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Propose a workshop for Teaching for Social Justice conference

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Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

As you know, last year's conference in Portland was a joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking gathering -- with about 1,350 educators from around the Northwest. Next fall, we'll be back in Seattle, and anticipate another great event -- Saturday, October 19th. Details at www.nwtsj.org. Please mark your calendar.

I'm writing to encourage you to consider submitting a workshop proposal for the conference. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, July 7. Go to www.nwtsj.org and look in the “Workshops” column. If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.

Thanks for your important work.

Summer writing workshops for middle and high school students

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The Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark offers the following writing workshops this summer for middle school and next year's high school seniors. For information and a registration form about these workshops, please write Pam Hooten at phooten@lclark.edu or call 503-768-6132. Please share this with your colleagues, friends, school counselors, and parent communities.

Writing Your Way!

Welcome, Young Writers, incoming grades 6 – 9
Join us for an exciting time of writing, talking, reading—and more writing
All workshop times below are held at 9 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday
Session A — Incoming grades 6 & 7 — June 17 – 21 — at Beaumont Middle School
Session B — Incoming grades 6 & 7 — June 17 – 21 — at Beaumont Middle School
Session C — Incoming grades 8 & 9 — June 24 – 28 — at Tubman Middle School
Session D — Incoming grades 8 & 9 — June 24 – 28 — at Tubman Middle School
Session E — Incoming grades 7, 8 & 9 — June 17 – 21 — at César Chávez School
North Clackamas School District Session — Incoming grades 7, 8 & 9 — June 24 – 28
at New Urban High School

In these workshops students will turn their notebooks to a new page. They will locate the stories they carry, take risks in writing, learn to turn memory into fiction, fiction into poetry. They will write to a wide variety of prompts while honing skills through craft lessons that build both language dexterity and knowledge of genres. Though narrative can often be used as introductions to expository writing, these workshops will emphasize creative writing rather than persuasive or informative essays.
Cost: $175 Free or reduced lunch students with school verification: $100

Writing the College Essay

Session 1 Lincoln High School, June 17 – 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)
Session 2 Lincoln High School, June 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)
Session 3 Wilson High School, June 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)
North Clackamas School District Session — June 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)
at Sabin-Schellenberg Center, South Campus, Milwaukie

Welcome, incoming seniors!
Applying for college or a scholarship in the fall? Interested in developing the skills you need to write a college essay that stands out from the crowd? Why not get a head start and sign up for Writing the College Essay, a week-long summer workshop, where you will
Read and analyze college and scholarship essays that rock.
Perfect your personal style.
Write sentences that sizzle.
Draft, revise, edit, and share a college essay that will get you noticed.
At the end of the week you will have revised drafts of two college essays. Each college essay section will be kept smaller (14-16) in order to provide more individual guidance and feedback.
Cost: $175 Free or reduced lunch students with school verification: $100

This Saturday, Willamette River Sacrifice Zones: An Environmental Justice Tour

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Just announced:

This Saturday, May 4, Sarah Taylor -- former principal at Sunnyside Environmental School -- will lead "Willamette River Sacrifice Zones: An Environmental Justice Tour." We will meet at the Montgomery Park parking lot at 9:30 am. The tour will last until 2:30.

We will explore the natural and social history of the area between Forest Park and the Willamette River -- the former Guild's Lake, Kittredge Lake, and Doane Lake. Part of this area is where Zenith is bringing in tar sands oil, and where the Extinction Rebellion is holding sit-ins on the train tracks leading into Zenith.

Our itinerary will include discussing curricular implications of what we see and learn.

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/53sfRKqzk6MygdER6

We'll be sending more details soon.

Sponsored by the PPS Climate Justice Committee.

I hope you can make it. Please share with colleagues.

Best, Bill Bigelow

Climate Justice Social: This Thursday, 4/25 at the PAT

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools Friends,

The good news: In 2016, the Portland Public Schools board of education passed the most comprehensive climate justice policy in the country.

The bad news: The PPS administration is refusing to implement it.

Please join teachers, students, and community activists this Thursday, April 25th, at the Portland Association of Teachers for the second "Teach Climate Justice" social. (4 pm social; 4:30-6 pm program.) Sponsored by the PPS Climate Justice Committee and the PAT Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee.

The district is out of compliance with the resolution passed three years ago, but momentum is building among students and teachers to move this work forward. We will explore ways to move the school district to fully implement the climate justice Resolution #5272.

We will hear from students about climate justice education and activism, hear about climate justice activities in the schools, and establish concrete action items for implementation this school year.

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN:
Thursday, April 25
4 PM: Social with food and non-alcoholic drinks
4:30-6 PM: Program

WHERE:
Portland Association of Teachers
345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR
(near Benson High School)

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezOZINEb-ONSIW-21GnkqERTL4Tee6...

And check out the Teach Climate Justice campaign just launched by the Zinn Education Project. Lessons. Books. Films. Workshops. Find it here: https://www.zinnedproject.org/campaigns/teach-climate-justice

Propose a Workshop for NWTSJ 2019

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Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

We are looking for teachers, teacher educators, and community activists to present curriculum, information, and resources at our 2019 conference. The workshops will last 1½ hours. Successful workshops will:
- Express a social justice perspective
- Be hands on, experiential, and practical
- Give participants a chance to talk to one another

We are looking for workshops that balance content and process, where participants can learn something new about the intersections of education and social justice, and have a chance to discuss and reflect on their own experiences and practices.

These areas have been under-represented at the conference in past years. We especially welcome and encourage proposals that cover any of the following:

- Special Education
- English Language Learners
- Elementary
- Science and Math
- Adult Education
- Early Childhood

We hope you will consider submitting a workshop proposal for the conference. Go to www.nwtsj.org and look in the “Workshops” column. If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.

