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NWTSJ Conference

NWTSJ Conference Proposal Deadline: July 1

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,
 
There are only a couple more days to get in your workshop proposals for this year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Madison High School in Portland.
 
Proposals will be accepted through July 1st.  
 
Please consider joining the community of educators and activists who will be sharing their knowledge with conference participants. 
 
As part of the online proposal process on the conference website, you'll fill out a form and upload a workshop outline similar to the example we've posted here.  Or just go to www.nwtsj.org, and click in the upper left: "Workshop Proposal Application." If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.  
 
As always, we are looking for a diversity of workshops: those that demonstrate social justice teaching approaches in different disciplines and at different grade levels, those that offer insights about the state of public education and strategies to preserve and improve it, those that deal with broad school policy concerns ... Check out past conference programs on our website to see examples. 
 
And in addition to proposing a workshop, you can also register for the conference anytime. 
 
Our keynote speaker this year will be Enid Lee. Enid is a brilliant anti-racist educator, who works with school districts across the United States and Canada. One of our all-time most popular Rethinking Schools articles is her interview, “Taking Multicultural, Antiracist Education Seriously,” which was featured in the first edition of Rethinking Our Classrooms, and has been widely anthologized. Enid’s keynote talks are funny, poignant, informative, and inspiring. You won’t be disappointed.  And numerous Rethinking Schools writers and editors will be leading workshop sessions, too.
 
Sponsoring organizations include Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Puget Sound  Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle and Portland), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine. 
 
As a participant in past NWTSJ conferences, you know how inspiring and educational these are. Please make this next gathering even better.
 
See you in Portland.
 
Best, 
 
Bill Bigelow for the NWTSJ Conference Planning Committee

www.nwtsj.org  

One more week to propose a NW Teaching Social Justice workshop

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,
 
There is only one more week to get in your workshop proposals for this year's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Madison High School in Portland. Please consider joining the community of educators and activists who will be sharing their knowledge with conference participants. 
 
As part of the online proposal process on the conference website, you'll fill out a form and upload a workshop outline similar to the example we've posted here.  If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.  
 
Proposals will be accepted through July 1st.  
 
As always, we are looking for a diversity of workshops: those that demonstrate social justice teaching approaches in different disciplines and at different grade levels, those that offer insights about the state of public education and strategies to preserve and improve it, those that deal with broad school policy concerns ... Check out past conference programs on our website to see examples. 
 
And in addition to proposing a workshop, you can also register for the conference anytime. 
 
Our keynote speaker this year will be Enid Lee. Enid is a brilliant anti-racist educator, who works with school districts across the United States and Canada. One of our all-time most popular Rethinking Schools articles is her interview, “Taking Multicultural, Antiracist Education Seriously,” which was featured in the first edition of Rethinking Our Classrooms, and has been widely anthologized. Enid’s keynote talks are funny, poignant, informative, and inspiring. You won’t be disappointed.  And numerous Rethinking Schools writers and editors will be leading workshop sessions, too.
 
Sponsoring organizations include Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Puget Sound  Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle and Portland), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine. 
 
If you've attended any of the past NWTSJ conferences, you know how inspiring and educational these are. Please make this next gathering even better.
See you in Portland.
 
Best, 
 
Bill Bigelow for the NWTSJ organizing committee

www.nwtsj.org 

2014 NW Teaching Social Justice Conf. workshop proposals

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

Remember that the deadline is coming up for submission of workshop proposals for the 2014 Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference -- which will be held in Portland at Madison High School on Saturday, October 18th. Deadline for proposals is July 1.  Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left. These conferences have gotten better and better over the years. Last year's conference at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle drew close to 900 people, and as always, was a festival of critical social justice teaching and activism. See our website for programs from past conferences.

Also, the conference includes a Resource Fair for community nonprofits and social justice organizations. If your organization would like to participate, click on "Resource Fair" at our website.
 
Please spread the word and join us in October at Madison High School.
 
Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

Workshops for NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

Now that the school year is winding down for many of us, it's a good time to consider writing up a proposal to offer a workshop at this year's NW Teaching for Social Justice conference -- which will be held Saturday, October 18th, at Madison High School in Portland. Check out the website, www.nwtsj.org, and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left.  Proposals will be accepted until July 1st.

 
We are looking for all kinds of workshops -- those that demonstrate social justice teaching approaches in different disciplines and at different grade levels, especially "underrepresented" areas like early childhood, special education, English Language Learners, and science education; those that offer insights about the state of public education and strategies to preserve and transform it -- test boycotts, teacher-parent partnerships, etc.; those that deal with issues that affect public education, like the school-to-prison pipeline or growing wealth inequality.
 
