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Book Celebration: Teaching for Joy and Justice

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Reminder:

Please join the Oregon Writing Project, the Center for Community Engagement/Lewis & Clark, and Portland Area Rethinking Schools as we co-host a celebration and book signing for Linda Christensen's newly published book, *Teaching for Joy and Justice.*

Check out the book's homepage for more details: www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/tfjj

Friday, September 18
4 - 6 p.m.
Great Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church
1624 NE Hancock, Portland
(Two blocks north of NE Broadway, between 16th and 17th)
Lots of parking across the street in the church parking lot.
Beverages and light snacks provided. Books will be available at a discount.

At 4:30 Linda will talk about *Teaching for Joy and Justice.* She will introduce a number of her students who will read their from work that appears in the book.

Linda Christensen, author of *Reading, Writing, and Rising Up,* is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and the director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College. In Portland she spent 24 years as a language arts teacher at Jefferson High School where she learned "to construct curriculum around ideas that connect students to their community and world." She is a nationally
known keynote speaker at education conferences for language arts, social justice, and writing.

Comments about *Teaching for Joy and Justice:*

"In these pages, Linda Christensen--consummate teacher and brilliant
writer--shows us that, in the end, teaching well is about awakening and
transformation. Thoroughly lively vignettes and stirring writing by both
teacher and students, this book exudes hope and possibility." -- Sonia
Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Linda Christensen gets it. She understands writing is a medium
through which human beings convey their passions, hopes, and dreams.
Christensen provides practical advice to teachers with an understanding
that when our students learn to write they experience a sense of joy and
fulfillment." -- Pedro A. Noguera, professor, Dept. of Teaching &
Learning, NYU

Book Celebration: Teaching for Joy and Justice

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Oh, boy: Time for a party.

Please join the Oregon Writing Project, the Center for Community Engagement/Lewis & Clark, and Portland Area Rethinking Schools as we co-host a celebration and book signing for Linda Christensen's newly published book, *Teaching for Joy and Justice.*

Check out the book's homepage for more details: www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/tfjj

Friday, September 18
4 - 6 p.m.
Great Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church
1624 NE Hancock, Portland
(Two blocks north of NE Broadway, between 16th and 17th)
Lots of parking across the street in the church parking lot.
Beverages and light snacks provided. Books will be available at a discount.

At 4:30 Linda will talk about *Teaching for Joy and Justice.* She will introduce a number of her students who will read their from work that appears in the book.

Linda Christensen, author of *Reading, Writing, and Rising Up,* is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and the director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College. In Portland she spent 24 years as a language arts teacher at Jefferson High School where she learned "to construct curriculum around ideas that connect students to their community and world." She is a nationally
known keynote speaker at education conferences for language arts, social justice, and writing. 

Comments about *Teaching for Joy and Justice:*

"In these pages, Linda Christensen--consummate teacher and brilliant 
writer--shows us that, in the end, teaching well is about awakening and
transformation. Thoroughly lively vignettes and stirring writing by both
teacher and students, this book exudes hope and possibility." -- Sonia
Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Linda Christensen gets it. She understands writing is a medium
through which human beings convey their passions, hopes, and dreams.
Christensen provides practical advice to teachers with an understanding
that when our students learn to write they experience a sense of joy and
fulfillment." -- Pedro A. Noguera, professor, Dept. of Teaching &
Learning, NYU


Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Registration Open

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

It's still hot. It's still summer. But it's not too early to begin thinking about this fall's exciting 2nd Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, to be held in Olympia, Wash. on Saturday, Oct. 3. Registration is now open at the www.nwtsj.org website.

Keynote speaker is Ira Shor, who has written such wonderful books on social justice teaching, including one of the first: "Critical Teaching and Everyday Life." Ira is also co-author with Paulo Freire of the excellent "A Pedagogy for Liberation."

Workshops are being finalized, but there will be a diverse offering of sessions from educators around the northwest.

Again: www.nwtsj.org.

Also, if you didn't get the summer special issue of Rethinking Schools magazine in the mail, then your subscription has lapsed. Time to renew, and time to go to Powell's downtown, Concordia New Seasons, Broadway Books, People's Food Store, or Alberta St. Cooperative Grocery and buy a copy. It's a special issue: "Teaching for Environmental Justice," and also includes the introduction from Linda Christensen's fantastic (I'm not biased) new book, "Teaching for Joy and Justice."

Have a good rest of your summer.

Bill Bigelow
bbpdx@aol.com
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

New from Rethinking Schools: Teaching for Joy and Justice

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Save $5.00 off Linda Christensen's new book!

Rethinking Schools Press is excited to announce the publication of a new book by nationally renowned teacher and writer Linda Christensen — 
Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom.


If you have read her bestselling 
Reading, Writing and Rising Up, or followed her articles in Rethinking Schools magazine, you know why she has achieved legendary status among classroom teachers and university-based educators alike.

By using this special promo code 5BTEFO5, you can purchase copies of Teaching for Joy and Justice for $14.95 - that's $5.00 off the list price. Call 800-669-4192 or visitwww.rethinkingschools.org/publication/tfjj/tfjj.shtml. Remember to use the promo code 5BTEFO5

Teaching for Joy and Justice combines concrete, hands-on advice with inspiration, hope, and joy. As Christensen writes in her introduction, the book begins "with the non-negotiable belief that all students are capable of brilliance."

Christensen's 287-page book covers all aspects of the language arts curriculum, from reading and understanding literature, to writing poetry, narratives, and essays. She also helps her students understand the relationship between language and power, and provides guidance for teachers on complicated topics such as grading student work.

Part curriculum guide, part autobiography, part critique of standardized mandates, Teaching for Joy and Justice is based on Christensen's more than 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and teacher educator. It combines examples of how to teach for social justice with heart-stopping excerpts from student writing.

Some of the many accolades for Teaching for Joy and Justice:

• "Linda Christensen gets it," says Pedro Noguera, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University. "Christensen provides practical advice to teachers with an understanding that when our students learn to write, they experience a sense of joy and fulfillment."

• "Linda Christensen — consummate teacher and brilliant writer — shows us that, in the end, teaching well is about awakening and transformation," says Sonia Nieto, a Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

• "Teaching for Joy and Justice gives teachers the inspiration and 'how to' nitty-gritty that we crave," says Fay Peitzman, director of the UCLA Writing Project.

Remember, save $5.00 for each copy of Teaching for Joy and Justice you buy by calling 800-669-4192 or visiting www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/tfjj/tfjj.shtml and using the promo code 5BTEFO5.

Thanks for your support.

Michael Trokan 
Rethinking Schools

 

July 12 Deadline for Workshop Proposals: Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The deadline for submitting a workshop proposal for the 2nd annual Nortwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference -- to be held in Olympia, Saturday Oct. 3 -- has been extended to July 12. You can download a workshop proposal form at the Portland Area Rethinking Schools website (www.portlandrethinkingschools.org) or at the NW Teaching for Social Justice site, www.nwtsj.org.

Please consider submitting a proposal. And, of course, I hope you'll put it on your calendar to attend the conference. Ira Shor will be the keynoter. Ira has written numerous wonderful books including the groundbreaking "Critical Teaching and Everyday Life," and the excellent "A Pedagogy for Liberation," with Paulo Freire, undoubtedly the most accessible introduction to Freire's work. There will be engaging workshops, displays from numerous social justice education groups, including Rethinking Schools, and a chance to network with caring and committed educators from around the region.

Best, Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

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.

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.