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July 1 NWTSJ workshop deadline/and Stan Karp in Portland

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
OK, it's too hot to go running. Too hot even to sit outside. Hmmm. What to do as temperatures inch toward 100 degrees? Here's an idea: Find a cool location, with wi-fi, click on www.nwtsj.org, look in the upper left corner under WORKSHOP APPLICATION PROPOSAL, and propose a workshop to share at this fall's 2013 Northweat Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Sat. Oct. 19, Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle. The last day for applications is this Monday, July 1. 
 
It's a bit of a trek to travel up to Seattle for this conference, but you won't regret it. This is a chance to remind ourselves about the hope we have for social justice education, the role that schools can play in young people's lives, and making the world a better place. 
 
There are lots of examples of past workshops at the website. This is a regional gathering, so we are hoping for a good Portland-area showing -- as has been the case at each of our previous five conferences. www.nwtsj.org.
 
And please add this to your calendar: Rethinking Schools editor Stan Karp will be back in Portland, speaking on "The Trouble with the Common Core," on Friday, Sept. 20, at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Great Hall, 1624 NE Hancock. Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement at the Graduate School of Education at Lewis and Clark College and Portland Area Rethinking Schools.
 
Best, 
 
Bill Bigelow for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

July 1 workshop deadline: NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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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. 19, at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle.
Please consider joining the community of educators and activists who will be sharing their knowledge with conference participants. If you attended this past year's conference at Madison High School, then you know how special these gatherings are. 
 
Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left. 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 at our website to see examples. 
 
And in addition to proposing a workshop, you can also register for the conference 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. 
 
Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conferences are inspiring and educational. Please consider proposing a workshop.
 
This year's keynoter is Curtis Acosta, one of the key teacher-leaders of the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson -- featured in the film Precious Knowledge. Acosta is a brilliant teacher -- witty and wise, and able to ground the curriculum in students' lives. And numerous Rethinking Schools writers and editors will be leading workshop sessions, too.
 
See you in Seattle.
 

NW Teaching 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 19th, at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle. As always, Portland Area Rethinking Schools is a co-sponsor. 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: Revival of the Strike; Gender and Sexuality 101; Unearthing the Voices Silenced by History; The Cost of Stuff; Hidden Agender; The Voices of Celilo Falls; Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill: Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life; Latinos in Action: How Service Can Create Positive Change; Coal, Climate, and the World; Transforming Teacher Unions; and Supporting Undocumented American Youth in Uncertain Times.
 
In addition to proposing a workshop, you can register for the conference at anytime: www.nwtsj.org.
 
In addition to Portland Area Rethinking Schools, sponsoring organizations include: 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 either of the two Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conferences here at Madison High School, you know how inspiring these are. Please help us make this upcoming NWTSJ another successful gathering.
 
Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

"The Schools Portland Students Deserve" -- June 9, 2 pm

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

 
Perhaps you saw the email that the Portland Public Schools school board sent out recently attacking the Portland Association of Teachers. The letter even criticized PAT's contact with the Chicago Teachers Union, one of the most innovative unions in the country, when it comes to defending the interests of children and communities. This is the most anti-union PPS school board in memory.
 
Portland Area Rethinking Schools is a co-sponsor of this event, this Sunday at 2pm at the PAT. Please try to make it, if you can. This is our chance to be a part of re-imagining teacher unions:
 
 
Bargaining to Lift Up Education:
The Schools Portland Students Deserve
 
WHEN: Sunday, June 9 at 2pm
WHERE: Portland Association of Teachers Hall, 345 NE 8th Ave.
 
Negotiations between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers have begun. The school district’s offer is the most regressive contract proposal in decades, perhaps ever. We think their proposal is more about union busting than it is about providing students a better education. In contrast, we believe that our proposal will help us achieve a quality education for all Portland students. Join PAT for a public forum to learn more about both contract proposals and discuss how we can achieve the schools our children deserve.
 
