Popular Education Working Group

UALE 2018, Seattle

Friday, April 5th, 7-9pm


Monika Warner, Joe Twarog, Jeffrey Santos, Tess Ewing, Zach Cunningham, Elizabeth Pellerito, Catalina Rojas, Indira Garmendia, Richard Gaboton, Tish Glenn, Anneta Argyres, Darby Frye, Bill Shields, Antonio Gismet, Riahl O’Malley

Facilitated by Darby Frye, Richard Gaboton, and Riahl O’Malley (Co-Chairs)


  • Introductions
  • Review the Working Group:
    • We reviewed the purpose of our group and key examples of the work we have done
    • We reviewed our working definition of popular education
  • Areas of Future Work: We brainstormed areas of future work. Then, participants put their names next to topics they were interested in. From there, we broke into smaller groups and discussed next steps for some of these areas of future work followed by a report back.
    • The following notes reflect this process. Where available, the notes from small group breakouts are included under each topic.


Curriculum Exchange & Development

  • Curriculum exchange (Tess, Darby)
    • Mid-year meeting?
    • Online access to conference materials from different sessions
  • Create a platform for networking
  • Intentional curriculum development/ exchange
  • Skills based learning using popular education (Joe, Zach, Antonio, Bill)
    • Document w/ participatory exercises that highlight power/social justice (crowd sourced)
    • Get class on above topic on next year’s agenda
  • Train the Trainer- different forms of delivery
  • Intersections of popular education and technology (Monika)
    • Managing conference calls (interactive, raise hands, Maestro, Zoom)
    • Full participation valued
    • Translation/involvement
    • Document share/screen share
    • Invitations- text reminder
  • Take leadership connecting labor and social movements (Bill, Elizabeth, Riahl)
  • Create a reading list of popular education theory (Tess, Zach)
  • Resources for engaging all senses in accessible ways (Zach, Elizabeth, Darby, Monika)
    • Create a space in curriculum exchange to share engaging icebreakers, energizers, creative techniques for grouping participants, techniques for ensuring full involvement (potential 2019 workshop?)
  • Driving attendance at trainings (Monika)
    • Publicize trainings in exciting ways
    • Follow up with audience
    • Overcome barriers to attendance
    • Invitations and phone banking
    • Incentivize to bring colleague

Conference Planning

  • How do we impact conference structure? (Tish)
  • Plan sequence/progression in workshops at the conference within the track (Richard)
    • Give specific roles to members of the working group/organization
    • Use solidarity school model
    • Keep track of previous year’s workshops
    • Suggest to 2018 presenters to follow their workshops with a higher level in 2019
  • Think more about conference audience and follow-up after sessions
  • Fewer sessions proposed with more over 2 time slots? (as we piloted in 2018)
  • Solicit workshops for the conference
  • Create opportunities for members to develop skills and gain opportunities (Jeffrey Santos)
    • Use the sequence of workshops to create opportunity
    • Participants could attend one year and facilitate the next
    • Leadership development path