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2012 TSJ Curriculum Fair Program & Speakers

November 12, 2012 0 comments

The 2012 Teaching For Social Justice Curriculum Fair is only a few days away, and we are excited to announce the program schedule and keynote speakers. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Pre-register NOW if you haven't done so already. This will save you time Saturday morning as well as help us avoid a bottleneck during registration.
  • Please note the NEW LOCATION! Due to forces out of our control, we had to change the venue to Kenwood Academy H.S. at 5015 S. Blackstone. 
  • Take a look at the workshops so you can plan accordingly.
  • BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE. We will not be providing plastic bottles of water.
Here is the schedule for the day as well as the keynote speakers and program.


Schedule of the Day

10:00 - Registration, Curriculum Exhibitors, and Resource Tables**  Open

11:00am-12:00pm - Opening Program (auditorium, 1st floor)
  • Cuban Street Rumba—Yoruba Opening Salutation "Elegwa"
    • Carlos "Quinto" Equis-Aguila, Cuban Master Drummer
    • José Morales
  • Welcome and Introduction - Prudence Browne, TSJ
  • Brandon Johnson, Chicago Teachers Union
  • Lorena Jasso, Social Justice High School Parent  
  • Aquila Griffin, Dyett H.S. Student, Kenwood Oakland Community  Organization
  • Kuumba Lynx, “Arizona Poli Tricks."
12:30-1:45 pm - Workshops Session 1* and Organizing (school closings, elected school board)

1:00-2:30pm - Lunch (Cafeteria, 2nd floor)

2:30 - Curriculum Exhibitors and Resource Tables close

2:30-3:45pm - Workshops Session 2* and Organizing (school closings, elected school board)

Closing Program 4:00-4:30   (Auditorium)
Call to Action, Call to Organize
  • Karen Lewis, President, CTU
  •  Closing Song: Sound of Soul
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2012 TSJ Curriculum Fair Workshops Announced!

November 9, 2012 0 comments


The workshops for this year's TSJ Curriculum have been announced! Please share widely!

Session One:   12:30-1:45


1] Organizing Session Against School Closings and for the Elected Representative School Board [this will be repeated in Session 2] [TSJ and members of CTU, CTU Community Board, and Communities Organized for Democracy in Education (CODE)]. This organizing session will focus on educating and organizing against the school closings (for the moratorium) and for the elected, representative school board. We will have a brief panel discussion by activists working on these issues, then break into groups to plan how people can participate and also bring others into the struggle.

2] Adultism House Students from Jordan Community School [Project JAM After School Program/Howard Area Community Center] Adultism House - A project geered towards Educators and Community Members working with Youth. The goal of the project is to teach adults how to be good allies to youth. The Adultism House allows the adults to put themselves in the position of the youth, hear how adults talk down to youth and then assess and empathize. We wish to show adults the power of their words and how they use their position of power to affect the youth.

3] Beyond Tolerance: Integrating LGBTQ Content into Our Curriculum Melissa Tempel, Rachel Harper [Rethinking Schools] As social justice educators, we work to create supportive environments for all students, including those with LGBTQ family, who identify as LGBTQ, are questioning, and/or  are gay-baited. We want to go further to integrate studying sexism, gender, and sexuality into the curriculum. The workshop will emphasize collaborating on curriculum that can be implemented during the school year. We  hope that some participants will subsequently write about teaching LGBTQ curriculum for publication.  

