2017 October Convening
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2017 October CPED Convening
CSU East Bay & San Jose State University

October 30 - November 1, 2017

Oakland, CA


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Hosted by CSU East Bay and San Jose State University, the October 30-November 1, 2017 convening theme is, Creating New Futures: Thinking Differently to Build a Better World. This theme was chosen in response to the current political moment, which is defined by divisiveness, nationalistic fervor, post-truth, and value for sameness (rather than difference)— forces which are already impacting our EdD programs, P-16 schools, and communities. This is a time for courage, a time for CPED, in the wake of its 10th anniversary, to look toward the next ten years and take seriously Lee Shulman’s charge from the June 2017 keynote in Pittsburgh: we, as leaders and faculty of professional doctorate programs, have the responsibility to ensure that our work contributes to the building of a better world. 

Taking up this charge, the 2017 CPED theme, Creating New Futures: Thinking Differently to Build a Better World, seeks to speak back to the current political context by exploring theories and practice informed by a different worldview, one that seeks to disrupt harmful binaries that define difference in punitive terms and reinforce historical and current oppressions. Instead, this way of thinking sees the world in multiplicities and networks, takes into account a mobile, ever-shifting, contextualized, and multi-faceted reality, and recognizes that, while we are all connected, we are also all different—but that difference is productive and generative, rather than pejorative. In practice, this means valuing a multitude of knowledges and ways of knowing, as well as ways to represent those knowledges and put them to work to make change in our local schools and communities; working across academic lines, collaborating with other departments, colleges, P-16 institutions, and communities; and developing ecological frameworks that can account simultaneously for the interrelated historic, material, social, economic, environmental, technological, and interpersonal conditions that shape our lives and work. In the US today, learning to think, live, teach, and lead in creative, fluid, and difference-rich ways is simply an ethical imperative if we are to work across and interrupt the harmful divisions fossilizing in our society.
By promoting new ways of relating to each other, and emphasizing connection, collaboration, and creative difference--in place of wall-building, fear, and anger—CPED members can create a critical mass, and build a movement, to make real and lasting changes that will create not simply a more just school system but a more equitable world for our children and communities. 


Call for Learning Exchange Proposals and Reviewers of Exchanges

Given these ideas, CPED is looking for Learning Exchanges that provide insight as to how programs are:

  • Collaborating productively across traditional boundaries—for example, with other departments, colleges, community organizations, and/or other stakeholders--to advance change-making initiatives?
  • Recognizing and fostering multiple forms of knowledge, knowing, and representation in content/ methods courses and/or the dissertation?
  • Working to explicitly value and amplify difference-that of your students, local school population, communities, etc.?
  • Working to create curriculum, program structures, or other initiatives that deliberately counter the barriers faced by communities in this current political context?
  • Exploring notions of collectivity and solidarity across lines of difference in governance/administration and other P-16 settings?

Exchange proposals should help members answer these questions in new and innovative ways. Exchanges should actively engage members and allow them to gather materials they can use at their home institution. 

Important Dates
When will submissions be open? August 7, 2017
When will submissions will close? September 15, 2017

To submit a proposal go to http://www.cpedinitiative.org/?page=Oct17LERCall

Reviewers will have their reviews completed 2-3 weeks after submissions are due.
Notifications to presenters will be sent as soon as the review process is complete. 



Marriott Oakland City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, California  94607
United States

Book your accommodations by September 15 HERE


CPED is offering 2 workshops at the 2017 October CPED Convening. Both will be on Monday from 8am-12pm prior to the convening. The cost for each is $50. To participate in these workshops, please select the session when registering for the Convening.

Improvement Science Workshop Refresher

This four-hour workshop is designed for CPED members who want to know more about, or deepen their understanding of, improvement science and Networked Improvement Communities (NICs). In this workshop participants will engage in learning focused on:
 understanding, applying, and integrating the tools and process of Improvement Science and NICs into EdD programs and coursework; 
 aligning this work with the CPED Framework; 
 determining quality work and integrating this into quality dissertations in practice;
 formulating ways to engage with community partners. 

Participants will engage in instruction, discussion, and hands-on activities. They will be equipped with ideas, strategies, and tools to take back to their institutions for use with students and for sharing with faculty and administrators. 

Time: 4 hours
Attendees: 35 max
FacilitatorsRobert Crow (Western Carolina University) and Debby Zambo (CPED)


Leading the (Re)Design of Your Online Program: A Bootcamp

This four-hour workshop is designed primarily for those involved in the development and delivery of CPED-influenced EdD programming, but who may be relatively new to online education/programming. Using a blend of instruction, discussion, and other activities, facilitators will guide participants through a protocol that utilizes the CPED Framework and other resources to outline a “go-forward” plan for (re)designing and supporting an online EdD program. Topics will include online adult learners, program leadership and administration, curriculum design and instruction, and DiP advisory. This workshop will be focused on fully online programming, but may be of interest and relevance to those involved in blended programs. Workshop materials will be shared electronically, so attendees should bring a portable device (with wireless capabilities) to the session.

 Time: 4 hours
Attendees: 35 max
Materials: All attendees will receive a memory stick with the PPT presentation, handouts, references, and worksheets
Sara Ewell (Northeastern) and Elan Paulson (Western, Canada)


Monday, October 30, 2017

8:00am-12:00pm Pre Convening Workshops

Leading the (Re)Design of Your Online Program: A Bootcamp
Facilitators: Sara Ewell, Northeastern University and Elan Paulson, Western, Canada University

Improvement Science Refresher
Facilitators: Robert Crow, Western Carolina University and Debby Zambo, CPED

10:00am Registration Open
Lunch on your own
1:00pm Welcome and Overview
1:30pm-3:00pm Full Consortium
3:00pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-4:40pm Exchanges

Free evening

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

8:30am Welcome
8:45am-10:15am CSU Local/Global Impact
10:15-10:45am Break
10:45 – 12:00 Exchanges
12:00pm- 12:30 DiP Award
12:30pm SJSU Dean Welcome and Lunch
12:30-1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:45pm Full Consortium
2:45pm-4:00pm Exchanges
4:00pm-5:15pm CIG meetings

6:00pm: Halloween Reception

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

8:30 Welcome
8:45am Insight into the next convening- Tallahassee, FL
9:15am-10:30am Exchanges
10:30am – 11:30 Writing Fellows & Member Team Time
11:30am-12:00pm Closing


The October Convening reception will be held Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Dashe Cellars Winery

Learn More about Oakland

View an overview of the October Convening presented at the 10th Anniversary - 2017 June Convening in Pittsburgh: Here

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
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