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A People's Curriculum for the Earth" workshop, March 4th -- Free book

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please consider joining us for a day-long workshop on teaching about the climate crisis. We’ll focus on activities in the Rethinking Schools book that we edited, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.

When: Saturday, March 4 — 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Portland — to be announced
Cost: Free, lunch included, but registration is required
Sponsors: Portland Association of Teachers, Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee, Rethinking Schools, and the Zinn Education Project

Apply here: http://bit.ly/2lkN2z4

All participants will receive a free copy of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth. And thanks to a grant from the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, people who would like to lead their own follow-up workshops on climate and environmental justice themes will be able to apply for free copies of the book to use with participants.

We hope you’ll consider joining us, along with other Portland-area colleagues.

Note that we are high school teachers, so the day will have a middle school/high school/teacher education bias, but all are welcome, including non-school-based popular educators.

Warmly,

Bill Bigelow
Curriculum Editor, Rethinking Schools
Co-director, Zinn Education Project

Tim Swinehart
Lincoln High School

Teaching in a Time of Trump": This Saturday, Lincoln HS

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LOCATION CHANGE #2!
Lincoln High School
1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Do you teach for social justice? Worried about the harm and threat the Trump administration poses to our students and their families? Scared that your own ability to teach for social justice is under attack?

We’re stronger together. Join us for strength, community and resources:
Teaching in a Time of Trump: Saturday Teach-In

When: Saturday, February 11th from 8:30am-1:00pm
NEW LOCATION: Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
What to bring: All your good thinking about what educators must do in our classrooms, at our schools, and in our communities to resist the Trump agenda.
Suggested Donation: $5-$15
RSVP:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf31Oudud6a8Ft_plav-6AZAoQ40Ho9...
Suggested Donation: $5-$15

Find us on Facebook:
http://tinyurl.com/TeachingInATimeOfTrump

The Teach-In will provide a forum for social justice educators across the Portland metro area to discuss and strategize ways we can protect our students, our families, and our public schools. The Teach-In will also feature a panel discussion of local leaders from movements and organizations fighting for immigration justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, economic justice and climate justice.

Questions? Contact Us! teachingintimeoftrump@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed! Teaching in a Time of Trump Saturday Teach-In

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Dear friends,

We are only 6 days away from our Teaching in a Time of Trump Saturday Teach-In. When we first sat down to plan the Teach-In, we guessed that we would be lucky to have 100 show up. Amazingly, we have over 500 RSVPs and that number continues to grow each day.

To pull off what looks to be an amazing day of connection and solidarity, we need your help: Could you sign up to be a volunteer? We could definitely use all the help we can get, whether that is managing the dozens of food donations, directing traffic at the door, working as peacekeepers, or facilitating workgroups immediately following our panel discussion. We believe we need roughly 50 volunteers to pull this whole show together, and as of now we have 25.

To sign up for a volunteer shift click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-XT0SR6ku7FOQyPkPHNWiOLpPTOra...

Thanks again for your support.

In Solidarity,

The Critical Educators Collective
Teaching in the Time of Trump Saturday Teach-In: https://www.facebook.com/events/1072499536229049/

On the web: http://www.criticaleducatorscollective.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Critical-Educators-Collective-872134556263069/

Teaching in a Time of Trump

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Worried about the harm and threat the Trump administration poses to our students and their families? Scared that your own ability to teach for social justice is under attack?

We’re stronger together. Join us for strength, community and resources:
Teaching in a Time of Trump: Saturday Teach-In

When: Saturday, February 11th from 9:00am-12:30pm
Where: Portland Association of Teachers Offices (345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232)
What to bring: All your good thinking about what educators must do in our classrooms, at our schools, and in our communities to resist the Trump agenda.

The Teach-In will provide a forum for social justice educators across the Portland metro area to discuss and strategize ways we can protect our students, our families, and our public schools. The Teach-In will also feature a panel discussion of local leaders from movements and organizations fighting for immigration justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, economic justice and climate justice.

When: Saturday, February 11th from 9:00am-12:30pm
Where: Portland Association of Teachers Offices (345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232)
What to bring: All your good thinking about what educators must do in our classrooms, at our schools, and in our communities to resist the Trump agenda.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf31Oudud6a8Ft_plav-6AZAoQ40Ho9...

Questions? Contact Us! teachingintimeoftrump@gmail.com and http://tinyurl.com/TeachingInATimeOfTrump

Rethinking Schools job opening: managing editor

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Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

Our longtime managing editor, Jody Sokolower, will be stepping down at the end of the school year. We hope to hire someone by the end of January so that our new managing editor can partner with Jody to produce our spring issue. We would like to have this person based in Portland or Seattle, where we have a number of Rethinking Schools editors, or in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of our national office.

