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Teaching for Social Justice conference Oct. 2 / Workshops Posted


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

The 3rd Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference is just about a week a way: Oct. 2, at Portland's Madison High School. Descriptions of all the workshop sessions were just posted at our website, www.nwtsj.org, so you can click on "2010 Program" and see the spectacular line-up. Over 60 workshops. Keynote speaker is the renowned educator and writer, Sonia Nieto. Dozens of social and environmental justice groups will be displaying -- and in some cases, selling -- their materials in our Resource Fair, which will feature a full display of Rethinking Schools books and magazines.

And on top of all that we have great coffee and tea (donated by Equal Exchange), and food. (To keep the conference as green as possible, please bring your own water bottle or coffee mug.)

This is our chance to find community, inspiration, and courage to create the kind of schools and classrooms that our students -- and the world -- need.

Please sign-up for the conference at www.nwtsj.org. Just $30, and $5 for students, which includes lunch.

The keynote begins at 9 am, but workshop sign-ups will be between 8 and 9, and workshop sizes will be limited, so arrive early.

And please pass the word around. You can download a flyer at http://www.portlandrethinkingschools.org/files/u1/NWTSJflyer4PDF.pdf


Bill Bigelow
for the Portland planning committee for the NWTSJ conference

P.S. This Monday, Sept. 27, Norm Diamond will interview Portland teachers Julie O'Neill and Tim Swinehart on their involvement in the conference, and also our keynoter, Sonia Nieto. 9 am, The Old Mole Variety Hour. And if you can't listen at 9, check it out at the KBOO.fm website.

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.