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NEW YORK COLLECTIVE OF RADICAL EDUCATORS CONFERENCE 2014

5th Annual NYCoRE Conference

Radical Possibilities

Location: Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM)

300 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY11205

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014

 

Conference Overview:

Keynote Panel

Asean Johnson, 4th Grader and Education Activist Shoenice Reynolds, Education Activist and Asean’s mom

As those who spend time in schools well know, our schools do not function as bubbles. Both in individual interactions, and in large-scale policies, the inequities and injustices that permeate our society as a whole are keenly evident inside classrooms. To quote Jean Anyon, a scholar who has been an inspiration to many of us, an urban school “is an institution whose basic problems are caused by, and whose basic problems reveal, the other crises in cities: poverty, joblessness, and low-wages, and racial and class segregation” (2005, p. 177). In understanding the significant challenges faced by students, parents, and educators, these contextual factors cannot be ignored.

Even in the midst of these inequities, schools remain full of passion and potential. The joyful possibility of justice and liberation is at the heart of the work of teaching and learning, and is what sustains many educators in a policy climate that devalues and undermines their work. That possibility is called into being when a student takes a risk to express a dearly-held idea, when a parent-teacher conversation  transforms both participants, when a teacher realizes that maybe they didn’t have to hold on to control so tightly.  We are reminded that a flash of understanding can appear; that inspiration can strike; that tomorrow can be different from today.

When those moments of possibility and justice occur inside schools, they are beautiful and powerful.  But they are not enough.  Not enough to counter the school-to-prison pipeline. Not enough to counter profit-driven education “reforms.” Not enough to dismantle the barriers to opportunity that exist for undocumented students, students living in poverty, students who experience racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, and other forms of structural oppression. The challenges and injustices that we face call us to draw upon all of our creativity, unity, and strength to imagine radically different schools in a radically different world.

The problems that our schools face will not be fixed by band-aids or by the lemon-juice-in-the-wound of teacher evaluation systems. They won’t be fixed by collecting more data, or by more testing, or by squeezing more phonics drills into a shorter time. As these pressures increase, we must become ever more creative in imagining radical possibilities and creating change, both within schools, and in the larger society of which they are a part. We must imagine ways for students to speak their experiences loudly and clearly, not just to classmates, but to their school, neighborhood, and global communities. We must imagine ways for parents and teachers to work together, not only during two nights of the year, but in lasting, sturdy coalitions that could revive the heart and soul of education. We must imagine ways in which each of us can move beyond our fears and our habits and reach out to others, building the passionate and powerful community connections that catalyze social change.

Anyon wrote of the power of such Radical Possibilities: “If those of us who are angry about injustice can recapture this revolutionary spirit of democracy, and if we can act on it together, then we may be able to create a force powerful enough to produce economic justice and real, long-term school reform in America’s cities (2005, P. 200).” Only by working as a people united can we imagine a different world; a world based in justice, equity, democracy, love and joy.

Reference: Anyon, J. (2005). Radical Possibilities:  Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement, pp. 49, 177. Routledge:  New York, NY.

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8:45-9:30    Registration and Breakfast
9:30-10:45    Opening and Keynote
11:00-12:30    Workshop #1
12:30-1:30    Lunch and Tabling
1:45- 3:15    Workshop #2
3:30-5:00    Workshop #3
5:00-5:30    Community Building
5:45-8:00    After party

 

About NYCoRE

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) is a group of current and former public school educators and their allies committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations. We are educators who believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings.  NYCoRE members hold in common nine Points of Unity which can be found here:  http://www.nycore.org/nycore-info/points-of-unity/

Goals of the Conference

To share information and critical thinking around the conference theme, namely imagining possibilities for justice and liberation for education.

