Inquiry to Action: ItGAs are Back!

April 27, 2015 0 comments

Wondering what happened to the usual winter round of of Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs)? They’ve been moved to this summer!

TSJ is looking for topics and facilitators for our 6th annual round of Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs), set to begin in June of 2015!
What’s an ItAG?
ItAGs gather educators, activists and their allies to study a topic and collectively create an action around that area of study, making it a true community of praxis. The topics and themes are always consistent
with TSJ's principles of working toward education that is anti-racist, multicultural / multilingual, and grounded in the experiences of students. ItAGs are open to everyone with the interest to support, study, and take action on issues of education and social justice.
What’s the time commitment?
Summer ItAGs will meet anywhere twice a week during the summer, for 4 to 6 weeks. There will also be a ItAG kickoff event as well as a ItAG closing.

ItAG Topics?
We welcome topics that explore the intersection of education and social justice. Previous topics have included: New Teachers & Social Justice, Freire’s Pedagogy, Gender Violence and Prevention Education, Community Care, Early Childhood Education, and Radical Curriculum Development.
If you have another topic or area of interest that you think would be good for an ItAG, or if you would like to co-facilitate an ItAG, please email J. Cyriac Mathew at 
jcyriacmathew@gmail.com by May 11th, 2015.
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Criminalization of Black Teachers

April 22, 2015 0 comments

Teachers for Social Justice
TSJ Spring General Meeting
Sat, April 25, 11-1

UIC College of Education (ETMSW)
1040 W. Harrison St
Room 2433 (2nd Floor)


1. Political Discussion:
Co-Facilitated by Aja Reynolds (TSJ) and Monique Redeaux (CTU Black Caucus)
Criminalizing Black teachers: Atlanta's cheating scandal and the racist underbelly of education reform

We will discuss the commentary named above, written by Brittney Cooper, pls read before  coming. You can read it online here, or download it here

2. TSJ summer and fall actions, programs, projects
  • Elected Representative School Board Campaign. We got 90% of the votes in favor of an elected school board. Now we have to get the law changed. Learn about city-wide strategy to win an elected Board of Education, sign up to get involved
  • TSJ Summer Inquiry to Action Groups (Itags)
  • TSJ book club
  • 2015 Curriculum Fair (announcement date, committees and sign up volunteers
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