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TEACHERS! JOIN US FOR A NEW WORKSHOP ON THE COLOR OF LAW

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“Rothstein is brilliant and has the kind of fine understanding of the machinery of government policy as it relates to housing that I deeply envy.”
— Ta-Nehisi Coates

TEACHERS! JOIN US FOR A NEW WORKSHOP ON THE COLOR OF LAW

Portland area teachers, Oregon Writing Project coaches, and members of the Rethinking Schools and Zinn Education project team have been hard at work on curriculum based on Richard Rothstein’s 2017 book, The Color of Law. You are invited to help us workshop this new curriculum, learn more about the history of housing discrimination and leave with ideas and resources to bring back to your classroom.

The Color of Law documents how U.S. cities from San Francisco to Boston became so racially divided, as federal, state, and local governments imposed residential segregation through a variety of policies. Those policies concentrated disadvantage in Black neighborhoods while subsidizing wealth accumulation in white neighborhoods.

This workshop is designed in the Oregon Writing Project style: Facilitators will present a work-in-progress lesson and attendees will participate as students in the workshop. After the lesson, we will discuss and think about what we can take back to our classrooms.

WHAT: A curriculum workshop on the history of housing discrimination. We will provide plenty of drinks, yummy snacks, and, most of all, lots of food for the mind.

WHEN: December 13th, 4:30-6:30

WHERE: Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th, Portland, Oregon 97232

WHO: Chris Buehler, Angela DiPasquale, Alex Stegner, and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca will lead the workshop.

RSVP
Please let us know that you are coming by registering here: https://goo.gl/forms/yuzBD6n4P0lbTQ3h1

Check out the NW Teaching for Social Justice program!

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Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

We have now posted online the program for our upcoming Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Saturday, October 20th, Madison High School, Portland. Check out the amazing selection of workshops and presentations. Go to www.nwtsj.org and look under the "Current Program" tab.

And if you have not yet registered, please register at our site. The conference is $35, which includes lunch; and $10 for students, including people in teacher education programs. -- Please register soon, as we need a count for the number of lunches, and it's possible that we will have to cut off registrations this year.

Our keynote speaker is the remarkable writer and activist Winona LaDuke, who lives on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the executive director of Honor the Earth.

A few of the more-than 80 workshops include:

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

Please join us for this yearly festival of social justice, imagination, and resources. Register at www.nwtsj.org

Are you coming to Portland from out of town? Need help with housing? Are you in Portland and have an extra room you could offer to someone traveling to the conference? Contact our housing coordinator, Ursula Wolfe-Rocca: ursulawolfe@gmail.com.

Thanks for all your important work.

Warmly, Bill Bigelow, for the NWTSJ organizing committee

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.

Event Monday- Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike with Nicole McCormick

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Portland Rising and the Portland Association of Teachers present
Nicole McCormick
West Virginia teacher and organizer
Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

7-8:30 PM
Monday, July 23rd
@ Portland Association of Teachers office, 345 NE 8th Ave

When teachers and other education workers went on strike in West Virginia, they shut down every public school in the state. Thousands of workers and supportive parents protested at the state capital. Nine school days later, they declared victory. Their commitment and solidarity won a significant raise for all public sector workers, forced withdrawal of bills that would have expanded charter schools and eliminated teacher seniority, and a government promise to convene a task force to find ways to reign-in rising worker health care costs. Their victory inspired teacher strikes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona.

· What challenges did teachers face in West Virginia?
· How did they succeed in building worker unity and a state-wide strike?
· How did they succeed in building wide-spread popular support?

Nicole will talk about how the strike was organized and won, and lessons to be learned.
Nicole McCormack is a middle school teacher, key leader in the state-wide WV strike, and
President – Elect of the Mercer County Education Association.

Donations will be requested; No one will be turned away.

Portland Rising is a committee of Jobs with Justice www.jwjpdx.org

Propose a Workshop for NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference

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Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

Now that school is over, it's time to get serious about proposing a workshop for this fall's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference, to be held Saturday, October 20th, at Portland's Madison High School. The conference is a grassroots effort and we depend on educators in Portland and throughout the Northwest to share their insights about imaginative, social justice teaching.

Please consider submitting a workshop proposal for the conference. Go to www.nwtsj.org and look in the “Workshops” column. If you encounter problems or have questions, write rfp@nwtsj.org. Examples of past workshops are also available at our website.

We are thrilled that our keynote speaker will be Winona LaDuke, longtime activist, writer, and executive director of Honor the Earth. LaDuke lives at the Ojibwe White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. She was featured in the new full-length documentary, First Daughter and the Black Snake.

As you know, last year's conference in Seattle was a joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking gathering -- with about 1,350 educators from around the Northwest. Please consider contributing to conference by submitting a workshop proposal.

Thanks for your important work.

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

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

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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.
http://crossborderconference.weebly.com/

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

Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner at Madison High School, Thursday -- Climate Change and Our Classrooms

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Dear Portland Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee and Rethinking Schools this Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Madison High School Library (4 pm to 6 pm) for an afternoon with Marshall Islands performance poet and activist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner: "From the Frontlines of Climate Change to Our Classrooms."

Kathy has performed around the world -- including at the opening of the UN climate talks in 2014. It's a rare treat to have her perform for educators in Portland.

Resolution #5272, passed unanimously by the PPS school board in 2016, says that "All Portland Public Schools students should develop confidence and passion when it comes to making a positive difference in society, and come to see themselves as activists and leaders for social and environmental justice -- especially through seeing the diversity of people around the world who are fighting the root causes of climate change."

Come and listen to Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and talk about how we can implement this resolution in our schools and classrooms.

The facebook page for this event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/153441031974640/

Bill Bigelow, for the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee and Rethinking Schools

Jim Wallace, 1929 - 2017 / Memorial Service, Sunday, December 3

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Friends of Portland Rethinking Schools,

Some of us on this email listserv knew Jim well, some may have known him as an acquaintance, and many not at all. His passing is a chance to recognize the important part he played in helping establish and build the community of progressive teachers, other educators, and community members that we see around us today. 


First as director of the Reed MAT program in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and later in the Lewis and Clark Education Department, Jim attracted, supported and inspired others dedicated to the democratizing potential of public education. From early days as a Quaker service volunteer, public school teacher and counselor, Jim had a steadfast commitment to the public good, to social justice and public schools.

In Portland, hundreds of us have had the direct benefit, and example, of Jim’s teaching: skilled, humane, engaging, respectful, and in the service of a powerful social vision. He also leaves a more personal legacy: his dedication to family and friends, his decency, his loving and generous nature, his intelligence, his sense of humor and enthusiastic love of making music.

A memorial service will be held at Lewis & Clark College from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Smith Hall (formerly known as "Albany"). 
Jim's obituary in the Oregonian is HERE. You can view and contribute to a guest book there. 

An RSVP would be helpful for the planners, but please don’t let not RSVPing keep you away. RSVP to <shermand@teleport.com>.
 
Doug Sherman (Reed MAT 1971)

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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.