Monthly Archives: April 2012

Join Us! Saturday, April 28th

Philadelphia’s Third Annual

Education for Liberation

Curriculum Fair and Citywide Summit

OUR Schools, OUR Solutions

Saturday, April 28th, 2012
9:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Folk Arts and Cultural Treasures School

1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Register Now!

Curriculum Fair

9:30am — Registration Opens. Have a cup of coffee, check out the curriculum tables, sign up for a workshop (workshops are on a first-come-first-serve basis.)

All Day — Curriculum Exhibits and Resource Tables. Connect and exchange with educators and community groups, gather ideas for your practice, and grab some new curriculum.

10:15am — Opening Ceremony. Come together with hundreds of teachers, students and community members to begin our day.

Special Performances by Matt Kay and students from the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement.

10:45 – 11:45am — Workshop Session #1

12:00 – 12:45pm — Lunch Free Lunch will be provided!

1:00 – 2:00pm — Workshop Session #2 

Citywide Summit

2:15pm  — Opening Panel — Greatness on the Ground: Transformation from Below

With the future of public education under attack, come hear the stories of parents, teachers and students who were able to make significant changes at their schools.

Transforming Curriculum: Neil Geyette, Teacher, School District of Philadelphia

Community-investment in Neighborhood Schools: Maurice Jones, Parent, Lea Elementary and West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools

Defending our Public School: Temwa K. Wright, Parent, Supporters of Stanton Elementary

Changing Discipline Structures: Ahmeen Akbar, Dean of Students, YouthBuild 

Student Organizing for School Change: Andrea Jobe and Daesya Parker, Students, Philadelphia Student Union

3:15 – 4:30pm — Breakout Sessions

Hear from students, teachers, and parents who are working to address the problems in our schools.  Create your own strategies for improving your school community. 

Unity is Power: Building Teacher Community in Your School

Join teachers from West Philadelphia HS to explore and discuss ways to deal with mounting frustrations by building-up teacher community, conducting peer professional development, and shifting the conversation with Administrators.

Parents, Teachers, and Students together: Organizing for School Transformation from Within

OneVoice believes that  parents, teachers, students, and communities are directly affected stakeholders in our public education system and as such, must build analysis, unity, and power together to transform our schools into places that produce educated young leaders.  This session will explore the current landscape of public education in our city and state and put forward a concrete plan to transform our public schools.

From Punitive to Restorative: Assessing the Discipline System in Your School

Join members of the Restorative Justice Inquiry to Action Group (ItAG) as we explore how to create a restorative approach to school discipline. Restorative practices interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, turning student misbehavior into an opportunity for learning and growth. In this session, we will introduce a rubric that identifies eight elements of a restorative approach. Participants will gain familiarity with the rubric and then use it to assess their own schools. Our goal is to provide a tool that can support efforts around the city to improve or transform how we work with our young people.

Transformation Starts with Me: Mapping the Problems in our Schools and Identifying the Solutions

Join members of the Context for Change Inquiry to Action Group (ItAG) to explore and discuss tangible ways that you (as a teacher, student, parent or community member) can identify and strategize to solve the problems in your school community.

Student Organizing IS School Reform: Supporting Youth-Centered School Change

Join members of the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools to explore and discuss the opportunities and barriers for student organizing for education justice.  Walk away with tangible ways to support youth-centered school change in Philadelphia.

4:40 – 5:00pm — Building OUR Power for School Change in OUR City

End the day with hundreds of educators, students, parents and community members, as we build unity to work for education justice in Philadelphia.

Special Performance by PSU’s Movement Music Crew.

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Co-Sponsored by OneVoice Philadelphia