodations, and more about the conference can be found online. Please contact us with any questions.

John Dewey believed in continuous learning. Through this conference, we can learn from experts, from students, and from one another, furthering his legacy, and our own education. I hope you are able to join us.

Warm regards,

Charles Abelmann

Director, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools



Colleen Newquist Communications





John Dewey Society at AERA

Here are two messages from the Society.  The first concerns corrected information about room locations.  The second provides information about the meeting and includes a PDF with the schedule of JDS events.  — Edprof
Hi, Friends,

Just a heads up. What we have been calling Room 5 at the Gonzalez Center, based on information from AERA, is really Riverwalk 005.  You will find this room just off of the West Lobby along the River.

Please tell everyone you know.

Rob, as soon s you get this, please send an urgent message by email to all of our members.


Leonard J. Waks, Ph. D.
President: John Dewey Society

Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership,  Temple University
New Books:
-Education 2.0 : The LearningWeb Revolution and the Transformation of the School (Paradigm Press, 2013)
-Listening to Teach: Beyond Didactic Pedagogy (SUNY Press, 2015)

website: http://www.leonardwaks.net
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Email: ljwaks@yahoo.com
Cell: 267-455-5109


Hello Members and Friends of the John Dewey Society,

We invite you all to attend the JDS annual meeting taking place April 27 and 28 during the AERA conference in San Antonio, TX at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center.

The theme of this years’s conference is:
Creative Democracy – The Task Before Us in the Era of Clinton v. Trump

Please see the attached program and know that all events are free and open to the public, so bring your colleagues and students along.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be relevant insights into how we may reclaim democratic life and public education in the age of Donald Trump.

Looking forward,
Robert Karaba–JDS Director of Communications


New Website: John Dewey Society

The John Dewey Society is delighted to launch our new website: http://www.johndeweysociety.org. Please visit the new site soon, as it includes information that will be of interest for all members, including the announcement of the 2014 Annual John Dewey Lecturer at our annual meeting.

Please bookmark it as your key source for JDS news and updates. Suggestions and updates for the website can be sent to Website Coordinator Deborah Seltzer-Kelly (seltzerd@miamioh.edu) or to Secretary-Treasurer Kyle Greenwalt (greenwlt@msu.edu). Many thanks to Deb for getting the website up and running!


Kathleen Knight Abowitz
President, John Dewey Society

John Dewey Society at AERA, and More

Deron Boyles, President of the John Dewey Society has sent information about JDS activities at AERA next month.  The links below contain his letter to members, as well as AERA conference information, a call for help, and a JDS membership form.

Letter from Deron Boyles  (doc)

JDS at AERA with Membership Information  (PDF)

In other news, there is still time to send feedback concerning proposed revisions to the AESA/CSFE Standards.  See previous post for the details!

Please consider joining the CSFE as an individual (or group) member.  A CSFE membership form is available via the “ABOUT” page.

Best to all — Ed Prof