January 29, 2014 0 comments

Local School Council Summit
Saturday, Feb. 15th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Westinghouse HS, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd
Sponsored by:
Grassroots Education Movement (GEM)
Registration is required and free:

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TSJ's Pauline Lipman to be honored by The Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy at UIC

January 28, 2014 0 comments

The Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy
at the University of Illinois, Chicago
is pleased to announce its JANUARY 2014 SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT featuring:

Pauline Lipman
Professor, Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago

Lipman’s work focuses on race and class inequality in education,
globalization, and the political economy of urban education. Her most
recent book, "The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism,
Race, & the Right to the City," argues education is integral to neoliberal
economic and urban restructuring as well as class and race inequalities.
As a 2012-2013 IRRPP Policy and Social Engagement Fellow, Lipman has
partnered with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) to
explore how local communities are affected by Chicago Public Schools
policies. To learn more about Lipman's project with KOCO, read the entire
scholar spotlight here:


The IRRPP Scholar Spotlight showcases research on race, ethnicity and
policy that is supported by Institute funding. To learn more about our
programs, or to read previous Scholar Spotlights, visit us at
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Register for a 2014 Inquiry to Action Group ItAG

January 25, 2014 0 comments

TSJ 2014 Inquiry to Action Groups

An opportunity for teachers, educators and supporters of meaningful public education to build community, engage as learners, and develop as activists. All educators are invited to participate in ItAGs that link social justice issues with their practice.

Kickoff Event: Saturday February 15 6-8pm; Finale Event: Saturday April 5 6-8pm
In between events, individual ItAGS meet weekly (for six, two-hour sessions) to share experiences, respond to readings, exchange ideas, and develop plans of action. All locations TBD – once registered, you will receive location information.

In society, there's an emphasis on individual productivity and "getting the job done" rather than building community. Community Care is a holistic and evolving set of practices that emphasize building community, de-commodifying contributions, supporting everybody and valuing all types of work. This can include m/others, childcare providers, caretakers for the sick and elderly, school nurses, domestic workers, mediators, counselors, healers, among others. In this ItAG, we will explore how communities of care can be spaces for everybody to participate, learn from each other and flourish.

This Itag will explore several social justice issues through the lens of gender violence. We will engage literature and discussions that wrestle with topics of interpersonal violence (i.e., sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking), prison industrial complex, masculinity, bullying, as well as problematize violence prevention curricula such as bystander intervention.

Chicago is said to be the city of Big Plans. But WHO made those plans and who benefits from them? Many big-ticket projects have been proposed by City Hall over the years in order to make Chicago a "world-class city." But what, exactly, is a world-class city? This ItAG will review the history of community planning in Chicago, starting with the 1909 Burnham Plan and will investigate key players in the city's planning history in the present era. Who are they and what, exactly, are they planning for us? This ItAG will seek to understand the context and motivations and outcomes for these plans. We will look at the Right To The City movement and other frame-challenging planning movements to see what other sorts of visions can be surfaced for the future of our great city.

This ItAG will explore the question, what does social justice education look like in our daily work in classrooms? In particular, we would like to establish a rough outline of participants' values and philosophies around social justice education, and investigate how our values can be manifested in classroom rules/norms, curriculum design, uses of classroom space, student roles in the classroom, and classroom rituals.

It’s a pivotal time for early childhood education, with increasing political and policy attention. States, including Illinois, have dramatically increased funding for programs over the last couple decades. This creates tremendous opportunity as well as substantial challenge, particularly as many advocacy organizations have begun to push an "alignment" across early childhood (birth though 5) and our K-12 education system. In this ITAG, we will explore the question: how can early education – through the lens of language, culture, identity – become a legitimately and widely recognized part of our education system without being negatively impacted by a push down of corporate education reform and a diminishing focus on developmentally appropriate practice in the early years that could come with being part of the K-12 education system.

Registration is required and free. Register Here  

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Bronzeville Education Summit &UIC Students of Color Forum

January 15, 2014 0 comments

Bronzeville Education Summit: Monday, Jan 20, 11-3
Mollison School, 4415 S. King Dr.

UIC Students of Color Forum: Jan 30, 5-7PM
UIC College of Ed, 1040 W. Harrison, Rm 3233
Two important events! See flyers below!!

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Forum on Charter Expansion - Tuesday Jan 14th at 6:30pm

January 7, 2014 0 comments

Public Forum on Charter Expansion

CPS closed 50 district schools and cut district budgets by $100 million.
Now they want to open up 31 charters in just two years!
Is this right for the children and communities that CPS is supposed to serve? 

Shields Middle School
2611 W. 48th St.
Tuesday, Jan 14th 
6:30 to 8:30 PM 

All are welcome!

Federico Waitoller, UIC College of Education Faculty
Stephanie Farmer, Roosevelt University Faculty
Jean Pierce, League of Women Voters
Byron Sigcho, UIC Graduate Researcher & TSJ

Download flyer here

Co-sponsored by:
Albany Park Neighborhood Council
Blocks Together
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Parents for Teachers
Pilsen Alliance
Raise Your Hand
Rogers Park Neighbors for Better Schools
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