Sponsored by Portland Association of Teachers. Co-Sponsored by Jobs with Justice, Oregon Save Our Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools and Social Equality Educators
 

Free tickets to South Africa play

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
Please take advantage of this great offer:
 
FREE THEATRE TICKETS
 
Norm Diamond, joined by Alan Wieder, will lead the audience discussion after the matinee performance of Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! this Saturday, May 25th. Norm says: "This is a well-staged, well-acted presentation of a powerful play from apartheid S. Africa in 1989. The themes of cross-race friendship and seizing the possibilities for liberation within a controlling and controlled education system resonate with our own experiences today." This is the production that will tour five Portland-area high schools.
 
Profile Theatre is at 3434 SE Belmont. The performance begins at 2 pm. If you call (503) 242-0080 for reservations and tell them you're a teacher, the ticket will be free.

Teach Africa conference/Sat. May 18

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Dear PARS friends - Coming up this weekend, from the World Affairs Council:

Teach Africa

       “Africa Rising!”

A FREE Conference for K-12 Educators
Including Full Time College Students & YouthProgram Coordinators
 
Presented by the World Affairs Council of Oregon
Saturday, May 18, 2013  8:30 – 3:30
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway, Portland
 
Immerse yourself in the cultures of:
North, South, East, West & Central Africa
·         Hear about “Africa Rising” from Inspirational Speaker, Lou Radja from the DRC!
·         Expand your knowledge with experts on:
Trade, Economics and Geography
History, Health and the Environment
Education and the growing Film Industry
·         Experience:
Connecting Rap & African Music with the Obo Addy Legacy Project
The Energetic Dance of Southern Africa
Folktales of Mali and Art of Zimbabwe
Cooking the African Way
And Stories of Women and the Family 
·         Bring it home with:
School Africa Action Projects and
A Presentation on local immigration and refugee issues

Feast on food, fun and information:
·          A Delicious, Nutritious African lunch ($10) & Lively Entertainment
·         Mid-day African Action Fair and Marketplace

Receive Credit &Curricular Materials:
·         Curricular materials both free and for discounted purchase
·         Professional Development Credit for each attendee
·         Graduate Credit available through the PSU Black Studies Program

Many thanks to our supporters:
·         The Collins Foundation & Juan Young Trust
·         PSU’s Office of International Affairs
·         PSU’s Black Studies Program
 
This Conference is also open to the general public for a fee of $50. Deadline May 12th
Questions? Call or email Karen Ettinger, K-12 Director at 503-306-5270 or karen@worldoregon.org
 
 
Karen Ettinger
K-12 Education Director
 
 
World Affairs Council of Oregon
1200 SW Park Ave, FL 3, Portland, OR 97205
503.306.5270 | Cell 503.803.0439

Friday: Rethinking Schools event with Barbara Miner

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,
 
Here's a reminder for our upcoming TGIF event with former Rethinking Schools managing editor Barbara Miner. Come hear Barbara and talk with colleagues about issues that matter.
 
Fighting for the Soul of Public Education
 
A conversation with:
  
Barbara Miner
author of Lessons from the Heartland and former managing editor of Rethinking Schools magazine
 
Friday, May 10
4 pm social, 4:30 program (talk, discussion, and book signing)
 
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Fireside Room, 1624 NE Hancock (2 blocks north of Broadway)
[Printable flyer attached and linked HERE.]
 
Barbara Miner, the former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, weaves together the tumultuous struggles around public education with broader issues of jobs, housing, and race. Writing in the Progressive magazine, editor Matthew Rothschild calls Miner's book "a magnificent work."
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an iconic city in America's heartland, is ground zero in the "school choice" voucher movement. It is a nationwide symbol of the abandonment of public education, and Miner's Portland appearance is part of a national tour to "connect the dots, city by city" of school privatization.
 
How have parents, teachers and community activists across the country been resisting the corporate agenda?
 
