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Reclaiming Common Ground: A Cross-Border Conference for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon teachers


Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

Not to be missed: the upcoming "Reclaiming Common Ground: A Cross-Border Conference for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon teachers." This is a first of its kind conference. Please try to make it. Conference keynoters are Naomi Klein and Seth Klein.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
​At Sullivan Heights Secondary School
​6248 144 St., Surrey, BC. in Surrey, British Columbia.

Conference organizers write:

"Recent history in the US and Canada records multiple attacks on public education in many forms. Public education as a common space, the foundation of a democratic society, has lost ground over the past 10 years. It’s time to reclaim the space that’s been lost to the voices of hate, bigotry, and neoliberalism. It’s time for teachers to re-engage in their important role in the process of social transformation.

"We invite teachers and activists to examine and re-imagine the public school as common ground for the nurturing of the progressive democratic ideals of equity, inclusion and justice. We encourage participants to reflect on their students’ development as citizens capable of understanding issues of poverty, racism, homophobia, disabilities, and culture. Teachers are in a position to respond to these themes in the classroom in a way that upholds basic democratic ideals and principles.

"Teachers from British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington will come together to connect across borders in this first ever cross border social justice conference. Come! Bring your colleagues!"

A number of Rethinking Schools editors and writers will be offering workshops, along with other outstanding educators from around the region. We will have Rethinking Schools/Zinn Education Project tables there.

Please join us.

Bill Bigelow
Curriculum Editor
Rethinking Schools

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.