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Support PPS Climate Justice Resolution, Tuesday

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join other concerned teachers, parents, students, and community activists on Tuesday May 17th at the school board meeting at Madison High School (2735 NE 82nd) -- 7 pm to 9 pm. We are urging the school board to adopt a resolution that calls for Portland Public Schools to take a more affirmative and comprehensive approach to the climate crisis. PLEASE WEAR RED IN SOLIDARITY. If you can, meet at 7 pm at the turnaround in front of the main entrance, so we can enter together.

From the introduction to the resolution:

At a time when the science of global warming has prompted governments around the world to begin redefining our economies and to call for an end to the fossil fuel era, it is time for school districts to redefine what it means to educate students for a future of certain climate change. Climate literacy is essential for the success of Portland Public Schools students, both as members of their communities and citizens of the world.

More information at either link:

http://tinyurl.com/PPSClimateJustice

https://www.facebook.com/events/1704741899775746/

Supporters of the resolution include 350PDX, Portland Rising Tide, the Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper, APANO, Rethinking Schools, and about 30 other community and social/environmental justice organizations.

(Because the school board has a budget hearing immediately prior to the school board meeting we are not sure exactly when the resolution will be presented and discussed. So times are approximate.)

Bill Bigelow, Tim Swinehart, and Jan Zuckerman, for Portland Area Rethinking Schools

Propose a Workshop for the NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference.

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Our 9th annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference will be held at Madison High School in Portland, Saturday, October 15. Those of you who have attended past conferences, know how an NWTSJ conference is a festival of ideas and inspiration.

Please consider proposing a workshop. Go to our website, www.nwtsj.org. Click on Workshop Application Proposal in the upper left. We'll accept proposals until July 1st.

Past workshops include: Chinese Laborers in the Pacific Northwest; Gentrification: Teaching About Race and Dispossession; Indigenous Peoples Confront the Climate Crisis; My Baby Rides the Short Bus; Queering Elementary Education; Race, Place, and Food; Slam Poetry: Cross-cultural Collaboration; Testing, Charters, and Strikes; Talking About Skin Color with Young Children; STEM Teaching for Social Justice; and Building an Opt-Out Movement in Your Community.

Our keynote speaker will be Kevin Kumashiro, dean of the School of Education at University of San Francisco, and author of Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice.

The Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference is sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Oregon Save Our Schools, Seattle Area Social Equality Educators, Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

Bill Bigelow
for the NWTSJ Conference Organizing Committee

Labor History Conference in Portland

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association will have a special session geared to teachers and teacher union activists at its annual conference this May 20-22 in Portland. (https://pnlha.wordpress.com/) Representatives from the California Federation of Teachers and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation will join to present their work on internal union education and public outreach in labor history.

The BCTF will debut their Online Museum celebrating the union's 100th anniversary. Some of the museum’s “rooms” include “Building Our Profession,” Bargaining,” and “Social Justice.”

Moira Mackenzie is the Executive Director of the BC Teachers' Federation. She has taught at the elementary grades and in special education, has served as a local president and as a member of the BCTF Executive Committee.

Nancy Knickerbocker is the BCTF’s Director of the Communications and Campaigns. She has been a journalist and worked as communications director for Education International, the global organization of teacher unions.

Larry Kuehn is Director of Research and Technology at the BCTF. He taught in secondary schools, has been a local president and served as the president of the BCTF during the historic Operation Solidarity strikes of 1983.

Drawing partly on the statewide Labor In the Schools programs he’s mentored, Fred Glass will address “Creating a Usable State Labor History.” Fred is Communications Director of the California Federation of Teachers and teaches in the Labor and Community Studies Department at City College of San Francisco. He wrote and directed Golden Lands, Working Hands, a ten part video series on the history of the California Labor Movement. His book on the same topic, From Mission to Microchip, will be published by the University of California Press in June 2016.

The conference will have a strong environmental focus and will include other workshops and presentations of interest to teachers. See the full program at https://pnlha.wordpress.com/. For further information, contact Norm Diamond, norm@lclark.edu.

Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground/April 15th benefit

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Dear Colleagues,

This coming May 13-15, people all over the world are mobilizing to keep fossil fuels in the ground and to create a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a sustainable future for all. In the Pacific Northwest there will be a mass action at the Shell and Tesoro refineries near Anacortes, Washington. In order to help with the logistics of transporting, housing and organizing thousands of folks (like yourselves), we need to raise lots of money.

