About Joel Westheimer

Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa and education columnist for CBC Radio. He began his education career as a summer camp director and was a middle school teacher in the New York City Public School system. His newest book is What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good (Teachers College Press, 2015). He tweets at @joelwestheimer.

Past Teacher Forums:

  • 2016 - Coercion in the Classroom, with Alfie Kohn
  • 2015 - Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations, with Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
  • 2014 - The Moral Dilemmas of Teaching - Small Moments that Matter, with Anna Richert
  • 2013 - Silence in the Classroom, with Kathy Schultz
  • 2012 - Seeing Learning, with Steve Seidel
  • 2011 - Cultivating an Ethic of Excellence in Schools, with Ron Berger
  • 2010 - Collaborative Learning in the Classroom: Awaken the Joy of Interpreting Texts, with Orit Kent
  • 2009 - Accountable Talk: Classroom Conversations that Promote Learning, with Sarah Michaels


Joel Westheimer

Joel Westheimer

What Kind of Citizen:
Educating Our Children for the Common Good

Sunday, March 5, 2017

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University

  • How can our schools prepare students to become responsible, ethical and active citizens of a just, democratic society?
  • How can teachers of all subjects teach young people to engage with the world around them and work to improve it?

In this interactive presentation and workshop, Dr. Joel Westheimer details how teachers, principals, parents, students and school reformers can pursue meaningful ideals of democracy, social justice and civic community.

Each year the Mandel Center Teacher Forum brings educators together to explore central ideas in teaching and learning.

The 2017 Teacher Forum is co-sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and the Delet Alumni Network (DAN).