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Teaching Social Responsibility

At two-day CAEC conference, educators to focus on grooming global citizens


Tony Wagner

Can social responsibility be taught? Seven BU education professors and scholars will be among presenters at a two-day conference aimed at helping educators make students more globally aware and more committed to improving their world.

Sponsored by the Center for Advancement of Ethics and Character at the School of Education, the annual spring conference takes place April 8 and 9. The center’s focus is providing a resource for administrators, teachers, and parents wanting to fulfill their responsibilities as moral educators.

Titled Educating for Social Responsibility, the event will feature Tony Wagner, codirector of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The Global Achievement Gap.

BU participants are Amy Baltzell, an SED clinical assistant professor, Karen Bohlin, CAEC senior scholar and head of the Montrose School, Dennis Carlberg, University sustainability director, Thomas Cottle, an SED professor of education, John McCarthy, an SED clinical assistant professor, Kevin Ryan, CAEC founder and director emeritus and SED professor emeritus, and Scott Seider, an SED assistant professor.

The 12 scheduled talks will cover a wide range of issues related to social responsibility, including educating hearts and minds to think globally and act locally, teaching social responsibility to the underserved through physical activity, inspiring engagement and student self-awareness, and the exponential effect of education toward sustainability.

The CAEC Educating for Social Responsibility Conference is on Thursday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Trustee Center, One Silber Way. The first 200 BU students to sign up will be admitted to the conference free, but must pay for meals. More information is available here.

Caroline Hailey can be reached at chailey@bu.edu.

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