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Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference
Jun
14
to Jun 16

Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference

It’s time to have a family meeting. The Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference will provide a space for people of color and white allies–including activists, policy-makers, business leaders, employees, community organizers, or other residents or community members –to have an explicit and courageous conversation about dismantling systemic white supremacy (and the many discussions that come up around white supremacy) in a community-led forum.

Please note we are not proposing that we discuss the bigotry of individuals (e.g., Neo-Nazis and KKK members) who identify as white supremacists. Our framing definition is: 

White Supremacy is a historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and nations of European continent, for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power, and privilege. (Definition of White Supremacy by the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop in San Francisco, California).

This event is critically important because we believe that naming, disrupting, and dismantling white supremacy is a necessary precondition to creating an inclusive economy that works for everyone.

Website for information and registration links: https://www.dismantlecollective.org/the-unconference/

This elective fits with the Equity and Social Justice practice

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Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation and Liberation
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation and Liberation

  • Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop will explore the rich, deep, powerful practices of mindfulness, dishabituation, and embodiment within the corpus of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, focusing on practical techniques for transforming and finding liberation through somatic and energetic awareness in the personal, interpersonal, and political dimensions. We will use demechanization, dynamization, image theatre, forum theatre, and rainbow of desire while developing presence, focus, and a strong capacity for meditative awareness. Open to anyone with a desire to use theatre, art, and meditation to explore a powerful approach to transforming self and society. 

Instructor Jiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, adjunct professor of Theater and Social Justice at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and past President of the national organization for Theatre of the Oppressed. 

For more information and registration links: https://www.berkeleyrep.org/school/classes-adult.asp

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Bay Area Writing Project (Part 1) : It's NOT Whatever
Feb
11
8:45 AM08:45

Bay Area Writing Project (Part 1) : It's NOT Whatever

It’s whatever. People say this when they feel they are powerless and must accept a situation. Assata Shakur, however, asserted the more we get used to our oppression, the more we think of it as the normal state of things. Such a phenomena is created by both structural and cultural conditions, as well as one's personal relationship to change and sense making. If this problem can be located at these intersections, so can potential solutions. “It’s NOT Whatever,” allows us to re-imagine a “dangerous” (Ladson Billings, 1999) kind of teacher development that authentically cultivates humanizing, critically conscious, intellectually engaged, and reflective practitioners.

Cost: FREE

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** IMPORTANT: To receive full ILSP elective course credit, participants of this training must also attend BAWP's "Voice, Identity, Access and Equity" (2/25). You can find this second tandem BAWP training on our site. **

About Keynote: Dr G Reyes

Coming from East Oakland, California, Dr. G Reyes is currently a Scholar at Stanford University where he primarily focuses on research and professional development with teachers, school leaders, and districts associated with language practices, program/school design, communities of practice, and performance assessments. As a professional in the field of Education, he has had a variety of experiences in K-12 schooling, Youth Development, teacher development, and teacher preparation. He has been blessed to work with committed and passionate professionals, youth, and families as a university lecturer in teacher education; as a high school principal at a small school in East Oakland; an elementary, middle, and high school teacher; an Executive Director and Program Director of a Youth Development community-based organization that focused on intersecting arts and social justice; a teacher/school leader developer/coach; and a cultural worker/youth development program leader developer/coach.

 

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16th Annual Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference: Intersections of Teaching and Power
Oct
8
9:00 AM09:00

16th Annual Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference: Intersections of Teaching and Power

Teaching  for Social Justice-- Intersections of Teaching and Power

Each year hundreds of educators both locally and nationally gather to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community.  We are excited to celebrate 16 years of building grassroots, peer-led professional development opportunities! 

       This conference is open and welcomes any and all of the following:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals, Administrators, Support Personnel
  • Parents and Youth
  • After-school Youth Workers and Youth Workers in general
  • Credential Candidates
  • Aspiring Educators
  • The Public!

Join us for… WORKSHOPS, RESOURCE FAIR, SPEAKERS, CHILDCARE & COMMUNITY BUILDING

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Questions: Email us at t4sjsf@gmail.com

 

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Inventing Our Future 2016
Aug
9
to Aug 11

Inventing Our Future 2016

  • Chabot Space & Science Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Fifth Annual Regional Integrated Learning Summer Institute

 Re-Storying Our Common Humanity

 How can we restore our common humanity through storytelling?

Join us for this 3-day journey where we use storytelling as a tool to move us from empathy to solidarity, recognizing one another as parts of a growing community of allies and assets.

Inventing Our Future 2016 brings educators and community leaders together to build collaborative relationships and professional practice. The institute promotes the thoughtful alignment of content standards, assessments and powerful learning across the curriculum through engaging professional development.

Modeled after Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom this institute features opening plenaries with national leaders and dynamic mini-courses on the intersections between education, arts and science, and environment and social justice issues.

For more information and to register click here!

Earn ILSP Elective Hours

ILSP participants can earn 6 elective hours towards the ILSP Certificate  by attending Inventing Our Future 2016.

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Sustainable Compassion for Educators
Jul
6
9:00 AM09:00

Sustainable Compassion for Educators

We know that the best learning happens when students feel safe, seen and connected. But how do we as educators learn to foster safe, caring relationships with our students, our colleagues and ourselves?

Join us for a day-long workshop to explore methods for deepening our natural capacity for care and connection. Together we will explore the latest research on the science of care, and consider ways in which compassion-focused practices can help us realize more inclusive, sustainable education communities.

