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Free tickets to South Africa play

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
Please take advantage of this great offer:
 
FREE THEATRE TICKETS
 
Norm Diamond, joined by Alan Wieder, will lead the audience discussion after the matinee performance of Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! this Saturday, May 25th. Norm says: "This is a well-staged, well-acted presentation of a powerful play from apartheid S. Africa in 1989. The themes of cross-race friendship and seizing the possibilities for liberation within a controlling and controlled education system resonate with our own experiences today." This is the production that will tour five Portland-area high schools.
 
Profile Theatre is at 3434 SE Belmont. The performance begins at 2 pm. If you call (503) 242-0080 for reservations and tell them you're a teacher, the ticket will be free.

Teach Africa conference/Sat. May 18

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Dear PARS friends - Coming up this weekend, from the World Affairs Council:

Teach Africa

       “Africa Rising!”

A FREE Conference for K-12 Educators
Including Full Time College Students & YouthProgram Coordinators
 
Presented by the World Affairs Council of Oregon
Saturday, May 18, 2013  8:30 – 3:30
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway, Portland
 
Immerse yourself in the cultures of:
North, South, East, West & Central Africa
·         Hear about “Africa Rising” from Inspirational Speaker, Lou Radja from the DRC!
·         Expand your knowledge with experts on:
Trade, Economics and Geography
History, Health and the Environment
Education and the growing Film Industry
·         Experience:
Connecting Rap & African Music with the Obo Addy Legacy Project
The Energetic Dance of Southern Africa
Folktales of Mali and Art of Zimbabwe
Cooking the African Way
And Stories of Women and the Family 
·         Bring it home with:
School Africa Action Projects and
A Presentation on local immigration and refugee issues

Feast on food, fun and information:
·          A Delicious, Nutritious African lunch ($10) & Lively Entertainment
·         Mid-day African Action Fair and Marketplace

Receive Credit &Curricular Materials:
·         Curricular materials both free and for discounted purchase
·         Professional Development Credit for each attendee
·         Graduate Credit available through the PSU Black Studies Program

Many thanks to our supporters:
·         The Collins Foundation & Juan Young Trust
·         PSU’s Office of International Affairs
·         PSU’s Black Studies Program
 
This Conference is also open to the general public for a fee of $50. Deadline May 12th
Questions? Call or email Karen Ettinger, K-12 Director at 503-306-5270 or karen@worldoregon.org
 
 
Karen Ettinger
K-12 Education Director
 
 
World Affairs Council of Oregon
1200 SW Park Ave, FL 3, Portland, OR 97205
503.306.5270 | Cell 503.803.0439

Friday: Rethinking Schools event with Barbara Miner

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
Here's a reminder for our upcoming TGIF event with former Rethinking Schools managing editor Barbara Miner. Come hear Barbara and talk with colleagues about issues that matter.
 
Fighting for the Soul of Public Education
 
A conversation with:
  
Barbara Miner
author of Lessons from the Heartland and former managing editor of Rethinking Schools magazine
 
Friday, May 10
4 pm social, 4:30 program (talk, discussion, and book signing)
 
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Fireside Room, 1624 NE Hancock (2 blocks north of Broadway)
[Printable flyer attached and linked HERE.]
 
Barbara Miner, the former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, weaves together the tumultuous struggles around public education with broader issues of jobs, housing, and race. Writing in the Progressive magazine, editor Matthew Rothschild calls Miner's book "a magnificent work."
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an iconic city in America's heartland, is ground zero in the "school choice" voucher movement. It is a nationwide symbol of the abandonment of public education, and Miner's Portland appearance is part of a national tour to "connect the dots, city by city" of school privatization.
 
How have parents, teachers and community activists across the country been resisting the corporate agenda?
 
What can Milwaukee and Portland learn from each other?
 
Join us!
 
Sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Save Our Schools, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.


Rethinking Schools TGIF: Talk by Barbara Miner

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Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

It's been a long year; let's get together.

We are delighted to present:


Fighting for the Soul of Public Education
 
A conversation with:
  
Barbara Miner
author of Lessons from the Heartland and former managing editor of Rethinking Schools magazine
 
Friday, May 10
4 pm social, 4:30 program (talk, discussion, and book signing)
 
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Fireside Room, 1624 NE Hancock (2 blocks north of Broadway)
[Printable flyer HERE.]
 
