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Join us for Rhythm and Resistance Book Party on May 8

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We are hosting a party to celebrate our newest Rethinking Schools book Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, which reclaims poetry as a necessary part of a larger vision of what it means to teach for justice. This book was birthed in the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College and features the writing of teachers and students from our site as well as national poets like Patricia Smith, Daniel Beaty, Paul Flores, Martín Espada, and William Stafford. At a time when many schools are saturated with SBAC and PARCC testing, we argue for the continued place of poetry in the curriculum, and we share lessons about how to make that happen. Please share with friends and colleagues.

Party: May 8th from 4-6 @ Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock St, Portland, OR 97212

If you can't wait until May for your copy, see the attached flyer to purchase the book at a discount now.

Tim Gillespie, founding director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College and author of Doing Literary Criticism (Stenhouse), wrote a review for the book:

“Rhythm and Resistance begins with an eloquent argument for bringing poetry into our classrooms. We know this generation of students is already drawn to the rhymes and flow of hip hop, the drama of spoken word and poetry slams, and the high voltage Def Poetry Jam. But besides simply offering high-impact, high-interest opportunities to grab students’ attention, say the editors, poetry can do far more. It can give students a voice, help them learn more about each other, strengthen their classroom communities, and provide them opportunities for the practice of empathy. And in this era of renewed stress on nonfiction writing justified as ‘workforce training’ and a subsequent possible retreat from what is sometimes marginalized as mere ‘creative writing,’ the authors make a convincing brief that working on poetry can also give young writers tools---a passion for specific details and narrative, the use of figurative language and active verbs, a sense of cadence and rhythm---that can be brought with positive effect to their persuasive essays. In addition, the kinds of poetry and issues presented in Rhythm and Resistance offer plenty of opportunities for students to find and define issues in their worlds on which they can focus their passion, a prime mover of any compelling expository and argumentative writing.”

Join us for Rhythm and Resistance Book Party on May 8

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We are hosting a party to celebrate our newest Rethinking Schools book Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, which reclaims poetry as a necessary part of a larger vision of what it means to teach for justice. This book was birthed in the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College and features the writing of teachers and students from our site as well as national poets like Patricia Smith, Daniel Beaty, Paul Flores, Martín Espada, and William Stafford. At a time when many schools are saturated with SBAC and PARCC testing, we argue for the continued place of poetry in the curriculum, and we share lessons about how to make that happen. See attached flyer for party details. Please share with friends and colleagues.

Party: May 8th from 4-6 @ Westminster Presbyterian Church.

If you can't wait until May for your copy, see the attached flyer to purchase the book at a discount now.

Tim Gillespie, founding director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College and author of Doing Literary Criticism (Stenhouse), wrote a review for the book:

“Rhythm and Resistance begins with an eloquent argument for bringing poetry into our classrooms. We know this generation of students is already drawn to the rhymes and flow of hip hop, the drama of spoken word and poetry slams, and the high voltage Def Poetry Jam. But besides simply offering high-impact, high-interest opportunities to grab students’ attention, say the editors, poetry can do far more. It can give students a voice, help them learn more about each other, strengthen their classroom communities, and provide them opportunities for the practice of empathy. And in this era of renewed stress on nonfiction writing justified as ‘workforce training’ and a subsequent possible retreat from what is sometimes marginalized as mere ‘creative writing,’ the authors make a convincing brief that working on poetry can also give young writers tools---a passion for specific details and narrative, the use of figurative language and active verbs, a sense of cadence and rhythm---that can be brought with positive effect to their persuasive essays. In addition, the kinds of poetry and issues presented in Rhythm and Resistance offer plenty of opportunities for students to find and define issues in their worlds on which they can focus their passion, a prime mover of any compelling expository and argumentative writing.”

Rethinking Schools Book Release Party - Rhythm and Resistance

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Book Release Party - Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice

Date: 4:00pm PDT May 8 Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Great Hall

Rethinking Schools is excited to share Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson, with the Portland community and to get it into the hands of teachers and community activists. 