Our ideal candidate would have an education background, strong editorial experience, and share our social justice political orientation. Below is a description from our interim executive director, Bob Peterson.

The initial deadline is coming up: December 23rd. A job description is posted at our website:

http://rethinkingschools.org/static/about/RethinkingSchoolsManagingEdito...

Bill Bigelow, Curriculum editor, Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools is looking for a new managing editor!

Rethinking Schools is looking for a new managing editor. Jody Sokolower is stepping down and we’d love to have someone in place by early spring for a smooth transition. The deadline for application submissions is Friday, December 23. Applicants should submit a resume, letter of introduction including why they would like to work for Rethinking Schools, and three references.

Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. We publish a quarterly print and digital magazine and one or two books per year. Almost all of the articles are by teacher-writers. The managing editor works with our curriculum editor to review submissions, nurture new writers, and do developmental editing with promising articles. They organize and chair the monthly meetings of the editorial board, which makes final decisions about which articles appear in the magazine.

The managing editor is responsible for all aspects of the production of our quarterly magazine: creating the table of contents, developmental editing and copyediting, working with the art director on design and illustration, proofreading and corrections, etc. In general, making sure that all aspects of production (including getting the magazine up online) are on schedule and on budget.

Rethinking Schools is a small organization with a staff in Milwaukee and Portland, Oregon. So helping out with whatever needs to be done, taking overall responsibility for the health of the organization, and functioning well independently are all important.

We are hoping that the new managing editor will be located either in the Milwaukee, Portland or Seattle area.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, or you know someone who might, check out the attached job description and let us know. Contact Bob Peterson bob.e.peterson@gmail.com 414-534-8646. For more information about Rethinking Schools go to rethinkingschools.org.

OWP: Immigration Curriculum Development—All Grade Levels and Subject Areas Welcome Dec 13th

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Colleagues,

We are on the precipice of uncertain times and it would be easy to isolate ourselves and just get through it. A way to find hope and nourish our teaching selves is to find solace in our professional community, support each other, and channel our energies into our practice. We need to join together as teachers in solidarity and create timely, relevant, and engaging instruction for our students.

A few years ago, social studies teachers met regularly to collaborate and develop social justice based curriculum. We would like to get this going once again, and we hope you will join us in this endeavor. We know that teachers from every grade level and subject area have an interest in pursuing curriculum or ideas on the topic of immigration.

Please join us for a monthly standing meeting. Our first session is December 13th from
4-6 p.m. at the PAT .

We chose IMMIGRATION as the first curricular topic. We would like to problematize the stories that leave us at Ellis Island or the Mexican border. What is the fuller story of immigration that needs to be told?

At our first meeting, we will share a lesson, but we also want YOU to bring your curriculum. We would like to develop lessons that continue to disrupt the single story of immigration. We hope to utilize and support each other’s expertise, build community and develop quality, engaging curriculum for our school communities.

Sincerely,

Facilitated by Oregon Writing Project writing coaches: Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Camila Arze Torres Goitia, and Angela DiPasquale

When: December 13th, 2016, 4-6PM
Where: PAT
345 NE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
What to bring: Curriculum and ideas about immigration

Immigration: Social Studies Teachers Curriculum

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Immigration: Social Studies Teachers Curriculum Meeting
Dec. 13, 2016 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Type:
Meetup
PAT
345 NE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

We are on the precipice of uncertain times and it would be easy to isolate ourselves and just get through it. A way to find hope and nourish our teaching selves is to find solace in our professional community, support each other, and channel our energies into our practice. We need to join together as social studies teachers in solidarity and create timely, relevant, and engaging instruction for our students.

A few years ago, social studies teachers met regularly to collaborate and develop social justice based curriculum. We would like to get this going once again, and we hope you will join us in this endeavor.

Please join us for a monthly standing meeting. Our first session is December 13th from
4-6 p.m. at the PAT .

We chose IMMIGRATION as the first curricular topic. We would like to problematize the stories that leave us at Ellis Island or the Mexican border. What is the fuller story of immigration that needs to be told?
At our first meeting, we will share a lesson, but we also want YOU to bring your curriculum. We would like to develop lessons that continue to disrupt the single story of immigration. We hope to utilize and support each other’s expertise, build community and develop quality, engaging curriculum for our school communities.

Sincerely,

Facilitated by Oregon Writing Project writing coaches: Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Camila Arze Torres Goitia, and Angela DiPasquale

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