Barbara Miner, the former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, weaves together the tumultuous struggles around public education with broader issues of jobs, housing, and race. Writing in the Progressive magazine, editor Matthew Rothschild calls Miner's book "a magnificent work."
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an iconic city in America's heartland, is ground zero in the "school choice" voucher movement. It is a nationwide symbol of the abandonment of public education, and Miner's Portland appearance is part of a national tour to "connect the dots, city by city" of school privatization.
 
How have parents, teachers and community activists across the country been resisting the corporate agenda?
 
What can Milwaukee and Portland learn from each other?
 
Join us!
 
Sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Save Our Schools, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine

The Rebellion Against Testing

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Remember, Saturday, come hear Jesse Hagopian, one of the leaders of the standardized testing boycott at Seattle's Garfield High School -- along with Portland-area activists working on the testing issue.The rebellion is spreading across the country.

I hope you can make it.  Details below.

Bill Bigelow for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee 
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The Rebellion Against Testing
Saturday, March 16th at 4pm
Grant High School
2245 NE 36th Ave. Portland, OR 97212

Last month, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, voted unanimously to stop administering a widely used, yet highly unfair standardized test.They are now facing threats from the Seattle School District for refusing to give the test. Students and parents are joining the struggle in defense of their teachers and their right to a quality education and the movement is spreading throughout the country. In Portland, the PPS Student Union and the Portland Student Union launched a campaign last month to encourage students to "opt-out" of the state standardized tests. The outcome of these grassroots struggles will have an enormous impact on the future of resistance to high stakes testing and defense of public education around the country.

Join with other concerned teachers, parents, and activists for a town hall meeting featuring Jesse Hagopian, Garfield teacher and one of the main organizers of the Seattle boycott, and Alexia Garcia, member of the PPS and Portland Student Union.

Hosted by Grant Leadership. Co-sponsored by Oregon Save Our Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Portland Student Union, PPS Student Union, and Social Equality Educators 

The Rebellion Against Testing

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

 
You've read about the inspiring boycott of hurtful standardized testing by teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle. This Saturday, come hear Jesse Hagopian, one of the boycott leaders -- along with Portland-area activists working on the testing issue.
 
I hope you can make it.  Details below.
 
Bill Bigelow for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee
 
 
The Rebellion Against Testing
Saturday, March 16th at 4pm
Grant High School
2245 NE 36th Ave. Portland, OR 97212
 
Last month, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, voted unanimously to stop administering a widely used, yet highly unfair standardized test.They are now facing threats from the Seattle School District for refusing to give the test. Students and parents are joining the struggle in defense of their teachers and their right to a quality education and the movement is spreading throughout the country. In Portland, the PPS Student Union and the Portland Student Union launched a campaign last month to encourage students to "opt-out" of the state standardized tests. The outcome of these grassroots struggles will have an enormous impact on the future of resistance to high stakes testing and defense of public education around the country.
 
Join with other concerned teachers, parents, and activists for a town hall meeting featuring Jesse Hagopian, Garfield teacher and one of the main organizers of the Seattle boycott, and Alexia Garcia, member of the PPS and Portland Student Union.
 
Hosted by Grant Leadership. Co-sponsored by Oregon Save Our Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Portland Student Union, PPS Student Union, and Social Equality Educators
 

Dave Zirin at Powell's/Wednesday, March 6th

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
As many of you know, the most progressive sportswriter in the United States is Dave Zirin. Dave's "Edge of Sports" columns are smart, irreverent, and always alert to issues of race, class, and justice. http://www.edgeofsports.com/.  And Dave has been a huge supporter of Rethinking Schools and the Zinn Education Project. (See Dave's "If We Knew Our History" column on "Fists of Freedom: An Olympic Story Not Taught in School," about the iconic image of black athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics: http://zinnedproject.org/posts/18607.)
 
We are fortunate to have Zirin in Portland this Wednesday, March 6th, at Powell's City of Books, downtown. Dave will be talking about his latest book, Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down, published by The New Press.
 
I've had a chance to hear Dave speak several times. He's funny and astute -- and on top of that, will leave you with lots of great ideas for incorporating sports into a social justice curriculum.
 
Bill Bigelow
Rethinking Schools

Executive Order 9066: 2013 Day of Remembrance

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

 
From Cleveland High School teacher, Heidi Tolentino:
 
      Portland JACL Presents:
2013 Day of Remembrance 
 
An annual commemoration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing of Executive Order
9066 that was responsible of the incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese
ancestry to American Concentration Camps.
 
