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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.

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.