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Announcing our 10th Education for Liberation Conference

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!

Register for the conference here.

Toxic Schools 215: A Tale of Two Cities

TAG is launching a new media campaign: Toxic Schools 215: A Tale of Two Cities

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.

– 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 to get a hard copy of the version for PFT members and gather signatures from your school!

2019 Inquiry to Action Groups

Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs) are spaces co-created to advance our understanding of the political and social landscapes that affect our schools as well as share best practices for our daily work. 

Click here for our 2019 ItAG Catalog.  You will find detailed descriptions of the six ItAGs that will convene across the city in the coming months. Register here to participate.  

2019 Inquiry to Action Groups:

  • Notice: Philly
  • Building Consent Culture in Philly Schools
  • Singing for Justice with Sing, Unburied, Sing
  • Teaching for Black Lives
  • Story Circle Theatre Project
  • Critical Financial Literacy Part 2, Policy Implications and Action Steps     

Join us at 5:30 on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20th for a PUBLIC LAUNCH and a chance to meet the facilitators. 

Join TAG’s Story Circle Project

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. 
RSVP for the October 3rd Story Circle here.
Interested in finding out more?  Email:

Register TODAY for Teacher Action Group’s 9th Annual Education for Liberation Conference

Connecting the Dots: Building Solidarity to Transform our City and Schools

Eventbrite - 9th Annual Teacher Action Group Education for Liberation Conference

What does it mean for students, families, and educators to be in solidarity with each other?

It is critical that we see how issues of education justice connect directly to broader movements for racial, economic and gender justice. When we connect the dots, we recognize our responsibility to deepen our analysis, strengthen our commitment to solidarity, and push ourselves toward further action.

At this conference, we invite participants to see the connections between struggles inside and outside of schools so that we challenge the social systems of violence that make it hard for any of us to show up whole.

Contributions are encouraged. The cost of putting on the conference is approximately $10/person. Pay what you can! No one is turned away for lack of funds.

This year’s workshops will be…
– A Guide to Indigenize Your Classroom
– Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity
– Building Anti-Racist White Educators: Organizing with Our Colleagues
– Centering Black Womyn & Girls in Education Communities
– Citizenship & Radical Hope: Student Work That Speaks to Human Needs
– Gentrification, Displacement & Schools
– Liberatory Designed Pedagogy: Framing Our Classroom and Professional Practices
– Queer Identity and Gender Exploration: Sample Lessons and Discussion
– Sexual Consent in School
– Trust Student Vision