T4SJ Conference: Oct 6, 2012

I’m very much looking forward to the Teachers 4 Social Justice (T4SJ) conference coming up on October 6 at Mission High School in San Francisco. I will be driving up with classmates from Antioch University’s Masters in Education, Leadership and Change program, which I am due to complete in December. One of the great things T4SJ does (beyond this yearly conference) is host “study groups” for educators working to improve their critical pedagogy and social justice practice using the benefits of a supportive professional learning community. There is a similar group here in Los Angeles, started by teachers at Wildwood School, which gets together every few months as a book club. We at Antioch hope to host a program similar to that of T4SJ, and will be meeting with their organizers to learn from them while we are up there. Conference registration is open and it is FREE! Sign up and join us!

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Teaching Toward Justice: A Weekend of Building Solidarity and Strengthening a Movement

Each year hundreds of educators both locally and nationally gather to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community.
Events surrounding the Teaching for Social Justice annual educator’s conference on Oct 6 in San Francisco, CA

FRIDAY

Tough Times, Resistance and Real Talk: Into the Political Economy of Race, Place & School with David Stovall
Friday Oct 5, 7:30pm at I-SEEED (Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design), 1625 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612
David Stovall, Ph.D.  is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  His scholarship investigates four areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of social justice.
Sponsors: Urban Education & Social Justice (UESJ) at the University of San Francisco (USF), Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational & Environmental Design (ISEEED), International and Multicultural Education (IME) at USF, Mills College Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships, Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), the Association of Raza Educators (ARE), Teachers 4 Social Justice (T4SJ), & the People’s Education Movement
This event is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted for the Raza Defense Fund

SATURDAY

Teaching for Social Justice: Acts of Courage and Resistance
Mission High School, 9am-5pm, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Register at: http://www.t4sj.org
Each year hundreds of educators both locally and nationally gather to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community.  We are excited to celebrate 12 years of building grassroots, peer-led professional development opportunities!
Join us for… WORKSHOPS, RESOURCE FAIR, SPEAKERS, CHILDCARE & COMMUNITY BUILDING
Keynote Speaker: Sean Arce, former director of Tuscon Unified’s Mexican-American Studies Program and Dr. Sonia Nieto, author of The Light In Their Eyes, Creating Multicultural Learning Communities.

SATURDAY EVENING

Precious Knowledge: film on the struggle for Ethnic Studies in Arizona, with Sean Arce and Curtis Acosta as special guests
Saturday, October 6th, 2012 7pm-9pm
Presentation Theater, Education Building, University of San Francisco
2350 Turk Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
Sponsored by the Urban Ed and Social Justice Cohort at University of San Francisco
Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Meanwhile Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department have data showing that almost 93% of their students, on average, graduate from high school and 82% attend college.
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE, the movie, illustrates an epic civil rights battle as brave students and teachers battle with lawmakers and public opinion in an effort to keep their classes alive.

SUNDAY

 Ethnic Studies People’s Movement Assembly
Sunday, October 7th, 2012 9:30am-12:30pm
SF Community School – 125 Excelsior Street, San Francisco, CA 94112
It is time for action! As recent events in Tucson have proven, the struggle for Ethnic Studies is alive throughout the nation. This assembly will be a collaborative and democratic process that will be used to create a plan of action, culminating in a national assembly at Free Minds, Free People 2013. It is time to develop a regional and national strategy for K-12 Ethnic Studies nationwide together. All levels of experience and expertise are welcome!

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