Tuesday , December 14 – 6:00 PM – Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater
Join TSJ for this special screening of the award-winning documentary Louder Than a Bomb,
a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It's about the
joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. It's about speaking out,
making noise, and finding your voice. It also just happens to be about
poetry. A panel with filmmakers Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs and Kevin
Coval, co-founder of the youth poetry festival Louder Than a Bomb, will
follow the screening. Plus, LTAB poets will grace us with a performance.
Update: Tickets are no longer available and registration has been closed. Keep an eye out for another screening in the new year!
10th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair!
November 17, 2010
(En Español) We are very excited that this November 20, 2010 will be the 10th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair, co-sponsored by Rethinking Schools. This year's theme is "Another Education is Possible, Another World is Necessary!"
In "science fair" format, and completely grassroots volunteer-organized, the Curriculum Fair will provide over 600 educators, activists, parents, youth & community members with a space to share curricula, resources, and inspiration. We'll be making friends & building relationships, exploring ideas & projects, connecting our histories & struggles. All in a spirit of social justice and education for liberation.
CURRICULUM FAIR: (all day) K-12 Teachers will be on hand at the Curriculum Fair with poster-board visuals to discuss their favorite curriculum. Check out the Full List of 2010 Curriculum Exhibitor Topics.
RESOURCE TABLES: (all day) Local & national organizations will have tables to share relevant resources & books. Check out the full list of 2010 Resource Tables.
WORKSHOPS: (2 Sessions, beginning at noon) Community leaders will be facilitating dialogue through a number of workshops on vital educational & justice-related issues. Check out descriptions for the 14 2010 Workshops.
Also at the Curriculum Fair...
LUNCH: Lunch is provided for all, to sustain us as we move through our day. Donations from local restaurants and chefs will provide us with various options, including vegetarian & vegan.
EXHIBIT & INTERACTIVE ARTS. Movement artists will be on hand to inspire & amaze through social justice-themed paintings & banners, and will be inviting you to create with them.
HEALING SPACE: TSJ is collaborating with Sage Community Health Collective to provide a Healing Space for fair goers. There will be session signups for massage and acupuncture, as well as an ongoing quiet place where all you hardworking teachers can get away from the day's stress & relax.
TRANSLATION: For the first time, we've committed to expanding language access at the fair to spanish speakers. The opening program will be translated simultaneously and workshops will include translators upon request.
TSJ GEAR: One of our favorite things to do in prep for the fair is to get teachers together and create our own art. This year we've got some hot new t-shirt, totebag & button designs- come by the TSJ table to pick up yours!
After the Fair AFTER-EVENT! "Liberation Lounge on Marshall". The unnofficial after-party, where TSJ members invite you to a night of arts, dancing & drinks. Details on Facebook. Featuring:
Update: Our Setup/Cleanup committee has committed to recycling paper & plastic this year and TSJ is striving to have a plastic-water bottle free event. Please bring a bottle of your own.
Update: We have also committed to having gender-neutral bathrooms, which will be clearly marked at the fair.
Update:Please support La Casita Community Library - Bring a
Spanish-language children's book (3rd - 7th grade level most needed) to donate! Drop them by the La Casita Young Librarian's table where Whittier students will update you on their struggle for a library and community space.
We hope you'll help us shape this space to be accessible for people with disabilities, accommodating to those with language & dietary needs, and safe for all people to be their full selves.
A note on registration: we missed emails from Online Registrants before Nov. 2. If you registered online before then, we most likely have your info and can send you the program if you drop us your email. Either way, there is plenty of space and we'll look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
There is no registration cost, though we request a $5-10 donation (includes lunch) if you can give. This is an all-volunteer event and all volunteering, monetary donation & in-kind support is appreciated so we can cover costs. The Childcare Space & Healing Space will accept tips as well. Thanks!
Why a Curriculum Fair?
Following on the US Social Forum in Detroit in June, the national upswing in education organizing, the victory in Milwaukee against Mayoral takeover of their public schools, and the recent tremendous victory by CORE for Chicago Teachers Union leadership, we recognize the need more than ever to build the momentum of the Education for Liberation movement.
For 10 formative years of the Curriculum Fair, we have come together based on our commitment to education for social justice. Along with educators countrywide, we are working toward classrooms and schools that are anti-racist, multicultural / multilingual, and grounded in the experiences of our students. We believe Another Education is Possible and understand that we must take on discussions of school policy in order to create more just and humane schools, but we're also connected to a national & international network of educator activists and recognize together more and more that Another World is Necessary.
