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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  

Teaching Social Justice Conf.: One more week to propose a workshop!

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
There is only one more week 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. 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.  If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.  
 
Proposals will be accepted through July 1st.  
 
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 

2014 NW Teaching Social Justice Conf. workshop proposals

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Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

Remember that the deadline is coming up for submission of workshop proposals for the 2014 Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference -- which will be held in Portland at Madison High School on Saturday, October 18th. Deadline for proposals is July 1.  Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left. These conferences have gotten better and better over the years. Last year's conference at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle drew close to 900 people, and as always, was a festival of critical social justice teaching and activism. See our website for programs from past conferences.

 
Also, the conference includes a Resource Fair for community nonprofits and social justice organizations. If your organization would like to participate, click on "Resource Fair" at our website.
 
Please spread the word and join us in October at Madison High School.
 
Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

Grace Lee Boggs Film/Chet Bowers on the Ecological Crisis

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Dear Friends,
 
Below is a selection of upcoming events and workshops that are open to members of the community, although educators and counselors will also find these offerings have specific relevance to their professions. Please share these events with your friends and colleagues.
 
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Sunday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.
 
Join us to watch the award-winning documentary about the life of Grace Lee Boggs. Grace Lee Boggs is a 98 year-old Chinese-American philosopher, writer, and activist. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights, and Black Power movements, Boggs challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively, and redefine revolution for our times. The documentary film screening will be followed by a dialogue focused on how the film informs educational change-work in Detroit, and its relationship to Portland, place-based education, and work for educational change across the state of Oregon. Free and open to the public. Learn more.
Photo by Michael Falco
 
 

Preparing Citizens for the 21st Century Challenges of the Digital Revolution and the Ecological Crisis
Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chet Bowers, Ph.D.
 
This workshop is relevant for those working in helping professions such as education and counseling as well as for community members interested in finding proactive solutions to the technological, cultural, and environmental dilemmas facing our society. Participants will leave with conceptual strategies aimed at addressing these issues by focusing on:
  • Understanding that technologies (including digital technologies) are not culturally neutral “tools”
  • How computer-mediated thinking hides the ways language carries forward misconceptions from the past
  • Understanding the importance of local knowledge and skills that contribute to mutual support (the inter-generational cultural commons)
  • How digital culture alters relationships and personal identities, and
  • The nature of ecological intelligence being exercised in grass roots community-centered movements that represent alternatives to the free market ideology driving the digital revolution
$50 by 6/26, $75 after, includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Learn more and register today.
 
 
 
 
 
The Center for Community Engagement offers classes, workshops, conferences and events for educators, counselors and therapists, writers and community members.
 
Graduate School of Education and Counseling
Center for Community Engagement
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland Oregon 97219 USA
503-768-6040
 
   
 

2014-2015 Planning to Change the World

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Dear Educators,
·         Looking for a plan book that resonates with your values?
·         Looking for a great gift for your social justice teacher allies?
·         Looking for a set of historical resources that center the points of view usually left out?
·         Looking for ideas and resources for social justice lessons?
·         Ever wanted to give your students inspirational quotes but have been to swamped to find them?
Well we have just what you're looking for...the 2014-2015 Planning to Change the World plan book. Get it now to start planning that classroom, community, or world revolution at a discount!
 
Planning to Change the World is a plan book for educators who believe their students can and will change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities. It has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book plus: 
·         Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events
·         References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates
·         Tips from social justice teachers across the country
·         Inspirational quotes and thought-provoking essential questions to share with students
…and much more!
 
Pages for Every Need
Planning To Change the World has pages designed for smart planning with teachers in mind.  The book includes a school-year-at-a-glance page, monthly pages for long-term planning, and weekly pages for all 12 months. But don't just take our word for it, check out these sample pages from the 2013-2014 edition:http://www.justiceplanbook.com/justice-plan-book/2013-2014-sample-pages
 
"I show this planner off to every educator and youth worker that I meet. I LOVE the resources in the back, the book's organization, the quotes. Everything!"
- Anna F., high school teacher
 
Special Offer for Early Orders!
Order by June 30  for the discounted price of $14 ($13 for bulk orders), plus shipping and handling (Retail bookstore price $18). Use promo code PLCHC14 at checkout.
 
Books will begin shipping in June.
 
All proceeds support NYCoRE, the Education for Liberation Network, and Rethinking Schools. Help us spread the word by forwarding widely!
 
Tara and Bree

NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Workshop Proposals

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends, 
 
Now that the school year is winding down for many of us, it's a good time to consider writing up a proposal to offer a workshop at this year's NW Teaching for Social Justice conference -- which will be held Saturday, October 18th, at Madison High School in Portland. Check out the website, www.nwtsj.org, and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left.  Proposals will be accepted until July 1st.
 
We are looking for all kinds of workshops -- those that demonstrate social justice teaching approaches in different disciplines and at different grade levels, especially "underrepresented" areas like early childhood, special education, English Language Learners, and science education; those that offer insights about the state of public education and strategies to preserve and transform it -- test boycotts, teacher-parent partnerships, etc.; those that deal with issues that affect public education, like the school-to-prison pipeline or growing wealth inequality.
 