The Program: Panel Discussion
• Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and Legal Challenges of the forced removal of
Japanese Americans from the West Coast
 
• Role of the National JACL and Portland JACL in the Redress effort
 
•Current threats to civil liberties contained in the National Defense Authorization Act
 
Free Admission
 
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 4:00P
Location: Portland State University, Hoffmann Hall, 1833 SW 11th Ave.
 
Keynote Speaker: Floyd Mori, JACL National Executive Director Emeritus
Panel Moderator: Linda Tamura

Author, The Hood River Issei, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence 

Workshop: Coal, Climate, and the World / PSR Hanford Essay Contest

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
Two items below. Rethinking Schools editor Bill Bigelow will be leading a workshop, "Coal, Climate, and the World," at Lewis and Clark College next Wednesday February 12th:  Details here, http://graduate.lclark.edu/live/events/13904-coal-climate-and-the-world, and below.
 
And Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility announces the 2013 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship -- on "Why Does Hanford Matter?"  Open to any 11th or 12th grade student in Oregon. Details below.
 
1.  Coal, Climate, and the World
 
Date: February 12 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: South Chapel - Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus
 
“Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet,” according to James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Why? And what’s our connection? 
 
This workshop will explore the Northwest’s intimate connection to coal. The session will demonstrate ways to engage students in thinking about the global impact of the coal export proposals that, if approved, could lead to the transport of 150 million tons of coal through Oregon and Washington for shipment to Asia. This could have a huge negative impact on the climate and on human health. It’s a grim subject, but our teaching about it can be lively and hopeful. 
 
This workshop is designed for middle and secondary teachers as well as community members. 
Workshop Details
Fee: $30. 
Complimentary coffee and tea will be served.  
 
 
Credit Option: This workshop is part of the “Rethinking Schools Series”. Each workshop in the Sustainability Series can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series.  
 
Instructor: Bill Bigelow, M.A.T.
About the Instructor
Bill Bigelow taught high school social studies in Portland, Ore. for almost 30 years. He is the curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project. This project offers free materials to teach people’s history and an “If We Knew Our History” article series. Bigelow is author or co-editor of numerous books, including A People’s History for the Classroom and The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration.
 
2. Oregon PSR Announces the 2013 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship
 
 
It is with great pleasure that Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility announces the fifth annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship, sponsored by Oregon PSR and named for Del Greenfield, our first executive director. Any 11th or 12th grade high school student in Oregon may enter by submitting an original essay, poem, or narrative work (maximum 600 words) reflecting on the following question:
 
“The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on the Columbia River, was a major nuclear weapons production facility. It is where the plutonium was developed for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and it is now considered the most toxic site in the Western Hemisphere. Why does Hanford matter?”
 
Submissions may be sent by email (preferred) or postal mail and are due by Friday, March 8th, 2013. A panel of judges comprised of noted authors and distinguished community members will select the three winning entries. The first prize winner will receive a scholarship award of $1,000, the second $750 and the third $500. 
Oregon PSR will host an awards ceremony on Friday, May 3rd at the Ecotrust Building in Portland at which the three winners will be honored. The awards will be given as part of the opening reception for the Particles on the Wall art and literature exhibit, which deals with the historic consequences of the nuclear age and Hanford, in particular.
Please help us in announcing this opportunity to all 11th and 12thgrade students and their teachers, counseling departments, and other school officials. Visit our website for more information and entry forms, download the flyer and help us spread the word, or share this opportunity through Facebook.

 

Portland Students Challenge Standardized Tests

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
This is a message from Susan Barrett, of Oregon Save Our Schools, about a new student initiative around standardized tests -- likely inspired by the courageous boycott of the MAP tests by teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle:
 
Two student groups in Portland Public (PPS student union and the Portland Student Union) have organized an Opt Out campaign to opt out of the OAKS standardized tests. Their goal is to have enough students opt out to have less then 95% participation rate at each high school. If this happens, the school's rating falls and puts schools in need of improvement...or more accurately with new labels...into categories like Focus or Priority schools. Their goal is to show that this system is broken.
 
The students will need a great deal of support for this bold move. It will be tough for any teachers to show visible support for this, plus the hour/day is tough for many people, so WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO SHOW SUPPORT!
 
If you are available, please consider attending their press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 6th at 7AM at the PPS HQ: 501 N Dixon.
 
Here is the blog Diane Ravitch posted on this:
 
 
Here is one of the student group's Facebook pages (I don't know if the other group has one):

https://www.facebook.com/PortlandStudentUnion 

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.