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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 Thinking Schools TGITh - Thursday, Nov. 6

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools Friends,

When we take a close look at the school or schools we know best, how well are they providing the kind of education that all students deserve? How can we use our observations and experiences to promote more equitable schools? Join us next THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 4 to 6, for a PARS community conversation starting with our "Equity Report Card" as a way to identify the schools' strengths and weaknesses. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock, two blocks north of Broadway.

We will also hear a brief report from those who participated in the recent "Teaching for Social Justice" conference in Seattle.

Got Equity? Stories and Conversations  
(Flyer to print & share is attached below, or go HERE.)

Thursday, November 6
4:00 Social  /  4:30 Program

Westminster Presbyterian Church
1624 N.E. Hancock

Bring a snack or drink to share, and a friend.

Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice / October 4

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

This fall will be the first ever Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice -- held in Seattle on Saturday October 4th. I hope you'll make plans to attend. It's sponsored by a number of education social justice groups throughout the region, including Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Puget Sound Rethinking Schools in Seattle, Olympia Educators for Social Justice, as well as Rethinking Schools magazine.

Check out the website for the conference at www.nwtsj.org. The conference is modeled after the annual, and inspirational, Teachers 4 Social Justice conference in San Francisco (this year held the following weekend at Mission High School -- see www.t4sj.org.) This will be a chance to meet other teachers, student teachers, teacher educators, and parent activists who see their work as part of a broader education for social justice project. There will be excellent workshops, discussions, and displays of social justice teaching materials. We'll send out more details as the conference approaches, but please put this on your calendar and make plans to try to attend.

In fact, it may not be too late to propose a workshop. More details are at the www.nwtsj.org website. Feel free to email me at bbpdx@aol.com with any questions or workshop ideas.

Have a good rest of the summer. Our first TGIF of the year is planned for September 19th -- a forum on the Bill Sizemore-sponsored anti-ESOL/Bilingual Ed. Measure 58. Details to follow.
 

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.