For more information and to register click here.
Cost: $35.00 includes lunch and materials

Facilitators

Chrissy Colon Bradt is the Education Director at Courage of Care and a lead contributor to Mind and Life's Call to Care program for teachers and students. Chrissy has over 10 years of experience teaching humanities at the middle school level in New York City, Miami and Massachusetts. She also has served as an education consultant designing interdisciplinary, humanities middle school curricula for several charter schools in the northeast.

Brooke D. Lavelle is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. She is also Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life's Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative and a co-developer of the Call to Care program for teachers and students. Brooke has experience designing and adapting compassion-focused curricula for children, adolescents and school teachers. She also currently co-leads the annual Summer Institute for Educators at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkele

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Amplifying Unheard Voices Training
Jun
27
to Jun 30

Amplifying Unheard Voices Training

  • 826 Valencia - Tenderlion Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Voices of Witness offers this unique four-day training that highlights the power of personal narrative and provides educators, storytellers, and social justice advocates with the tools to conduct oral history projects in their classrooms and communities. Workshop participants engage in an interactive process that introduces the skills, ethics, and social significance of creating oral history, as exemplified by Voice of Witness and other leading practitioners in the field.   This training is geared towards new and experienced practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and community settings. Past participants have included high school teachers, university professors, advocates, journalists, artists, and more.

During the training, participants will:

    Conduct and share an oral history interview

    Explore various media in relation to “amplifying” oral history narratives

    Hone transcribing and editing skills

    Read and discuss narratives from the Voice of Witness book series

    Work in small groups to discuss ideas related to oral history projects, lessons, and units

Cost: $250 - $500 sliding scale

For more information, click here. 

Registration form.

 

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Poetry for the People: Bay Area Writing Project
Jun
20
to Jun 24

Poetry for the People: Bay Area Writing Project

  • University of California Berkeley (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this course we will focus on poetry’s power to speak the truth, create a community of trust, and engender transformation. Exploring poetic traditions from multiple cultures and disparate voices, we will read, discuss,  draft and workshop poems together.  Responding to poets such as June Jordan, Joy Harjo, Francisco Alarcon, or Lee Young Lee, we will also try out hand at various forms we can use in our classrooms, including the Blues, Affirmation poems, the Ghazal and the Tanka. Participants will leave with several packets of poems and a few exercises they can use in their own classrooms, as well as some writings to map their own worlds.

Cost: $331

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Lauren Parsons Muller currently teachers Poetry for the People and Trauma and the Arts at City College of San Francisco, where she chairs the Interdisciplinary  Studies Department. She has co‐facilitated BAWP writing retreats in the past and looks forward to the  electricity of teachers writing and thinking together. She co-edited June Jordan’s Poetry for the People (Routledge Press, 1995) and Reckonings: Short Fiction by Native American Women (Oxford UP, 2006).

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Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry: Two-Day Workshop
Jun
18
to Jun 19

Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry: Two-Day Workshop

  • Upper Pines, Yosemite Valley (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from a cultural icon! Julia Parker is often described as a “national treasure” for ensuring the legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite. She served as a cultural demonstrator in Yosemite for more than 60 years, becoming the park’s longest-tenured employee. Although she retired from her official role in 2015, this workshop gives you the chance to spend two days with Julia, her daughter, Lucy Parker, and granddaughter, Ursula Jones, as they guide you through traditional basket-weaving techniques. As you create your own unique basket, discover Yosemite’s fascinating cultural history and hear the stories that have lived on through generations of families. All materials are provided, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket as a keepsake of this special Yosemite experience. This workshop begins on Saturday morning in Yosemite Valley and runs through Sunday afternoon.

Cost: $299

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Read “Q&A with a Yosemite Insider” in Yosemite Conservancy magazine to learn more about Julia Parker and her important cultural contributions. Also explore Julia’s story through her DVD, Grandmother’s Prayer, or book, Scrape the Willow Until it Sings. 

The Experience Package includes camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley (June 17–20). Camping is not required to participate. Park entry is also included, as needed. Upgrade your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge (June 17–20), any unused rooms in the room block will be released 45 days before the program. Information about upgrading your package will be emailed after you sign up. View a suggested packing list.

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The Black Teacher Leadership & Sustainability Institute
Jun
16
to Jun 18

The Black Teacher Leadership & Sustainability Institute

  • Connexion at Jack London Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn, Examine and Discover...

  • The effects of racism and other bias on education policies and practices
  • The implicit and explicit work of Black teachers in the United States
  • Individual and organizational dynamics that impede the development and sustainability of Black teachers
  • Concrete skills for health & wellness in challenging contexts
  • The importance of emotional intelligence and wellness in being a Black teacher in schools
  • Research, tools, and other resources to support the leadership and sustainability of Black teachers in an oppressive system

The Black Teacher Leadership & Sustainability Institute is an experiential institute providing ample opportunities for Black teachers to share, reflect, and set intentions for how to lead from the classroom. Teachers will deepen their commitment, relationships, and agency while developing strategies for leadership and sustainability.  Participants will receive caring guidance and facilitation to collaboratively explore the personal and professional challenges they face as Black teachers in the United States.

Who Should Attend?

Black classroom teachers working in public, charter, private, and independent K-12 schools who are able to attend the full institute.

Cost: $300/participant; includes Thursday dinner; Friday breakfast, lunch and a resource book.

 

Register here.

Learn about the Black Teacher Project here.

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