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Reminder: Schools Not Stadiums w/ Dave Zirin / Sunday, Oct. 17

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Reminder: This Sunday, Dave Zirin, the best (and undoubtedly the most radical) sportswriter in the country, will be anchoring a panel sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools and the International Socialist Organization -- with Jules Boykoff and Sandra Childs. PSU, Multicultural Room in Smith, 3 pm, Details below. Schools Not Stadiums.

Please attend.

SCHOOLS NOT STADIUMS: CHALLENGING BACKWARDS GOVERNMENT SPENDING PRIORITIES

WITH SPORTSWRITER DAVE ZIRIN!
Sunday, October 17th at 3pm. Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Multicultural Center (Room 228)
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Free Parking (in structure across the street from the Smith Building). Childcare available upon request. Contact pdxiso@gmail.com for more information.

A PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:

DAVE ZIRIN writes about the politics of sports for The NationSLAM magazine, the Progressive, the Los Angeles Times and edgeofsports.com. His books include A People's History of Sports in the United States and Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love

JULES BOYKOFF is a former professional soccer player and currently an associate professor of political science at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States.

SANDRA CHILDS is in her 20th year of teaching and is currently a teacher-library media specialist at Jackson Middle School in Portland. Several of her articles have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and she co-edited the teaching guide for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

While public schools are in a world of pain with budgets slashed to the bone, politicians act like these are problems beyond their control. In truth, they are the result of an attack on public education that has seen the system starved. One way this has been implemented is through stadium construction. Over the last generation, we've seen $30 billion in public funds spent on stadiums. Yet there is not one example of a sports franchise lifting or even stabilizing a local economy. These projects achieve so little because the jobs created are low wage, service sector, seasonal employment. Join the International Socialist Organization, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, and radical sportswriter Dave Zirin for a panel discussion aimed at challenging backwards government spending priorities, and offering some ideas for what we can do about it.

Sponsored by: Portland Area Rethinking Schools and the International Socialist Organization

Download the flyer for this event here: http://portlandsocialists.org/flyers/schoolsnotstadiums.pdf

"Schools Not Stadiums"/Dave Zirin speaks

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

First, thanks for helping to make last Saturday's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference such a success. Over 750 people packed into Madison High School for an inspiring day of sharing ideas and resources.

Coming up next: On Sunday afternoon October 17th, Portland Area Rethinking Schools and the International Socialist Organization are sponsoring a panel conversation, featuring the best sports writer in the United States, Dave Zirin. Also speaking will be Portland teacher, librarian, and Rethinking Schools writer, Sandra Childs; and professor and former pro soccer player, Jules Boykoff. Details below.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

SCHOOLS NOT STADIUMS: CHALLENGING BACKWARDS GOVERNMENT SPENDING PRIORITIES
WITH SPORTSWRITER DAVE ZIRIN!
Sunday, October 17th at 3pm. Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Multicultural Center (Room 228)
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Free Parking (in structure across the street from the Smith Building). Childcare available upon request. Contact pdxiso@gmail.com for more information.

A PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:

DAVE ZIRIN writes about the politics of sports for The NationSLAM magazine, the Progressive, the Los Angeles Times and edgeofsports.com. His books include A People's History of Sports in the United States and Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love

JULES BOYKOFF is a former professional soccer player and currently an associate professor of political science at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States.

SANDRA CHILDS is in her 20th year of teaching and is currently a teacher-library media specialist at Jackson Middle School in Portland. Several of her articles have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and she co-edited the teaching guide for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

While public schools are in a world of pain with budgets slashed to the bone, politicians act like these are problems beyond their control. In truth, they are the result of an attack on public education that has seen the system starved. One way this has been implemented is through stadium construction. Over the last generation, we've seen $30 billion in public funds spent on stadiums. Yet there is not one example of a sports franchise lifting or even stabilizing a local economy. These projects achieve so little because the jobs created are low wage, service sector, seasonal employment. Join the International Socialist Organization, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, and radical sportswriter Dave Zirin for a panel discussion aimed at challenging backwards government spending priorities, and offering some ideas for what we can do about it.