To provide rights-holders in the education system with information and new ideas that can strengthen our effectiveness as activists, both inside and outside of our classrooms (and other sites)

To forge connections between and among educators, researchers, parents, activists, and students, fostering new and innovative partnerships and collaborations

To develop structures for ongoing discussion and working groups about education and social justice

To organize a national voice in the ongoing debate over education reform

To plan actions, advocacy, future meetings

To bridge the gap between youth and educators by creating a space to make young voices heard

To develop and share ideas for inspiring practice, both inside classrooms and in communities

 

For questions: info@nycore.org

See more at: http://www.nycore.org/conference/#sthash.vbyCcLba.dpuf

 

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Education and Capitalism

NYCoRE – THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Education is a Right!

Not Just for the Rich or White

NEW YORKCOLLECTIVE OF RADICAL EDUCATORS (NYCoRE)

 

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Location: Julia Richman Education Complex

317 East 67th Street, New York, NY10065

View Current List of Workshops
To Register: Conference Registration Page

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Kumashiro
Kevin Kumashiro is professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was formerly chair of Educational Policy Studies and interim co-director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.  He directs the UIC AANAPISI Initiative, funded by $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Supporting Institutions (AANAPISI) grants programs.  He has taught in schools and colleges across the United States and abroad, and has consulted for universities, school districts, and state and federal agencies.  He has authored or edited nine books on education and activism, including Troubling Education, which received the 2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award; Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice; and The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right has Framed the Debate on America’s Schools.  He is the founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education, and the president-elect (2010-2012) of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

2012 Conference Overview:

Over the past year, our country and the world have witnessed increasingly visible protests against the influence of private pursuit of profit over our public institutions and interests. This spirit of protest has developed in tandem with the proliferation of spaces for critiquing the injustice of this system and organizing communities of resistance. An ongoing struggle within many of these spaces has been acknowledging the ways in which historical and ongoing racism has caused the pursuit of profit to have far more devastating effects on communities of Color than on White communities. The annual NYCoRE conference seeks to carry out anti-racist work by addressing these disparities in the context of our education system. Our goal is to carry forward the spirit of protest by critiquing the current profit-driven policies and culture of our school system, and specifically identify the ways in which racism is intertwined with those policies. We also seek to be a space for building something new, for taking steps toward the more just, equitable world of which we dream. Through this conference, we hope to build connections, to gain inspiration, and to share practical ideas for creating spaces that work to fight racism rather than ignoring it. To this end, we are seeking workshops that will be of relevance to educators in varied settings that are diverse in their focus topics. Relevant political critiques are welcomed, as are curricular ideas, classroom strategies, presentations on community work, and other ideas for inspiring practice.

Goals of the Conference

* To share information and critical thinking around the conference theme, namely examining the relationship between the influence of private interests and the perpetuation of racial injustice

* To provide stakeholders in the education system with information and new ideas that can strengthen our effectiveness as activists, both within our classrooms (and other sites) and beyond them

* To forge connections between and among educators, researchers, parents, activists, and students, fostering new and innovative partnerships and collaborations

* To develop structures for ongoing discussion and working groups about education and social justice

* To organize a national voice in the ongoing debate over education reform

* To plan actions, advocacy, future meetings

* To bridge the gap between youth and educators by creating a space to make young voices heard.

* To develop and share ideas for inspiring practice, both inside classrooms and in communities

Conference Theme: Education is a Right – Not Just for the Rich or White!

In New York City, public schools have faced merciless budget cuts, resulting in growing class sizes, lack of materials, and huge layoffs. These cuts disproportionately affect schools in communities of Color. Meanwhile, our state and local government continue to award huge contracts to private consulting firms, charter schools, and other corporations. Patterns of resource distribution reveal the values of those making the funding decisions. These patterns are telling in their prioritization of profit over people, as well as in their disregard for communities of Color.

We seek to create opportunities for deepening our understanding of the intersection of racism and the neo-liberal agenda so that we can more effectively organize against them. This is a forum for provocative questioning, for story-telling, for information-gathering, for inspiration, for developing our craft, for activism, for providing new fuel to the ongoing struggle for justice.

 

Location:Vanguard High School

317 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

 

NYCoRE: http://www.nycore.org/

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