4] Boal’s Newspaper Theatre across the Curriculum Teresa Rende, Elizabeth Rice [Goodman Theater] Augusto Boal’s newspaper theatre form transforms daily news items, or any other non-dramatic material, into theatrical performance. In our Boal’s Newspaper Theatre Across the Curriculum we will introduce the 10 different methods of newspaper theatre, present an original crossed reading to participants (focused on the CTU strike), and offer practical classroom applications of Boal’s newpaper theatre form. Because this form focuses on non-dramatic text, practical classroom applications will include both humanities and STEM applications.
5] Building Grassroots Curriculum Movements Together: CGCT Releases & Workshops Urban Renewal or Urban Removal and the Grassroots Curriculum Toolkit David Stovall, Isaura Pulido, Lindsay Smith, Anton Miglietta [Chicago Grassroots Curriculum TaskForce] We'll release and workshop our two new publications (URUR? and Grassroots Curriculum Toolkit) by breaking into groups based on participant interest/grade levels after an initial interactive and creative introduction to both. Participants will become familiar with both publications, engage their content, offer initial feedback/critiques, and leave with practical guides for classroom or community implementation. Free giveaways, engaging facilitators, and avenues for involvement in CGCT are provided - including all new Parent and Student opportunities.

6] Education for Liberation: Pedagogy of the Oppressed in a Social Studies Classroom J. Cyriac Mathew [Uplift Community High School] Education in general is designed to reproduce our society. But what if we believe that our society needs to be fundamentally changed? This workshop will present a social studies teacher’s on-going experiment in developing a US History class based on Paulo Freire’s ideas of liberatory education.  The presentation is based on a 10th grade US History class, but the ideas will be applicable to social studies classes at any grade level.
7] Reading Rhythm Warriors Amira M. Davis [Educational Consultant] This curriculum is for an 8-week Saturday literacy and arts project for African American males, grades 3 – 6 as a collaboration between an artist-educator and a community organization. Youth engage in reading, discussion and playing African-inspired drum and percussion rhythms. Readings include Africana folktales/fables, biographies, poems, comics, and current events that are directly related to the boys’ lived experiences. The curriculum is thematically constructed and designed to enhance reading fluency, comprehension and personal development.
8] Report-back from the Journey for Justice: Taking the School Closings Fight National [Kenwood Oakland Community Organization] Students and parents with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization report on the historic Journey for Justice to Washington DC on Sept. 20-21, 2012. Over 1000 students and parents from 13 cities raised their voices for a national moratorium on school closings and for community-driven school improvement.  As more cities gear up for a federal hearing on school closings, see how you can be involved in this movement.

Session Two: 2:30-3:45

9] Organizing Session Against School Closings and for the Elected Representative School Board [this is a repeat workshop]  [TSJ and members of CTU, CTU Community Board], and Communities Organized for Democracy in Education (CODE)]. This organizing session will focus on educating and organizing against the school closings (for the moratorium) and for the elected, representative school board. We will have a brief panel discussion by activists working on these issues, then break into groups to plan how people can participate and also bring others into the struggle.

10] Cross-Pollinating the Grassroots Tyler, Kate, and Steve [Beehive Design Collective] We will demonstrate some of the diverse applications of our story-telling graphics by walking participants through a few hands-on workshops emphasizing collaboration, exploration, and the power of art as an educational tool.  At this year’s curriculum fair, we are excited to show our work-in-progress "Mesoamerica Resiste!"

11] Improving Community Relations at Your School Gabriel A. Cortez [Northeastern Illinois University] This workshop will provide information on how schools can create a positive culture and improve relationships among students, teachers, parents, and community members. A checklist of community relations items will be shared and explained with the goal of identifying key resources located inside the school and the surrounding area of the school. This includes identifying particular groups that represent all stakeholders and initiating a channel of a 2-way communication with them.

12] Making  Justice Drum David Stoker [Illinois Artist in Residence] Two sessions of 35 minutes, back to back.  Participants will learn how to make a simple, amazing drum. Can be a classroom or picket line project.  Quick, cheap, anyone can do it.  We will decorate the drum with colors and a slogan for justice.  Free drum materials included, for 25 people per session. Starts promptly. Adult/child participants welcome.

13] More Sh!t Chief Keef Don't Like—Workshopping Youth, Violence, and the Legacy of Racism in Chicago Kevin Coval, Mariah Neuroth [Young Chicago Authors] Chief Keef rhymes the experiences of so many Chicago youth. Facilitators Mariah Neuroth and Kevin Coval, author of More Sh!t Chief Keef Don’t Like, will provide curriculum and context to address the controversy surrounding the young rapper in classrooms and youth programs. Mariah Neuroth and Kevin Coval will provide curriculum and activities that engage youth in a critical conversation around the issues spoken about and faced by Chief Keef and so many other young people in Chicago.