Please join us at the the Spare Room (4830 NE 42nd), Friday, April 15th, from 7:30 pm-midnight to celebrate our many successes and find out how to get involved with Break Free and other actions. There will be great music from The Get Ahead Band (Blues and Soul), dancing, and a silent and live auction. $10-$20 donation to PDX for Break Free Pacific NW.

We'd love to pack the house!

Thanks so much,
Jan Zuckerman

FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please consider attending the (free) 2016 Global Classroom Educators Conference, on Saturday, January 30, at Concordia University in Portland. Details below. Presenters include Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, editors of the Rethinking Schools book, "A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis." Bigelow and Swinehart's workshop is "The Human Faces of Global Warming: Stories of Climate Refugees." Rethinking Schools resources will also be available for sale.

FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016
9AM TO 4PM
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, PORTLAND, OR

2016 Global Classroom Educators Conference
SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER NOW!!
The World Affairs Council of Oregon invites you to attend:
"FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home"
A FREE Conference for K-12 Educators, Youth Program Leaders, and the Community

Saturday, January 30, 2016
9am to 4pm
Concordia University, Portland, Oregon

“Finding Place” is a day-long educational experience for the community and a professional development opportunity for educators that will explore both global and local perspectives and reveal the human stories of families on the move.
Educators will leave with teaching tools that address the political, social, cultural, and economic issues that impact new arrivals in both school settings and the community at large.
Community participants will leave with content knowledge and a deeper understanding of what it means to be displaced.
Highlights of the Day include
Morning panel discussions about on-the-ground rescue efforts, border issues, discrimination backlash, and the award-winning efforts of a local school district where over 70 languages are spoken.
Lunch hour networking opportunities and an introduction to local organizations working with and advocating for newly arrived families.
Afternoon breakout sessions for attendees with opportunities to learn about cultural backgrounds, hear the voices of youth, participate in relevant simulations, and gather grade level curriculum ideas.
End of day reception for participants to share ideas and connect personally with presenters and community resources.
Educators Earn 7.5 Professional Development Units and receive a Finding Place Virtual Resource Package developed by the World Affairs Council.
Co-Sponsored by Concordia University, Department of International Studies
Attendance to the conference is FREE! A delicious catered, box lunch is available for purchase and can be ordered at the time of registration. Ordering or bringing lunch is highly recommended in the interest of time and due to the lack of alternative eating establishments nearby.

FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please consider attending the (free) 2016 Global Classroom Educators Conference, on Saturday, January 30, at Concordia University in Portland. Details below. Presenters include Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, editors of the Rethinking Schools book, "A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis." Bigelow and Swinehart's workshop is "The Human Faces of Global Warming: Stories of Climate Refugees." Rethinking Schools resources will also be available for sale.

FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016
9AM TO 4PM
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, PORTLAND, OR

2016 Global Classroom Educators Conference
SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER NOW!!
The World Affairs Council of Oregon invites you to attend:
"FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home"
A FREE Conference for K-12 Educators, Youth Program Leaders, and the Community

Saturday, January 30, 2016
9am to 4pm
Concordia University, Portland, Oregon

“Finding Place” is a day-long educational experience for the community and a professional development opportunity for educators that will explore both global and local perspectives and reveal the human stories of families on the move.
Educators will leave with teaching tools that address the political, social, cultural, and economic issues that impact new arrivals in both school settings and the community at large.
Community participants will leave with content knowledge and a deeper understanding of what it means to be displaced.
Highlights of the Day include
Morning panel discussions about on-the-ground rescue efforts, border issues, discrimination backlash, and the award-winning efforts of a local school district where over 70 languages are spoken.
Lunch hour networking opportunities and an introduction to local organizations working with and advocating for newly arrived families.
Afternoon breakout sessions for attendees with opportunities to learn about cultural backgrounds, hear the voices of youth, participate in relevant simulations, and gather grade level curriculum ideas.
End of day reception for participants to share ideas and connect personally with presenters and community resources.
Educators Earn 7.5 Professional Development Units and receive a Finding Place Virtual Resource Package developed by the World Affairs Council.
Co-Sponsored by Concordia University, Department of International Studies
Attendance to the conference is FREE! A delicious catered, box lunch is available for purchase and can be ordered at the time of registration. Ordering or bringing lunch is highly recommended in the interest of time and due to the lack of alternative eating establishments nearby.

