LSU School of Education’s Curriculum Camp Attracts Diverse Group of Graduate Students


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Curriculum Camp 2017

LSU Curriculum Camp, an annual international graduate student conference, was held February 10-11, 2017 on LSU's campus.

Curriculum Camp is organized and hosted by the graduate students of LSU Curriculum Theory Project (CTP) under the guidance of CTP co-directors Dr. Petra Hendry and Dr. Roland Mitchell, as well as the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE).

With an impressive 85 attendees, diversity was celebrated with students representing various states—Louisiana, Illinois, New York, Virginia, Texas, Iowa, and Indiana.  International students from Alberta, Canada and Queensland, Australia attended as well.

The camp is designed to showcase the work of graduate students engaged in research on a host of subjects, such as: curriculum theory, gender, race, culture, higher education research (K-20), policy analysis, political and/or intellectual thought (including but not limited to narrative, feminisms, postmodernism, poststructuralism, queer theory, chaos & complexity theory). 

LSU Curriculum Camp allows graduate students to present their research in a communal environment much like a retreat: attendees eat, socialize, and network together to encourage a comfortable environment for all. 

Graduate students have the opportunity to network with peers, as well as leaders in the education field. 

This year, Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard was the Fireside Chat Speaker. On Friday, Dr. Dillard held a mentoring session titled "On Purpose for a Purpose: (Re)membering Spirit in Mentoring" and on Saturday evening, she led the Fireside Chat titled "To Ghana with Love: (Re)membering Blackness in Teacher Education".

Dr. Dillard holds a PhD in Multicultural Education and Educational Leadership from Washington State University, where she also earned an M.S.Ed. in Vocational Technical Education. She was named the first Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Georgia (UGA) and she began teaching at UGA in 2012.

Students were able to present their research as an individual academic paper with 20 minutes to read or make a presentation, followed by a question and answer session, or as a panel or roundtable, in which several individuals explored one topic in depth and then open the floor to discussion and questions from other attendees.


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Fireside Chat speaker Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard speaking at Curriculum Camp.

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A breakout session at Curriculum Camp.


About Curriculum Theory Project

The Curriculum Theory Project is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University. The Curriculum Theory Project is comprised of internationally recognized scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds whose primary goals are to research the role education plays in a democratic society and participate in the future of curriculum theory nationally and internationally.  Curriculum Theory aspires to understand educational practices within broad social and cultural frameworks, focusing on what counts as knowledge, and what knowledge is most valued, by whom, at what time, and for what purpose. 

The Curriculum Theory Graduate Collaborative is an organization of graduate students who study in the Louisiana State University Curriculum Theory Project. 

About SOE
The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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