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NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference: a week away!

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We are about a week away from the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference -- next Saturday, October 29th, at Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave., in Portland.

Take a look at the program at our website, www.nwtsj.org -- scroll down and click on "check out the current program." More than 60 amazing workshops; a morning keynote by Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education; and dozens of community and education groups at our Resource Fair -- including a full display of Rethinking Schools books and magazines.

The conference is still just $30 -- and $5 for students, including people in teacher education programs -- and that includes coffee and tea in the morning, lunch, and much more.

Don't miss this festival of justice and imagination. Come and meet other people of conscience from around the Northwest who are working to improve our schools -- and the world. www.nwtsj.org

The conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, and the Portland Association of Teachers.

NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference -- Program now posted

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference is now less than three weeks away! Please register for the conference at www.nwtsj.org. Saturday, October 29, Madison High School in Portland.

Go to our website and check out the amazing, brilliant workshops we have this year. Click on "Current Program" on our homepage. This is still in draft form, but will give you a sense of the diverse and remarkable offerings for the day.

Keynote speaker is Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education. The conference also features workshops from Rethinking Schools editors and writers.

Please register by October 17 to guarantee lunch for the day. www.nwtsj.org

See you there.

NWTSJ Conference Organizing Committee

P.S. Join Rethinking Schools and the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee, along with APANO (the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon), 350PDX, Sierra Club, Portland Association of Teachers, the Climate Action Coalition, and the Oregon Writing Project for an afternoon with poet and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands: "From the Frontlines of Climate Change to Our Classrooms" -- Friday, Oct. 14, 4-6 pm at the Portland Association of Teachers: 345 NE 8th (near Benson High School.) https://www.facebook.com/events/1781099322103451/

From the Climate Crisis to Our Classrooms/New location!

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join us on Friday, October 14th, 4 to 6 pm, at the Portland Association of Teachers (345 NE 8th, near Benson HS) for an event with the extraordinary poet and activist from the Marshall Islands, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner: "From the Frontlines of Climate Change to Our Classrooms." (Note new location; this was going to be held at the Madison HS library.)

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner will share her poetry and knowledge about the impact of climate change on Pacific Islanders, and "frontline" peoples around the world. Her poetry is accessible and student-friendly, and we'll have an opportunity to reflect on classroom uses of her poetry.

Jetnil-Kijiner has performed at the United Nations General Assembly, and the Paris climate talks.

This is a rare and wonderful treat for Portland educators. Check out a couple of her poems. "Dear Matafele Peinem": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJuRjy9k7GA

And "Tell Them," featured on Democracy Now!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUO_qijo0us

This is the first event sponsored by the PPS Climate Justice Committee. Co-sponsored by 350PDX, APANO (the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon), the Climate Action Coalition, the Oregon Writing Project, Portland Association of Teachers, Rethinking Schools, and the Sierra Club Columbia Network.

In May, the Portland Board of Education passed the most comprehensive climate justice resolution in the country. This is the first public event stemming from this historic resolution.

The PPS Climate Justice Committee

From the Frontlines of Climate Change to Our Classrooms

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Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join us on Friday, October 14th, 4 to 6 pm, in the library at Madison High School (2735 NE 82nd in Portland) for an event with the extraordinary poet and activist from the Marshall Islands, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner: "From the Frontlines of Climate Change to Our Classrooms."

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner will share her poetry and knowledge about the impact of climate change on Pacific Islanders. Her poetry is accessible and student-friendly.

Jetnil-Kijiner has performed at the United Nations General Assembly, and the Paris climate talks.

This is a rare and wonderful treat. Check out a couple of her poems. "Dear Matafele Peinem": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJuRjy9k7GA

And "Tell Them," featured on Democracy Now!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUO_qijo0us

This is the first event sponsored by the PPS Climate Justice Committee. Co-sponsored by 350PDX, APANO (the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon), the Climate Action Coalition, the Oregon Writing Project, Portland Association of Teachers, Rethinking Schools, and the Sierra Club Columbia Network.

Please spread the word.

Best, Bill Bigelow

NW Social Justice Conference, October 29. Register now

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We are now less than five weeks out from the 9th Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. Have you registered yet? It just takes a minute or two. www.nwtsj.org.

Are you a member of a community group or education nonprofit and would like to table at the conference? Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on Resource Fair for details.

If you are in the Portland area, and are able to offer a room to someone coming to the conference from out of town, please contact Laura Czarniecki: lauraczarniecki@gmail.com

We will soon post the program for the day at the www.nwtsj.org website. Never been to the conference? Check out past programs at the website.