14] Theater as a Weapon/Forum Theater on Bullying Je Nepomuceno/Nara Movement Project [Howard Area Community Center] Breaking the 4th wall, participants will watch a scene performed by youth, posing the problem of bullying. Participants will then be asked what they would do in this situation and how could they be an ally to the protagonist. However, instead of saying the solution, participants become Spect-actors and will be asked to be part of the scene. The session will start with a quick theater game.

15] “There could be a girlish boy or a boyish girl.  You will never know how things go around”: Challenging Gender Norms with Elementary Students Anne Elsener [Dominican University] In this workshop the presenter will guide you through a unit that can be used to provide students in grades 1 – 6 opportunities to develop and use literacy strategies to identify and question author’s message about gender norms in visuals, poems, and picture books. Participants will engage in reading and questioning of texts using literacy strategies and then have an opportunity to discuss how the entire unit plan can be implemented at different grade levels.

16] Understanding and Addressing Student Homelessness Rene Heybach, Brian Dunlop, Sherri Dabney-Parker, Lakeisha Brandon [Chicago Coalition for the Homeless] This workshop will be a collaboration between an attorney, a homeless parent, a school-based "homeless liaison," and a homeless student. It will include a compelling video and a short but basic presentation on the legal rights of homeless students and the correlative legal obligations of schools. The parent and student will then participate with the audience in a discussion on how these rights may be realized and how student homelessness itself can be challenged.



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TSJ 2012 Curriculum Fair: Call for Curriculum Exhibitors, Workshops, and Resource Tables & Volunteer Opportunities

October 4, 2012 0 comments


TSJers--
  • Are you interested in exhibiting your curriculum (planned or taught) at the 2012 TSJ Curriculum Fair, Saturday, Nov 17th at Kenwood Academy at 5015 S. Blackstone in Chicago? 
  • Do you have curriculum resources that you would like to share at the Curriculum Fair? 
  • Or do you want to do a workshop at the Fair? 
If so...please fill out one (or more) of the following forms and PLZ note the deadlines for ALL THREE is October 31...sharp! And if you are not clear about the differences between these three, please read this form.
Does your curriculum have to be a finished, perfect product to exhibit?
Is there such a thing? The whole point of the CF is to recognize that teachers collectively produce knowledge about, for example, how to teach for social justice, and that we have much to learn from each other. There are no blueprints here, and we can learn from our mutual experiences. We strongly encourage teachers to share work "in progress" and to give and get feedback from others in order to further develop our collective understanding of what teaching for social justice means in theory and practice. Sometimes people may feel that their work is somehow not yet "there," and our view is that the CF is as good a place as any to strengthen it. It has been our shared experience that both exhibitors and non-exhibiting attendees have learned much from participating in the fair. 
Workshop Application Form


Curriculum Fair-Online Registration Open!

Click here to register for the 12th Annual Chicago-AreaTeaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair. That's Saturday, November 17th, from 10AM to 5PM.

Can you help volunteer for the Fair? Help us with outreach, media, making merchandise to sell (TSJ t-shirts), setup, cleanup, childcare, food serving, or more? Check out the CF committees here and email Stephanie, our volunteer coordinator. 

Please help spread the word! Add this notice to your face book page, send to list serves you are on, download (and copy like crazy) the  flyer (color and B&W) and put up in your school, coffee shop, library, nearby teacher store and pass out to friends and co-workers. Thanx!
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Keynote Speakers Announced for 2011 TSJ Curriculum Fair!

November 6, 2011 0 comments

We are excited to announce the speakers for the keynote program at the 2011 Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair!

Mercedes Martinez Padilla is President of the Toa Baja local of the Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico/Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico. Mercedes has been active in the union’s 2008 strike and in protests, marches, and rallies led by the union against government plans to privatize public education and the Teacher’s Retirement System in Puerto Rico. Mercedes brings lessons of the union’s struggle against neoliberal education policies and to defend better working conditions for teachers and a better public education system.

