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Attend the 2017 NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference


Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

Our 10th annual NWTSJ Conference is just a week and a half away: Saturday, October 21, at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle.

Take a look at the program at our website, www.nwtsj.org. More than 75 amazing workshops; a morning keynote by New York City teacher activist Brian Jones, on Teaching to a Future We Cannot Yet See"; special panels on ethnic studies and early-career teacher issues; and dozens of community and education groups at our Resource Fair -- including a full display of Rethinking Schools books and magazines.

The conference is still just $30 -- and $5 for students, including people in teacher education programs -- and that includes coffee and tea in the morning, lunch, and much more.

Need help with housing in Seattle? Write our NWTSJ Housing Coordinator, Peter Henry:

Don't miss this festival of justice and imagination. Come and meet other people of conscience from around the Northwest who are working to improve our schools -- and the world. www.nwtsj.org

The conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, the Portland Association of Teachers, the Portland-area Critical Educators Collective, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

NWTSJ Conference Proposal Deadline: July 1


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The deadline for workshop proposals for this year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference is this Saturday July 1st. NWTSJ is a festival of idea-sharing, inspiration, and resources. The conference rotates between Portland and Seattle, and this October 21st, for our 10th annual gathering, we'll be back in Seattle, at Chief Sealth International High School.

We depend on social justice educators and community activists sharing their wisdom through participatory workshops. Please consider proposing a workshop: http://nwtsj.org/workshop-proposal-applications/.

The website also includes past programs, so you can see the kind of workshops we have featured through the years. These focus on K-12 classroom teaching, education activism, policy concerns, and more.

The conference is sponsored by Rethinking Schools, along with organizations throughout Oregon and Washington: Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, the Washington Education Association, the Portland Association of Teachers, Social Equality Educators, the Critical Educators Collective, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, and Portland Area Rethinking Schools.

In these scary times, educators of conscience need each other more than ever. Please consider proposing a workshop for this year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference.

Upcoming Anti-Bias Education Workshop from Katie Kissinger


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please consider registering for this workshop, led by Rethinking Schools friend and author, Katie Kissinger:

Now More Than Ever Recommitting to Anti-Bias Education

This workshop will validate previous efforts to implement anti-bias education in early childhood classrooms along with inspiring new consideration for the importance of this work. Participants will share stories, learn the most current understandings of social identities, and gain tools and strategies for responding to the needs and inclusion of all children and families. Supporting young children in their positive identity development and in learning about differences is more critical in our society than it has ever been. Join us for an in-depth exploration of this important topic for Elementary and Early Childhood teachers.

Join Katie Kissinger, Educator, ECE Consultant and College Instructor and OCCD Master Trainer for this workshop.

Date and Time June 24th 9:30-11:30 am
Cost $25 (cash or check only)
Location Wild Lilac CDC 3829 SE 74th Ave. Portland, Oregon

Katie is the author of the newly released “Anti-bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom: Hand in Hand, Step by Step” published by Routledge Press in March of 2017. The workshop will be followed by a book reading and signing from 11:30-12:00. All workshop participants will receive a $5 off coupon to purchase Katie’s new book at the event!

To register or learn more: katiek@journeytowardjustice.org

Submit a Workshop Proposal for NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

It's that time again. We are asking people to submit workshop proposals for next fall's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. We'll be back at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle -- Saturday, October 21.

As many of you know, the NWTSJ Conference is a festival of conscience, creativity, and inspiration. Please consider participating as a workshop presenter. Here, below, are details from our website. All links can be found on this page: http://nwtsj.org/workshop-proposal-applications/ Proposals are due by July 1.

< Express a social justice perspective.
Be hands on and practical.
Give participants a chance to talk to one another.
Before you begin the proposal application form, please download our sample workshop overview and use it as a guide to create a detailed workshop lesson plan, including timeline and activities.

Once you’ve completed your workshop overview, please enter the required information on the workshop proposal form. Near the end of the form, you will be prompted to upload your workshop overview document. Please upload a word document and not a PDF.
All proposals must be submitted by Friday, July 1st, 2017. Any questions please contact rfp@nwtsj.org.>>

Again, all links can be found here: http://nwtsj.org/workshop-proposal-applications/

This work is more important than ever. Thanks for being part of a movement for social justice education.


Bill Bigelow
for the NWTSJ Organizing Committee

Portland Public Schools Black Voices Candidate’s Forum


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Black Voices Candidate’s Forum
Portland Public Schools – School Board
Monday, March 13, 2017 | 6:30pm
Maranatha Church | 4222 NE 12th Avenue, PDX

Contact: Nichole Watson | nykkwatson@gmail.com
Monday, March 13, 2017

The NAACP Portland Chapter, The Black Parent Initiative, Teaching with Purpose, The Portland African American Leadership Forum, Correct Connect, Oregon Writing Project, Linda Christensen, Phinishing Touch Photography, Lori By Desygn, Albina Ministerial Alliance, Teachable Moments Consulting, LLC and Nichole Watson are co-hosting a Black Voices School Board Candidates Forum, Monday, March 13, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm at Maranatha Church located at 4222 NE 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97211.

