Past Conferences

Keynote Speaker

Conference keynote speaker Friday, October 14, 2016: Dr. Michael W. Apple

Dr. Michael W. Apple is regarded as one of the world’s most important and influential education scholars of our time. As an educational theorist, his major interests lie in the relationship between culture and power in education and in democratizing educational policy and practice. He is currently the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education, where he has taught since 1970. He is highly regarded as an important voice in "contemporary progressive education" and has written extensively, deconstructing and analyzing our educational system with thought-provoking and illuminating details. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association and the UCLA Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement. His book, Ideology and Curriculum, has been called one of the most important books in education in the 20th Century and he has been named one of the 50 most influential education writers in the 20th century.