Forums and Symposia on Issues Raised in the Journal

Here you will find upcoming events and archived events that further discuss the issues raised in the journal. The Annual Educational Law and Social Justice Forums often feature authors whose work was published in the journal. Many of these events have been recorded and made available to view here. To view a list of all of our videos, please visit our YouTube channel.

Archived Events

Education, Law & Social Justice Forum

A 10 Year Retrospective of Educational Controversies:

Come and Celebrate the Anniversary of the Journal of Educational Controversy


Where: Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity in Miller Hall 005

The Journal for Educational Controversy is pleased to share its 10th anniversary with the Western Campus, the greater community and with our digital readers and contributors. As part of the celebration and continued discussion, the Journal in collaboration with the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity and the Education and Social Justice Minor program are hosting a retrospective look at the past 10 years of the Journal. Now in its 18th year, the forum will host authors who have contributed to the Journal and who will share their current thinking and research about some of our most pressing educational challenges. 

Following the presentations, the audience will have opportunities to interact with the authors and share educational controversies that they would like to see as topics for future issues of the journal. Members of the audience are encouraged to think about the kinds of controversies that they face as teachers and prospective teachers in the k-12 system, as human service professionals, as adult educators, and as college students, etc., in Woodring and Western. 

Most importantly, the audience is invited to think about the links between the past and the present pursuit of social justice in both the k-12 system as well as in higher education.  How can we articulate these issues in a way that brings greater depth to our understanding of the conflict of values and the complexity of ideas that characterize our pluralistic society, and that opens up new ways of imagining a more just, inclusive, and democratic educational environment for the future.

Topics and presenters for this year’s forum include:

In Person:

Dr. Maria Timmons Flores’ paper helped school professionals understand the experiences and challenges students who are undocumented face, and offered tangible roles schools can play in rethinking policies and practices to counter everyday injustices. The paper was informed by a legal context, current political realities, and critical race theory.

Dr. Daniel Larner was the co-editor for the issue on the school-to-prison pipeline and his papers covered the conflicts over the censorship of speech, and a very timely piece on the education of politicians as playwrights with the skills and capacity to work with and through difference to construct civil laws, institutions, amenities, opportunities, and protections.   

Dr. Bill Lyne’s paper, “Beautiful Losers” addressed the theme of our 2008 issue that asked how are we to “fulfill the traditional moral imperative of our schools to create a public capable of sustaining the life of a democracy . . . .in an age of the Patriot Act and similar antiterrorism legislation . . . all likely to involve violations of civil rights and liberties” by problematizing the question against the historical realities of our nation’s history.  Dr. Lyne is the co-editor of our upcoming issue on “Black Lives Matter and the Education Industrial Complex.”

By Video:

Dr. Alice Ginsberg – “No Excuses Charter Schools” and a critique of the film Waiting for Superman

Dr. John Covaleskie – Religion and Public Schools

Dr. Leslie Locke and Dr. Ann Blankenship – The Banning of the Mexican American curriculum in Tucson, AZ.


  • Lorraine Kasprisin, Editor, Journal of Educational Controversy
  • Kristen French, Director of the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

17th Annual Education, Law & Social Justice Forum

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education will present the 17th annual Educational Law and Social Justice Forum in the Miller Hall Collaborative Space on Western Washington University’s Bellingham campus.

This year’s theme "The Washington Elementary School Parent Action Team: Bringing the Assets and Strengths of the Parents and Community into the Life of the School" features parents, community members, human services students and faculty who have formed a parent action team in a Mount Vernon elementary school. These members will discuss their work as collaborative partners in an elementary school.

The forum explores the topic of the winter 2015 issue of WWU’s Woodring College of Education’s Journal of Educational Controversy and will bring to campus authors whose articles appear in that issue. The forum is free and open to the public.

Click here for additional information.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

11th Annual CEED Award Ceremony

The Center for Education, Equity and Diversity (CEED)


11th Annual CEED Awards Ceremony & Celebration 

Friday, May 30th
12:00 pm
Miller Hall Collaboration Space

Do you know of a student who embodies social justice, has actively engaged in critical consciousness raising through scholarship, or engaged in service that supports our community, particularly those who have been historically marginalized? Then consider nominating them for a CEED Award!

The CEED Awards Ceremony and Celebration recognizes, honors, and celebrates students who support Woodring's vision of fostering “community relationships and a culture of learning that advances knowledge, embraces diversity, and promotes social justice.”

Please nominate students who have created thoughtful and critical projects (i.e. research, service-learning, reflections, art, etc.) or engaged deeply in community-based service. When you have identified a student or students who deserve recognition for such a project, please email your nominations to

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

15th Annual Educational Law and Social Justice Forum

This year's forum will consist of panel members from various fields and disciplines who will examine the policy implications, political ramifications, causes, and possible solutions to the School-to-Prison and School-to-Deportation pipelines.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline refers to the funneling of thousands of students each year through the public schools and into the juvenile justice system as a result of school policies and practices that increasingly criminalize students, rather than educate them.

The School-to-Deportation Pipeline refers to obstacles and fears, specifically of personal or family detention and deportation, that undocumented students face in a time of enhanced immigration enforcement, new laws criminalizing immigrants, and stigmatization by public rhetoric around ethnicity and nationality.

Our panelists will address these pipelines and respond to audience questions.

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 3:00pm

14th Annual Educational Law and Social Justice Forum

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 3:00pm

13th Annual Educational Law and Social Justice Forum

Topic: Are Teachers Unions a Benefit or an Obstacle to the Education of Students

  • Liv Finne, Director of Education, Washington Policy Center
  • Mary Lindquist, President of the Washington Education Association
  • William Lyne, President of the United Faculty of Washington State
  • Lorraine Kasprisin, Editor, Journal of Educational Controversy
  • Kristen French, Director of the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm