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Reminder: Rethinking Elementary Education Celebration

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Here's a reminder of our book celebration this Friday at King, flier attached: 

Please join us for a publication party to celebrate the latest Rethinking Schools book, Rethinking Elementary Education, edited by our own Linda Christensen, Mark Hansen, Elizabeth Schlessman, and Dyan Watson -- along with Rethinking Schools founding editor Bob Peterson. Also joining the festivities will be Katharine Johnson, who has two fabulous articles in the book.

Where: King Elementary School, NE 7th (between Prescott and Alberta)
When:  Friday, May 18th; 4 - 6 pm (4 pm social; 4:30 program)

It's a party: refreshments served.

This book was literally 25 years in the making, as it collects the very best writing from Rethinking Schools on elementary education.

The book is about elementary education, but this celebration is for all teachers, parents, teacher educators, and anyone concerned about teaching for social and environmental justice -- teaching that honors children's lives.

Editors will be signing books -- which will be on sale, 20% off. ($20 a copy) -- A great summer gift to give to colleagues, or one for parents to give to their child's teacher.

Also on sale will be Rethinking Schools' other new book, Pencils Down: Rethinking High Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools

See you there.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee


Find more information about Rethinking Elementary Education 
                        
at the Rethinking Schools website.

Book Celebration: Rethinking Elementary Education

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join us for a publication party to celebrate the latest Rethinking Schools book, Rethinking Elementary Education, edited by our own Linda Christensen, Mark Hansen, Elizabeth Schlessman, and Dyan Watson -- along with Rethinking Schools founding editor Bob Peterson. Also joining the festivities will be Katharine Johnson, who has two fabulous articles in the book.

Where: King Elementary School, NE 7th (between Prescott and Alberta)
When: Friday, May 18th; 4 - 6 pm (4 pm social; 4:30 program)
It's a party: refreshments served.

This book was literally 25 years in the making, as it collects the very best writing from Rethinking Schools on elementary education.

The book is about elementary education, but this celebration is for all teachers, parents, teacher educators, and anyone concerned about teaching for social and environmental justice -- teaching that honors children's lives.

Editors will be signing books -- which will be on sale, 20% off. ($20 a copy)

Also on sale will be Rethinking Schools' other new book, Pencils Down: Rethinking High Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools.

See you there.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

Find more information about Rethinking Elementary Education 
                        
at the Rethinking Schools website HERE.


May 31st Save Our Schools Action Day

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Here is a letter from Susan Barrett of Oregon Save Our Schools. Please read and support.

Thanks.

Bill Bigelow
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A Day of Action to Demand Adequate Funding for All Our Public Services -- Including Schools

We would love to have your support in the May 31st Save Our Schools Action Day. Time commitment can be minimal (or huge) -- up to you. Actions can be virtual or visible. The main thing is that we want people to unite and take action and direct voices outside of their own districts and communities so we can tackle this (the funding issue) at the state level. (We still have concerns at federal level, too, but this action is about raising our voices in the state -- united -- to make change.) How you, your community, or organization choose to be involved might differ from others. That's OK -- we just want people taking action and showing this is more than a problem isolated in a few communities.

The #1 thing we need right now to pull this off is to have people:
1) Join the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/427208780641925/
2) "Invite Friends" via the tab on the upper right on this Facebook event page
3) If anyone says they are out of town or busy on that day, let them know there are many actions that can be taken from their own home at any time (such as letters to elected officials)
4) If you would like to organize some group action in your school or community, please let us know! You can reply back to this email account: OregonSOSinfo@gmail.com
5) We are working as fast as we can to get a web page up that will make all this more clear and easy! In the meantime, we appreciate everyone's efforts to help spread the word via the Facebook page so we can keep people updated.

The intent is to get people around the state mobilized, taking action, and directing energy toward the state level so we can get movement to solve our constant underfunding of Oregon schools. We do not want to steal from other parts of the pie, but we want a new pie that adequately funds all our essential services!

Here is some info from a newsletter we just sent: http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=90b03ff28e422dbc6fad8ae5a&id=724c40edf4

Please let me know if you have any questions.

THANK YOU!!!!!
Susan

Oregon NAME conference on Saturday

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We are fortunate to have the conference of the Oregon chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education back in the Portland area this year. Please try to make it if you can. The conference is this Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm, April 21st at Parkrose High School -- "Taking Care of Business: Civil Rights, Poverty, and Movements for Educational Justice." Register at http://oregonname.org/.

Keynoters will be Freedom Rider Dave Dennis and Donna Beegle, an educator on poverty issues. I will be leading a Rethinking Columbus workshop and staffing a Rethinking Schools table. We'll have our two newest books, Rethinking Elementary Education and Pencils Down.

I hope you can make it.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

Celebrate the Legacy of Ben Linder

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                     Celebrate the Legacy of Ben Linder
       25 Years of Sustainable Development in Nicaragua

April 28 will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who was killed by U.S.-backed contras in northern Nicaragua as he prepared to build a small hydroelectric plant.  

The project that Ben helped to launch has continued since his death.

 The Association of Rural Development Workers—Benjamin Linder has built clean water systems and small-scale hydro plants that provide renewable energy to 70,000 people. They have established a community-owned forest reserve and helped farmers to diversify their crops and protect the watersheds of the region.
 Green Empowerment has provided critical support to these efforts

We hope you will join us to learn how rural Nicaraguan communities are transforming themselves and taking control of their futures.


          Saturday, April 28, 2012 -- 7 p.m
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                      Peace House

    2116 NE 18th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

* Welcome — John Linder

* 25 Years of Renewable Energy and Water Projects in Nicaragua —
 Anna Garwood, Executive Director,
 Green Empowerment



The event is free. Donations to support the ongoing work in Nicaragua are greatly appreciated.


For more information, please email or call info@greenempowerment.org, 503.284.5774

 The Legacy of Ben Linder / Green Empowerment

Reminder: Tonight, April 5, An Evening with Dr. Yong Zhao

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Here's a reminder for tonight's event: Oregon Save Our Schools, in collaboration with Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Great Schools for America, and The Religious Education/Social Justice Committees of First Unitarian Church. Dr. Yong Zhao is a critic of standardized testing and curriculum and the rhetoric about global economic competition.

Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, is the author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. Please join us for an evening with Dr. Yong Zhao, distinguished author and lecturer, as we listen, discuss, and collaborate to create a positive vision for public education in Oregon.

Date:  April 5, 2012

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Location: First Unitarian Church, Downtown Portland

Directions and Parking: http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/contact/directions-a-parking 

For more information about Dr. Yong Zhao: http://zhaolearning.com/.

Education should move beyond the paradigm of imparting in our children what government or other authorities deem useful. Instead it should work to support every individual student to become successful, help each individual to reach his/her full potential, and encourage all students to pursue their passion and interests. (Dr. Yong Zhao)

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3080147805?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_term=eventurl_text

Thanks,

Hyung Nam, Portland Area Rethinking Schools Steering Committee

Rethinking Schools spring issue

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

From our allies at Rethinking Schools magazine. Please forgive duplicates.

Every day, teachers are pressured to compete with each other and push their students over the testing precipice, all in the name of accountability—a word that has become corporate-speak for test, test, test.

The spring issue of Rethinking Schools celebrates our two new books that focus on what teachers are really accountable for: the learning, empowerment, and well-being of their students.

First, from Rethinking Elementary Education, we offer two articles:

In "A Message from a Black Mom to Her Son," RS editor Dyan Watson uses examples from her own childhood to describe how she hopes her child will be treated by teachers, and what she fears.

Elementary school teacher Mark Hansen takes us inside his classroom to watch him build on his students' lives and passions to help them create persuasive essays in "Writing for Justice: Persuasion from the Inside Out."

Then, from Pencils Down: Rethinking High-Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools:

In "Testing Our Limits," RS editor Melissa Bollow Tempel describes the impact on her classroom and herself when her 1st-grade students have to use the computers to take standardized tests.

RS editor Wayne Au analyzes the impact of scripted curricula on teachers. He urges us to organize and fight back in "Playing Smart: Resisting the Script."

And much, much more—including articles on Mexican American Studies in Tucson, teaching the Keystone XL Pipeline, and using wikis to teach English language learners.