What can Milwaukee and Portland learn from each other?
 
Join us!
 
Sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Save Our Schools, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.


Rethinking Schools TGIF: Talk by Barbara Miner

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Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

It's been a long year; let's get together.

We are delighted to present:


Fighting for the Soul of Public Education
 
A conversation with:
  
Barbara Miner
author of Lessons from the Heartland and former managing editor of Rethinking Schools magazine
 
Friday, May 10
4 pm social, 4:30 program (talk, discussion, and book signing)
 
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Fireside Room, 1624 NE Hancock (2 blocks north of Broadway)
[Printable flyer HERE.]
 
Barbara Miner, the former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, weaves together the tumultuous struggles around public education with broader issues of jobs, housing, and race. Writing in the Progressive magazine, editor Matthew Rothschild calls Miner's book "a magnificent work."
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an iconic city in America's heartland, is ground zero in the "school choice" voucher movement. It is a nationwide symbol of the abandonment of public education, and Miner's Portland appearance is part of a national tour to "connect the dots, city by city" of school privatization.
 
How have parents, teachers and community activists across the country been resisting the corporate agenda?
 
What can Milwaukee and Portland learn from each other?
 
Join us!
 
Sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Save Our Schools, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine

The Rebellion Against Testing

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Remember, Saturday, come hear Jesse Hagopian, one of the leaders of the standardized testing boycott at Seattle's Garfield High School -- along with Portland-area activists working on the testing issue.The rebellion is spreading across the country.

I hope you can make it.  Details below.

Bill Bigelow for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee 
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The Rebellion Against Testing
Saturday, March 16th at 4pm
Grant High School
2245 NE 36th Ave. Portland, OR 97212

Last month, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, voted unanimously to stop administering a widely used, yet highly unfair standardized test.They are now facing threats from the Seattle School District for refusing to give the test. Students and parents are joining the struggle in defense of their teachers and their right to a quality education and the movement is spreading throughout the country. In Portland, the PPS Student Union and the Portland Student Union launched a campaign last month to encourage students to "opt-out" of the state standardized tests. The outcome of these grassroots struggles will have an enormous impact on the future of resistance to high stakes testing and defense of public education around the country.

Join with other concerned teachers, parents, and activists for a town hall meeting featuring Jesse Hagopian, Garfield teacher and one of the main organizers of the Seattle boycott, and Alexia Garcia, member of the PPS and Portland Student Union.

Hosted by Grant Leadership. Co-sponsored by Oregon Save Our Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Portland Student Union, PPS Student Union, and Social Equality Educators 

The Rebellion Against Testing

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

 
You've read about the inspiring boycott of hurtful standardized testing by teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle. This Saturday, come hear Jesse Hagopian, one of the boycott leaders -- along with Portland-area activists working on the testing issue.
 
I hope you can make it.  Details below.
 
Bill Bigelow for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee
 
 
The Rebellion Against Testing
Saturday, March 16th at 4pm
Grant High School
2245 NE 36th Ave. Portland, OR 97212
 
Last month, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, voted unanimously to stop administering a widely used, yet highly unfair standardized test.They are now facing threats from the Seattle School District for refusing to give the test. Students and parents are joining the struggle in defense of their teachers and their right to a quality education and the movement is spreading throughout the country. In Portland, the PPS Student Union and the Portland Student Union launched a campaign last month to encourage students to "opt-out" of the state standardized tests. The outcome of these grassroots struggles will have an enormous impact on the future of resistance to high stakes testing and defense of public education around the country.
 
Join with other concerned teachers, parents, and activists for a town hall meeting featuring Jesse Hagopian, Garfield teacher and one of the main organizers of the Seattle boycott, and Alexia Garcia, member of the PPS and Portland Student Union.
 
Hosted by Grant Leadership. Co-sponsored by Oregon Save Our Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Portland Student Union, PPS Student Union, and Social Equality Educators