Session I | Global Education – Its Present And Future

SUA: 8-11:30 a.m. | Tokyo: midnight-3:30 a.m. (June 14) | Paris: 5-8:30 p.m. | Nairobi: 6-9:30 p.m.

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Session II | Inclusive and Equitable Education for All

SUA: 2:30-6:30 p.m.  | Tokyo: 6:30-10:30 a.m. (June 14) | Paris: 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.  | Nairobi: 12:30-4:30 a.m. (June 14)

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Session III | Keynote Address and Dramatic Performance 

SUA: 8-11 p.m. | Tokyo: noon-3 p.m. (June 14) | Paris: 5-8 a.m. (June 14) | Nairobi: 6-9 a.m. (June 14)

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Session I Agenda

  • Ed Feasel

    Opening Welcome From SUA President Edward M. Feasel

    8 a.m. (PDT) | midnight (JST), June 14 | 5 p.m. (CEST) | 6 p.m. (EAT)

    President Edward M. Feasel welcomes attendees to the WSE, and a short introductory talk and video will introduce SUA to the attendees and provide an overview of the meeting sessions.

  • Student Panel on WSE Dialog Events and Youth Summit

    8:30 a.m. (PDT) | 12:30 a.m. (JST), June 14 | 5:30 p.m. (CEST) | 6:30 p.m. (EAT)

    A short welcoming talk from Soka University Japan President Yoshihisa Baba will open this session. Then SUA students will present highlights from a series of dialog events that occurred at SUA during the Spring 2021 semester, as well as a summary of the WSE Youth Summit from June that included students from SUA, SUJ and other institutions around the world.

  • Alumni Panel

    9 a.m. (PDT) | 1 a.m. (JST), June 14 | 6 p.m. (CEST) | 7 p.m. (EAT)

    SUA alumni will present short discussions about how their Soka education has enabled them to advance global citizenship and foster peace in their work.

    • Bhavana Rani (GS ’18) — District Assessment System Architect at Chicago Public Schools
    • Jamie Haynes (GS ’16) — Special Education Teacher
    • Maria Sanchez (UG ’05, GS ’06) — Coordinator of international students at Soka Colegio Brasil
    • Tenji Takino (UG ’09) — Teacher, Osaka Public High School
  • The Future of Education in the Face of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    10:15 a.m. (PDT) | 2:15 a.m. (JST), June 14 | 7:15 p.m. (CEST) | 8:15 p.m. (EAT)

    Tracy Day and Justine Cassell, thought leaders in science and technology, will share their thoughts in dialog about how education can help us prepare for the profound impacts on society from exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology and the ways in which technology can challenge our humanity. By creating the right sort of science and ethical education, teachers can help prepare students and society for the challenges of this rapidly advancing future. Q&A will follow.

Session II Agenda

  • Community Responsive Pedagogy for Youth Wellness: A Modest Proposal for Repurposing Schools

    2:30 p.m. (PDT) | 6:30 a.m. (JST), June 14 | 11:30 p.m. (CEST) | 12:30 a.m. (EAT), June 14

    Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also a founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland, and the Community Responsive Education Group.

  • Yet We Live, Strive and Succeed

    3 p.m. (PDT) | 7 a.m. (JST), June 14 | midnight (CEST), June 14 | 1 a.m. (EAT), June 14

    A panel of educators from around the world will discuss the question: How do marginalized or disenfranchised communities identify, represent, and enhance their community through Freirean philosophy of reflection, critical dialogue, co-teaching, and direct action to influence policymakers to facilitate changes necessary for justice and equality? The panelists will focus on the use of Photovoice as a participatory, arts-based action research and education method that gives voice to participants’ experiences and perspectives while simultaneously facilitating critical consciousness-raising for social action and social change.

  • Unprecedented Student Outcomes: Toward the Oneness of Parents, Teachers, and School Leaders

    4:30 p.m. (PDT) | 8:30 a.m. (JST), June 14) | 1:30 a.m. (CEST), June 14 | 2:30 a.m. (EAT), June 14

    Francisco Escobedo, superintendent of the award-winning Chula Vista Elementary School District in San Diego County, California, will speak and describe his perspective on education. As Francisco states, “Last year was a year for reflection, especially about what matters most: treating everyone with respect and compassion; acting with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work; taking time to appreciate one another and to build a stronger community; being open to perspectives that are not your own; and maintaining a laser-like focus on student outcomes.” A teacher and parent will also appear with Francisco, and they will discuss in dialog their perspectives on education from their own lived experiences.

  • Video Declarations by WSE Attendees and Educators

    5:45 p.m. (PDT) | 9:45 a.m. (JST), June 14 | 2:45 a.m. (CEST), June 14 | 3:45 a.m. (EAT), June 14

    Educators and students from around the world will submit video “Declarations” prior to the conference. WSE attendees will view the videos and will have the opportunity to develop personal declarations of how to build some of the main themes into their teaching and will result in a new Declaration for the 2021 WSE.

Session III Agenda

  • Keynote Address – Wanjira Mathai, “Educating for Global Citizenship: Building a Sustainable World”

    8 p.m. (PDT) | noon (JST), June 14 | 5 a.m. (CEST), June 14 | 6 a.m. (EAT), June 14

    Wanjira Mathai is the vice president and regional director for Africa at WRI. She formerly served as co-chair of WRI’s Global Restoration Council and a senior advisor to the Global Restoration Initiative. She is the current chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and the former chair of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya.

    An inspiring leader, Wanjira has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, Wanjira has also served important strategic and advocacy roles raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, sustainable energy, and landscape restoration, at Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER), the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF), and the Green Belt Movement (GBM), the organization her mother, Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) founded in 1977.

    Wanjira currently serves on the Board of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and as a leadership council member of the Clean Cooking Alliance. Wanjira is one of a few Six Seconds EQ practitioners in Kenya and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018 and 2020.

  • “The Mask Debate” – A Zoom Theatric Piece by Kyung Hyun Kim

    9:30 p.m. (PDT) | 1:30 p.m. (JST), June 14 | 6:30 a.m. (CEST), June 14 | 7:30 a.m. (EAT), June 14

    As COVID-19 cases peaked several times in 2020, the blurring of the boundary between the public and the personal over mask-wearing has set the stage for an almost farcical, yet all-too-real tragic drama of our time. “The Mask Debate” (formerly known as “Pan-Damn-It!”) is a play written by Kyung Hyun Kim, faculty member in the Department of East Asian Studies and Visual Studies at UC Irvine. The play highlights the much-publicized mask debate in the US not simply by juxtaposing the moral conflict between individual liberty and public health, but also the invisible social divisions that are complicated by the dynamic multi-ethnic makeup of Southern California.