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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.

Three Weeks to NW Social Justice Teaching conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We are only about three weeks out from the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. www.nwtsj.org.

Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle
Saturday, October 17th
$30, includes lunch/student and pre-service teacher: $5, includes lunch

Please register now for this important gathering of educators to share strategies, resources, and knowledge.

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.

More than 60 workshops. Resource fair with dozens of community/social justice organizations.

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

Register today!

www.nwtsj.org

Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Oct. 17

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We've been putting together the agenda for this year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, and it looks great. David Stovall, an inspiring Chicago teacher and teacher educator, will be keynoting: "We Still Need to Trouble the Water: Race, Revolution, and the Struggle for Quality Education."

Conference highlights will include sessions on "Building an Opt-Out Movement in Your Community"; "Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice"; "Black Students' Lives Matter"; STEM Teaching for Social Justice"; "Educating Activist Allies: Teaching for Social Justice in Communities of Privilege"; "Blockadia: Teaching the Global Movement to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground"; "Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students" and many more. Register today at www.nwtsj.org. And like us on facebook.

When: Saturday, October 17
Where: Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle
Details: www.nwtsj.org

There will be lots of workshops by Rethinking Schools editors and writers, including Linda Christensen, Wayne Au, Jesse Hagopian, Bill Bigelow, Hyung Nam, Tim Swinehart, Brian Gibbs, Katy Swalwell, Willow McCormick, Camila Arze Torres Goitia, Noah Zeichner, Katharine Johnson, Mark Hansen, Maika Yeigh, Chris Hawking, Sylvia McGauley, Chris Buehler, and Linea King. The conference includes more than 60 workshops.

Dozens of community organizations and publishers will also be displaying their wares in a Resource Fair.

Join us for this inspirational and idea-packed event. Re-ignite your commitment to social justice teaching and quality education for all.

If you need a ride to Seattle or have a ride to offer, please email Bill Bigelow at bill@rethinkingschools.org. Need help with housing in Seattle? Email Peter Henry: henry_pet@msn.com.
See you in Seattle.

The NWTSJ Conference Organizing Committee

P.S. The conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Oct. 17

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We've been putting together the agenda for this year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, and it looks great. David Stovall, an inspiring Chicago teacher and teacher educator, will be keynoting: "We Still Need to Trouble the Water: Race, Revolution, and the Struggle for Quality Education."

Conference highlights will include sessions on "Building an Opt-Out Movement in Your Community"; "Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice"; "Black Students' Lives Matter"; STEM Teaching for Social Justice"; "Educating Activist Allies: Teaching for Social Justice in Communities of Privilege"; "Blockadia: Teaching the Global Movement to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground"; "Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students" and many more. Register today at www.nwtsj.org. And like us on facebook.

When: Saturday, October 17
Where: Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle
Details: www.nwtsj.org

There will be lots of workshops by Rethinking Schools editors and writers, including Linda Christensen, Wayne Au, Jesse Hagopian, Bill Bigelow, Hyung Nam, Tim Swinehart, Brian Gibbs, Katy Swalwell, Willow McCormick, Camila Arze Torres Goitia, Noah Zeichner, Katharine Johnson, Mark Hansen, Maika Yeigh, Chris Hawking, Sylvia McGauley, Chris Buehler, and Linea King. The conference includes more than 60 workshops.

Dozens of community organizations and publishers will also be displaying their wares in a Resource Fair.

Join us for this inspirational and idea-packed event. Re-ignite your commitment to social justice teaching and quality education for all.

If you need a ride to Seattle or have a ride to offer, please email Bill Bigelow at bill@rethinkingschools.org. Need help with housing in Seattle? Email Peter Henry: henry_pet@msn.com.
See you in Seattle.

The NWTSJ Conference Organizing Committee

P.S. The conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

July 1 deadline for Social Justice teaching workshop proposal

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We will be accepting workshop proposals through July 1 for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference. The conference will be in Seattle at Chief Sealth International High School, Saturday, October 17. It will be wonderful -- inspiring, warm, knowledge-heavy, resource-rich. See old friends. Make new ones. Eat great food. Buy all the new Rethinking Schools books -- and re-subscribe to the magazine. Be reminded why you went into education.

Go to www.nwtsj.org. Click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left of the website. The website also includes programs from years past so you can get a sense for the kind of sessions that we have previously offered. We are looking for proposals on social justice teaching, but also on strategies to organize to defend public education, how educators and community activists are collaborating, ways to transform whole schools and districts -- anything that has to do about educating to make the world a better place.

Please consider drafting and submitting a proposal.

Best,

NWTSJ planning committee

<<Social Justice Teaching Workshop Proposals due July 1>>

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

There are just about two weeks left to get your workshop proposal in for our 8th annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, to be held October 17 at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle. Last year in Portland we offered more than 60 participatory workshops on social justice teaching and the fight to defend public education.

Workshop proposal deadline is July 1.

Go to www.nwtsj.org. Click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left of the website. We have also posted programs for past conferences, so you can see the kind of workshops offered.

Thanks for your important work.

NWTSJ Conference Planning Committee

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.