Sponsored by: Portland Area Rethinking Schools and the International Socialist Organization

Download the flyer for this event here: http://portlandsocialists.org/flyers/schoolsnotstadiums.pdf

RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152171098150877

Job Opening at Rethinking Schools

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We have a job opening at Rethinking Schools. I've pasted the information from our business manager, Mike Trokan, below. Ideally, the person would live and work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where we have our offices. But we are open to hiring someone in another locale, especially either Portland or the SF bay area, where our other staff live. Please send this around to anyone you know who may be a good match for this position.

Thanks a lot.

Bill Bigelow
Curriculum Editor
Rethinking Schools
www.rethinkingschools.org
bill@rethinkingschools.org

Dear Friend of Rethinking Schools,

Rethinking Schools is looking for someone to work part-time on marketing/outreach. We have grant money to support the position for one year, in the obvious hope that with increased sales we can continue the position and even grow it into a full-time position. I'm sharing  this with you  in the hopes that if you know someone in education or progressive politics who also has marketing experience that you will share this with them.

I've pasted the description in below.

Thanks,

Michael Trokan, Business Manager
414-964-9646 / mike@rethinkingschools.org
www.rethinkingschools.org

JOB OPENING - MARKETING/OUTREACH for RETHINKING SCHOOLS

RETHINKING SCHOOLS LTD.

Rethinking Schools, Ltd. is a non-profit educational publisher advocating the reform of public schools. Our emphasis is on social justice, with a particular focus on race and urban schools. We publish the progressive, quarterly magazine Rethinking Schools and other publications on curriculum and schools. We stress a grassroots, activist perspective that combines theory and practice and links classroom issues to broader social concerns.

POSITION SUMMARY

We have a part-time position (20 hrs/week) for marketing/outreach. Marketer will work with the Business Manager to develop and implement promotional campaigns for new books and our magazine Rethinking School, to increase web traffic and online presence, and increase sales. Responsibilities may include coordinating design and production of promotional materials, direct mail campaigns, sales at conferences, use of social media and web promotions, and outreach to teacher activist organizations and other educational networks.

SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS

o Knowledge of education market and teacher education market.

o Previous marketing experience, preferably in the publishing industry.

o Excellent speaking and writing skills.

o Familiarity with Word, Excel, Facebook, social media, and web-based communication.

o Political experience with progressive/activist causes.

o Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin area preferable, but not required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary range negotiable, commensurate with skills and experience. Excellent benefits. State salary expectations when applying.

HOW TO APPLY

Email cover letter, resume, and sample materials or links to Michael Trokan, Business Manager, Rethinking Schools at MarketSearch@rethinkingschools.org.

For more information about Rethinking Schools check out www.rethinkingschools.org.

For more information or questions, contact Michael Trokan at MarketSearch@rethinkingschools.org or 414-964-9646.

Rethinking Schools Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

People of color and women are encouraged to apply.

Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference Deadline Tonight / Wed. Sept. 29

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

If you plan to attend the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference this Saturday, please register by 10 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 29. Lunch is included in the conference registration fee, and we need to put the order in by Thursday morning. www.nwtsj.org

We hope to see you there.

Thanks.

Teaching for Social Justice conference Oct. 2 / Workshops Posted

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The 3rd Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference is just about a week a way: Oct. 2, at Portland's Madison High School. Descriptions of all the workshop sessions were just posted at our website, www.nwtsj.org, so you can click on "2010 Program" and see the spectacular line-up. Over 60 workshops. Keynote speaker is the renowned educator and writer, Sonia Nieto. Dozens of social and environmental justice groups will be displaying -- and in some cases, selling -- their materials in our Resource Fair, which will feature a full display of Rethinking Schools books and magazines.

And on top of all that we have great coffee and tea (donated by Equal Exchange), and food. (To keep the conference as green as possible, please bring your own water bottle or coffee mug.)

