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Register for NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference!

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Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

This year's NWTSJ conference is fast approaching -- our 11th annual conference! We will be back in Portland at Madison High School, on Saturday October 20th. Register now at nwtsj.org. Just $35 ($10 for students), which includes lunch.

We are thrilled to have Winona LaDuke as this year's keynote speaker. LaDuke is an indefatigable activist, speaker, writer -- the executive director of Honor the Earth, an organization that raises awareness about Native environmental issues and develops resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Her NWTSJ keynote will be "Teaching Indigenous Rights: A Pathway to Social Justice."

This year's conference has more than 80 workshops. A sampling:

Nurturing Black Children: Black Mothers Speak About Raising and Teaching Black Lives in White Spaces
Teaching Labor History in a Time of Teacher Uprisings
K-12 Ethnic Studies: Where We Are Now and Where Should We Be Headed?
Little Kids, Big Ideas: Teaching Social Issues and Global Conflicts with Young Children
Using Math to Calculate Arguments About Climate Change
Being an Open (and Out) Ally for LGBTQ Students
Discussing Reproductive Justice in Health Education
Home Language as a Human Right: Welcoming Students' Languages into Our Classrooms

Do you need help finding housing in Portland for the conference? Do you have space in your house that you could share with someone from outside Portland? Contact our housing coordinator Ursula Wolfe-Rocca: ursulawolfe@gmail.com.

Please join us for this annual festival of ideas, inspiration, resources -- and justice.

Bill Bigelow
for the NWTSJ Conference Organizing Committee

P.S. Sponsors for the conference include Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, Portland Association of Teachers, Critical Educators Collective (Portland area), 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.