Teaching Climate Change workshop with Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Next Friday, Nov. 6, 350PDX and Rethinking Schools are sponsoring a workshop, led by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, co-editors of the new Rethinking Schools book "A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis."

The workshop is titled "Teaching Blockadia—How the Movement Against Fossil Fuels Is Changing the World," and
features a role play activity that highlights themes in Naomi Klein's book "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

Where: Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., Portland
When: 4-6 pm, Friday, November 6
RSVP required

We'll discuss how teachers and activists can collaborate to develop more consciousness about the climate crisis and steps we can take to address it.

Participants will include members of 350PDX neighborhood organizing teams, along with classroom teachers and other educators. We have a 40 person limit, with only a few spots left.

RSVP here: http://350pdx.nationbuilder.com/teaching_blockadia

Questions? Email Sandy@350pdx.org

NW Teaching Social Justice Conference this weekend

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We are just a few days away from the 8th Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference! Saturday, Oct. 17th. We now have more registrants at this point than for any previous conference. Have you registered? If not, please register right away. www.nwtsj.org

We have over 60 workshops on everything from teaching poetry for social justice to "Black Students' Lives Matter" to queering sex education to teaching for social justice in communities of privilege. We'll also feature panels on the lessons of the Seattle educators strike and building the opt out movement against standardized testing. Our keynoter, David Stovall, is a professor, teacher, and community activist from Chicago, who will share stories from the important education justice struggles going on there.

New books will be available at the Rethinking Schools exhibit, and dozens of community groups will also be displaying as part of our Resources Fair.

The full program is online at www.nwtsj.org.

When: Saturday, October 17th
Where: Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle
Cost: Just $30; students and pre-service teachers: $5
(Note that October 9th was the last day we could guarantee lunch for registrants.)

We still have people who need rides to Seattle. Do you have one you can share? Contact Bill Bigelow, bill@rethinkingschools.org.
If you need housing help, please contact Peter Henry: henry_pet@msn.com.

Come to learn, to teach, and to be inspired.

Sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, Social Equality Educators, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

Register Today for NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The 8th Annual NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference is just over one
week away! Please try to register by Friday, October 9th to guarantee your lunch.

www.nwtsj.org.

Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle
Saturday, October 17th

Cost: $30, which includes lunch
Students and pre-service teachers are $5, also includes lunch

Clock Hours and Credit available for a reasonable price, and PDUs (for
Oregon certificates) also available.

More than 60 workshops. Resource fair with dozens of community/social
justice organizations. Keynote by David Stovall.

Check out the program, posted at our website, www.nwtsj.org

Sponsored by Rethinking Schools magazine, Puget Sound Rethinking Schools,
Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark
College, Seattle Social Equality Educators.

If you need housing help, please contact Peter Henry: henry_pet@msn.com.

If you need a ride to Seattle or have one to share, please contact Bill Bigelow, bill@rethinkingschools.org.

Register today!

www.nwtsj.org

Thanks.

NWTSJ Organizers: Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, Rethinking Schools magazine, and Social Equality Educators (Seattle.)

Two weeks until the NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The 8th annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference is just over two weeks away. More than 60 workshops on exemplary social justice teaching and critical issues in education. Early registration numbers are stronger than in any previous year and we're looking forward to another inspiring, idea-filled gathering. The Seattle-based conference planners have asked everyone to register as soon as possible, as they need to get numbers to the people who are preparing lunch so that they can order the food. -- The conference is still just $30, and $5 for students, including those in teacher education programs. Register at www.nwtsj.org.

When: Saturday October 17th
Where: Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle (2600 SW Thistle St., Seattle)
Register: www.nwtsj.org

We now have the tentative program for the conference posted at the website.

Need a ride? Have a ride? Contact Bill Bigelow: bill@rethinkingschools.org.
Need help with housing in Seattle? Contact Peter Henry: henry_pet@msn.com.

Sponsored by Rethinking Schools magazine, Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, Social Equality Educators

See you in Seattle.