Last year's conference in Portland was an inspiring and thought-provoking gathering -- with about 1,350 educators from around the Northwest. Next fall, we'll be back in Seattle, and anticipate another great event -- Saturday, October 19th. Details at www.nwtsj.org. Please mark your calendar.

Thanks for your important work.
The Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

Support Our Schools: Those Who Earn the Most, Pay the Most

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We want to draw your attention to this excellent commentary in yesterday's Oregonian/OregonLive about school funding, "Teachers are doing their part for students. How about the Legislature?" by Chris Buehler, Rachel Hanes, Matt Reed, Alisha Chavez, Jaydra Johnson, Hyung Nam, Alex Stegner, Stephen Weller (PPS teachers), Jeffrey Fuller, Evan Selby, Stephen Siegel (Reynolds teachers), and Jody Folkedahl (Parkrose).

The authors write: "We believe the way out of our education crisis requires that we choose equity and justice for students over the narrow interests of corporations and the ultra-wealthy. It requires that we ask those who earn the most to pay the most. That means raising corporate income and minimum tax rates for the wealthiest businesses and individuals and prioritizing and reinvesting in historically marginalized communities by eliminating the costly tax breaks and loopholes that rob our families of resources"

Read the whole piece here:
https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2019/04/opinion-teachers-are-doing-th...

Please read and share.

You're Invited to the OWP Summer Institute

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools Colleagues,

Please consider joining Rethinking Schools editor, Linda Christensen, in the Oregon Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute from June 24-July 19th. During this four-week course, teachers are immersed in a supportive environment where they write and revise across the genres—poetry, narratives, historical fiction, and essays. Teachers read pieces of historically rich literature and history. Participants also develop, present, and critique strategic model teaching demonstrations.

As one participant noted, “The Oregon Writing Project reminded me of why I decided to teach in the first place, a sense of purpose that has been lost among test scores and data this past year. It reminded me of getting kids excited about real world issues/social justice and their writing. I also collected a ton of strategies, texts, and activities that I can use in units I already do.”

Don't miss this rare opportunity to work with one of the most inspirational and influential educators in the country. 


For more information contact Linda Christensen at lmc@lclark.edu or go to the Oregon Writing Project website: https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/events/296317-1


And don't miss Linda's newest Rethinking Schools book, the third edition of The New Teacher Book, co-edited with Stan Karp, Bob Peterson, and Moé Yonamine.

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Kick Off Event

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You are invited to kick-off the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action with an exciting event:

"America to Me": Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Monday, February 4, 5-8 pm, at PAT, 345 NE 8th Avenue

Appetizers and beverages catered by Miss'ipi Chef

We will be showing a one-hour episode, followed by a panel discussion and Q and A with the producers.

More about the Film:

"America to Me" opens the doors to a high school outside of Chicago, where students and teachers struggle to navigate crucial issues of race, identity, and education.

This 10-part documentary series, by Academy Award Nominated Filmmaker and Oak Park Resident, Steve James, is designed to put the charged state of race, culture, and education in America in the spotlight, by focusing on Oak Park River Forest High School during the 2015-16 school year.

We are very lucky to have the PRODUCERS of the series with us on Monday, as well as an amazing panel of local Black voices.

Community members, parents, students, and educators are all invited to attend. Please come, and help has spread the word by inviting colleagues, and if you use Facebook, please share.

For more information about PAT’s Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, visit our website: pdxteachers.org/blmwoa

Nurturing Black Children: Black Mothers Speak Event

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Nurturing Black Children:
Black Mothers Speak About Raising & Teaching Black Lives in White Spaces

Friday, February 22
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Portland Association of Teachers (PAT)
45 NE 8th Ave, Portland
(Near Benson High School)

Three Black mothers who are also educators will share their experiences about raising, educating, and supporting Black children in mostly white spaces. Through storytelling and prose, these moms will provide glimpses into the conversations they have with their own children as well as Black students in their care.

Participants will leave with more understanding about the dilemmas these moms wrestle with as parent educators and with insight into how to keep Black lives safe in schools. Participants will have time to discuss, ask questions, and plan for their own classrooms. The highly acclaimed Rethinking Schools book, Teaching for Black Lives, will be for sale at the event.

Featuring Special Guests: Dyan Watson, Natalie Labossiere, and Kara Hinderlie Stroman.

For questions, please contact Linda Christensen at lmc@lclark.edu.

"Teach Climate Justice" Happy Hour: Thursday at the PAT

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Dear Portland-area Rethinking Schools friends,

As many of you know, in 2016 the Portland Public Schools board of education passed the most comprehensive climate justice resolution in the nation. Please join us on Thursday, January 17, at the Portland Association of Teachers to explore ways to make climate justice a more central part of our curriculum.

This is Portland's first Teach Climate Justice happy hour event. Our goal is to connect educators and community members to share climate justice knowledge and curriculum related to the climate crisis. We’ll enjoy food, beverage, and one another’s company as we do this important work. All invited — including community and non-PPS teachers.

What:
Teach Climate Justice Happy Hour

Where:
Portland Association of Teachers
345 NE 8th Ave.
Portland (near Benson High School)

When:
Thursday, January 17, 4 PM Social, 4:30-6 PM Program

Sponsored by: The Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee, the Portland Association of Teachers Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee, and Rethinking Schools

RSVP: If you're a PPS teacher, RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOl7QEyAhrpu2HrTjkOjhUHvGj5xwR...

Not a PPS teacher? RSVP here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjpsRl4_ZlTR9Yh3vugvmVleK1dgua...

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th. Thanks for your important work.

The Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.