Education Revolution

The purpose of this FIG is to consider the possibilities and challenges of rethinking K-12 education and our role in education change.

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours."

--César Chávez

College Connections Faculty: Edward Olivos

Edward M. Olivos is an associate professor specializing in bilingual education and bicultural parent involvement. His research focuses on the relationship between bicultural parents and schools as well as the development of bilingual educators. He is the author of The Power of Parents: A Critical Perspective of Bicultural Parent Involvement in Public Schools (2006, Peter Lang Publishers, Inc.) and co-editor of Bicultural Parent Engagement: Advocacy and Empowerment (2011, Teachers College Press).

Olivos has published work in the areas of policy studies, school reform, parent participation, critical pedagogy, teacher credentialing, and biliteracy issues of K-12 classrooms. He is a former San Diego elementary school teacher, where he taught for more than 10 years.

FIG Assistant: Emily Beck


Summer Assignment

For your Summer Assignment, Professor Olivos and I would like each one of you to do some research regarding the federally recognized Native American tribes that are local to your home states. With this, please bring two maps to our first class meeting. We will be discussing the relation to the common reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Please take the time to read this common reading since we will relate back to it multiple times throughout the term!

The first map will be one of your home state that depicts the current tribes native to your state. The second will be a contemporary map of all Native tribes that were a part of our country before states were established. Please remember to also send me a short email description about yourself, there is no need for this to be formal, just some interesting facts that you would like me to know! My email is

FIGs are an amazing part of your first term as a Duck! Please do not hesitate to send me an email at any time if you have any questions regarding our FIG, the summer assignment, or anything in general!

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 10:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.