Katherine Rivera Cardec is a teacher in Guaynabo and a member of the Federacion de Maestros de Puerto Rico/Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico. Since 2010, she has been the secretary of her local union. She participated actively in the 2008 teacher's strike. 

Norma Yanina Parada is a leader in the Tegucigalpa teachers’ movement and a member of two of the most active national teachers’ organizations in Honduras. Yanina was one of 305 teachers suspended by the Lobo government in the spring of 2011 because of their participation in massive protests against the government’s actions against teachers and public schools. In May 2011 she helped launch a 30 day hunger strike to protest the suspension of 5000 teachers and in support of the demands of teachers, students and families regarding public education. She has been active in the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP) since it was formed shortly after the coup of June 28, 2009.

Jitu Brown is Education Organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Jitu has organized in the Kenwood Oakland neighborhood for over 17 years bringing community voices to the table on school issues and helping to stop school closings in the area. Working locally and thinking globally, Jitu has taken youth leaders from KOCO to the United Nations, the Passamaquoddy Native American reservation in Maine and the UN Conference on Racism in South Africa. Jitu has been a leader in coalitions of parents, teachers and youth who have fought school closings, turnarounds, and privatization of public education in Chicago. Read the Full Story

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11th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair!

October 31, 2011 0 comments

We are very excited that Saturday, November 19, 2011 will be the 11th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair, co-sponsored by Rethinking Schools. This year's theme is "Defend and Transform Public Education!"

In "science fair" format, and completely grassroots volunteer-organized, the Curriculum Fair will provide over 800 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.

Online registration is open: Please register here now and spread the word!

*UPDATE* The deadline for Curriculum Exhibits has been extended to November 7th! Submit online here!

(Download flyer PDF in English)(En Español)

Stay tuned for more information on program keynote speakers, performers, workshops and more!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 201110:00AM - 5:00PM
Doors open at 9:30am
Orozco School
1940 W. 18TH Street (map & directions)
Chicago, IL Read the Full Story

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2009 Teaching for Justice Curriculum Fair Recap

November 29, 2009 0 comments

Thanks everyone for coming to the Teaching for Justice Curriculum Fair and adding to the vibrancy of the TSJ community.

The energy, vibe, conversation, sharing that took place was really inspiring and we're so grateful to all of the event organizers, educators, presenters, youth workers, administrators, cultural workers, activists, parents, students and young folks who came out. The critical mass of volunteers was truly inspiring.

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Curriculum Fair Talkback & How To Get Involved in TSJ

November 28, 2009 2 comments

Curriculum Fair Talk Back and & How to Get Involved in TSJ: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
4:00 - 5:30pm
DECIMA MUSA
1901 S. LOOMIS St.(corner of 19th street in Pilsen)
Chicago

* Help evaluate the Currculum Fair, we'd love to hear your thoughts & stories.
* Get involved in TSJ and planning the Spring calendar: Inquiry to Action Groups, Social Events, Movie Nights, Forums, Anti-Renaissance 2010 Actions, and more.
* Check out video highlights from the fair's speakers.

CURRICULUM FAIR EVALUATION FORM: We value reflections and would love if you'd take a few minutes to respond- click below::

http://bit.ly/6TOGY6

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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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Recap: Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair 2008

November 10, 2007

Click HERE to view photos from the 2007 Curriculum Fair

The Seventh Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair was held Saturday, November 10, 2007 at Orozco School (thank you Orozco!!) and was a rousing success! Thanks to the many dozens (literally) of people who contributed, from getting food donations, to making copies, to setting and cleaning up, to doing workshops and presenting, to spreading the word...

TSJ is an organization of the people, and the people make it work!

Workshop descriptions

Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps: The Myth of Reconstruction Frances Cox and Tiosha Cox George Leland School, 5th and 6th grade. This workshop will help teachers to explore ways in which to connect history (judicial and social) with the opportunities and possibilities available to African Americans after reconstruction. It will present an overview that teachers can use to help students make connections between the Reconstruction period and the Post Civil-Right period.

