The TCU Center for Public Education hosts events and workshops throughout the year in order to provide learning experiences for children and professional development opportunities for educators throughout the community.

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2018 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee

North Texas students will compete to represent our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is a co-sponsor of this event.

McLean Professional Development

The Center for Public Education and TCU Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies hosted 6-8th grade educators from McLean 6th Grade and McLean Middle School.

Amplify: A Participatory Camera Event

Amplify invites TCU students, staff and faculty to take, create, remix and borrow images to express our strengths, concerns and intersectionality by turning the participatory camera towards ourselves:

1. to depict who we are,

2. to reveal what we face,

3. to share how we experience our campus, the city and this world.

  • Ready . . . Post as many images or short films as you like on Instagram by Monday, September 25.
  • Set . . . Add a short description, #amplifyWGST.
  • Go . . . Join us for gallery viewing and discussion.

Gallery Viewing and Discussion
Thursday, September 28, 4-6 p.m.
TCU Contemporary Arts Gallery
2900 W. Berry St.

 iEngage Summer Civics Institute

Monday August 7-Friday August 11, 2017
Palko Hall
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This civic engagement summer camp helps students build leadership skills that will prepare them to engage the civic issues all around them. Students will walk away with a whole new level of confidence when it comes to having a say in their world. Dedicated camp counselors will engage students in team building, fun simulations, field trips, community issue projects and games.

Scripps Regional Spelling Bee

Thursday, March 2, 2017
BLUU Ballroom
8 a.m.-noon

The purpose of the Spelling Bee is to help children improve their spelling, increase vocabulary, learn new concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them for the rest of their lives. The Star-Telegram has sponsored the Regional Spelling Bee for over 30 years, giving thousands of students the chance to compete in the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. TCU’s College of Education has coordinated and sponsored the Regional Spelling Bee since 2011.

Aspiring Educators at TCU

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
TCU Campus
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Around 160 Aspiring Educators from O.D. Wyatt, Western Hills, and Dunbar high schools will visit the TCU campus. Dunbar is a new addition this year. TCU graduate students will host the high schoolers in small groups, touring classes, housing facilities and dining in Market Square. The Center for Public Education is hosting the event and will treat the students to lunch.

Dr. Theodorea Berry Visits TCU

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
BLUU Miller Room, 3rd floor
3:30-4:45 pm

Theodorea Regina Berry Associate Professor & Director, African American Studies Program Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching

Dr. Theodorea R. Berry will visit TCU for a lecture with the Center for Public Education on The Black Intellectual Tradition in Education. Dr. Berry is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director, Graduate Recruitment and Engagement at UT San Antonio. This visit will be cosponsored by Women & Gender Studies and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies.

Berry is Associate Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, and Director, African American Studies Program. She has been a scholar-activist and educator for more than 20 years with professional experiences in Germany, North Carolina, Illinois and Georgia. She has a Doctorate of Education degree from National-Louis University (2002) in Curriculum and Social Inquiry and completed a three year post-doctoral research fellowship (2002-2005) at the University of Illinois-Chicago awarded by the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Berry’s scholarship focuses on the lived experiences of women of color as pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and teacher educators, critical examination of race. ethnicity, and gender for teaching and teacher education, critical race theory/critical race feminism, qualitative research methodology, and curriculum theory.  

Women and Human Rights: Luncheon with Ariela Peralta

Thursday, March 24, 2016

TCU’s Discovering Global Citizenship will be hosting Ariela Peralta, a human rights expert from Uruguay (see bio below), during the week of March 21-March 25. Women and Gender Studies at TCU and the Center for Public Education will hold a luncheon-discussion on the topic of Women and Human Rights with Ms. Peralta on Thursday Mar. 24 from 11-12:30 in the Incubator Lab, RJH.

Education as a Human Right Listening Project

Monday, February 29, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m.
TCU Brown-Lupton University Union, Beck/Geren Rooms
2901 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129 Map

Join TCU’s College of Education and its Center for Public Education as we host a listening project event for the state of Texas. This event is free and open to the public. Attend online or in person on the TCU campus.

Listening Project from Fran Huckaby on Vimeo

About this Event:

The Journey for Justice Alliance has partnered with global human rights organization Amnesty International to facilitate Listening Projects in 24 cities across the country. The events seek to highlight how lack of access to quality education, especially in low-income and minority communities violate human rights. The Center for Public Education is hosting an extension of this event in Texas, right on the TCU campus.

