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Check out the NW Teaching for Social Justice program!

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Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

We have now posted online the program for our upcoming Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Saturday, October 20th, Madison High School, Portland. Check out the amazing selection of workshops and presentations. Go to www.nwtsj.org and look under the "Current Program" tab.

And if you have not yet registered, please register at our site. The conference is $35, which includes lunch; and $10 for students, including people in teacher education programs. -- Please register soon, as we need a count for the number of lunches, and it's possible that we will have to cut off registrations this year.

Our keynote speaker is the remarkable writer and activist Winona LaDuke, who lives on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the executive director of Honor the Earth.

A few of the more-than 80 workshops include:

Nurturing Black Children: Black Mothers Speak About Raising and Teaching Black Lives in White Spaces
Teaching Labor History in a Time of Teacher Uprisings
K-12 Ethnic Studies: Where We Are Now and Where Should We Be Headed?
Little Kids, Big Ideas: Teaching Social Issues and Global Conflicts with Young Children
Using Math to Calculate Arguments About Climate Change
Being an Open (and Out) Ally for LGBTQ Students
Discussing Reproductive Justice in Health Education
Home Language as a Human Right: Welcoming Students' Languages into Our Classrooms

Please join us for this yearly festival of social justice, imagination, and resources. Register at www.nwtsj.org

Are you coming to Portland from out of town? Need help with housing? Are you in Portland and have an extra room you could offer to someone traveling to the conference? Contact our housing coordinator, Ursula Wolfe-Rocca: ursulawolfe@gmail.com.

Thanks for all your important work.

Warmly, Bill Bigelow, for the NWTSJ organizing committee

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.