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NWTSJ Conference

Last weekend to propose a Social Justice workshop

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference friends,
 
Yes, on a beautiful weekend I should not be sending out notes urging people to work. On the other hand, this is the last weekend before the workshop proposal deadline for our 2013 conference. Deadline is this Monday, July 1 (we'll accept proposals until the end of the day). www.nwtsj.org.
 
Please consider submitting a proposal to lead a workshop at this extraordinary gathering of educators, parents, and activists. This year we'll be in Seattle at Chief Sealth International High School, Saturday, Oct. 19. A festival of hope, solidarity, and learning.
 
Click on WORKSHOP PROPOSAL APPLICATION at the top left of our website: www.nwtsj.org. And you can pre-register at the website, too. 
 
The conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (in Seattle and Portland), Oregon Save Our Schools, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.
 
Best wishes,
 
Bill Bigelow, for the NWTSJ conference planning committee

One week to propose a Social Justice conference 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. 19, at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle. Please consider joining the community of educators and activists who will be sharing their knowledge with conference participants. 
 
Go to www.nwtsj.org and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left. 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 at our website to see examples. 
 
And in addition to proposing a workshop, you can also register for the conference 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. 
 
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.
 
This year's keynoter is Curtis Acosta, one of the key teacher-leaders of the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson -- featured in the film Precious Knowledge. Acosta is a brilliant teacher -- witty and wise, and able to ground the curriculum in students' lives. And numerous Rethinking Schools writers and editors will be leading workshop sessions, too.
 
See you in Seattle.

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 19th, at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle. Check out our website, www.nwtsj.org, and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the upper left. We will accept proposals 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: Revival of the Strike; Gender and Sexuality 101; Unearthing the Voices Silenced by History; The Cost of Stuff; Hidden Agender; The Voices of Celilo Falls; Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill: Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life; Latinos in Action: How Service Can Create Positive Change; Coal, Climate, and the World; Transforming Teacher Unions; and Supporting Undocumented American Youth in Uncertain Times.
 
In addition to proposing a workshop, you can register for the conference at anytime: www.nwtsj.org.
 
Our sponsoring organizations: Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators (Seattle and Portland), the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.
 
Thanks for your help in making the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference the vital and inspirational institution that it has become.

NW Teaching for Social Justice conference, and Portland event

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,
 
A reminder: We are accepting workshop proposals for our 2013 Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference, which will be held October 19th at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle. Go to www.nwtsj.org, and click on "Workshop Proposal Application" in the top left bar. You can also register for the conference at the site, see a video of Bob Peterson's 2012 keynote and the panel on "Transforming Teacher Unions." Please help us spread the word about this inspiring event.
 
And for those of you in the Portland area, please join us this Friday, May 10th for "Fighting for the Soul of Public Education," a talk by former Rethinking Schools managing editor Barbara Miner on her new book, Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City
 
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church; Fireside Room; 1624 NE Hancock, Portland (2 blocks north of Broadway)
When: Friday, May 10; 4 pm social; 4:30 program.
 
How have parents, teachers, and community activists across the country been resisting the corporate agenda? What can Milwaukee and Portland learn from each other? More details at www.portlandrethinkingschools.org.
 
Sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Save Our Schools, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, and Rethinking Schools magazine.
 
Best,
 
Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference organizing committee

Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Workshop Proposals

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

As you know, last year's conference in Portland was a joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking gathering -- with more than 750 educators from around the Northwest. Next fall, we'll be back in Seattle, and anticipate another great event. We'll be at Chief Sealth International High School, Saturday, October 19th. Details at 
www.nwtsj.org. Please mark your calendar.

 
Our keynote speaker will be Curtis Acosta, one of the Mexican American Studies teachers featured in the remarkable film Precious Knowledge.  Acosta is a brilliant teacher— funny, warm, knowledgeable—and one of the leaders of the struggle to preserve the important Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, Arizona.  
 
I'm writing 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 linked HERE. If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org.
 
Thanks for your important work.
 
Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference planning committee

NW Social Justice Conference Program Now Available

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

Good news! The program for the 2012 Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference is now posted at our website: www.nwtsj.org. Take a look at the diverse and fabulous workshops. You'll want to study this carefully prior to the conference, as sign-up for workshops takes place first thing in the morning, before festivities begin, and many sessions will fill up quickly. So review carefully, pick some favorites, and arrive early on October 20. --  Frankly, it's an inspiration simply reading through the conference workshops and getting a glimpse of some of the remarkable social justice education work going on in the Northwest.

Madison High School
Portland, Ore.Saturday, October 20
8 am (check-in and workshop sign-up) to 4:30 pm

If you plan to attend the conference, it would help us greatly if you could register soon. We're trying to answer some essential questions, at the moment. Like how much coffee should we plan to make and how many bagels and pastries will we need to round up to welcome everyone?  Registration: www.nwtsj.org

Coming from out of town? Would you like help with housing in Portland? Laura Czarniecki is our housing coordinator. Laura has been working to match people who need places to stay during the conference with people here who have extra room they're willing to share. Contact Laura at: czarnakins@yahoo.com.

See you on the 20th. 

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference planning committee

Register Now: NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

Dear Northwest Teaching for Social Justice friends,

We're less than a month away from the 5th Annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference at Madison High School in Portland. If you've not yet registered, please register now - www.nwtsj.org.

We're offering an outstanding and diverse collection of workshops, with sessions on Teaching the Financial Meltdown, Gender and Sexuality 101, Supporting Undocumented Youth, The Hidden Story of Japanese Latin American Internment, World Water Week, Facing Cancer: Social Justice in the Biology Classroom, Racial Microagressions in Everyday Life, Teaching Young Students about the Civil Rights Movement, Understanding the Middle East Through Children's Literature, Act Out--A Mini Theatre Forum on Bullying ... More than 60 workshops in all.

Just added: an afternoon panel on "Transforming Teacher Unions: How Can Unions Be a Force for Social Justice?" featuring our keynote speaker, Bob Peterson, president of the teachers union in Milwaukee, Wisc.; Gwen Sullivan, president of the Portland Association of Teachers; Emily Crum, co-chair of the external organizing committee of the Reynolds Education Association during the recent strike; Jesse Hagopian, a founder of Social Equality Educators in Seattle; and chaired by Adam Sanchez, of Social Equality Educators in Portland.

Please join with educators, parents, and activists throughout the Northwest for this annual celebration of social justice education. Register today at www.nwtsj.org.

Bill Bigelow
for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference organizing committee

Register Now! NW Teaching for Social Justice conference

Dear friend of the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference,

As you probably know, our 2012 NWTSJ conference is back in Portland this year, at Madison High School -- Saturday, October 20th. Registration is open at our revamped website: www.nwtsj.org.

Our keynote speaker this year is Bob Peterson. Bob is a founding editor of Rethinking Schools magazine, and co-editor of numerous Rethinking Schools books, including Rethinking Elementary Education, Rethinking Mathematics, Rethinking Globalization, Rethinking Columbus, and Transforming Teacher Unions. He is also a founder of La Escuela Fratney, a two-way bilingual elementary school in Milwaukee, Wisc. Bob is currently the elected president of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association.

As in years past, we'll be offering more than 60 outstanding workshops from educators around the Northwest. Some of this year's workshops include:

-- Performance Slam Poetry: A tool for cross-cultural communication
-- Hidden Agender: Improving gender equity in your classroom
-- Education and Capitalism: Struggles for learning and liberation
-- Supporting Undocumented American Youth in Uncertain Times
-- Talking Back to Statistics: Mathematics as a tool for inquiry into the issue of gun violence
-- Understanding the Middle East Through Children's Literature
-- Scandalous! Examining scandals as student empowerment and unit focus
-- Social Justice Unionism
-- Empowering Students Through Action Research & Storytelling to Transform School Culture

And many, many more.

The conference also features a resource fair with exhibitors from community groups, social justice organizations, and non-profit publishers.

The NWTSJ conference is sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools, Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Olympia Educators for Social Justice, Social Equality Educators (Portland and Seattle), and Rethinking Schools magazine.

Spread the word and plan to join us Saturday, October 20th at Madison High School in Portland. www.nwtsj.org. Those of you who have attended one of our conferences know what an inspirational and idea-packed event this is. Don't miss it.

Bill Bigelow
for the NWTSJ conference planning committee