A Report on the


For a Democratic Society

Detroit, Michigan USA

June 26-28, 2000

June 26-28, 2000, a remarkable group of some 250 progressive educators gathered in Detroit, Michigan, USA, to share perspectives, develop networks, and form plans of action. We share here some highlights of presentations, presenters, and action plans.

Several key THEMES predominated our discussions. These were used as organizing frameworks in dialogues and planning.

Co-sponsored by the Whole Language Umbrella, Whole Schooling Consortium, and the Rouge Forum, this conference was an important Event in building coalitions and in creating new visions of good schools for all students. We all went away energized, filled with new ideas, connections, resources, and plans to do work in our schools and organize locally and regionally. More, we will follow this Event with Regional and National conferences including next year's Detroit conference, LEARNING FOR JUSTICE AND SOCIAL RENEWAL, June 27-29, 2001.

Presentations. Some presenters provided us written copies.

Presenters. Here are the presenters and ways to contact them.

Reflections. Participants share their perspective on the Summit and its impact on them.

Action plans. The Summit participants developed an action plan for an international Partnership fo r Democratic Education, a collaborative effort of individuals and organizations.