Patrick Camangian is
an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the
University of San Francisco, currently teaching tenth grade English at
Mandela High School in Oakland. His research interests and areas of
expertise include: critical pedagogy and transformative teaching in
urban schools; critical literacy, culturally empowering education, and
urban teacher development.
Araceli González and her daughter, Daniela
Mancilla, participated in a 43 day sit-in to prevent the demolition of
the field house (known as La Casita) on the grounds of Whittier
Dual-Language Elementary School in Pilsen. Rather than demolishing La
Casita, the Whittier Parent Committee insisted that CPS use the
allocated funds to renovate the building and create a library. The
parents have won control of La Casita, while negotiations over the
future of the library continue.
Karen Lewis is a product of Chicago Public Schools. Her parents
taught in CPS schools and her husband, John is a retired CPS teacher.
A 23 year CPS veteran, Karen taught chemistry at Sullivan, Lane Tech and
King high schools before winning the presidency of the Chicago
Teachers Union in June as a member of the Caucus of Rank and File
Educators (CORE) slate.
The Opening Program will also feature words & poetry by Kevin Coval, Young Chicago Authors artistic director, with the Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) All-Stars. See the video below for a preview!
"Part of the reason I became a teacher is to teach children about social justice, acceptance, and tolerance to improve the world we live in! If we can open the minds of children at a young age, just imagine where our country could be in terms of tolerance, love, and acceptance."
"Education is where there's so much potential to make changes in the way people see the world and interact with each other. I want to influence people to decolonize their minds, embrace curiosity, and value democratic communication. The curriculum fair supports me in doing that work."
"I want to get more ideas to use in classroom with my students."
"I think social justice should be implemented in classrooms all across Chicago, not just in urban schools but also in the suburbs. Understanding social justice is critical to changing the inequalities of our society and I want to be a part of the movement. "
Using the art form cantastoria three art
educators will perform visual storytellings and reveal the poetic and
playful nature of this ancient art form as a method of social critique.
The tradition of cantastoria originated in India as way to use visual
paintings, with song and story, to communicate a social message of
importance. The historical traditions of cantastoria make it a perfect
medium for lecturing, critiquing, and conveying complex information in a
Towards a Social-Justice Oriented Chicago Teacher’s Union. Room 214.
Facilitated by members
of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE)
With Teachers’ Unions
under attack nationwide, how can Unions survive against the onslaught of
negative media from outside and negative perceptions from a new
generation of teachers? Teacher’s Beyond an agenda of the “bread and
butter” issues of teachers, unions can be a democratizing and social
justice force for students and communities. Large emphasis will be
placed on changes within the Chicago Teachers’ Union.
3] Don’t Just Talk
About it, Be About It: Social Justice & Action in the US History
Classroom. Room 211.
J. Cyriac Mathew & Nathan Haines
We will be presenting a
Freirean perspective about what it means to teach for social justice in
the US history classroom. This perspective radically differs from
traditional history classrooms and differs significantly from most
“liberal” and “progressive” history classrooms. Our contention is that
the US history classroom must make its primary focus the conditions of
oppression faced by our students, and also must build in action by
students to transform that oppression.
4] NOT Waiting for Superman: The Money Behind
the Movie and What We Should Do About It. Room 200.
This workshop will start with a presentation
and group discussion on the money and ideology behind the movie “Waiting
for ‘Superman.’” The second part of the workshop will examine the
organized response to the movie and the strategic implications this
movie has for progressive educators and teacher union activists.
5] Chain of Change:
Mobile Media Youth Responses to Violence. Room 212.
Rebecca Connie and Tara Malik, of Beyondmedia Education
Chain of Change, a
Beyondmedia Education initiative, organizes youth across community
boundaries to create and broadcast media that expose the roots of
violence. ChainofChange.com is a forum for youth-led discussion on the
many forms of violence youth face, from relationship violence and street
harassment to institutional and media violence. Through story sharing
and hands-on activities, participants in this workshop will learn how to
create and use mobile media devices, such as Flip cameras and cell
phones, for preventative and curative anti-violence activism.
6] Leaving No ELL
Behind When it Comes to Comprehension. Room 202.
Meredith Piec &
Nalleli Martinez, Cleveland Public Schools
“I don’t get it”… “Huh?”… “Qué?” If you
find yourself hearing these all too familiar, reoccurring phrases from
your students, this workshop is for you. Our ELL students may have
learned to read, they may even be fluent readers, but it’s time we teach
them how to read for meaning. Learn how to scaffold your reading
comprehension instruction utilizing the language domains and
proficiencies of your students with culturally relevant picture books.
7] Start Building
Supportive LGBTQ Educational Spaces. Room 213.
