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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.