Both candidates-Rita Moore and Jamila Singleton Munson-have been invited to participate. These candidates are running for the seat in Zone 4 currently occupied by Director Steve Buel.
One of our most important objectives is to educate our community and the public on issues that affect and impact children. To that end, the above-mentioned organizations are co-hosting this forum to allow community members to learn more about each PPS School Board candidate's knowledge of issues affecting our students' education. As nonpartisan organizations, we do not support or oppose either of the candidates but rather encourage the public to learn about the candidates and the issues, and to cast an informed vote.

The forum is open to the public and will be recorded. The schedule of telecasts and/or webcasts will be announced at the event. The moderator, Velma Johnson, Ed.D., President of Teachable Moments Consulting, LLC, will give each candidate an opportunity to briefly address the audience, and then they each will be asked a series of questions. Members of the audience will then have an opportunity to ask additional questions. To submit a question, visit: https://goo.gl/PGpQbM

For more information please contact Nichole Watson at: nykkwatson@gmail.com

Student Social/Environmental Justice Conference


Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

On March 8th, the World Affairs Council is hosting a "Tend the World Youth Forum" at Portland State, focusing on the intersection of environmental justice and social justice. It promises to be a wonderful day. Rethinking Schools writers and editors offering sessions include Bill Bigelow, Moé Yonamine, and Michelle Nicola, along with students of Tim Swinehart.

Open to all Oregon high schools. Details here:

We're excited to announce the Tend the World Youth Forum on Wednesday, March 8th at Portland State University: http://worldoregon.org/youthforum2017. This year we will explore the global link between the environment and social justice, offering workshops, resources, an action fair and networking opportunities for high school students. We’re excited to kick off the day with youth led workshops sharing their climate change action projects. In the afternoon, we will explore school garden education, the status of climate refugees, the future of the world’s forests. In addition, we will look at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, environmental stewardship, community organizing and much more!

If you would like to bring a delegation from your school, please register soon! http://worldoregon.org/youthforum2017. The event will fill up fast (each school is allowed to bring a delegation of 10 high school students and 2 chaperones).

• Topic: The Global Link Between the Environment and Social Justice
• Wednesday, March 8, 2017
• 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
• Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University
• $125 Group Registration admits 10 students and 2 chaperones (includes lunch and a copy of
A People’s Curriculum for the Earth)

We hope to see a delegation from your school!

A People's Curriculum for the Earth" workshop, March 4th -- Free book


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please consider joining us for a day-long workshop on teaching about the climate crisis. We’ll focus on activities in the Rethinking Schools book that we edited, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.

When: Saturday, March 4 — 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Portland — to be announced
Cost: Free, lunch included, but registration is required
Sponsors: Portland Association of Teachers, Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee, Rethinking Schools, and the Zinn Education Project

Apply here: http://bit.ly/2lkN2z4

All participants will receive a free copy of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth. And thanks to a grant from the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, people who would like to lead their own follow-up workshops on climate and environmental justice themes will be able to apply for free copies of the book to use with participants.

We hope you’ll consider joining us, along with other Portland-area colleagues.

Note that we are high school teachers, so the day will have a middle school/high school/teacher education bias, but all are welcome, including non-school-based popular educators.


Bill Bigelow
Curriculum Editor, Rethinking Schools
Co-director, Zinn Education Project

Tim Swinehart
Lincoln High School

Teaching in a Time of Trump": This Saturday, Lincoln HS


Lincoln High School
1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Do you teach for social justice? Worried about the harm and threat the Trump administration poses to our students and their families? Scared that your own ability to teach for social justice is under attack?

We’re stronger together. Join us for strength, community and resources:
Teaching in a Time of Trump: Saturday Teach-In

When: Saturday, February 11th from 8:30am-1:00pm
NEW LOCATION: Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
What to bring: All your good thinking about what educators must do in our classrooms, at our schools, and in our communities to resist the Trump agenda.
Suggested Donation: $5-$15
Suggested Donation: $5-$15

Find us on Facebook:

The Teach-In will provide a forum for social justice educators across the Portland metro area to discuss and strategize ways we can protect our students, our families, and our public schools. The Teach-In will also feature a panel discussion of local leaders from movements and organizations fighting for immigration justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, economic justice and climate justice.

Questions? Contact Us! teachingintimeoftrump@gmail.com

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.