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Back-to-school discount for Rethinking Schools magazine subscriptions and books

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To friends of Portland Area Rethinking Schools....

Dear friend of Rethinking Schools,

The first day of school is almost upon us!

Start your preparations with Rethinking Schools by taking advantage of our 20% back-to-school discount on our books and magazine subscriptions. Use code SchoolH13 when you order at our website or call toll free 1-800-669-4192.

Here are a few recommendations, but be sure to check out our entire collection:

New from Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Mathematics, 2nd Edition
We revised and expanded this classic text for teaching social justice mathematics. The book includes 50 articles that will help you weave social justice principles throughout your math curriculum. When you use the teaching ideas and lessons in this book, your students will come to understand, like Freida, a 9th grade student in Chicago, that "you could use math to defend your rights and realize the injustices around you... sort of like a pass you could use to try to make the world a better place."

Teaching About the Wars
Break the silence in your classroom about U.S. military engagement in the Middle East. This collection contains the best writing from Rethinking Schools on war and peace in the 21st century. The U.S. has been at war the entire time your students have been in school. Help them understand the context, think critically about U.S. foreign policy, and explore alternative approaches to solving problems internationally.

Bonus: Listen to an interview with editor Jody Sokolower about why it's important we continue to discuss and teach about war.

Award Winners

Rethinking Elementary Education
This outstanding collection of our best writing on elementary school learning won a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). See for yourself why Rethinking Elementary Education has become an instant classic and an indispensable resource for social justice elementary educators.

Rethinking Popular Culture and Media
This collection of outstanding articles examines how and what popular toys, books, films, music and other media "teach." The book earned us a Skipping Stones Honor Award in 2012. Pick up a copy for practical teaching strategies and strong critiques by elementary and secondary public school teachers, scholars, and activists.

Other award winners in our collection include:

 

On the Activist Front

Pencils Down: Rethinking High-Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools
The resistance to high-stakes testing continues to grow and spread across the country, thanks to efforts by teachers, students, and parents in Seattle, Chicago, and New York City, where unions and activists are organizing opt-out campaigns. Pencils Down is the perfect handbook for your activist efforts. Through thoughtful and emotional essays, the book exposes the damage standardized testing wreaks on our schools, reports on the resistance movement, and offers visionary forms of assessment that are more democratic, fair, and accurate.

Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers
Weekly planning pages are packed with important social justice dates and historical events, tips from social justice teachers, inspirational quotes, thought-provoking questions, and reproducible social justice awards for students. Published by the New York Collective of Radical Educators and the Education for Liberation Network.

The Classics

Linda Christensen Book Set
Linda Christensen's books Teaching for Joy and Justice and Reading, Writing, and Rising Up are must-have resources. Christensen shows how she draws on students' lives and the world to teach poetry, essays, narratives, and critical literacy skills. And she gives you the tools to do the same with lesson plans, handouts, and student writing samples.

Rethinking Our Classrooms Two-Volume Set
This set continues to be a classic for teachers committed to social justice and high quality student learning. The essays and curriculum strategies focus on science and environmental education, immigration and language, military recruitment, early childhood education, teaching about the world through mathematics, and gay and lesbian issues. A great resource for new and veteran teachers.

Rethinking Columbus
Rethinking Columbus—now in its second edition—is our all-time biggest seller. No wonder. You will find numerous ways to use the Columbus-discovers-America myth to teach a more multicultural, more honest history to your students. Start the year off by helping students rethink the world.

Check out the rest of our diverse collection of books here. And consider a subscription to Rethinking Schools magazine, which provides a regular dose of inspiration and tools to help you make the most out of the 2013-14 school year.

Subscribe today with our back to school 20% discount. Use code SchoolH13 when ordering at our website or toll-free at 1-800-669-4192.

Have a great school year!

Kris Collett
Rethinking Schools

P.S. This offer ends on Labor Day, September 2, 2013. Act now to get one of the best discounts of the year.

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The War Against Apartheid/Broadway Books/Tuesday

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

 
Alan Wieder -- friend of Rethinking Schools, former education professor, and author -- has a new book out: Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid. Details below. Nobel-prize winner Nadine Gordimer wrote the foreword. -- I've heard from many teachers who intend on teaching about South Africa this year. The story that Alan tells in the book would make valuable background. 
 
Where: Broadway Books
When: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7 pm
 
<<Alan Wieder will talk about his new book, Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid, on August 20 -- 7pm at Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St  Portland, OR 97232.  First and Slovo were arguably two of the principal leaders of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.  Ruth First was a journalist, academic, and activist who was a lifelong member of the South African Communist Party. Joe Slovo was a lawyer, head of special operations in the underground army that fought the government, and finally Minister of Housing in Nelson Mandela's cabinet.  Both gave their life to the struggle -- Ruth literally as she was assassinated by agents of the apartheid regime. >>
 
For more information on the book:  http://monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb3560/
 
And please put it on your calendar: Friday Sept. 20, 4-6 pm. Stan Karp: "The Trouble with Common Core" -- Great Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church.  http://www.lclark.edu/live/events/18495-the-trouble-with-common-core
 
And registration is now open for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference: Sat. Oct. 19. Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle: www.nwtsj.org.
 
Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

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