The book features Oregon Writing Project teachers and their students. At a time when students and teachers are smothered by testing, Rhythm and Resistance is a reminder of the larger vision of education.

We will share a few poems from the book as we talk about the urgency of keeping both our heads and our hearts in the classroom. 

We will provide some food and lemonade, but please feel free to bring food to share. And we’ll have plenty of copies of the book available for sale at a 20% discount and signing.

Please use this link to download a flier:
http://graduate.lclark.edu/live/events/35958

Rethinking Schools Book Release Party - Rhythm and Resistance

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Book Release Party - Rhythm and Resistance: TeachingPoetry for Social Justice

Date: 4:00pm PDT May 8 Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Great Hall

Rethinking Schools is excited to share Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson, with the Portland community and to get it into the hands of teachers and community activists. 

The book features Oregon Writing Project teachers and their students. At a time when students and teachers are smothered by testing, Rhythm and Resistance is a reminder of the larger vision of education.

We will share a few poems from the book as we talk about the urgency of keeping both our heads and our hearts in the classroom. 

We will provide some food and lemonade, but please feel free to bring food to share. And we’ll have plenty of copies of the book available for sale at a 20% discount and signing.

A People's Curriculum for the Earth Celebration

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Here is a reminder about this Friday's event to celebrate publication of A People's Curriculum for the Earth:

A People's Curriculum for the Earth Celebration

It's time to celebrate! Please join Rethinking Schools for our Portland area book release party on Friday, March 13th. After five years of work, we're excited to share A People's Curriculum for the Earth, edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, with the Portland community and to get it into the hands of teachers and activists eager for critical resources on the environmental crisis. We'll share a few excerpts from the book and talk about the important role that teachers have to play within the growing climate justice movement. And we'll have plenty of copies of the book available for sale and signing.

We're pleased to have the support of our friends at 350 PDX and the Oregon Writing Project, as co-sponsors of the event.

Where: The Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center (2nd floor), 721 NW 9th Ave.
When: Friday, March 13th, 4 pm (program begins at 4:30 pm)
Parking: Ecotrust is located next to the 10th Ave. Portland Streetcar line. Limited on street parking is available around the building. The Station Place SmartPark garage is located three blocks away and can be entered at NW 9th and Marshall.
What to bring: We'll provide some food, soft drinks, beer, and wine -- but please feel free to bring beer/wine, other drinks, or an appetizer to share.

A People's Curriculum for the Earth Celebration

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It's time to celebrate! Please join Rethinking Schools for our Portland area book release party on Friday, March 13th. After five years of work, we're excited to share A People's Curriculum for the Earth, edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, with the Portland community and to get it into the hands of teachers and activists eager for critical resources on the environmental crisis. We'll share a few excerpts from the book and talk about the important role that teachers have to play within the growing climate justice movement. And we'll have plenty of copies of the book available for sale and signing.

We're pleased to have the support of our friends at 350 PDX and the Oregon Writing Project, as co-sponsors the event.

Where: The Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center (2nd floor), 721 NW 9th Ave
When: Friday, March 13th, 4pm (program begins at 4:30pm)
Parking: Ecotrust is located next to the 10th Ave. Portland Streetcar line. Limited on street parking is available around the building. The Station Place SmartPark garage is locate three blocks away and can be entered at NW 9th and Marshall.
What to bring: We'll provide some food, beer, and wine -- but please feel free to bring beer/wine or an appetizer to share.

A People's Curriculum for the Earth Celebration

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It's time to celebrate! Please join Rethinking Schools for our Portland area book release party on Friday, March 13th. After five years of work, we're excited to share A People's Curriculum for the Earth, edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, with the Portland community and to get it into the hands of teachers and activists eager for critical resources on the environmental crisis. We'll share a few excerpts from the book and talk about the important role that teachers have to play within the growing climate justice movement. And we'll have plenty of copies of the book available for sale and signing.

We're pleased to have the support of our friends at 350 PDX and the Oregon Writing Project, as co-sponsors the event.

