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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.

Event Monday- Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike with Nicole McCormick

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Portland Rising and the Portland Association of Teachers present
Nicole McCormick
West Virginia teacher and organizer
Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

7-8:30 PM
Monday, July 23rd
@ Portland Association of Teachers office, 345 NE 8th Ave

When teachers and other education workers went on strike in West Virginia, they shut down every public school in the state. Thousands of workers and supportive parents protested at the state capital. Nine school days later, they declared victory. Their commitment and solidarity won a significant raise for all public sector workers, forced withdrawal of bills that would have expanded charter schools and eliminated teacher seniority, and a government promise to convene a task force to find ways to reign-in rising worker health care costs. Their victory inspired teacher strikes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona.

· What challenges did teachers face in West Virginia?
· How did they succeed in building worker unity and a state-wide strike?
· How did they succeed in building wide-spread popular support?

Nicole will talk about how the strike was organized and won, and lessons to be learned.
Nicole McCormack is a middle school teacher, key leader in the state-wide WV strike, and
President – Elect of the Mercer County Education Association.

Donations will be requested; No one will be turned away.

Portland Rising is a committee of Jobs with Justice www.jwjpdx.org

Propose a Workshop for NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

Now that school is over, it's time to get serious about proposing a workshop for this fall's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference, to be held Saturday, October 20th, at Portland's Madison High School. The conference is a grassroots effort and we depend on educators in Portland and throughout the Northwest to share their insights about imaginative, social justice teaching.

Please 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. Examples of past workshops are also available at our website.

We are thrilled that our keynote speaker will be Winona LaDuke, longtime activist, writer, and executive director of Honor the Earth. LaDuke lives at the Ojibwe White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. She was featured in the new full-length documentary, First Daughter and the Black Snake.

As you know, last year's conference in Seattle was a joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking gathering -- with about 1,350 educators from around the Northwest. Please consider contributing to conference by submitting a workshop proposal.

Thanks for your important work.

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

Reclaiming Common Ground: A Cross-Border Conference for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon teachers

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Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

Not to be missed: the upcoming "Reclaiming Common Ground: A Cross-Border Conference for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon teachers." This is a first of its kind conference. Please try to make it. Conference keynoters are Naomi Klein and Seth Klein.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
​At Sullivan Heights Secondary School
​6248 144 St., Surrey, BC. in Surrey, British Columbia.
http://crossborderconference.weebly.com/

Conference organizers write:

"Recent history in the US and Canada records multiple attacks on public education in many forms. Public education as a common space, the foundation of a democratic society, has lost ground over the past 10 years. It’s time to reclaim the space that’s been lost to the voices of hate, bigotry, and neoliberalism. It’s time for teachers to re-engage in their important role in the process of social transformation.

"We invite teachers and activists to examine and re-imagine the public school as common ground for the nurturing of the progressive democratic ideals of equity, inclusion and justice. We encourage participants to reflect on their students’ development as citizens capable of understanding issues of poverty, racism, homophobia, disabilities, and culture. Teachers are in a position to respond to these themes in the classroom in a way that upholds basic democratic ideals and principles.

"Teachers from British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington will come together to connect across borders in this first ever cross border social justice conference. Come! Bring your colleagues!"

A number of Rethinking Schools editors and writers will be offering workshops, along with other outstanding educators from around the region. We will have Rethinking Schools/Zinn Education Project tables there.

Please join us.

Bill Bigelow
Curriculum Editor
Rethinking Schools

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.