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Workshop Proposals: Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

This is a follow-up to our recent announcement about the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference in the fall.

Please consider offering a workshop at the conference. Proposals are due June 30. The proposal form is available on the PARS homepage,
or directly here:   As a PDF file          As a Word file    

Descriptions of workshops from the conference last year are available at <http://www.nwtsj.org/program.php>.

Best,

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools Steering Committee

Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

For those of you who attended last year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference in Seattle, you know that it was a great opportunity to share resources, teaching strategies, and gather inspiration. The 2nd annual conference promises more of the same -- and it's closer to Portland, in Olympia. Ira Shor is keynoting. Ira has written some of the most influential books on social justice teaching, including the classic, "Critical Teaching and Everyday Life," and collaborated with Paulo Freire on the outstanding "talking book," "A Pedagogy for Liberation."

The conference is Saturday, Oct. 3. Check out www.nwtsj.org for details.

In the meantime, please consider submitting a workshop proposal. See attached. These are due by June 30. Sorry for the quick turnaround. Please contact me, if you have any questions: bbpdx@aol.com.

The Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference is co-sponsored by Olympia Educators for Social Justice, Puget Sound Rethinking Schools (Seattle), Coalition X (Tacoma), Portland Area Rethinking Schools, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

Best,

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools Steering Committee

Oregon NAME conference, Salem, May 16

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Unfortunately, the Oregon conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) had to be postponed because of the closure of Western Oregon University due to a case of swine flu. It has been rescheduled for SATURDAY, MAY 16, McKay High School in Salem. Please attend, if you can.

Below is a note from Chloë Myers, who teaches at Western and is one of the conference planners.

Thanks.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee
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The OregonNAME Planning Committee apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the sudden postponement of the OregonNAME Conference at Western Oregon University, May 1, 2009. As we hope you already know, the situation was beyond our control. The closure of the Western campus was made under recommendation by the Oregon Department of Public Health in response to the N1H1 epidemic.
 
We have been working to reestablish a date and location as well as striving to bring you a quality conference on our stated theme. We are delighted to announce that the McKay High School Administration in Salem has graciously agreed to host the conference on May 16 at McKay High School in Salem.  Our prior keynoter, James Loewen, will be with us via video conference for part of the morning. In addition, we are pleased to bring you a general session with Cornel Pewewardy, a NAME Founder. In the afternoon, you will have choices of concurrent sessions during two time periods.  We are rescheduling vendors and will have a raffle at the end of the day. We do hope that you will be able to attend this conference.  More information will be forthcoming at http://oregonname.org/.
 
Thank you for your patience.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Chloë Myers
Assistant Professor
College of Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361
myersc@wou.edu
Office Phone: 503-838.8781

National Association for Multicultural Education - Oregon Chapter Conference, May 1

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please consider attending the statewide conference of the Oregon chapter of NAME, the National Association for Multicultural Education. The conference's theme this year is "Lies and Truths in Our History: Teaching what happened -- and what we can do about it now." Keynote speaker will be Jim Loewen, author of the bestselling "Lies My Teacher Told Me," a critique of some of the country's main U.S. History textbooks. Portland Area Rethinking Schools is a co-sponsor, and Rethinking Schools books will be available.

When: Friday, May 1, 8:30-4:30
Where: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon

Last year's conference at Oregon State University was wonderful -- a great chance for teachers, prospective teachers, and teacher educators to come together to share thoughts on critical teaching for social equality.

For the registration form, go to: http://oregonname.org/pdf/2009confRegForm.pdf
For more info on Oregon NAME: http://oregonname.org

I hope you can make it.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee
www.portlandrethinkingschools.org

New from Rethinking Schools

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please take advantage of this great offer for an important new Rethinking Schools book, RETHINKING MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION, edited by Wayne Au.    Other new Rethinking Schools titles include RETHINKING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, A PEOPLE'S HISTORY FOR THE CLASSROOM, and UNLEARNING "INDIAN" STEREOTYPES (a DVD). Coming soon: Linda Christensen's TEACHING FOR JOY AND JUSTICE. 

Bill Bigelow

Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice

Save $5 off each book you order

The early praise for our latest book says it all: Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice, edited by Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au, is "thoughtful and timely" and an "essential text."

Rethinking Multicultural Education is a collection of the best articles from Rethinking Schools on race and culture over the last 23 years, with topics ranging from how we teach Christopher Columbus to the need to recognize the value of home languages in the classroom to the myth of Model Minority.