Becoming better social justice educators using a teacher-guided critical inquiry group model Uplift Social Justice Inquiry Group. Our presentation will include a brief description of how we came to start a critical inquiry group and what we’ve gained from it, both in our own development and in furthering a social justice direction in our school. We believe that our experience can inspire other groups of teachers to engage in a similar process of study, analysis and critique of our practice—or to do like we did and adapt the idea to something that better fits their situation.

Cycle of Social Justice Learning and Action, CYIC- Chicago Youth Initiating Change. Organizers of the annual Social Justice Student Expo, bring student activism, social justice curriculum, and teacher / student / community collaborations alive. Join us in learning about this year's Cycle of Social Justice Learning and Action with a brief student / teacher panel, question and answer period, and ways to bring your social justice education to higher levels.

Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers Bob Peterson La Escuela Fratney, Milwaukee, WI, 5th Grade. Veteran teacher Bob Peterson will share stories and lessons from his quarter of a century of teaching 5th grade in inner city Milwaukee Public Schools. Peterson, who co-edited with Rico Gutstein, Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers, will explore the power and importance of connecting the teaching of mathematics with issues of social justice. The session will include sample lessons, sharing by participants, and discussion of dilemmas faced by teachers engaging in this kind of work.

Creating a Gentrification Teachers Manual, Pilsen Alliance. We will facilitate an interactive workshop on creating a teachers manual about gentrification. We will be asking participants to share their curriculum expertise, best practices on engaging youth in social causes, ideas on layout, and related academic exercises.
Post Forum Discussion Facilitated by members of TSJ. This will be an opportunity to further the Teacher as Activist conversation and think about how to turn our conversation into action.

Why we should strengthen the critical links between teachers and local school councils. Jitu Brown (Koco), Brenda Perry (LSC member) Julie Woestehoff (PURE). This workshop will engage the audience in a discussion of the purpose of local school councils and how they can be an invaluable resource in addressing student needs. Panelists will share the struggle to strengthen LSCs and what a school system without meaningful parent and community input would look like.

Teaching for Change: Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching. Participants will compare the traditional vs. accurate narrative on the Civil Rights Movement and then consider ways to introduce the accurate, people’s history in elementary classrooms.

Fighting the Military Presence in Schools. Bill Lamme, Brian Roa, & Sheena Martin
Kelly and Senn High Schools. This workshop will be a discussion of ongoing projects against militarization in the schools with a focus on drawing out workshop participants and developing further strategy and networking with the goal of widening the campaign!

Teachers for Social Justice: An Introduction to its past, present and future work
Members of TSJ. For those interested in what the group has been and is doing, as well as becoming a part of what it does in the future, please join us for this introduction & conversation about Teachers for Social Justice.

Connecting Our Activist and Teacher Selves. Liesl Buechler, Angy Folkes, Meredith Labadle, Ora Lewis-Clark, Cris Mann, Alina Slapac, & Rebecca Rogers Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group, St. Louis. In this interactive workshop led by core members of the Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group participants will explore the complexity of being an educator/activist. We will share our experiences working as educators/activists through the use of “story circles” – a cultural organizing tool useful for the community and the classroom. Together, we will share strategies and resources for working more effectively in our roles as educators/activists.


Using a Thematic Approach to incorporate Social Justice in a Social Studies curriculum. North Lawndale College Prep Charter H.S. North Lawndale College Prep Charter H.S. has implemented a thematic approach to studying Social Studies. Core courses at NLCP include Origins for Freshman and Revolutions and Resistance (within the United States and globally) for Sophomores. The workshop will discuss the NCLP curriculum, the essential questions we try to address in each course and how elements can be applied to your work.

