The Organization

The Curriculum and Pedagogy group works to create and foster a democratic space in which diverse individuals seeking academic enrichment and professional engagement commit to educational reform and social change. A decision-making Town Hall is held at the annual conference. All members of the organization are invited to participate in a modified consensus process to determine the work of the organization. A member is any person who has attended a conference in the last three years. Between conferences, the work of the organization is directed by the Governance Council.

The Governing Council

The Governance Council consists of 12 members each serving a three-year term and representing the diversity of the membership. Those present at the annual conference elect four new members to the council to replace the four whose term is ending. The Council establishes procedures and guidelines for conducting its business consistent with the philosophy of the organization. However, any policy and procedure are subject to review and revision by the membership at the Annual Meeting, which as a body of the whole, is the sole and final decision-making body of this organization.



Vonzell Agosto

Dr. Vonzell Agosto is an associate professor of curriculum studies in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program at the University of South Florida. Her primary line of inquiry asks how educational contexts can be (more or less) oppressive especially with regard to culture, race, gender, and dis/ability. This research is published in handbook chapters, articles and journals including Teachers College RecordEducational ResearcherReview of Research in EducationJournal of Curriculum TheorizingJournal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and the Journal of School Leadership.


Cole Reilly

Cole Reilly is an associate professor of education at Towson University who routinely teaches social studies methods courses, as well as classes focused on social justice, diversity/multiculturalism, and urban education. At various times in his tenure at TU, he supervised senior ELED majors in their yearlong PDS internships as well. In each course he teaches, he and his students investigate how practice stands to inform theory (and vice versa) in terms of exploring progressive pedagogies, critical feminist methodologies, and the development of more socially just and empowering curricula.

As has been the case with much of his work, Cole’s interests represent a braiding of seemingly contrasting realms of thought. His research and scholarly work often draw upon the practitioner world of teacher preparation and professional development, focusing upon reflective growth among teachers, self-study, inquiry, social studies methods, and teacher identity development, as well as service learning, curricular (re)design, pedagogical discourse(s), school climate, and pop-culture. He likes to conduct empirical research that focuses upon matters of social constructivist meaning-making around notions of gender(ing), sexuality, race, and class, as well as other matters of identity, equity, perspective, and socially just praxis in K-12 classrooms (and beyond).”

Officers and Committee Members

The Council Structure

The Council will be composed of twelve members elected from the membership. See specific Council roles and Committees below. The Council has four specific roles: Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer, and Registrar. The Council is made up of five committees: Conference, Outreach, Fellowship, Nominations, and Publications.

Council Officers

Council Chair

  • Jim Jupp

Council Chair-Elect

  • Nathalia Jaramillo

Council Treasurer

  • Karin Lewis

Conference Registrar

  • Brandon Bush

The Conference Committee

Program Committee

  • Nathalia Jaramillo (Program Committee Chair)
  • Jim Jupp
  • Pauli Badenhorst

Site Committee

  • Jim Jupp (Site Committee Chair)
  • Nathalia Jaramillo
  • Karin Lewis

Responsibilities & Tasks


The Curriculum and Pedagogy Group (C&P) Chair’s term represents a three-year commitment to C&P Council leadership. The first year is an induction year in which an incoming Chair serves in the role of Chair-Elect. During this period, the Chair-Elect works closely with the Chair and the C&P Council in administrating the conference and other organizational details. The second year is the principal leadership year in which the Chair mentors the Chair-Elect, and receives counsel from the outgoing Chair-Elect. The third-year is the year for the Outgoing Chair to mentor the Chair during his or her principal year of service. See Table 1 for Chair’s Term Cycle.

The Chair leads the Council’s work, sets objectives, assigns roles, and delegates work in collaboration with the Council. The Chair’s immediate support includes the Council Treasurer, the Chair-Elect, and the Conference Registrar whose roles are described below. Explicitly, council members who, after being included in role determination and work delegation, may be removed from the Council by the Chair if they are not performing their duties. Removal from the role will require the Council’s deliberation and vote.

Specific Duties: The Chair, with the help of the Executive Council, will accomplish the following.

  1. Facilitates ongoing conversation and decision-making among the Council during the year.
  2. Monitors group discussion.
  3. Chairs the Annual Business Meeting of C&P at the Conference.
  4. Works closely with the Treasurer, Chair-Elect, and Registrar to insure smooth and fiscally sound operation of the Annual Conference.
    • Secures site for conference dates approved by the Council.
    • Reviews and submits contract with conference facility for review and approval of the Council.
    • Contacts restaurants and/or conference facility regarding meals, maintaining contact as conference approaches and predicting numbers
    • Acquires details regarding rooms, equipment, and other conference facilities (e.g., gallery space, theater area), sharing this with the Program & Site Committees.
  5. Insures that each committee is operating in a manner consistent with its charge and that each Council member is undertaking one specific responsibility during the year.
  6. Serves as an ex-officio member of each standing committee.


Committee Reports


We seek to create a space in which to advance the ideals of progressive curriculum and democratic leadership in education through dialogue and action.