Obama's In, What's Next?

December 13, 2008 0 comments

Join Teachers for Social Justice in a discussion about Obama's election and the people's agenda.

Saturday December 13
5-7 PM
Decima Musa
1901 S. Loomis

Economic Crisis
Foreign Policy

What is the agenda we want?
How do we help make it happen?

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TSJ Collage

November 15, 2008 0 comments

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Chicago Local School Council (LSC) Summit

August 23, 2008

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Curriculum: Transforming the Alphabet Letters into Animals and Creatures

July 5, 2008 0 comments

Students will be introduced to the artist Shahzia Sikander’s work. Shahzia is a Pakistani artist, who lives in New York and works with miniature paintings and installations. She explores Islamic and Arabic calligraphy and miniature paintings. In some of her earlier work, she used the Arabic alphabet in her paintings. The Arabic calligraphy and alphabet letters flow and transform from letter to horses. She sees movement in the letters and emphasis their beautiful movement by layering the letters with images of running horses.

Curriculum Writer: Maryam G.
Level: K-12
Area: Visual Art
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Reccommended Reading on School Closings

April 22, 2008

STUDENTS AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE? (A preliminary study of Renaissance 2010 school closing in the midsouth - Jan 2007)

DATA AND DEMOCRACY PROJECT: Investing in Neighborhoods (Paper #1: Examining CPS’ plan to close, consolidate, turn-around 18 schools - Feb 2008)

THE BIG PICTURE School-Initiated Reforms, Centrally Initiated Reforms,and Elementary School Achievement in Chicago (1990-2005)

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    2008 Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair Recap

    February 22, 2008 0 comments

    Teachers for Social Justice
    8th Annual Curriculum Fair
    Saturday Nov. 22
    10:30-5 pm
    Orozco School
    1940 W. 18th St.

    Teachers for Social Justice (Chicago) is hosting its eighth annual Curriculum Fair, a venue for dialogue between teachers, students, parents and activists who are interested in progressive teaching practices to understand and challenge injustice.

    This is a full-day event, with workshops, speakers, "interest groups," and lots of teachers sharing curriculum/ideas (and food!).

    10:30am Doors open to the public
    11:00am Kevin Coval and Youth Spoken Word Artists
    11:35am Barbara Ransby, Keynote Speaker
    12:30pm Workshops (75 minutes)
    1:45pm Lunch
    3:00pm Workshops (75 minutes)
    4:25pm Interest Groups (along subject/grade level areas of interest)

    Workshops Included:

    When Hormones Go Wild: Health, Mind and Body Radio Arte Salud Project 

    Real Teacher Unionism: How to fight for you’re your jobs and your students at the same time. Caucus of Rank and File Organizers

    High Stakes Literacy Assessments: A Critical review of DIBELS, Social Justice Teacher Research Group

    From Despair to Power – Utilizing Student Created Social Documentaries as a Service Learning and Community Change Tool, Members of Kelvyn Park Social Justice Academy

    Creating Social Justice Curriculum from Youth’s Survey Response,  The Black Youth Project

    Reading and Writing the World with
    Mathematics, Students in the Math and Social Justice class from the Greater Lawndale Little Village School for Social Justice

    Chicago Youth Initiating Change: Student Empowerment is Social Justice Education, 
    Chicago Youth Initiating Change

    Teaching About Global Warming, Grades 5-12, Rethinking Schools

    Anti- Military Recruitment, AFSC and Students for Social Justice at Kelly High School

    Creating Equity While Building a Global Network of Social Justice Educators, Mind Power from San Francisco Read the Full Story

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    Militarization of Youth Workshop

    February 9, 2008

    TSJ and the American Friends Service Committee presents:

    * A curriculum development workshop on anti-military recruitment using the new Camouflaged curriculum*
    * A short panel presentation on the new CPS Board policy toward anti-recruitment work (AFSC & TSJ)

    Saturday, February 9, 5-7:30PM
    Decima Musa
    1901 W. Loomis in Pilsen

    *The brand new curriculum, Camouflaged: Investigating how the U.S. military affects you and your community, was produced by the NY Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE).

    We will have presentations of two lessons from Camouflaged, then break into subject-matter groups to plan & work on some concrete curriculum ideas (note-this is mainly middle to high school work).

    You can check out the curriculum from NYCoRE's website, http://www.nycore.org/curricula.html

    Due to our resources (lack of!)...can people planning on attending please either download and print a copy (not small!, ~150 pages), OR download the pdf onto a laptop and bring the laptop so that people can work on it in small groups at the workshop. We will have a few copies available as well.

    And there is food and drink for sale at Decima Musa...

    No preregistration is necessary, this is a free event (though we pass the hat for Decima Musa), please join us. And you do NOT have to be a practicing classroom teacher, ALL are welcome. Read the Full Story

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    Curriculum: Exploring Animal Relationships

    February 5, 2008 0 comments

    Whom Do You Pet and Whom Do You Eat?

    Activity by: Marsha Rakestraw (HECP Graduate), Institute for Humane Education
    Grades: 4 and up
    Time: 60 minutes
    Relevant Subjects: Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts

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