Recent workshops have included: Gender and Sexuality 101; The Cost of Stuff; Hidden Agender; Where Did All the Buffalo Go?; Teaching against Islamophobia; Trayvon Martin—Turning Tragedy into Critique; Revival of the Strike; Indigenous Peoples Confront the Climate Crisis; Slam Poetry—A Tool for Cross-cultural Collaboration; Supporting Undocumented American Youth in Uncertain Times; Talking about Skin Color with Children; and Troubadour: Teaching People’s History Through Music.
 
In addition to proposing a workshop, you can register for the conference at anytime: www.nwtsj.org.
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 attended any of the past Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conferences, you know how inspiring these are. Please help us make this upcoming NWTSJ another successful gathering.
 
Bill Bigelow and Linda Christensen
for Portland Area Rethinking Schools

Propose a workshop for the 2014 NWTSJ conference!

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
First, my apologies if you are also getting this email from the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice list, but we have a lot of new PARS email recipients and we don't want to miss anyone. 
 
Our 2014 Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference will be October 18 here in Portland, at Madison High School. For those of you who made the trek to Seattle in 2013, you know that last year's conference was a joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking gathering -- with more than 800 educators from around the Northwest.  We anticipate another great event in Portland.  Details at www.nwtsj.org. Please mark your calendar.
 
We want to encourage you to think about submitting a workshop proposal for the conference. Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on the "Workshop Proposal Applications" tab at the top of the page. This year you will be able to submit information about your workshop through a form on our website. As part of the online proposal process, you'll upload a workshop outline similar to the example we've posted here.  If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.
 
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.
 
Thanks for your important work.
 
Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

From our friends at Rethinking Schools

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You won't want to miss the thought-provoking and inspiring stories in our spring issue, now available at our website. Our cover theme is "Queering Our Schools," and the articles in this section will be included in our new book

                                   
Our editorial takes up the question: How do we create classrooms and schools where each child, parent, and staff member's unique, beautiful self is appreciated and nurtured?
 
High school teacher Adam Grant Kelley was disturbed by the conflicts fueled by homophobia and racism at his school. In "500 Square Feet of Respect: Queering a Study of the Criminal Justice
 
System" he describes the curriculum he developed to build bridges as well as academic skills. 
 
Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality is filled with insightful articles like these on dozens of critical topics.
 
You can be a part of publishing this needed classroom resource: watch our short video, which tells the story of how this book got its start, meet the editors, and join our campaign to publishRethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality
  
 
Resisting Teach for America
 
Our spring issue also features a special section on Resisting Teach for America. "Organizing Resistance to Teach For America," by Kerry Kretchmar and Beth Sondel tells the story of former TFA members joining with parents, students, and veteran teachers to organize a people's assembly and nationalize efforts against TFA.
 
In "An Open Letter to New Teach For America Recruits," Chicago teacher Katie Osgood urges new TFA recruits to think twice before they sign up.
 
 
Articles in Spanish
 
Three articles in this issue also appear in Spanish:
And much, much more!
 
Thanks for your support,
 
Jody Sokolower
Managing editor and lead editor for

 

Curtis Acosta at Madison on Friday, April 18

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

 
A reminder: Curtis Acosta, a fabulous teacher from the (now outlawed) Mexican American Studies program in Tucson will be speaking at an Oregon Writing Project/Rethinking Schools forum this Friday, at the Madison High School library.
 
Registration is already full. If you signed up but cannot make it, please contact Pam Hooten at Lewis and Clark and let her know: phooten@lclark.edu.
 
 
 
What: A Conversation with Curtis Acosta, a key organizer of Tucson's successful (and now-banned) Mexican American Studies program: "Teaching and Organizing for Justice."
When: April 18; 4 - 6 pm  (social, 4 to 4:30; program at 4:30)
Where: Madison High School
More information and (free) registration: go.lclark.edu/graduate/justice
 
 
Join Rethinking Schools and the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College for this public talk with Curtis Acosta to learn more about the successful Mexican American Studies (MAS) program in Tucson, Arizona schools, and Acosta’s curriculum, stance, and strategies that changed Latina/o students’ lives and academic achievement.
 
Curtis Acosta has taught high school for nearly 20 years in Tucson, where he developed and taught Chicana/o Literature classes for the renowned Mexican American Studies program. An award-winning educator he has been featured in the documentaryPrecious Knowledge, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and his classes were subject of multiple profiles by CNN, PBS, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Acosta’s articles have appeared in multiple publications and he is the founder of the Acosta Latino Learning Partnership, an educational consultation firm. He is also a founding member of the Xican@ Institute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO), which supports the Xicana/o-Latina/o community through teacher preparation, social justice pedagogy, and community organizing.
 
Discussion will focus on how the MAS curriculum spoke to students previously failed by Tucson schools, and what we can learn for Portland-area schools.
 
Co-sponsored by the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark, and Rethinking Schools. Registration: go.lclark.edu/graduate/justice. This event is FREE and open to the public.