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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.

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

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

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.

NWTSJ Conference this Saturday at Madison High School!

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Have you registered for this Saturday's conference? Our 7th Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference is just days away. It's shaping up to be our best ever, with three sessions of almost 60 outstanding workshops. We'll open with a keynote address from the renowned antiracist educator Enid Lee, co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays; and feature an afternoon talk by Rethinking Schools editor Stan Karp -- "Surviving School Reform: When the Reformers Come to Town." Dozens of community groups will display their wares in a day-long Resource Fair.

Sign up for this inspiring and informative gathering. www.nwtsj.org. This is the conference where educators of conscience remind ourselves why we do this work.

Where: Madison High School, Portland
When: Saturday, Oct. 18. -- 8 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $30; $5 for students (includes lunch, coffee, snacks throughout the day)
Register: www.nwtsj.org

Are you coming from out of town and need housing? Are you in the Portland area and can offer housing to out of town visitors to the conference? Contact Laura Czarniecki: lauraczarniecki@gmail.com

We are past our "lunch deadline," so cannot guarantee lunches for people who register this week, but we still want you to join us!

Please help us reduce waste by bringing your own water container.

And please stop by the Rethinking Schools tables and say hello.

Warmly,

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference organizing committee

P.S. Conference sponsors are Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, Social Equality Educators (Portland and Seattle), and Rethinking Schools magazine.

Just over a week until the NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Our 7th annual NWTSJ conference is just over a week away. We have more people signed up for the conference at this point than in any previous year! Don't miss it. Please go to our website, www.nwtsj.org, to register for the conference and to see the great line-up of speakers and workshop presenters we have. You can download a draft of the program at the website.

Where: Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave., Portland
When: Saturday, October 18, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $30. $5 for students. Includes coffee, snacks, lunch.

Are you in the Portland area and could house out-of-town conference goers? Contact Laura Czarniecki, who is coordinating housing: lauraczarniecki@gmail.com.

Our food committee is busy arranging a delicious lunch for everyone. It would be helpful for them to know how many to plan for, so the sooner you can register for the conference at www.nwtsj.org, the better. The final registration date we'll be able to guarantee lunch is Thursday October 9th.

It's still not too late to register as a community group to table as part of the Resource Fair. Contact Hyung Nam: hyung_n@yahoo.com.

Questions? Write us at info@nwtsj.org.

See you on the 18th!

Just over a week until the NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Our 7th annual NWTSJ conference is just over a week away. We have more people signed up for the conference at this point than in any previous year! Don't miss it. Please go to our website, www.nwtsj.org, to register for the conference and to see the great line-up of speakers and workshop presenters we have. You can download a draft of the program at the website.

Where: Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave., Portland
When: Saturday, October 18, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $30. $5 for students. Includes coffee, snacks, lunch.

Are you in the Portland area and could house out-of-town conference goers? Contact Laura Czarniecki, who is coordinating housing: lauraczarniecki@gmail.com.

Our food committee is busy arranging a delicious lunch for everyone. It would be helpful for them to know how many to plan for, so the sooner you can register for the conference at www.nwtsj.org, the better. The final registration date we'll be able to guarantee lunch is Thursday October 9th.

It's still not too late to register as a community group to table as part of the Resource Fair. Contact Hyung Nam: hyung_n@yahoo.com.

Questions? Write us at info@nwtsj.org.

See you on the 18th!

Update on the 2014 NW Teaching Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We have now posted the program for the 2014 NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference at our website, www.nwtsj.org. Please go and check out the amazing line-up of presenters and sessions this year. We’ll have three sessions of almost 60 workshops to choose from. Please register at www.nwtsj.org.

Where: Madison High School, Portland
When: Saturday October 18

The conference is still just $30, and $5 for students, including those in teacher education programs.

And if you can help offer housing in Portland to folks coming from other places, please contact Laura Czarniecki, lauraczarniecki@gmail.com, who is helping match people who have room with those needing places to stay.

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. Register at www.nwtsj.org.

See you in Portland.