Recent workshops have included: Gender and Sexuality 101; The Cost of Stuff; Hidden Agender; Where Did All the Buffalo Go?; Teaching against Islamophobia; Trayvon Martin—Turning Tragedy into Critique; Revival of the Strike; Indigenous Peoples Confront the Climate Crisis; Slam Poetry—A Tool for Cross-cultural Collaboration; Supporting Undocumented American Youth in Uncertain Times; Talking about Skin Color with Young Children; and Scrap the MAP: How to Boycott a Standardized Test.
 
In addition to proposing a workshop, you can register for the conference at anytime: www.nwtsj.org.
Sponsoring organizations include: Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle and Portland), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.
 
As an attendee of at least one past Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, you know how inspiring these are. Please help us make this upcoming NWTSJ another successful gathering.
 
Bill Bigelow and Linda Christensen
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference organizing committee

Rethinking Schools Book Campaign: We're Almost There

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

 
Please help put Rethinking Schools over the top in its drive to raise $20,000 to publish the important new book, Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality. The Indiegogo campaign is just about to wrap up. As of Thursday afternoon, Rethinking Schools has raised more than $18,000 -- 91 percent toward the $20,000 goal. Anything you can contribute will help push the campaign over the top. But there are only have three more days. 
 
Here are more details from Rethinking Schools managing editor Jody Sokolower, one of the book's editors:
 
Our campaign to raise $20,000 to publish Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality has raised $18,000! Thanks to everyone who has joined the campaign. But now we are nearing the finish line, and we need that last $2,000.
 
Here are 5 great reasons (and 1 bonus reason!) to donate, donate again, and send our link to everyone you know:
 
1. LGBTQ teachers need support for coming out. Here’s an example of an article that will be part of Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality:
"My Teacher Is a Lesbian: Coming Out at School" 
 
2. LGBTQ students need support—period. For example:
“‘Aren't There Any Poor Gay People Besides Me?’ Teaching LGBTQ Issues in the Rural South"
 
3. We're not post-patriarchy. For example:
"The New Misogyny: What It Means for Teachers and Schools"
 
4. Gay marriage doesn't mean homophobia is history. For example:
"Standing Up for Tocarra" 
 
5. Who doesn't want to talk about sex at school? For example:
"Sex Talk on the Carpet: Incorporating Gender and Sexuality into 5th-Grade Curriculum"
 
And here’s the bonus reason: This book doesn't come with a standardized test!
 
Please check out the Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality website at Indiegogo and help us reach our goal. No time to waste! 
 
Thanks a million,
Jody Sokolower
managing editor, Rethinking Schools

NWTSJ Conference: Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Workshop Proposals

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends, 
 
As you know, last year's conference in Seattle was a joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking gathering -- with more than 800 educators from around the Northwest. Next fall, we'll be back in Portland, and anticipate another great event. We'll be at Madison High School, Saturday, October 18th. 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. This year you will be able to submit information about your workshop through a form on our website. As part of the online proposal process, you'll upload a workshop outline similar to the example we've posted here.  If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.
 
Our keynote speaker this year will be Enid Lee. Enid is a brilliant anti-racist educator, who works with school districts across the United States and Canada. One of our all-time most popular Rethinking Schools articles is her interview, “Taking Multicultural, Antiracist Education Seriously,” which was featured in the first edition of Rethinking Our Classrooms, and has been widely anthologized. Enid’s keynote talks are funny, poignant, informative, and inspiring. You won’t be disappointed.
 
Thanks for your important work.
 
Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

Curtis Acosta: "Teaching and Organizing for Justice" -- April 18

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

Those of you who saw either of Curtis Acosta's presentations at last October's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference know what a brilliant and inspiring speaker he is. Please join us, Friday, April 18:

What: A Conversation with Curtis Acosta, a key organizer of Tucson's successful (and now-banned) Mexican American Studies program: "Teaching and Organizing for Justice."
When: Friday April 18; 4 - 6 pm  (social, 4 to 4:30; program at 4:30)
Where: Madison High School, Portland (2735 NE 82nd)
More information and (free) registration: go.lclark.edu/graduate/justice

Join Rethinking Schools and the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College for this public talk with Curtis Acosta to learn more about the successful Mexican American Studies (MAS) program in Tucson, Arizona schools, and Acosta’s curriculum, stance, and strategies that changed Latina/o students’ lives and academic achievement.

