UFE's Training of Trainers Institute involves exploring the causes and consequences of income and wealth inequality and providing participants with educational tools to help inform their communities and inspire political action.
Transformative education—which includes reflection, thoughtful analysis, and learning from each other—is vital to the success of any movement for social and economic justice. In order to challenge the economic status quo, we first need to make sense of the roots of inequality and, more broadly, the ways in which systems create and perpetuate class, race, and gender inequality. Working toward a shared understanding of how we got here and a shared vision for the future will help us build a cross-race, cross-class movement for an equitable, democratic, and sustainable economy.
Our Popular Economics Education Team is once again co-hosting UFE's renowned Training of Trainers Institute in October 2014 in New Market, TN, with the Highlander Center (details below). We invite organizers, activists, educators, students, and others across the U.S. who want to join and advance the movement for a just economy, to attend.
Jeannette Huezo, Steve Schnapp, and Riahl O'Malley, UFE's Education Coordinators, will help you learn how to engage people in dialogue through UFE-style popular economics education workshops that demystify the economy and creatively educate, inspire, and mobilize people to take political action.
Thursday, October 23 – Sunday, October 26, 2014
On-site check-in from 3:00–6:00 p.m. on October 23, 2014;
The Institute ends at 1:30 p.m. on October 26.
Highlander Research and Education Center (Newmarket, TN)
Located in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, about an hour from the McGhee Tyson Airport near Knoxville.
About the Institute
IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:
• An organizer, leader, activist, teacher, or trainer engaged in campaigns for economic or social justice, and/or
• If you are seeking to improve your training and facilitation skills in order to more effectively present information and engage people in dialogue about the economy.
YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT:
• National economic trends and the rules, policies, and structures that make the economy a disaster for most of us and a goldmine for a few
• Viewing the economy through race and gender lenses;
• Some history about popular resistance to economic inequality in the U.S.;
• Strategies to build a powerful social movement that will address the economic divides; and Principles and practices of popular education.
YOU WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO:
• Work in small groups to plan and practice leading either UFE's or original popular economics education workshop activities;
• Receive constructive feedback on how to effectively present workshops and lead productive discussions on economic inequality;
• Discuss how to best adapt UFE's materials to your communities and constituents;
• Practice responding to challenging questions and difficult workshop situations; and
• Network, build solidarity and open doors for collaboration with others working for economic justice.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES PRESENTATIONS OF CREATIVE AND ENGAGING ACTIVITIES FROM UFE'S WORKSHOPS, INCLUDING:
• The Growing Divide - The Roots of Economic Security
• Closing the Racial Wealth Divide
• Immigration and the Growing Divide
SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION:
• Participants should arrive at Highlander on Thursday, October 23, between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.; the program begins after dinner on Thursday and concludes after lunch on Sunday, October 26.
• Sessions are conducted in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
• Breaks are provided throughout the day to allow participants to catch their breath, reflect on and network with other participants.
Registration fee is based on a sliding scale (see below) and includes the Institute fee, materials, meals, and room/board (double occupancy). Transportation is NOT included. A minimum $25 deposit is required with your application. Payment in full is due one week before the start of the Institute. We offer additional reductions to organizations sending two or more participants.
Space is limited and preference is given to applicants who are able to attend the full Institute. Some materials, including a detailed agenda for the Institute, short readings, and logistical information, will be sent to all registrants prior to the training to help participants prepare for the Institute.
|Organization Budget||Attendee Fee|
|$500,000 and higher||$500|
|Less than $100,000||$200|
Still Undecided? Watch this video from one of our previous Training of Trainers.