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

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

Update on the 2014 NW Teaching Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We have now posted the program for the 2014 NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference at our website, www.nwtsj.org. Please go and check out the amazing line-up of presenters and sessions this year. We’ll have three sessions of almost 60 workshops to choose from. Please register at www.nwtsj.org.

Where: Madison High School, Portland
When: Saturday October 18

The conference is still just $30, and $5 for students, including those in teacher education programs.

And if you can help offer housing in Portland to folks coming from other places, please contact Laura Czarniecki, lauraczarniecki@gmail.com, who is helping match people who have room with those needing places to stay.

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. Register at www.nwtsj.org.

See you in Portland.

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

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

Update on the 2014 NW Teaching Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

We have now posted the program for the 2014 NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference at our website, www.nwtsj.org. Please go and check out the amazing line-up of presenters and sessions this year. We’ll have three sessions of almost 60 workshops to choose from. Please register at www.nwtsj.org.

Where: Madison High School, Portland
When: Saturday October 18

The conference is still just $30, and $5 for students, including those in teacher education programs.

And if you can help offer housing in Portland to folks coming from other places, please contact Laura Czarniecki, lauraczarniecki@gmail.com, who is helping match people who have room with those needing places to stay.

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. Register at www.nwtsj.org.

See you in Portland.

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

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

Subject Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Oct. 18

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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. Many highlights. The brilliant antiracist educator Enid Lee will keynote this year's conference, speaking on "Disrupting Systems of Racism in Our Districts, Schools, and Classrooms." We recently added Rethinking Schools editor Stan Karp to the program. Stan will be speaking on "Surviving School Reform: When the Reformers Come to Town.”

Register today: www.nwtsj.org

When: Saturday, October 18
Where: Madison High School, Portland

And there will be lots of workshops by Rethinking Schools editors and writers, including Linda Christensen, Wayne Au, Jesse Hagopian, Adam Sanchez, Moé Yonamine, Tim Swinehart, Katy Swalwell, Chris Hawking, Andreina Velasco, Amy Lindahl, Hyung Nam, Noah Zeichner, Mark Hansen, Elizabeth Thiel, Katharine Johnson, and Katie Kissinger. Topics include slam poetry, climate change, “Who Rules the Schools?” talking about skin color with young children, “Latinos in Action,” disability advocacy, “Queering Elementary Education,” teaching social justice to children of privilege, organizing against standardized testing, and many, many more.

Dozens of community organizations and publishers, including Rethinking Schools, 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.

See you in Portland on October 18th. Register now at www.nwtsj.org.

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference organizing committee
www.nwtsj.org

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

July 1 Deadline for NW Teaching Social Justice Conference Proposals

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
There are only a couple more days to get in your workshop proposals for this year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Madison High School in Portland.
 
Proposals will be accepted through July 1st.  
 
Please consider joining the community of educators and activists who will be sharing their knowledge with conference participants. 
 
As part of the online proposal process on the conference website, you'll fill out a form and upload a workshop outline similar to the example we've posted here.  Or just go to www.nwtsj.org, and click in the upper left: "Workshop Proposal Application." If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.  
 
As always, we are looking for a diversity of workshops: those that demonstrate social justice teaching approaches in different disciplines and at different grade levels, those that offer insights about the state of public education and strategies to preserve and improve it, those that deal with broad school policy concerns ... Check out past conference programs on our website to see examples. 
 
And in addition to proposing a workshop, you can also register for the conference anytime. 
 
Our keynote speaker this year will be Enid Lee. Enid is a brilliant anti-racist educator, who works with school districts across the United States and Canada. One of our all-time most popular Rethinking Schools articles is her interview, “Taking Multicultural, Antiracist Education Seriously,” which was featured in the first edition of Rethinking Our Classrooms, and has been widely anthologized. Enid’s keynote talks are funny, poignant, informative, and inspiring. You won’t be disappointed.  And numerous Rethinking Schools writers and editors will be leading workshop sessions, too.
 
Sponsoring organizations include Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Puget Sound  Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle and Portland), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine. 
 
If you've attended any of the past NWTSJ conferences, you know how inspiring and educational these are. Please make this next gathering even better.
 
See you in Portland.
 
Best, 
 
Bill Bigelow for Portland Area Rethinking Schools

www.nwtsj.org