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We are very excited for this year’s program and look forward to seeing all of you soon.  There is some key information we wanted to share as we near the conference dates.

If you haven’t registered for the conference, please do so ASAP.  Acceptance to the conference does not mean you are registered.  Online registration ends on October 1st, after this date you will need to register at the conference at the full conference rate.  Please register by October 1st, it makes our planning much easier.  Please visit this website to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/frqcj3/4W

We are currently at full capacity for rooms at Bergamo.  If you haven’t registered and/or reserved a room at the Center you will need to find alternative lodging.  There are several hotels in the area.  For more information on the location of the Bergamo Center, please visit www.bergamocenter.org.   

PLEASE NOTE: There are no restaurants within walking distance and meal tickets MAY NOT be purchased on-site, so plan accordingly.  Online meal reservation ends on October 1st.  To purchase meals, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/d/frqcj3/4W 

Looking forward to seeing you in October,

Bergamo Leadership Team

The Schedule is Now Live!

We are pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2015 Bergamo Conference is now up and accessible at: http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/fct/fct15/

We are looking forward to another exciting year and hope you will join us!  Please spread the word.


The Bergamo Leadership Group

Hello all!

We wanted to remind you that today is the deadline for early bird registration for this year’s Bergamo Conference.  Please Click Here for Registration and to Reserve Meals and Rooms


The Bergamo Leadership Group

The Bergamo Leadership Group is pleased to announce our third and final keynote, Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) President, Barbara Madeloni, Psy.D. The title of her keynote will be “Union Organizing within the Neo-liberal State: Power, Solidarity and Imagination.”

From the MTA website:

Barbara Madeloni, president of the 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association, is a strong advocate for students and educators in the state’s public schools and public higher education system. She is committed to growing an activist union that builds alliances with parents, students and community members to give educators a strong voice in public education.

Madeloni is on leave as a senior lecturer in the Labor Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Beginning in 2004, she worked at the UMass School of Education, where among other responsibilities she coordinated the Secondary Teacher Education Program.

Prior to teaching at UMass, Madeloni was an English teacher at Northampton High School from 2000 to 2004 and at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield from 1998 to 2000. She taught students in grades nine, 10 and 12.

As a teacher educator, she worked with hundreds of prospective educators who now teach in schools throughout Massachusetts and across the country. Before she became a teacher, Madeloni was a psychotherapist working primarily with women and adolescents in Denver.

Madeloni has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in education from UMass Amherst and a Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of Denver.

Madeloni was active in her MTA affiliate, the Massachusetts Society of Professors, and served as secretary of the MSP before becoming president of the MTA in July 2014. She also had been on the negotiating team at Frontier Regional School. She is a leader of Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus within the MTA, and she also has served on the coordinating committee of a national network of progressive caucuses.

Madeloni has given numerous talks and written articles, blog posts and book chapters on education issues. Much of her writing is focused on the negative influence of corporate interests in public education and the activism required to resist corporate-driven policies. She is deeply concerned about racial and economic disparities in education and in our communities, and she is an outspoken critic of the ways that standardized tests are being used in student, teacher, school and district accountability systems.

Madeloni supported students in her UMass School of Education class who boycotted a Pearson, Inc., field test of a proposed assessment called edTPA. Her protest put her in conflict with the UMass administration and was the subject of an article in The New York Times in 2012.

In March 2014, Madeloni received the Equity and Social Justice Award at the Equity and Social Justice Conference in Syracuse, New York.

Madeloni grew up in Syosset, New York, the seventh of 13 children. She credits her parents with instilling in her a commitment to social justice. She and her husband, David Madeloni, live in Northampton.

Less than a week away from deadline for proposals!

The Bergamo Leadership Group is pleased to announce our first All-Conference Session is the latest edition of our continuing Provoking Dialogue series. This series is an opportunity for authors and other scholars to dialogue back and forth about a featured text and to offer a space for the audience to engage in those conversations.


Panel Discussion of Worth Striking For: Why Education Policy is Every Teacher’s Concern (Lessons from Chicago) by Isabel Nuñez, Gregory Michie, and Pamela Konkol


Panel Members:

Isabel Nuñez, Ph.D., Concordia University Chicago
Pamela Konkol, Ph.D., Concordia University Chicago (Recently Added!)
Francyne Huckaby, Ph.D., Texas Christian University
Arlo Kempf, Ph.D., OISE/University of Toronto
Jennifer Job, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Ligia (Licho) Lopez Lopez, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison


From the publisher: Written by activist educators, Worth Striking For speaks to teachers and teachers-to-be about the drastic changes in the landscape of public education in recent decades and focuses on what they need to know about the debates and complex issues of reform affecting their lives and professions.

The book identifies the most significant shifts in education policy, including how policy has helped or hindered the broader educational purposes of schools. Using the 2012 Chicago teachers strike as a framing device, the authors demonstrate how each of the policy areas addressed is critically important to teachers’ lives and work. Each chapter describes one of the Chicago teachers’ demands, and then explores a related policy arena through the lens of an associated philosophical purpose of education. The text features individually authored vignettes that juxtapose the authors’ personal experiences with the issues, bringing policy and policy activism to life. This hopeful book will inspire and empower teachers to take action in their schools, communities, districts, and states.


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