Among the writers featured in this seminal work include contributions by the late Asa G. Hilliard III, Lisa Delpit, Geneva Smitherman, Enid Lee, Christine Sleeter, Linda Christensen, Bill Bigelow, Bob Peterson, Stan Karp, Stephen Krashen, Harold Berlak, and Carol Tateishi.

By using the promo code 5BREMU5, you can purchase each copy of Rethinking Multicultural Education for $13.95--that's $5 off the list price!

You can purchaseRethinking Multicultural Education by calling 800-669-4192 or visiting www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/rme/rme.shtml. Remember to use the promo code 5BREMU5.

Practical, rich in story, and analytically sharp, Rethinking Multicultural Education reclaims multicultural education as part of a larger struggle for justice and against racism, colonization, and cultural oppression—in schools and society.

Rethinking Multicultural Education features 40 chapters, split into four sections: Anti-Racist Orientations; Language, Culture, and Power; Transnational Identities, Multicultural Classrooms; and Confronting Racism in the Classroom. You can read the book's introduction and the table of contents at www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/rme/rme.shtml.

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children writes that Rethinking Multicultural Education is "both thoughtful and timely" and "the resource teachers at every level have been looking for."

Jeff Chang, author Can't Stop Won't Stop says: "Rethinking Multicultural Education powerfully reminds us that any attempt at 'multicultural education' that fails to raise critical questions among students, teachers, and administrators about racial justice is inadequate to the needs of this time."

Remember, save $5 for each Rethinking Multicultural Education you buy by calling 800-669-4192 or visiting www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/rme/rme.shtml, and using the promo code 5BREMU5.

Rehearsing for Justice: Developing Role Plays for the Classroom

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

This April, I'll be teaching a class at Lewis and Clark College on writing role plays: Rehearsing for Justice: Developing Role Plays for the Classroom, http://www.lclark.edu/dept/ccps/rehearsing.html. Please consider enrolling in the class and/or passing this along to colleagues you think might appreciate knowing about it. We'll be exploring all kinds of role plays -- "tea parties," simulations, improvisations, single- and multi-group role plays, trials -- and dissecting what makes a good one and then working on developing one of our own. The class will meet four Saturday mornings, April 4-April 25. New teachers, veteran teachers -- everyone welcome.

If you have questions or want to talk further, please email me at bbpdx@aol.com, and I'll get back to you. Details from the catalog description below.

Best, Bill

Bill Bigelow
Rethinking Schools
www.rethinkingschools.org

Rehearsing for Justice: Developing Role Plays for the Classroom

Course Description:

Role plays help bring the curriculum to life for students. They engage, they challenge, they pose questions. Role plays can help students learn about social dynamics from the inside, through exercising their "empathic imaginations." They can help students come to see the world not as something that simply happened, but as something that is made by human beings. Role plays can help us develop a curriculum of choices, that suggests to students that their decisions and actions matter. Role plays are also a more democratic pedagogy because they can simultaneously challenge those students traditionally regarded as "high achievers" as well as those labeled "slow learners."

In this class we will explore a variety of role plays: "tea parties," simulations, improvisations, and multiple-group role plays. We will evaluate the way in which different role plays lend themselves to different subjects and different insights about society. A key component of the course will be participants developing and writing their own role plays. The course would be appropriate for teachers at any point in their career. Although the instructor is a social studies teacher, the class would be valuable for any teacher hoping to incorporate role play into one's curriculum.

Dates: Saturdays, April 4 through April 25
Times: 9 am to 1 pm
http://www.lclark.edu/dept/ccps/rehearsing.html

Portland Area Rethinking Schools Co-sponsors Town Hall on the Economic Crisis

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You are invited to a  Town Hall on the Economic Crisis 
            First Unitarian Church, S.W. 12th & Main 
January 31, 1-5 pm, Delicious food & reception to follow (Doors open at 12:30 pm.) 

Donations welcome
Please bring non-perishable food items for the Oregon Food Bank 

While almost $2.5 trillion of our money was squandered on easy term loans to banks and investment houses, we lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008! One million jobs were lost just between Nov. 1st and Dec. 31st of 2008. With a good deal more suffering likely, we are in the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression. 

* What are the root causes of the economic crisis? 
* What should we fight for? What is a "recovery?" 
* How do the millions of people who voted for change help make it happen? 