Edith Bucio, Jenny
Weston, and Aerin Dugan
Join us in exploring the impact that allies
have in your own life. Connect these experiences to the importance of
allies in the LGBTQA community in educational spaces. Through
interactive activities we will learn how to use these ally
characteristics in real life situations.
Session Two: 2:30-3:45
1] Organizing for
Radical Educational Transformation in Chicago, in a post-Daley era. Room
of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU)
Public education is under attack on
many fronts. Where are these attacks coming from and why are they
occurring? How can teachers, parents, students, community and education
allies UNITE to demand a voice in education and school improvement
issues? This workshop will emphasize the many educational transformation
efforts that are occurring and engage participants to strategize on
what else can be done to defend and strengthen Public Education.
2] Teaching through Lies:
Ideological Literacy and Popular Culture. Room 212.
University of San Francisco
This workshop will provide teachers with
classroom strategies to help their students analyze the ideological
structure through which ideas of race, class and gender are constructed
in the media generally, and in corporate rap music specifically.
Drawing on critical perspectives for a teaching framework, this
workshop offers curricular examples for preparing students to examine
issues of privilege, social control, and oppression in U.S. society
while fostering their intellectual analysis, academic aptitude and
creative writing and voice.
3] Urban Renewal or Urban Removal? Draft Curriculum
Release and Practical Applications for Educators, Activists, and
Community Members. Room 200.
David Stovall, Anton Miglietta, Myrna Garcia,
Participants will receive a draft of Urban Renewal or Urban
the first completed unit of A People’s Chicago: Our Stories of Change
and Struggle, as well as other classroom projects and materials on
Chicago’s history and some current realities (3rd grade, 7 – 12th
grades). Everyone will get to examine key aspects of the curriculum
including historic documents and a photographic journey into Chicago
Communities 2010 – an ongoing photographic series. A classroom tour of
curriculum exhibits, topic station choices, small group work, and
chances to make practical connections are all emphasized. Please reach
out on your areas of interest to attend monthly curriculum creation
nights. *space limited to first 30
4] Empowering Parents
for a Social Justice Classroom. Room 214.
Grow Your Own Students
and Logan Square Neighborhood Association
This workshop focuses
on the importance of including parents and community members in a social
justice classroom. Currently, the disconnection between community and
schools is thriving under policies in urban schools that uproot students
from their communities. Logan Square parents recognize the need for
school-family relationships and took it upon themselves not only to
invite but to encourage parents to be an authentic part of the
classroom. This workshop will highlight the barriers to parent
participation and invite participants to brainstorm strategies that
effectively use the assets of the community in a social justice-based
5] Using Spoken Word
in the Classroom. Room 213.
Using Spoken Word in the classroom- Tim
Stafford is the editor of the anthology Learn Then Burn and co-authored
its Teachers Edition. He is also a poet and Chicago Public Schools
Teacher. In this workshop Tim will show you how to use spoken word as
well as your own writing to teach poetry in a way that is both
productive and engaging.
6] Introduction to the Occupation in
Palestine/ Israel. Room 202.
Muhammad Sankari, Shira Tevah, Ruby
workshop gives high-school students and teachers an overview of the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict leading to current Israeli occupation of
Palestine, and the political struggles and everyday realities that are
part of the occupation. The workshop uses media including maps and music
videos to dissect the historical context of the occupation and break
down Zionism, as well as relate the situation in that part of the world
to displacement, eviction, brutality, and resistance that may look
familiar to Chicago students. Students and teachers are welcome and will
receive a workshop outline and resource list for those wanting to
replicate the workshop.
7] Roots Of Violence- Heterosexism. Room 210.
Xia, KOKUMO, Benjamin,
Nalleli, and Sam (Gender Just)
This training is designed so that trainees
will be able to understand the ways in which everyone is impacted by
systemic violence based on sexual orientation and gender-identity, as
well as the ways that it is connected to other forms of systemic
violence such as white supremacy and imperialism. The goal is to develop
a shared recognition of systematic violence based on sexual orientation
K-12 Teachers will be on
hand at the Curriculum Fair with poster-board visuals to discuss their favorite curriculum, local & national organizations will have tables
to share relevant resources & books, and community leaders will be
facilitating dialogue through a number of workshops on vital educational & justice-related issues.
Update: The Curriculum Exhibits, Resource Tables & Workshops proposal process is closed. Thanks for all
your fantastic submissions!
And don't forget the always-uplifting
keynote speakers & creative performers... to be announced soon!
is provided for all, to sustain us as we move through our day. Live
art, paintings & banners from local movement artists will inspire
& amaze, and there's even word (or rumor!) of a raucous after party
in the mix...
