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NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Oct. 29

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Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Our next NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th, at Madison High School in Portland. Registration is open now at www.nwtsj.org.

If you have some extra room in your house that you'd be willing to make available to the social justice educators or students who may be traveling some distance to attend, please contact Laura Czarniecki -- lauraczarniecki@gmail.com -- who is coordinating housing.

This year's conference will be another festival of ideas and inspiration. We have more than 60 amazing workshops, including: "Social Justice Inquiry Projects in Early Childhood and Elementary," "Talking Back to the Legacy of Stereotypes of African American Women in Literature," "Slam! Finding Lost Voices," "Planning to Teach Math for Social Justice," "Teaching Environmental Justice Through Poetry," "Queering Elementary Education," "Youth Organizing for Ethnic Studies," "High Stakes Testing, Social Justice, and Resistance," "Social Justice Unionism: Transforming Educators' Unions," "Organizing Local Networks for Teachers of Color," "Restorative Justice in Schools," "Rethinking Lewis and Clark," "Teaching Social Justice in Communities of Privilege," "Decolonizing Science Education," and "Sex Education: Sex-Postitive and LGBTQ-Supportive."

The conference also features a Community Resource Fair, with dozens of community organizations.

Our keynote speaker is Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education.

The conference is still just $5 for students and $30 for others -- which includes lunch. Register now: www.nwtsj.org

Please join us and spread the word.

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

The NWTSJ Conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Portland Association of Teachers, and Rethinking Schools magazine.

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.