Thanks for supporting this annual festival of social justice teaching and activism.

NWTSJ Conference Organizing Committee

P.S. See the new Abolish Columbus Day resources posted by the Zinn Education Project: http://zinnedproject.org/about/abolish-columbus-day-campaign/.

NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Oct. 29

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Our next NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th, at Madison High School in Portland. Registration is open now at www.nwtsj.org.

If you have some extra room in your house that you'd be willing to make available to the social justice educators or students who may be traveling some distance to attend, please contact Laura Czarniecki -- lauraczarniecki@gmail.com -- who is coordinating housing.

This year's conference will be another festival of ideas and inspiration. We have more than 60 amazing workshops, including: "Social Justice Inquiry Projects in Early Childhood and Elementary," "Talking Back to the Legacy of Stereotypes of African American Women in Literature," "Slam! Finding Lost Voices," "Planning to Teach Math for Social Justice," "Teaching Environmental Justice Through Poetry," "Queering Elementary Education," "Youth Organizing for Ethnic Studies," "High Stakes Testing, Social Justice, and Resistance," "Social Justice Unionism: Transforming Educators' Unions," "Organizing Local Networks for Teachers of Color," "Restorative Justice in Schools," "Rethinking Lewis and Clark," "Teaching Social Justice in Communities of Privilege," "Decolonizing Science Education," and "Sex Education: Sex-Postitive and LGBTQ-Supportive."

The conference also features a Community Resource Fair, with dozens of community organizations.

Our keynote speaker is Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education.

The conference is still just $5 for students and $30 for others -- which includes lunch. Register now: www.nwtsj.org

Please join us and spread the word.

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

The NWTSJ Conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Portland Association of Teachers, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

Last day to propose a workshop for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Today -- July 1 -- is the final day to get in a proposal to lead a workshop at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. Interested? Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left of the website.

Join this annual festival of social justice education.

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

July 1st deadline for NWTSJ Conference proposals

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The 9th Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference will be in Portland on Saturday October 29, 2016. (Note that this is a date change from our original plan of October 15th). We'll again be at Madison High School. Our keynote speaker this year is Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education.
www.nwtsj.org.

The cut-off date for proposing a workshop is soon: July 1. So now is the time. Please go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left of the website.

Our conference aims to support educators in a range of contexts and content areas, some of which have historically tended to be better represented than others. In order to provide the most expansive selection of workshops this year, we especially invite proposals in the following fields: early childhood and elementary education, special education, STEM fields, the arts, and CTE subjects like health and PE. If you work in one of these areas, please do consider submitting a workshop proposal, and share our request for proposals with your networks. Of course, feel free to propose a workshop on any subject that you think would contribute to the conference.

At our website, you can also find past conference programs, sample workshops, videos of past keynotes -- David Stovall, Curtis Acosta, and Bob Peterson, as well as a "Transforming Teacher Unions" panel.

Please join this annual festival of inspiration, wisdom, and commitment to justice. October 29, 2016. Madison High School, Portland.

Thanks for your work to make the world a better place.

Sarah Heller McFarlane on behalf of the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference organizing committee

July 1st is the deadline to submit a workshop proposal for NWTSJ

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We are accepting workshop proposals through July 1st. Please get yours in soon! Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left. There are sample workshop proposals for you to look over.

The Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference aims to support educators in a range of contexts and content areas, some of which have historically tended to be better represented than others. In order to provide the most expansive selection of workshops this year, we especially invite proposals in the following fields: Early Childhood and Elementary education, Special Education, STEM fields, the arts, and subjects like health and PE. If you work in one of these areas, please consider submitting a workshop proposal, and share our request for proposals with your networks.

Remember, this year we'll be at Madison High School in Portland. October 29. (Note new date.) www.nwtsj.org

Please be a part of this wonderful annual event.

Lisa Sibbett
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

Teaching Social Justice Conf.: October 29

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We have changed the date of the 9th annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference from October 15 to October 29. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we did not want to conflict with the Teaching with Purpose conference. We'll still be at Madison High School in Portland. www.nwtsj.org.

The cut-off date for proposing a workshop is July 1. So now is the time. Please go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left of the website.

Also at our website: past conference programs, sample workshops, videos of past keynotes -- David Stovall, Curtis Acosta, and Bob Peterson, as well as a "Transforming Teacher Unions" panel.

Please join this annual festival of inspiration, wisdom, and commitment to justice. October 29, 2016. Madison High School, Portland. Keynote speaker this year is Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education.

Thanks for your work to make the world a better place.

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