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NW Teachers for Social Justice Conference Proposals


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends, 

Many of you attended last year's remarkable Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference in Portland. It was a joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking gathering — with about 1,100 educators from around the Northwest. Next fall, we’ll be back in Seattle, and anticipate another great event. We’ll be at Chief Sealth International High School, Saturday, October 17th. Details at www.nwtsj.org. Please mark your calendar.

We want to encourage you to think about submitting a workshop proposal for the conference. Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on the “Workshop Proposal Applications” tab at the top of the page. You will be able to submit information about your workshop through a form on our website. If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.

Our keynote speaker this year will be David Stovall. Stovall is an associate professor of Educational Policy Studies and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His academic work focuses on critical race theory, school-community relationships, youth culture and the relationship between housing and K-12 school systems. Stovall has been a popular speaker at teaching for social justice conferences around the country. He has a commitment to staying connected to schools and classrooms, and volunteers as a social studies teacher at the Lawndale Little Village School of Social Justice in Chicago. We’re delighted that David Stovall has agreed to join us next October.

Thanks for your important work.

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

P.S. Remember that Friday, May 8, is our book celebration party for Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Great Hall, 4 pm - 6 pm (program starts at 4:30). 1624 NE Hancock. v

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.