This is our chance to find community, inspiration, and courage to create the kind of schools and classrooms that our students -- and the world -- need.

Please sign-up for the conference at www.nwtsj.org. Just $30, and $5 for students, which includes lunch.

The keynote begins at 9 am, but workshop sign-ups will be between 8 and 9, and workshop sizes will be limited, so arrive early.

And please pass the word around. You can download a flyer at http://www.portlandrethinkingschools.org/files/u1/NWTSJflyer4PDF.pdf

Best,

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland planning committee for the NWTSJ conference

P.S. This Monday, Sept. 27, Norm Diamond will interview Portland teachers Julie O'Neill and Tim Swinehart on their involvement in the conference, and also our keynoter, Sonia Nieto. 9 am, The Old Mole Variety Hour. And if you can't listen at 9, check it out at the KBOO.fm website.

Link to Poster: Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, Oct. 2

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Apologies for the multiple email blasts. For some reason the flyer for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference did not attach to the previous email we sent out promoting the conference. 

You can find the flyer at this site: http://portlandrethinkingschools.org/files/u1/NWTSJflyer4PDF.pdf

See you October 2nd.

Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Oct. 2

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference is just about a month away. Madison High School, Oct. 2. Registration at www.nwtsj.org. We have over 60 great workshops lined up, and of course, are thrilled that Sonia Nieto -- author of AFFIRMING DIVERSITY, THE LIGHT IN THEIR EYES, and WHY WE TEACH -- will be keynoting. Community groups from all over the region will be participating in our Resource Fair.

Don't miss this opportunity to draw inspiration and ideas from social justice educators from around the Northwest.

Check out the attached flyer -- and forward it widely -- and register at www.nwtsj.org.

See you October 2nd at Madison High School.

Best,

Bill Bigelow

Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference / Homestay Requests

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

As many of you know, Portland has the honor of hosting the 3rd Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference, on Saturday, October 2, at Madison High School -- flyer attached. (Go to www.nwtsj.org, to register.) Those of you who attended one or both of the first two conferences -- Seattle, 2008; Olympia, 2009 -- know what an inspiration it is to connect with so many people doing such fine work.

There will be people hoping to attend from as far away as Bellingham, Wash., and Vancouver BC. We would like to be able to offer housing to as many people as possible. Roosevelt teacher Catherine Theriault has volunteered to coordinate housing needs for out-of-towners and housing availability.  If you have an extra room (or couch) to offer, please contact Catherine at catherine.theriault@gmail.com.

And again, please register at www.nwtsj.org to attend the conference.

Best,

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference / Homestay requests

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

As many of you know, Portland has the honor of hosting the 3rd Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference, on Saturday, October 2, at Madison High School -- flyer attached. (Go to www.nwtsj.org, to register.) Those of you who attended one or both of the first two conferences -- Seattle, 2008; Olympia, 2009 -- know what an inspiration it is to connect with so many people doing such fine work.

There will be people hoping to attend from as far away as Bellingham, Wash., and Vancouver BC. We would like to be able to offer housing to as many people as possible. Roosevelt teacher Catherine Theriault has volunteered to coordinate housing needs for out-of-towners and housing availability.  If you have an extra room (or couch) to offer, please contact Catherine at catherine.theriault@gmail.com.

And again, please register at www.nwtsj.org to attend the conference.

Best,

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

Reminder: Social Justice Workshop proposals, due June 30th

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Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

The deadline for submissions for next fall's 3rd Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference is this Wednesday, June 30. Go to the conference website, www.nwtsj.org, for details. Click on "Workshop Proposal App."

We're very excited about the conference. Sonia Nieto is keynoting, and several hundred social justice educators from throughout the Northwest will be gathering in Portland. (The conference is Sat. Oct. 2, at Portland's Madison High School.)

Please consider submitting a proposal.

Thanks.  Bill Bigelow (bill@rethinkingschools.org)
for the 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.