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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

TEACHERS! JOIN US FOR A NEW WORKSHOP ON THE COLOR OF LAW

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“Rothstein is brilliant and has the kind of fine understanding of the machinery of government policy as it relates to housing that I deeply envy.”
— Ta-Nehisi Coates

TEACHERS! JOIN US FOR A NEW WORKSHOP ON THE COLOR OF LAW

Portland area teachers, Oregon Writing Project coaches, and members of the Rethinking Schools and Zinn Education project team have been hard at work on curriculum based on Richard Rothstein’s 2017 book, The Color of Law. You are invited to help us workshop this new curriculum, learn more about the history of housing discrimination and leave with ideas and resources to bring back to your classroom.

The Color of Law documents how U.S. cities from San Francisco to Boston became so racially divided, as federal, state, and local governments imposed residential segregation through a variety of policies. Those policies concentrated disadvantage in Black neighborhoods while subsidizing wealth accumulation in white neighborhoods.

This workshop is designed in the Oregon Writing Project style: Facilitators will present a work-in-progress lesson and attendees will participate as students in the workshop. After the lesson, we will discuss and think about what we can take back to our classrooms.

WHAT: A curriculum workshop on the history of housing discrimination. We will provide plenty of drinks, yummy snacks, and, most of all, lots of food for the mind.

WHEN: December 13th, 4:30-6:30

WHERE: Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th, Portland, Oregon 97232

WHO: Chris Buehler, Angela DiPasquale, Alex Stegner, and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca will lead the workshop.

RSVP Please let us know that you are coming by registering here: https://goo.gl/forms/yuzBD6n4P0lbTQ3h1

TEACHERS! JOIN US FOR A NEW WORKSHOP ON THE COLOR OF LAW

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“Rothstein is brilliant and has the kind of fine understanding of the machinery of government policy as it relates to housing that I deeply envy.”
— Ta-Nehisi Coates

TEACHERS! JOIN US FOR A NEW WORKSHOP ON THE COLOR OF LAW

Portland area teachers, Oregon Writing Project coaches, and members of the Rethinking Schools and Zinn Education project team have been hard at work on curriculum based on Richard Rothstein’s 2017 book, The Color of Law. You are invited to help us workshop this new curriculum, learn more about the history of housing discrimination and leave with ideas and resources to bring back to your classroom.

The Color of Law documents how U.S. cities from San Francisco to Boston became so racially divided, as federal, state, and local governments imposed residential segregation through a variety of policies. Those policies concentrated disadvantage in Black neighborhoods while subsidizing wealth accumulation in white neighborhoods.

This workshop is designed in the Oregon Writing Project style: Facilitators will present a work-in-progress lesson and attendees will participate as students in the workshop. After the lesson, we will discuss and think about what we can take back to our classrooms.

WHAT: A curriculum workshop on the history of housing discrimination. We will provide plenty of drinks, yummy snacks, and, most of all, lots of food for the mind.

WHEN: December 13th, 4:30-6:30

WHERE: Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th, Portland, Oregon 97232

WHO: Chris Buehler, Angela DiPasquale, Alex Stegner, and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca will lead the workshop.

RSVP
Please let us know that you are coming by registering here: https://goo.gl/forms/yuzBD6n4P0lbTQ3h1

Check out the NW Teaching for Social Justice program!

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Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

We have now posted online the program for our upcoming Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Saturday, October 20th, Madison High School, Portland. Check out the amazing selection of workshops and presentations. Go to www.nwtsj.org and look under the "Current Program" tab.

And if you have not yet registered, please register at our site. The conference is $35, which includes lunch; and $10 for students, including people in teacher education programs. -- Please register soon, as we need a count for the number of lunches, and it's possible that we will have to cut off registrations this year.

Our keynote speaker is the remarkable writer and activist Winona LaDuke, who lives on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the executive director of Honor the Earth.

A few of the more-than 80 workshops include:

Nurturing Black Children: Black Mothers Speak About Raising and Teaching Black Lives in White Spaces
Teaching Labor History in a Time of Teacher Uprisings
K-12 Ethnic Studies: Where We Are Now and Where Should We Be Headed?
Little Kids, Big Ideas: Teaching Social Issues and Global Conflicts with Young Children
Using Math to Calculate Arguments About Climate Change
Being an Open (and Out) Ally for LGBTQ Students
Discussing Reproductive Justice in Health Education
Home Language as a Human Right: Welcoming Students' Languages into Our Classrooms

Please join us for this yearly festival of social justice, imagination, and resources. Register at www.nwtsj.org

Are you coming to Portland from out of town? Need help with housing? Are you in Portland and have an extra room you could offer to someone traveling to the conference? Contact our housing coordinator, Ursula Wolfe-Rocca: ursulawolfe@gmail.com.

Thanks for all your important work.

Warmly, Bill Bigelow, for the NWTSJ organizing committee

Register for NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference!

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Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

This year's NWTSJ conference is fast approaching -- our 11th annual conference! We will be back in Portland at Madison High School, on Saturday October 20th. Register now at nwtsj.org. Just $35 ($10 for students), which includes lunch.

We are thrilled to have Winona LaDuke as this year's keynote speaker. LaDuke is an indefatigable activist, speaker, writer -- the executive director of Honor the Earth, an organization that raises awareness about Native environmental issues and develops resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Her NWTSJ keynote will be "Teaching Indigenous Rights: A Pathway to Social Justice."

This year's conference has more than 80 workshops. A sampling:

Nurturing Black Children: Black Mothers Speak About Raising and Teaching Black Lives in White Spaces
Teaching Labor History in a Time of Teacher Uprisings
K-12 Ethnic Studies: Where We Are Now and Where Should We Be Headed?
Little Kids, Big Ideas: Teaching Social Issues and Global Conflicts with Young Children
Using Math to Calculate Arguments About Climate Change
Being an Open (and Out) Ally for LGBTQ Students
Discussing Reproductive Justice in Health Education
Home Language as a Human Right: Welcoming Students' Languages into Our Classrooms

Do you need help finding housing in Portland for the conference? Do you have space in your house that you could share with someone from outside Portland? Contact our housing coordinator Ursula Wolfe-Rocca: ursulawolfe@gmail.com.

Please join us for this annual festival of ideas, inspiration, resources -- and justice.

Bill Bigelow
for the NWTSJ Conference Organizing Committee

P.S. Sponsors for the conference include Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, Portland Association of Teachers, Critical Educators Collective (Portland area), and Rethinking Schools magazine.

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.