Livable Wage Campaign Popular Education

Popular Education Workshops Format and Style:
All of our workshops are designed to incorporate the principals of popular education – also known as experiential learning. Popular Education is opposite from the "banking" approach to education where the "teacher" puts the information into the student. We believe that educational experiences should attend to both the content of what we present as well as the process or form of the presentation. Learners are not empty vessels into which we must pour information, but co-creators in the process of learning. Our role is to provide structure and experiences with which learners can engage and create meaning.

The Peace & Justice Center asks for a $125 honorarium for each workshop to help cover the cost of supplies, staff time, and travel. Invoices can be provided.

Intended Audience:

    • local community groups

    • livable wage coalition members

    • religious institutions

    • conference participants

    • general public

    • low wage workers

    • college classes

    • high school classes and modified versions for elementary school classes

General Livable Wage Workshop:
In Vermont, median earnings are stagnant or declining; income inequality is growing; and there are persistently high levels of poverty according to Phase 8 of the Vermont Job Gap Study (Dec 2003).  In 1999, 61,000 Vermonters (including 15,000 children) fell below the unrealistically low official poverty rate.  Almost one-third of all those below the poverty rate are in the workforce.  One out of four full-time Vermont workers (26%) earned less than a livable wage for a single person ($11.58/hr or $24,086/year) in 1999. 

This interactive workshop is designed to give participants a working knowledge of livable wage figures, definitions, and research about Vermont’s economy and jobs, i.e. how livable wage figures are calculated, how does livable wage differ from minimum wage, how many and what jobs pay a livable wage in Vermont.  The workshop will highlight research and analysis found in Phase 8 of the Vermont Job Gap Study, including new information and statistics on how race and gender disproportionately affects wages and income.  We will end with ways to get involved in current livable wage efforts around the state and solutions for achieving economic justice for all Vermonters. 

Women & the Economy Workshop:
This interactive workshop focuses on how women are doing in today’s economy. We discuss the real economic factors that have lead to the shrinking wage gap between men and women, how gender segments occupations in the workforce, how our current economic system devalues work in the “care economy,” and how economic public policy issues relating to poverty and the minimum wage disproportionately affect women. The workshop will also highlight research and analysis on gender, income and jobs in Vermont found in Phase 8 of the Vermont Job Gap Study. We end with ways to get involved in current livable wage efforts relating to women (especially public school workers) and solutions for achieving economic justice for all Vermonters.

"Uprooting Classism" Workshop:
In 1999, after almost two decades of economic growth, the gap between rich and poor in the United States is as wide as it has ever been.  Why?  One contributing factor to growing inequality in this country is classism.  Many people call classism the unspoken –ism because classism is the systemic oppression and consequent discrimination of people based on wealth.  This interactive workshop is designed to give participants a working knowledge of how wealth is distributed in our country, define classism (social vs. economic), explore how race and gender compound classism, and discuss the affects of classism on our society and communities.  We will also discuss an action plan for how each participant can unroot misconceptions, concepts of status and worth based on jobs/income, and stereotypes around classism from his or her day-to-day interactions.

Race & the Economy Workshop:
Coming Soon!

VT High School Curriculum:
Teaching Economics As If People Mattered
Dynamic, real-world lesson plans on income, wealth, livable wages, the economy, and what it all means for the typical Vermonter. Curriculum was compiled by the Vermont Livable Wage Campaign based upon the curriculum, Teaching Economics as if People Mattered, by Tamara Sober Giecek with United for a Fair Economy (UFE).

 Here is a sample of some of the lessons topics:

  • Definitions

  • What is Income and Why Do Some People Earn So Much More of It than Others?

  • Distributing Income: You Be the Judge

  • Viewing Income Through Gender and Race Lenses

  • Power Shift Led to Rule Changes

  • What Can You Do Here in Vermont: Real Policies that Lift the Floor, Level the Playing Field, and Address the Concentration of Wealth and Power.

LOOKING FOR HQT CREDITS?  The Department of Education has endorsed the training for this curriculum for “Highly Qualified Teacher” (HQT) credits under the No Child Left Behind Act. Find out more!

For more information, to order a copy of the curriculum, contact  the Vermont Livable Wage Campaign, 802-863-2345 x8, livablewage@pjcvt.org.


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