Economists, labor leaders, and community leaders, experts in their fields, will share their perspectives on these questions. We will have workshops and conversations about winning back the right to organize, the role of the labor movement, the kind of health care reform we need, creating a green economy, staying united, building a thriving local sustainable economy, and more. 

It's time for a change. Don't miss this event! Bring friends and family. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Be sure to get a seat. 

Rethinking Schools Book Celebration, Friday

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Friday, January 9, was our first Rethinking Schools TGIF of 2009, a celebration for the new book, RETHINKING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, edited by Ann Pelo. 

Ann Pelo was unable to join us from Seattle, but Portland area contributors to the book presented: Katie KissingerMelanie QuinnPeter Campbell, and Laura Linda Negri-Pool.

RETHINKING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION collects inspiring stories about social justice teaching with young children. The book includes outstanding writing from childcare teachers, early-grade public school teachers, scholars, and parents.

When: Friday, January 9th, 4 - 6 pm; program begins at 4:30
Where: Subud Center, 3185 NE Regents Drive, Portland

[From the south, take NE 33rd past Grant High School up the hill to NE Mason St., the first light after NE Fremont, (opposite Wilshire Park); turn left on Mason and come two blocks. From the north, take NE 33rd to Mason, turn right at the light, two blocks south of NE Prescott, turn right and come two blocks. Here's a map: http://home.earthlink.net/~ldixon7/id14_files/sbdhse3c.gif]

Ann Pelo will speak about themes in the book, and she and contributors will be available to sign books.

RETHINKING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION retails for $18.95, but will be offered at a special celebration price of just $10.

This is a great book for parents of young children, as well as educators of young children -- and all children. See the editorial in the fall issue of Rethinking Schools magazine for a discussion of what all educators have to learn from "Rethinking Early Childhood Education." http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/23_01/edit231.shtml

See you on January 9th.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee
www.portlandrethinkingschools.org

TGIF - January 9 / Rethinking Schools Book Celebration!

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join us for our first TGIF of the year: to celebrate the publication of "Rethinking Early Childhood Education," edited by Ann Pelo -- the latest Rethinking Schools book. Ann Pelo will join us from Seattle, along with Portland area contributors to the book: Katie Kissinger, Melanie Quinn, Peter Campbell, and Laura Linda Negri-Pool.

"Rethinking Early Childhood Education" collects inspiring stories about social justice teaching with young children. The book includes outstanding writing from childcare teachers, early-grade public school teachers, scholars, and parents.

When: Friday, January 9th, 4 - 6 pm; program begins at 4:30
Where: Subud Center, 3185 NE Regents Drive, Portland

[From the south, take NE 33rd past Grant High School up the hill to NE Mason St., the first light after NE Fremont, (opposite Wilshire Park); turn left on Mason and come two blocks. From the north, take NE 33rd to Mason, turn right at the light, two blocks south of NE Prescott, turn right and come two blocks. Here's a map: http://home.earthlink.net/~ldixon7/id14_files/sbdhse3c.gif]

Ann Pelo will speak about themes in the book, and she and contributors will be available to sign books.

"Rethinking Early Childhood Education" retails for $18.95, but will be offered at a special celebration price of just $10.

This is a great book for parents of young children, as well as educators of young children -- and all children. See the editorial in the fall issue of Rethinking Schools magazine for a discussion of what all educators have to learn from "Rethinking Early Childhood Education." http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/23_01/edit231.shtml

TGITh - Thursday, November 6 / Reminder

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 Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

This is a reminder for the upcoming "TGI Thursday." We are depending fully on email announcements these days -- i.e., no paper sent out -- so please help us get the word out:

Our "TGI Thursday" will be this Thursday, Nov. 6, -- 4 pm social; 4:30 to 6 pm -- at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Fireside Room, 1624 NE Hancock, two blocks north of Broadway.

Our topic: "Got Equity? Stories and Conversations." We'll be using the Portland Area Rethinking Schools-produced report card to ask ourselves critical questions about how equitable our schools and school districts are -- and reflecting on how we can use this information to make them better. It should be a lively and interesting session. -- Full details at our website: www.portlandrethinkingschools.org

Also, I'm sure that we'll want to spend some time discussing the election results and how these might influence the prospects for equity and justice in the schools. -- We'll also hear some brief reports from the recent First Annual Teaching for Social Justice Conference in Seattle, that attracted 325 educators from around the region.

Please send this announcement to friends and colleagues. We are no longer sending out paper flyers, so depend on emails and email forwards to get the word out.

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.