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I have been an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My M.Ed. and Ph.D. had a focus on the educational and linguistic experiences of children who moved from other countries to Canada.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We Day Waterloo

This Friday, I am meeting with the director of programs for Me to We, the organization founded by Craig and Marc Kielburger.  Me to We and Free the Children support opportunities for children around the world to be free of poverty and slavery.  I am hoping to have some of our Laurier teacher candidates attend some of the workshops they will be doing in partnership with our local school boards over the coming months.  Also, on Nov. 16, We Day Waterloo will be held and I've received 10 guest passes for our Laurier students to participate.  Last year, 6000+ local students (including two of my children) were able to attend and hear speakers like Al Gore and Jesse Jackson.  It's a great opportunity for young people to learn more about the world in which we live and to explore opportunities for service and action.

Today, We Day Toronto, with some 18,000 students is taking place!  You can watch the event live (click on the link here): We Day Toronto Live Webcast


Anonymous said...

Very interesting Steve. We Day is indeed an amazing event! Sadly, the public schools seem to be subjectively choosing students to attend these events and that is completely inappropriate. You noted that both of your children attended We Day. May I ask how you were able to acquire two tickets for the event given the extremely limited supply?

Steve Sider said...

I think different schools are following different processes for selecting students to attend. A process to ensure that those who are engaged/interested in glocal issues would certainly be ideal. In my own daughters' cases, one attends a school where the student council was selected to go (she was on SC) and the other was chosen based on an essay that she completed (that school's selection process).