Don't miss it!

Check out our new issue and subscribe today.

Kris Collett
Marketing Director

Rethinking Schools
1001 E. Keefe Ave.
Milwaukee, WI  53212

www.rethinkingschools.org

(o) 414-964-9646
(c) 414-807-5193

Connect with us...
...on Twitter @rethinkschools
...on Facebook www.facebook.com/rethinkingschools
...at our blog http://rethinkingschoolsblog.wordpress.com/

Upcoming Oregon NAME Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

On behalf of the Oregon Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), it is my pleasure to inform you that registration is now open for our 2012 Oregon NAME conference at Parkrose High School, Portland, April 21st (Please visit http://oregonname.org/ for further details). 

Our early bird discount for registration ends March 31st. Please pass this message along to others who may be interested.

This year’s conference will focus on two timely and intersecting themes for Oregon: civil rights and poverty. Oregon is one of 35 states that received an “F” for teaching civil rights history according to a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reveals that 22 percent of U.S. children are classified as poor.  In Oregon, minority groups are especially likely to live in poverty.  Our keynote speakers, David Dennis (an original Freedom Rider of the 1960s), and Donna Beegle (well known for her research exploring the crisis of poverty) will examine the intersection of poverty and civil rights, within a conference theme broadly focused on movements, actions, programs, and policies to bring about educational justice and equity.

We hope to see you on April 21st.

Chloë Hughes
(for Oregon NAME)

It's Not Too Late: Sign up for the Oregon Writing Project Now

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Dear PARS Friends,

The Oregon Writing Project four-week Summer Institute is an amazing opportunity to work on our own writing as well as learn about writing across the genres and content areas. Every summer teachers laugh and cry, build life-long friendships, and experience the exhilaration of writing a piece so good that they can't wait to call up a family member or old friend to share their memories. If you have a colleague or two who hasn't yet given themselves the gift of spending four-weeks in our Summer Institute, please encourage them to sign up now. I have attached an application and dates for our summer institute. [Link--> OWR Summer Institute]

What have our graduates said about our program? 

“Ultimately, the most important skill that I will carry back to my classroom is not an instructional strategy, but rather the ability to better empathize with my students’ experience of writing and the writing process.” Jesse Hunter

“I will never again simply assign writing.  Instead, I will scaffold and teach it and support kids through it so that they will share out and turn in things they are proud of instead of fulfilling the assignment.  I will take the time to enjoy the process instead of rushing through the content. Trust me, it will be worth it.” Amy Schuff

Carol Campbell, former Grant High School science teacher and current principal at Benson, wrote, "My teaching was transformed after my introduction to the OWP which included ways to incorporate reading and writing instruction into science curricula. Then, when I became a high school principal, I participated in the OWP four-week Summer Institute, and I am now using OWP strategies to improve teaching and writing within our school. I highly recommend this program to teachers in all content areas and to school administrators."

"The OWR Summer Institute coincided with my transition from high school teacher to teacher educator. It helped me incorporate experiences, understanding and skills I wished I'd had earlier into my work with future teachers. Never too late; never too early."  Doug Sherman

Snow and sun!

Linda Christensen

 

An Evening with Dr. Yong Zhao

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join us for this event with Oregon Save Our Schools, in collaboration with Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Great Schools for America, and The Religious Education/Social Justice Committees of First Unitarian Church. Dr. Yong Zhao is a critic of standardized testing and curriculum and the rhetoric about global economic competition.

Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, is the author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. Please join us for an evening with Dr. Yong Zhao, distinguished author and lecturer, as we listen, discuss, and collaborate to create a positive vision for public education in Oregon.

Date:  April 5, 2012

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Location: First Unitarian Church, Downtown Portland

Directions and Parking: http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/contact/directions-a-parking 

For more information about Dr. Yong Zhao: http://zhaolearning.com/.

Education should move beyond the paradigm of imparting in our children what government or other authorities deem useful. Instead it should work to support every individual student to become successful, help each individual to reach his/her full potential, and encourage all students to pursue their passion and interests. (Dr. Yong Zhao)

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3080147805?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_term=eventurl_text

Thanks,

Hyung Nam, Portland Area Rethinking Schools Steering Committee

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.