An original play co-created by Philadelphia educators and students
In collaboration with Simpatico Theatre and the Teacher Action Group Directed by Anissa Weinraub
For the past year, educators and students throughout Philadelphia have been sitting down together in Story Circles to document their experiences and beliefs about education. From these Story Circles, students and teachers are together co-creating a piece of documentary theater to share their collective vision for educational transformation in Philadelphia.
This summer, student and educator participants will work in collaboration with professional theater-makers to devise an original play based on the stories collected from the Story Circles. The final play will be performed in the fall of 2019.
The project asks…
How does school, with its need for compliance, feel to teachers and students?
What kind of education system is actually needed in our city and for our world?
What would it take to humanize our schools?
This project uses storytelling and theater-making as a cultural strategy to strengthen intergenerational bonds, heal tensions within communities, and amplify participants’ calls for systemic change in education.
The TAG/WE Summer Reading Series is kicking off soon! Sign up for the book you are interested in here. See book options, facilitator contact info, and dates/locations here. We hope to see you at the Happy Hour!
Looking for a summer book club? The Caucus of Working Educators and Teacher Action Group are collaborating once again to put on a summer reading series. You can read about all the selections here. The voting form is hereand will be open until May 10th at 6 PM.
The Summer Reading Kick-Off Happy Hour will take place May 31st at Barber’s Hall.
Check out all that TAG has fought for, achieved, and imagined over the past ten years. Inspired by the voices and actions in this video? Join us at this year’s Educating for Liberation conference on April 27th. Register here.
Teacher Action Group’s Education for Liberation Conference is turning 10! Ten years of convening, inspiring, connecting, incubating and building. Ten years of movement-building and continued struggle, of powerful victories and painful setbacks. Ten years of lifting up the critical need to continue working towards education for liberation.
At this conference, we are marking our anniversary: reflecting on lessons from the past ten years of organizing, creating opportunities to plug into the urgency of the current moment, and sharpening our skills at imagining and enacting a powerful vision for the future. Whether it’s your first or tenth time, JOIN US!
We live in two very different cities. One is for our public school students, mostly Black, Brown, and living in poverty. It features toxic lead, leaky roofs, and unbearable temperatures in the buildings where children are trying to learn. The other is a playground for the wealthy developers who benefit from Philly’s ten-year tax abatement. They charge millions for luxurious new residences, and instead of paying their fair share to fund our schools, they walk away with the profit.
These conditions are a direct result of the racial capitalism we live under, which says our students’ education matters less than money in the pockets of these mostly white, already wealthy developers. As educators in these schools, we say no to profit over our students’ health and education. Together with The Caucus of Working Educators, we demand:
Ending the ten-year tax abatement for the wealthy and requiring big universities and mega non-profits to pay their fair share through PILOTS
Lead remediation in all schools that have toxic lead — not just the 40 schools the District has selected
Robust pest control and air conditioners in every learning space in order to alleviate asthma, which is a widespread cause of suffering and absenteeism among Philly children.
TAKE ACTION! – Do you work in a Philly public school? Send us your photos! – Are you a non-PFT member? Sign this community petition! – Are you a PFT member? Email email@example.com to get a hard copy of the version for PFT members and gather signatures from your school!
TAG is convening people connected to education in Philly — students, teachers, parents, community advocates — to share our stories and dreams, grow our relationships, and build our collective vision and power to transform our city.
Our first Story Circle event will focus on educators sharing stories about our classrooms, our practice, and our purpose.
Wednesday, October 3rd
YouthBuild Philly School
1231 N. Broad St.
These gatherings will lead toward a larger theater project that TAG is making to amplify our stories and visions for change in Philly.