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July 1st deadline for NWTSJ Conference proposals


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The 9th Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference will be in Portland on Saturday October 29, 2016. (Note that this is a date change from our original plan of October 15th). We'll again be at Madison High School. Our keynote speaker this year is Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education.

The cut-off date for proposing a workshop is soon: July 1. So now is the time. Please go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left of the website.

Our conference aims to support educators in a range of contexts and content areas, some of which have historically tended to be better represented than others. In order to provide the most expansive selection of workshops this year, we especially invite proposals in the following fields: early childhood and elementary education, special education, STEM fields, the arts, and CTE subjects like health and PE. If you work in one of these areas, please do consider submitting a workshop proposal, and share our request for proposals with your networks. Of course, feel free to propose a workshop on any subject that you think would contribute to the conference.

At our website, you can also find past conference programs, sample workshops, videos of past keynotes -- David Stovall, Curtis Acosta, and Bob Peterson, as well as a "Transforming Teacher Unions" panel.

Please join this annual festival of inspiration, wisdom, and commitment to justice. October 29, 2016. Madison High School, Portland.

Thanks for your work to make the world a better place.

Sarah Heller McFarlane on behalf of the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference 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.