Keynote Address:
Barbara Ransby
Associate Professor of African-American Studies and History, University of Illinois-Chicago

Panel:
Mariame Kaba
(Education for Liberation Network)
Becky Rogers
(Literacy for Social Justice, St. Louis)
Xian Barrett
(Chicago Youth Initiating Change)
Katie Flowers
(Chicago Freedom School)
Allison Epstein
(Teachers for Social Justice)
Bob Peterson
(Rethinking Schools)

Curriculum Presenters/Exhibitors
Morgan Halstead (Maestros sin Fronteras) Topic: Bilingual Ed/Parent Involvement [K-8]
Allie Epstein (Whittier School) Topic: Social Justice in Primary Grades [K-3]
Laura Ramirez (Whitney Young School) Topic: Spanish Language [9-12]
Craig Segal (Whittier School) Topic: Social Studies/Language Arts [5-6]
Joyce Sia, Rico Gutstein, Nikki Blunt, Veronica Gonzalez, Darnisha Hill, Maxine Granja (Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice) Topic: Free the Jena 6 – A social justice mathematics unit involving probability, combinatoirics, & permutations [9-12]
Stephanie Katele (Prescott School) Topic: Art [K-8]
Lindsay Smith (Lincoln School) Topic: Social justice action project for elementary grades [3]
CYIC Group (CYIC) Topic: Gender Studies
Xian Barrett (Julian High School) Topic: Julian Students CYIC Chapter Activity [9-12]
Liz Goss (Legacy Charter School) Topic: Underground Railroad [1-5]
Amina Chaudhri (Alexander Graham Bell Elementary)
Topic: Every Drop Counts: Water Usage and Conservation Project [4]
Rouston Broussard & Kevin Mistrik (Loyola Academy) Topic: Algebra I and II: Ratio, Slope, Systems of Equations, Percentages, and Exponential Growth [9-11]
Gail Tang (UIC) Topic: Math [7-8]
Veronica Cresp-Rich (Dr. Pedro Albisu Campos HS) Topic: Cross-curricular [9-12]
Liz Shulman & Jim Haberl (Niles North)
Topic: Peace and Non-violence / Globalization [9-12]
Cynthis Brawner (Paderewski Elementary) Topic: Cross-curricular [3]
Pankaj Sharma (Niles North) Topic: History / Service Projects [9-12]
David Segura (School for Social Justice / GLLVHS) Topic: Public Health / Biology [9-11]
Shaka Rawls, Elana Fitch, Adam Fisher, Rebecca Crouch, & students (Perspectives) Topic: Healthy Lifestyles and Social Justice [7-12]
Matthew Schultz (Tilden Achievement Academy) Topic: English / Language Arts [9s]
Daniel Morales-Doyle (GLLV School for Social Justice) Topic: Chemistry: The Science of Bling [9-12]
Jim Bywater & Danny Newman (Jones College Prep & Niles North) Topic: Mathematics: Student health & fast food advertising [9-12]
Deborah (Ashay) Day (San Francisco) Topic: Mindful Messages: Africentric Curriculum that focuses on Health, Culture, and Life Skills [7-12]
Marisa Heilman (Bartolome De Las Casas) Topic: Beyond Superheroes and Villains [7-12]

Resource Tables
AREA-Chicago
Just Seeds-Celebrate People’s History Teacher Education
Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Accreditation: Students and Resource Group Teachers
American Friends Service Committee
Changing Worlds
Substance Newspaper
DonorsChoose
Access Living Global Exchange
Southwest Youth Collaborative
Zocalo Urbano
Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff
Bike Educators for the People
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Recap: Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair 2006

November 11, 2006


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Recap: Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair 2005

November 12, 2005

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Curriculum Fair Overview

September 19, 2005

1) What happens at the Curriculum Fair?

For those who don't know...The Curriculum Fair is like a Science or History Fair, except teachers “exhibit” their curriculum oriented toward social justice, we have a keynote speaker and a number of workshops (and food!), and hundreds of like-minded people gather and learn with each other.

2) What does it mean to "exhibit" curriculum at the Curriculum Fair?

