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FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please consider attending the (free) 2016 Global Classroom Educators Conference, on Saturday, January 30, at Concordia University in Portland. Details below. Presenters include Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, editors of the Rethinking Schools book, "A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis." Bigelow and Swinehart's workshop is "The Human Faces of Global Warming: Stories of Climate Refugees." Rethinking Schools resources will also be available for sale.

FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home

2016 Global Classroom Educators Conference
The World Affairs Council of Oregon invites you to attend:
"FINDING PLACE: The Human Face of Migration, Displacement and the Search for Home"
A FREE Conference for K-12 Educators, Youth Program Leaders, and the Community

Saturday, January 30, 2016
9am to 4pm
Concordia University, Portland, Oregon

“Finding Place” is a day-long educational experience for the community and a professional development opportunity for educators that will explore both global and local perspectives and reveal the human stories of families on the move.
Educators will leave with teaching tools that address the political, social, cultural, and economic issues that impact new arrivals in both school settings and the community at large.
Community participants will leave with content knowledge and a deeper understanding of what it means to be displaced.
Highlights of the Day include
Morning panel discussions about on-the-ground rescue efforts, border issues, discrimination backlash, and the award-winning efforts of a local school district where over 70 languages are spoken.
Lunch hour networking opportunities and an introduction to local organizations working with and advocating for newly arrived families.
Afternoon breakout sessions for attendees with opportunities to learn about cultural backgrounds, hear the voices of youth, participate in relevant simulations, and gather grade level curriculum ideas.
End of day reception for participants to share ideas and connect personally with presenters and community resources.
Educators Earn 7.5 Professional Development Units and receive a Finding Place Virtual Resource Package developed by the World Affairs Council.
Co-Sponsored by Concordia University, Department of International Studies
Attendance to the conference is FREE! A delicious catered, box lunch is available for purchase and can be ordered at the time of registration. Ordering or bringing lunch is highly recommended in the interest of time and due to the lack of alternative eating establishments nearby.

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.