Participate in the conversation by registering to attend the event in person or online. Please note if you plan to share a statement (no more than 3-5 minutes) about the effect of school closings, inequitable school funding, race-based inequality, zero-tolerance discipline policies and other issues on your community. Presentations will be shared at the event at the campus event on Monday, February 29.

Information gathered from the Listening Projects will be used for a report produced by Amnesty International and the Journey for Justice Alliance, calling for a moratorium on corporate interventions such as closings, turnarounds, phase-outs and charter expansion and replace them with their vision for Sustainable Community Schools.

TCU College of Education Regional Spelling Bee

SPELLING BEE 5X10 BANNER FINAL 2.5.15 NEWWednesday, March 2

Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom

This year’s competition includes 490 schools in North Texas and the students represent 25 different areas in North Texas. The students will compete to represent our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Fort Worth Star Telegram is a co-sponsor of this event.


Como Writing Camp

Students from Como Elementary school will visit the TCU campus for a two day writing camp.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016: 4th Graders

Thursday, March 3, 2016: 5th Graders

Education as a Human Right

Monday, January 18, 2016

Save the date and spread the word! Join us at TCU on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a webinar on the big screen and lunch in Palko 130, or sign up for internet access to the webinar and gather a group.

Journey for Justice Alliance

The webinar will lift the voices of the people directly impacted by public education policy; students, parents and educators to examine how corporate education interventions impinge on their human right to education. The Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), a national network of 39 community organizations in 23 cities across the United States, committed to community-driven school improvement will facilitate the webinar. J4J members believe, through their lived experience and research, that a lack of equity is the primary problem in public education; The lack of equity in public education is a civil and human rights issue.

Liberation Lunch Webinar

The webinar will focus on school privatization in cities like Chicago, New Orleans, New York and Detroit through lived experience; over-reliance on standardized test, punitive school interventions, zero tolerance discipline policies, ignoring community wisdom and the attack on teachers of color, massive school closings, and the expansion of charter and contract schools. This session will be facilitated by the National Director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, Jitu Brown.

faulty_franhuckabyDr. Francyne Huckaby at Community Voice for Public Education Forum

Saturday, November 21

Houston, Texas

Dr. Francyne Huckaby, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Public Education, will speak at the Community Voice for Public Education (CVPE) Forum. This event, hosted by non-profit CVPE, will focus on issues public schools face. For more information, please click here.

What Makes Social Justice Education Difficult?

Britzman’s “difficult knowledge” and the memories of a young adult from Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

4:00-4:45 p.m., Bailey 210

Dr. Debbie Sonu TCU College of Education Center for Public EducationDr. Debbie Sonu is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College, City University of New York and doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center. Her research interests include curriculum theory as it relates to urban schooling in the United States, social justice teaching, youth culture, and child studies. She uses qualitative methodologies to examine educational experience, seeking to understand how theories such as poststructuralism can provide alternative explanations for classroom practice. Currently, she studies the act of forgetting in school and the teaching of difficult knowledge. 

Dr. Sonu’s work has been published in Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Teacher Education, and the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, among others. Her dissertation, …(in)Justice for All?: Brooklyn Youth and the Question of Social Justice, explored youth performances and the complications of teaching for social justice, and received the 2011 Division B Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award and the 2010 Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG Distinguished Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA).


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Students of color map spaces and negotiate places in a predominantly Anglo high school

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

4:00-4:45 p.m., Bailey 210

Dr. Boni Wozolek will join us to discuss what it means for traditionally marginalized populations to negotiate predominantly Anglo spaces and places. In addition, she will explore the use of nontraditional methodologies as a means to work with questions of voice, power and representation, particularly as they apply to marginalized student populations.

Dr. Wozolek, a high school Spanish teacher and Gay-Straight Alliance advisor, earned her doctorate from Kent State University. Her book chapters include The nested nature of m/othering: Complicating curriculum conversations (awarded the James T. Sears award); Social justice in education: Grounding theories of equity in the possibilities of self, praxis and everyday schooling; and What are you anyway?: Racial fatigue as daily experience in public schools. Her work Are we not fatigued?: Queer battle fatigue at the intersection of heteronormative culture appears in the International Journal of of Curriculum and Social Justice.


Resonance and Reverb

The Possibilities and Challenges for Sound and the Sensual in Curriculum Studies and Qualitative Research

Monday, November 16, 2015

4:00-4:45 p.m., Bailey 210

The sensual and the sonic have long been integral to central understandings in educational fields such as curriculum studies and social foundations as well as to all forms of qualitative research. However, in spite of ongoing attention to the senses and the sonic, only recently have either been taken up as central means for exploring and explicating educational understandings or how such understandings can be researched. Grounded in the constructs of resonance and reverberation, this talk seeks to articulate some of the possible trajectories and challenges for conducting sound and sensual work in the fields of curriculum studies and qualitative research, a discussion that requires both theoretical framing and practical examples.