Where: The Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center (2nd floor), 721 NW 9th Ave
When: Friday, March 13th, 4pm (program begins at 4:30pm)
Parking: Ecotrust is located next to the 10th Ave. Portland Streetcar line. Limited on street parking is available around the building. The Station Place SmartPark garage is locate three blocks away and can be entered at NW 9th and Marshall.
What to bring: We'll provide some food, beer, and wine -- but please feel free to bring beer/wine or an appetizer to share.

People's Curriculum for the Earth Book Party

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The book that Lincoln teacher Tim Swinehart and I have been working on for sometime, A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis, was recently published by Rethinking Schools.

Please save the date for our book party: Friday March 13. It will be at the EcoTrust conference center, 4 to 6 pm. More details to come.

Take a look at the book here: www.rethinkingschools.org/earth. We're thrilled that it is out, and would love your help in publicizing it. We'll have copies at the book party, of course, but feel free to order it before then!

A People's Curriculum for the Earth includes contributions from a number of Portland teachers: Linda Christensen, Julie Treick O'Neill, Brady Bennon, Mark Hansen, Amy Lindahl, and Chris Buehler -- as well as activists like Bill McKibben, Winona La Duke, Sandra Steingraber, Van Jones, and many more.

Thanks for your important work and for your support of Rethinking Schools.

Warmly, Bill Bigelow

People's Curriculum for the Earth Book Party

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The book that Lincoln teacher Tim Swinehart and I have been working on for sometime, A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis, was recently published by Rethinking Schools.

Please save the date for our book party: Friday March 13. It will be at the EcoTrust conference center, 4 to 6 pm. More details to come.

Take a look at the book here: www.rethinkingschools.org/earth. We're thrilled that it is out, and would love your help in publicizing it. We'll have copies at the book party, of course, but feel free to order it before then!

A People's Curriculum for the Earth includes contributions from a number of Portland teachers: Linda Christensen, Julie Treick O'Neill, Brady Bennon, Mark Hansen, Amy Lindahl, and Chris Buehler -- as well as activists like Bill McKibben, Winona La Duke, Sandra Steingraber, Van Jones, and many more.

Thanks for your important work and for your support of Rethinking Schools.

Warmly, Bill Bigelow

REMINDER: More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing

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Join us and Haymarket Books for a discussion between teachers, students, and parents about the new uprising against high-stakes testing.

When: Sunday, January 4 at 7:30pm

Where: Powell's City of Books
(1005 W Burnside St.)

With:
Jesse Hagopian: More Than a Score editor and a leader of Garfield High School MAP test boycott
Gwen Sullivan: Portland Association of Teachers President
Alexia Garcia: student leader and contributor
Adam Sanchez: moderator and editorial associate at Rethinking Schools

Across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are refusing to administer bad exams. In fact, the "education reformers" find themselves facing the largest revolt in US history against high-stakes, standardized testing.

More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing is a collection of essays, poems, speeches, and interviews-accounts of personal courage and trenchant insights-from frontline fighters who are defying the corporate education reformers, often at great personal and professional risk, and fueling a national movement to reclaim and transform public education.

"Exceptional" --Publishers Weekly

"Exciting" --Truthout

"Arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer." --Kirkus

Speaker Profiles

Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is an editorial associate at Rethinking Schools, a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 "Secondary School Teacher of Year" award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He is a contributing author to Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History, and writes regularly for Truthout, Common Dreams, Socialist Worker, Black Agenda Report, and the Seattle Times op-ed page.

Gwen Sullivan is President of the 4,000-member Portland Association of Teachers . A twenty-year elementary and middle-school teacher, she led the union through one of its most contentious contract battles in decades, narrowly averting a strike last February. Sullivan is also a parent of two children in Portland Public Schools.

Alexia Garcia graduated from Lincoln High School in 2013. Alexia served as the 2013-2013 student representative on the Portland Public School's Board of Education. Throughout high school Alexia organized with the Portland Public Schools Student Union and the Portland Student Union.

Adam Sanchez is a social studies teacher at Madison High School and is an editorial associate with Rethinking Schools.