Curtis Acosta has taught high school for nearly 20 years in Tucson, where he developed and taught Chicana/o Literature classes for the renowned Mexican American Studies program. An award-winning educator he has been featured in the documentaryPrecious Knowledge, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and his classes were subject of multiple profiles by CNN, PBS, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Acosta’s articles have appeared in multiple publications and he is the founder of the Acosta Latino Learning Partnership, an educational consultation firm. He is also a founding member of the Xican@ Institute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO), which supports the Xicana/o-Latina/o community through teacher preparation, social justice pedagogy, and community organizing.

Discussion will focus on how the MAS curriculum spoke to students previously failed by Tucson schools, and what we can learn for Portland-area schools.

Co-sponsored by the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark, and Rethinking Schools. Registration: go.lclark.edu/graduate/justice. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Social Justice Education Conference Saturday

Remember that this Saturday, Oct. 19, is the 6th Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference in Seattle. www.nwtsj.org. Chief Sealth International High School. Please join us for this inspiring festival of social justice education. Keynote speaker is the brilliant educator, Curtis Acosta, one of the key people behind Tucson's (excellent, but now-outlawed) Mexican American Studies program.

The conference features almost 60 workshops. See the full conference schedule at our website. Special musical guest, David Rovics: "Troubadour: Teaching People's History Through Music." Seattle teacher and Rethinking Schools editorial associate Jesse Hagopian anchors: "Scrap the MAP: How to Boycott a Standardized Test." Dozens of community organizations and publishers will display their wares -- including Rethinking Schools. 

 
For a full conference program and to register: www.nwtsj.org. Help with housing in Seattle is also at the website.
 
If you are traveling from Portland and need help carpooling, please send an email to Bill Bigelow at bill@rethinkingschools.org.

Please register soon for NW Social Justice Conference

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

 
The 6th annual NWTSJ conference is just over two weeks away. Almost 60 workshops on exemplary social justice teaching and critical issues in education. Early registration numbers are healthy and we're looking forward to another inspiring, idea-filled gathering. The Seattle-based conference planners have asked everyone to register by October 9th, if at all possible, as they need to get numbers to the people who are preparing lunch so that they can order the food. -- The conference is still just $30, and $5 for students, including those in teacher education programs. Register at www.nwtsj.org.
 
When: Saturday October 19th
Where: Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle (2600 SW Thistle St., Seattle)
Register: www.nwtsj.org
 
Remember, we now have the tentative program for the conference posted at the website.
 
And if you need help with housing in Seattle, please contact Dan Troccoli, dantroccoli@gmail.com, who is helping match folks who have room with those needing places to stay. 
 
See you in Seattle.
 
Bill Bigelow 
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee
 

Teaching Social Justice Conference/Register Now

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,
 
We've been putting together the agenda for this year's NWTSJ conference, and it looks great. Many highlights. Curtis Acosta a brilliant teacher in Tucson's now-outlawed Mexican American Studies program will be keynoting, and in a workshop session, Acosta will show parts of the important film, Precious Knowledge, and answer questions. We've just added a session by the acclaimed singer/songwriter David Rovics -- "Troubador: Teaching people's history through music." Seattle teacher and Rethinking Schools editorial associate Jesse Hagopian will lead a panel discussion: "Scrap the MAP: How to boycott a standardized test." And Jill Freidberg will lead a session on her popular film about education and resistance in Mexico, Un Granito de Arena. Register today at www.nwtsj.org. And like us on facebook.
 
When: Saturday, October 19
Where: Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle
Details: www.nwtsj.org
 
And there will be lots of workshops by Rethinking Schools editors and writers, including Linda Christensen, Wayne Au, Adam Sanchez, Özlem Sensoy and Beth Marshall (editors of Rethinking Popular Culture and Media), Tim Swinehart, Brian Gibbs, Katy Swalwell, Noah Zeichner, Katharine Johnson, and Katie Kissinger. Topics include science fiction and social justice, teaching against Islamophobia, using the Hunger Games to teach social class, talking about skin color with young children, rethinking mathematics, education and capitalism, and many, many more.
 
Dozens of community organizations and publishers will also be displaying their wares in a Resource Fair.
 
Join us for this inspirational and idea-packed event. Re-ignite your commitment to social justice teaching and quality education for all.
 
See you in Seattle.
 
Bill Bigelow 
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference organizing committee
 
P.S. The conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle and Portland), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, Oregon Save Our Schools, and Rethinking Schools magazine.