Update: Childcare will be provided! From 10am-5pm. Courtesy of volunteers from theChicago
Childcare Collective. Childcare registration will take place through Online Registration for the Fair. Update: Our Setup/Cleanup
committee has committed to recycling paper & plastic this year and
TSJ is striving to have a
plastic-water bottle free event. Please bring a bottle of your own. We hope you'll help us shape this space to be
accessible for people with disabilities, accommodating to those with
language & dietary needs, and safe for all people to be their full
Register, volunteer, come to a meeting! We'll
appreciate you dearly!
*VOLUNTEER for Outreach, Setup & Clean up, Registration & Food donations help (through registration) (Click Here)
Update: Curriculum Exhibits, Workshops & Resource Table proposals process is closed. Thanks for submitting!
There is no registration cost, though we request a $5-10 donation (includes lunch) if you can give. This is an all-volunteer event and all volunteering, monetary donation & in-kind support is appreciated so we can cover costs. Thanks!
CAN'T MAKE IT TO CHICAGO?
Keep an eye on our website.. we're going to attempt to web stream the keynote speakers and will be sharing video, photo & audio from the event shortly after.
Have specific questions as an out-of-town guest or other specific inquiries? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook.
Teachers for Social Justice
Following on the US Social
Forum in Detroit in June, the national upswing in education organizing,
the victory in Milwaukee against Mayoral takeover of their public
schools, and the recent tremendous victory by CORE for Chicago Teachers
Union leadership, we recognize the need more than ever to build the
momentum of the Education for Liberation movement.
formative years of the Curriculum Fair, we have come together based on
our commitment to education for social justice. Along with educators
countrywide, we are working toward classrooms and schools that are
anti-racist, multicultural / multilingual, and grounded in the
experiences of our students. We believe Another Education is Possible
and understand that we must take on discussions of school policy in
order to create more just and humane schools, but we're also connected
to a national & international network of educator activists and
recognize together more and more that Another World is Necessary.
The following passage is from TSJ Member Sana to give you an overview of what it means to exhibit at the Curriculum Fair. Please sign up at: http://bit.ly/tsjexhibitor
This is a short account of my experience exhibiting at the TSJ
Last year was my first year exhibiting, and like many, I was very
apprehensive at first. However, with the encouragement of my
dear friend, Jonah, active member of TSJ, I worked up the courage.
Still a little worried about how I could possibly contribute to the
fair, I enlisted the help of my co-teacher Mary. We brainstormed
how we could or already had incorporated social justice ideals such as
anti-racist, multilingual, student-centered, etc. education in the
classroom. We realized we were implementing social justice
principles while teaching the novel, Monster by Walter Dean
Myers through our discussions of the injustices youth of color,
specifically African Americans, face with the judicial system.
Free Minds, Free People is a national conference presented by the Education for Liberation Network,
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, the Chicago Freedom School and Youth in Action that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation.
The conference is a space in which these groups can learn from and teach each other, sharing knowledge, experience and strategies.
Education for liberation prepares the most excluded, under-served members of our society, in particular low-income youth and youth of color, to fight for a more just world by:
Exploring with students the causes of inequalities and injustices in society and how communities have fought against them.
Helping students to develop both the belief in themselves that they can challenge those injustices and the skills necessary to do that.
Supporting students in taking action that leads to disenfranchised communities having more power.
The goal of Free Minds, Free People is to provide a forum for sharing knowledge, experiences and
strategies that support the use of education as a tool for liberation by:
Building and sustaining connections between people from different backgrounds with an interest in justice-oriented education work
Supporting participants in developing and deepening their practice as learners and educators committed to social justice
Nourishing justice-oriented education work in various communities, with an emphasis on the host city, by making strategic connections to collective action in other parts of the country
Acting as a catalyst for the continued development of a social movement around education for liberation
Supporting and promoting youth-led education and organizing efforts
Utilizing a collaborative conference planning process that elevates the leadership of students, parents, teachers, researchers and community-based organizers/educators.
We invite K-12 teachers, community-based educators, students, activists/organizers, artists, parents and academic researchers to submit proposals
We are also having a general meeting Sunday to discuss the film 'Waiting
for Superman' in more depth and also to plan for the Nov. 20 Teaching
for Social Justice Curriculum Fair. Come on out! Bring a friend!
General Meeting Sunday, Oct. 17 1-3pm UIC-- College of
Education, 3rd Floor 1040 W. Harrison St., Room 3233, Commons Room Chicago,
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