REC Seminars & Presentations

Religion & Social Studies in the U.S.

October 20, 2021 — 4pm (ET)

Ashley Berner, Director of the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University.

What is the difference between “exposure” and “indoctrination?” American school systems confuse the two. This session will explore why, and what we can do about it, by comparing the structure and content of public education in our democratic peer nations. We will also discuss the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy’s early findings on social studies curricula, as seen through the Social Studies Knowledge Map and School Culture 360 research. 

Speaker Bio: Ashley Berner is Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Associate Professor of Education. She served previously as the Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy and the Co-Director of the Education Program at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. Palgrave MacMillan released Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School (2017), and Dr. Berner has published articles, book chapters, and op-eds on citizenship formation, academic outcomes, and teacher preparation in different national contexts. Her teaching experience took place in a Jewish pre-school, an Episcopal secondary school, and an open university in Louisiana.

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Ashley Berner

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