Each teacher gets a 6-foot long table at the Fair to set up her/his materials. Many teachers exhibit curriculum by bringing a tri-fold board (like those science fair boards) and bring lesson or unit plans, student work, assignments, artifacts, video, whatever, to share their curriculum ideas. Many bring their students along who sit at the table and explain the work with their teachers. The CF is set up so that we can browse the “exhibits,” talk with each other, and share lessons.

3) Does the curriculum have to be a finished, perfect product to exhibit?

Is there such a thing? The whole point of the CF is to recognize that teachers collectively produce knowledge about, for example, how to teach for SJ, and that we have much to learn from each other. There are no blueprints here, and we can learn from our mutual experiences. We strongly encourage teachers to share work “in progress” and to give and get feedback from others in order to further develop our collective understanding of what teaching for SJ means in theory and practice. Sometimes people may feel that their work is somehow not yet “there,” and our view is that the CF is as good a place as any to strengthen it. It has been our shared experience that both exhibitors and non-exhibiting attendees have learned much from participating in the fair.

4) What are the workshops?

Although the main focus of the CF is person-to-person contact through the exhibitors at their tables, we also have a limited number of one-hour workshops. These range from curricular innovations about SJ pedagogy to, for example, using multicultural children's literature. These provide more in-depth, interactive ways for teachers and students to present what they’ve been learning and doing in their classrooms.

5) What's the difference between a "curriculum exhibit" and a "resource table?"

Exhibitors are usually teachers who have taught a lesson, unit, or project. Resource tables are usually for organizations that produce curriculum and resources for teachers. We do place resource tables and exhibitor tables in the same area, but we really do want to have as many teachers as possible as exhibitors.

6) Who makes all this happen?

You do. Probably 60-80 people volunteer, one way or another, to make the CF a reality (we are a totally volunteer organization).

And we'd also like to add that Rethinking Schools is a cosponsor of the CF and this is a great chance to meet some of the RS folks and talk with them. They will have all their materials for sale.

Exhibitor and Workshop Presenter Info

Curriculum Exhibitors
1.) You will have table space to display student work, lesson plans, photos, etc. 2.) You should plan for someone to be sitting at your table interacting with visitors for the entire curriculum fair. Please note that "presentations" need only to include: 1.) A brief written description of your idea(s), and/or the actual assignment that you used, if possible. 2.) 1-2 paragraphs reflecting on the process you and students went through to make the idea(s) a reality, e.g., a loose lesson plan. Work in progress is also valued (we suggest bringing 100-150 copies of your plan). 3.) Any examples of student work such as writing, videos, artwork, poetry, projects are more than welcome! If you are interested in presenting, fill out the Presenter Form and email it to tsjpresenters(at)gmail.com.

Workshops
There are a limited number of workshop sessions available during the curriculum fair. Workshops are 50 minute sessions and are available to teachers who wish to present a more detailed overview or discussion of their curriculum. They are not available to curriculum or textbook sales companies. If you are interested in leading a workshop, fill out the Workshop Registration Form and email it to tsjworkshops(at)gmail.com.

Volunteer Committees

  • Exhibitors/Resource Tables
  • Workshops
  • Program Committee
  • Outreach & PR
  • Food Committee
Demistyfying the Exhibitor Experience

This is a short account of a teacher's experience exhibiting at the TSJ Curriculum Fair:

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.

We looked at the TSJ exhibitor application, which mentioned that most exhibitors put up science-fair-like boards to exhibit their work. The board didn't take that long to put together, but to ground it in the TSJ principles, I am going to have my students put the board together this year.

The next step was to make copies of the worksheets we distributed to students. Also, we put student responses on our boards to help their voices be heard. We were finally ready and excited to exhibit at the fair. The day of the fair we arrived around 9 a.m. and put up our board and copies, which took a whole 5 minutes. During the fair we were at our exhibit, but we weren't chained down to the exhibit, so we were able to enjoy the curriculum fair as well.

I hope you end up exhibiting because although you may think you have nothing to offer, the very fact that you are reading this shows your heart is in the right place and have things to share!

--Sana Jafri Read the Full Story