Dr. Walter Gershon is an Associate Professor in the School of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Studies; Provost Associate Faculty for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2014-2016); and LGBTQ Affiliate Faculty at Kent State University. His scholarly interests focus on questions of equity and access about the ways in which young people make sense, the sociocultural processes that inform their everyday sense-making, and the qualitative methods used to study those processes. In addition to multiple book chapters, articles in such journals as Cultural Studies,<– –>Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, and the Journal of Sonic Studies, and other publications, Dr. Gershon is guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing on the topic of Sensual Curriculum, and lead/founding editor of the International Journal of Curriculum & Social Justice. Walter’s forthcoming book, titled Overlooked: Formal Curriculum and Urban Elementary Students in an Era of Standardization is part of Lexington Book’s series Race and Education in the 21st Century and is slated for publication in the winter of 2016. (Image credit: Paul Topie/Akron Beacon Journal)

Aspiring Educators Campus Visit

October 20, 2015

Aspiring Educators from O. D. Wyatt and Western Hills high schools visited TCU for a day’s visit. They interacted with college students, toured the campus, had lunch in Market Square, and learned about the college application process.

TCU College of Education Regional Spelling Bee

March 18, 2015

This year’s competition includes 491 schools in North Texas and the students represent 25 different areas in North Texas. The students will compete to represent our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Fort Worth Star telegram is a co-sponsor of this event.


Paschal Writing Camp

March 24 & March 26, 2015

TCU undergraduate and graduate students will tutor Paschal High School students for their state writing assessment in April. Students spend the day on campus and have lunch in Market Square.

Seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University

April 2, 2014

Dr. M. Francyne Huckaby, the director of the Center for Public Education, will hold a seminar on her public education research at the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Standardized – A free film screening and panel discussion

April 26, 2014

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North Texas Regional Spelling Bee

March 19, 2014

This year’s competition includes 471 schools in North Texas and the students represent 25 different areas in North Texas. The students will compete to represent our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Fort Worth Star telegram is a co-sponsor of this event.

Paschal Writing Camp

March 25 & March 27, 2014

TCU undergraduate and graduate students will tutor Paschal High School students for their state writing assessment in April. Students spend the day on campus and have lunch in Market Square.

Aspiring Educators Campus Visit

November 21, 2013

Aspiring Educators from O. D. Wyatt and Western Hills high schools visited TCU for a day’s visit. They interacted with college students, toured the campus, had lunch in Market Square, and learned about the college application process. Special Thanks to Meridian Bank Texas for offering a scholarship for aspiring educators accepted into TCU.

Sister-to-Sister Summit

November 9, 2013

The Sister-to-sister Summit supports FWISD middle school girls in identifying concerns and creating action plans for implementing change in their schools and communities. The Summit sessions are lead by TCU students and the program is collaborative effort with American Association of University Women(AAUW).

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November 4, 2013

The Center for Public Education, the Andrews Institute, and TCU departments of Biology, History & Geography, Physics & Astronomy, and Religion co-sponsored the viewing of The Revisionaries followed by conversation with the director, Scott Thurman. View the opening comments from an interdisciplinary panel and the closing conversation with the director.


Keynote Address

October 19, 2013

The Center for Public Education Director, Dr. Huckaby, gave a multimedia keynote address, Public Education: Voice, Activism & Uprising, at the 34th annual Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice.  Learn more about the conference online or on Facebook.


Como Project

October 2013

TCU graduate students representing the Center for Public Education presented their research, When the School Fails, the Community Fails, at the Bergamo conference of curriculum theory and classroom practice.

This group of students also presented the paper, Bridging the Gap Between Home and School Through a Community-Based Approach, at the 2013 Curriculum and Pedagogy conference.

Refugee Family Project

Fall 2013

The Refugee Family Project is collaboration with Fort Worth ISD’s International Newcomer Academy and Catholic Charities. TCU middle and secondary education students accompany refugee families on their first visit to their children’s school.

Math Science & Language Summer School

Summer 2013

Math Science & Language Summer School worked with 5th and 8th grade students from FWISD Language Centers for two weeks.

Anti-Bias Workshop

January 14, 2013

Anti-Bias Workshop is a one-day workshop that supports future elementarily teachers in creating and sustaining respectful classroom environments that address critical topics such as bias, bullying and cyber-bullying. The workshop was conducted by the Anti-Defamation League.